North Miami, Florida

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North Miami, Florida

Introduction to North Miami, Florida

The Florida city of North Miami is located in northeast Miami-Dade County, about 14 miles north of the city of Miami. The city is home to the Biscayne Bay campus of Florida International University and the Florida campus of Johnson & Wales University.

Originally settled in the late 19th century, the area first known as Arch Creek soon developed into a thriving farming community. The Florida land boom of the 1920s impacted Arch Creek and shifted its emphasis from farming to land development. In 1926, residents voted to incorporate as the Town of Miami Shores, a name which only lasted a few years due to the actions of the Florida Legislature which abolished the town's name based on lobbying by the wealthy Shoreland Company, who wanted the name for their huge development ("The Village of Miami Shores"). In 1931 the local population chose a new name for its municipality: The Town of North Miami. In 1952, voters adopted a new charter and the town became the City of North Miami.

North Miami Area Attractions

North Miami's subtropical climate and miles of nearby sandy beaches provide a haven for outdoor recreational activities of all types. The city also houses 11 public parks, 2 swimming pools, and 3 tennis court facilities. Residents and visitors can spend an afternoon at the Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park (a 22-acre natural oak hammock). The Oleta River State Recreation Area, the largest urban park in the Florida State park system, contains one of the largest concentrations of Australian Pine trees found in Florida.

One of the premier cultural sites in the city is the The Joan Lehman Museum of contemporary Art (MoCA), a 22,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility providing spacious exhibition space, an art pavilion, and two outdoor courtyards. With an established reputation for high quality exhibitions, events, films, lectures, and art excursions, MoCA has become a major force in the community and has stimulated the growth of sophisticated art galleries and avant-garde studios which display works by many emerging local artists. Another city staple is the North Miami Public Library, which contains over 100,000 books as well as thousands of foreign language tapes, magazines, and newspapers.

Visitors and residents of North Miami can enjoy a wealth of South Florida attractions and can also participate in some of the Greater Miami area's numerous annual events, just a few of which are listed here:

  • Kwanza (January's African Thanksgiving Celebration)
  • Orange Bowl Classic (January)
  • Miami Film Festival (February)
  • Italian Renaissance Festival at Vizcaya (March)
  • River Cities Festival (April)
  • Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival (June)
  • 4th of July at Bayfront Park
  • South Florida International Auto Show (September)
  • Hispanic Heritage Festival (October)
  • Miami Air Show (November)
  • Miami Christmas Family Pageant (December)

Sports fans can enjoy the following major league pro teams, all located in the Greater Miami Area:

  • Baseball: Florida Marlins (MLB)
  • Football: Miami Dolphins (NFL)
  • Basketball: Miami Heat (NBA), Miami Tropics (American Basketball Association)
  • Hockey: Florida Panthers (NHL)
  • Soccer: Miami FC (United Soccer Leagues)

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy North Miami Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy North Miami Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of North Miami, Florida

Comparing North Miami 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
Racial Diversity 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 10
Female Share of the Population 7 5
Male Share of the Population 4 6
Senior Citizens 3 1
Age of the Population 3 1
Well-Paid Single Men 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 8 9
Portion of People Married 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 3 5
People Above Poverty 1 2
People in Middle Class or Better 1 2
Median Family Income 1 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 7 6
Working at Home 3 4
Short Commute Times 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 4
Affordability of Rents 6 5
People Living Alone 6 5
Housing Recently Built 4 1


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

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North Miami Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles N of Miami, Florida
County Miami-Dade
Standard Zip Codes 33161, 33162, 33167, 33168, 33169, 33181
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33261
Phone Area Codes 305
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 25.889
Longitude -80.186

North Miami Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.2 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
Distance 14.6 miles
Jan Temp 59 to 76 F
Apr Temp 66 to 82 F
Jul Temp 75 to 90 F
Oct Temp 72 to 86 F
Annual Precip 64.1 inches
Station PERRINE 4 W
Distance 26.2 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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North Miami Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 59,880 100%
Male 28,799 48.1%
Female 31,081 51.9%
Under 18 16,815 28.1%
18+ 43,065 71.9%
65+ 5,510 9.2%
Median Age 31.8
Average Family Size 3.51
White 20,842 34.8%
African-American 32,867 54.9%
Asian 1,152 1.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 191 0.3%
Other 1,893 3.2%
Mixed Race 2,907 4.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 13,869 23.2%

Estimated North Miami Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 57,654
Growth -2,226
Growth % -3.7%

North Miami 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) 36.8%
Haitian 35.4%
US/American 6.4%
Jamaican 3.4%
Italian 2.1%
German 1.9%
Irish 1.8%
English 1.2%
Polish 0.9%
African 0.9%
Russian 0.8%
Brazilian 0.5%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.5%
British West Indian 0.5%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Greek 0.3%
Swedish 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Dutch 0.2%
European 0.2%
Guyanese 0.2%
Nigerian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Scottish 0.2%
West Indian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Barbadian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Barry University (33161)
Keystone Islands (33261)
Mia Shores (33162)
Uleta (33162)

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)
North Miami 59,880 $31,760
Bal Harbour 3,305 $83,570
Bay Harbor Islands 5,146 $43,939
Biscayne Park 3,269 $53,409
El Portal 2,505 $41,029
Miami Shores 10,380 $64,963
North Miami Beach 40,786 $35,047

North Miami Public Libraries

North Miami Public Library
835 NE 132 STREET
North Miami, Florida
(305) 891-5535

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City, State Similarity   1 Person Houses 65+ College Grads Commute Minutes Family Income Kids 0-4 Non White Pop. Poverty Prop. Crime Seasonal Housing Viol. Crime
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1. North Miami Beach, Florida 93   23.4% 11.3% 14.2% 31 $35,047 7.1% 53.3% 40,786 20.5% 62.1 3.9% 11.1
2. Houston, Texas 90.9   29.6% 8.4% 27% 28 $40,443 8.2% 50.7% 1,953,631 19.2% 63.2 0.5% 12
3. Homestead, Florida 88.3   19.7% 7.8% 9.8% 33 $26,409 10.6% 39% 31,909 31.8% 96.3 1.3% 23.7
4. Kissimmee, Florida 87.7   20.5% 7.6% 16.3% 27 $36,361 7.8% 32.8% 47,814 15.4% 56.6 5.6% 9.3
5. Sanford, Florida 87   27.5% 10.5% 14% 27 $36,687 7.5% 40.3% 38,291 17.8% 79 0.9% 7.6
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