Miami Beach, Florida

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Miami Beach, Florida

Introduction to Miami Beach, Florida

The city of Miami Beach is located in Florida's Miami-Dade County. An island city a little over 7 square miles in size, Miami Beach separates the waters of the Atlantic Ocean from those of Biscayne Bay. The city, always known as a tourist-friendly vacation spot, attracts numerous visitors annually with its cosmopolitan atmosphere and diverse population.

Incorporated in 1915, Miami Beach was formed as a link to the growing community of Greater Miami concurrent with the creation of a bridge across the bay. The Depression era a few years later saw a period of expansion in the city, whose growth was spurred by an influx of small hotels built along what is now known as the Art Deco District, the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world. World War II brought an additional influx of growth with the establishment of major Army and Navy training centers in the area. The takeover of Cuba by Fidel Castro in 1959 had major ramifications with the relocation of hundreds of thousands of Cuban exiles to the greater Miami area during the ensuing decades. These enterprising refugees had a major influence on the city, helping to define and shape its character and giving the city its present-day distinctiveness and flavor.

Things to See and Do in Miami Beach

Miami Beach has a rich heritage in the trend-setting arts, with its history of world famous nightclubs and present-day cultural life of the modern South Beach area. The city's identity is linked to the arts, with a number of high-quality entertainment, cultural and artistic attractions. The Bass Museum of Art, established in 1963, is the centerpiece of the city’s historic district, housing exhibitions from its permanent collection as well as loan exhibitions from national and international collections. The Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts, an elegant structure located in the heart of the Art Deco District, hosts a variety of events and attractions throughout the year including Broadway shows, ballet, symphony performances, and contemporary entertainment. The Byron Carlyle Theater, the cultural centerpiece of the north Miami Beach area, is an intimate performing arts venue which hosts a full calendar of theater, dance, music, film lectures and meetings. The recently renovated and restored Art Deco-style Colony Theater is one of South Florida's most popular entertainment venues, hosting a wide variety of programs and events.

One of the most prestigious cultural arts festivals on the East Coast is the Miami Beach Festival of the Arts. Once a local street show, this nationally recognized event has evolved into the city's signature community event for residents and visitors, drawing over 30,000 visitors annually to enjoy the paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, and photographs of hundreds of artists from across the nation. The artwork is juried and generates the awarding of cash prizes at this Ocean Terrace event, which also offers an activity center and open-air band shell with ongoing music.

Sports fans can take in lots of first-rate professional action across the bay in the city of Miami, home to several major league teams. Basketball fans can root for the NBA's Miami Heat and pro football fans can see NFL games hosted by the Miami Dolphins. Major League Baseball fans have the Florida Marlins in town while hockey lovers can see the NHL's Florida Panthers. Thoroughbred racing takes place at two major tracks in the city: Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course.

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High Points

Miami Beach strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Florida):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Miami Beach Public Transportation Use
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Miami Beach Walking and Biking to Work
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Miami Beach Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Miami Beach, Florida

Comparing Miami Beach to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Florida (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 6
Racial Diversity 9 9
Age of the Population 9 5
Well-Paid Single Men 6 8
Well-Paid Single Women 4 6
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 1
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 8
People in Middle Class or Better 2 4
People Above Poverty 2 2
Median Family Income 1 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Working at Home 10 9
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Short Commute Times 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Affordability of Rents 6 5
Housing Recently Built 4 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 1 2
Low Property Crime 1 1

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Miami Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 4 miles E of Miami, Florida
County Miami-Dade
Standard Zip Codes 33109, 33139, 33140, 33141, 33154
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33119, 33239
Phone Area Codes 305
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 25.79
Longitude -80.13

Miami Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 63 to 73 F
Apr Temp 70 to 79 F
Jul Temp 78 to 87 F
Oct Temp 75 to 83 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 62 to 78 F
Apr Temp 70 to 84 F
Jul Temp 79 to 92 F
Oct Temp 74 to 87 F
Annual Precip 66 inches
Station PERRINE 4 W
Distance 23.7 miles
Jan Temp 55 to 76 F
Apr Temp 63 to 83 F
Jul Temp 72 to 90 F
Oct Temp 68 to 85 F
Annual Precip 61.5 inches
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Miami Beach Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 87,933 100%
Male 45,048 51.2%
Female 42,885 48.8%
Under 18 11,815 13.4%
18+ 76,118 86.6%
65+ 16,927 19.2%
Median Age 39
Average Family Size 2.76
White 76,276 86.7%
African-American 3,548 4%
Asian 1,202 1.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 206 0.2%
Other 3,557 4%
Mixed Race 3,105 3.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 47,000 53.4%

Estimated Miami Beach Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 87,925
Growth -8
Growth % 0%

Miami Beach Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 57.7%
US/American 5.8%
Italian 4.9%
Russian 3.6%
German 3.4%
Polish 2.7%
Irish 2.5%
Brazilian 2.5%
English 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
European 1.2%
Hungarian 0.9%
Portuguese 0.7%
Austrian 0.7%
Jamaican 0.6%
Haitian 0.5%
Eastern European 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Scottish 0.4%
Turkish 0.4%
Romanian 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Israeli 0.3%
African 0.3%
British 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Swedish 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Other Arab 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Miami Beach, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Carl Fisher (33139, 33239)
Indian Creek Village (33154)
Normandy (33141)
Normandy Isle (33141)
Sunset Island (33140)
Venetian Islands (33139)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Miami Beach 87,933 $33,440
Bay Harbor Islands 5,146 $43,939
El Portal 2,505 $41,029
Miami 362,470 $27,225
Miami Shores 10,380 $64,963
North Bay Village 6,733 $37,931
Surfside 4,909 $56,327

Miami Beach Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(305) 674-2121
Emergency Service: Yes

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16th & Alton
1570 Alton Road
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Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

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