North Miami Beach, Florida

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North Miami Beach, Florida

Introduction to North Miami Beach, Florida

North Miami Beach, Florida, in Miami Dade county, is 3 miles NE of North Miami, Florida (center to center) and 11 miles N of Miami, Florida. It's situated along the Intracoastal Waterway. The city has an ethnically diverse population and includes a substantial middle-class Haitian community. The neighborhoods have distinctive identities which are enhanced by neighborhood community and resource centers. Situated midway between the popular cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale provides residents and visitors easy access to the popular tourist destinations in South Florida. North Miami Beach is a prominent regional shopping location.

North Miami Beach History

Henry Flagler constructed the Florida East Coast Railway from the West Palm Beach area to Miami in 1896. Small communities developed near the train stops he created. A large number of the settlers arrived due to the offer of 160 acres of free land by the United States Government. In the 1890's farms were established along the Oleta River. In 1912 Lafe Allen arrived in Florida and along with an associate bought a large acreage. He began selling lots in 1922.

It was originally known as Filford By-The-Sea. The devastating hurricane of 1926 caused extensive damage and put a halt to the real estate boom. The real estate market did not thrive again until after WW II ended. In 1931 the city was renamed North Miami Beach in order to prosper from the national advertising for Miami Beach.

North Miami Beach Attractions

  • The St. Bernard de Clairvaux is an authentic Medieval Spanish monastery. The cloisters of the monastery were built in Spain during the 12th century. William Randolf Hearst bought the structure and had it dismantled and transported to the United States. After it was reassembled it became a popular tourist attraction.
  • Littman Performing Arts Theater.
  • Senator Gwen Margolis Amphitheater.
  • Fulford Monument.

North Miami Beach Activities

Popular scenic beaches are nearby. The Fort Lauderdale area is well known for excellent beaches and snorkeling and diving locations. The beautiful Greynolds Park is a good location for boating, canoeing, picnicking and bird watching. Oleta River State Park is one of the largest urban parks in Florida. The park is used for bicycle riding, kayaking and canoeing and includes a sandy swimming beach and a fishing pier. The region features a large number of quality golf courses.

North Miami Beach Higher Education

The Nova Southeastern University - Miami campus is nearby.

North Miami Beach Transportation

The Miami International Airport and the Fort Lauderdale International Airport are close by.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy North Miami Beach Racial Diversity
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy North Miami Beach Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of North Miami Beach, Florida

Comparing North 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
Racial Diversity 10 10
Female Share of the Population 8 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 8
Age of the Population 5 2
Senior Citizens 5 2
Male Share of the Population 4 5
Well-Paid Single Men 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 10
Portion of People Married 3 4


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 5 5
Short Commute Times 2 1
Working at Home 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 5
Affordability of Rents 6 5
People Living Alone 4 3
Housing Recently Built 4 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 2 3
Low Violent Crime 1 3

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North Miami Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of North Miami, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles N of Miami, Florida
County Miami-Dade
Standard Zip Codes 33160, 33161, 33162, 33169, 33179, 33180, 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 25.932
Longitude -80.162

North 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 10.2 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 11.8 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 29.5 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 Beach Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 40,786 100%
Male 19,499 47.8%
Female 21,287 52.2%
Under 18 11,129 27.3%
18+ 29,657 72.7%
65+ 4,611 11.3%
Median Age 34.5
Average Family Size 3.44
White 19,040 46.7%
African-American 15,895 39%
Asian 1,646 4%
American Indian & Alaskan 119 0.3%
Other 1,882 4.6%
Mixed Race 2,177 5.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 12,245 30%

Estimated North Miami Beach Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 39,442
Growth -1,344
Growth % -3.3%

North 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) 45.7%
Haitian 21.2%
US/American 6.7%
Jamaican 5.8%
Italian 2.8%
Irish 1.8%
German 1.7%
Russian 1.7%
Polish 1.3%
English 1.2%
Brazilian 0.9%
African 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.5%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.5%
Israeli 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Turkish 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
European 0.3%
West Indian 0.3%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 0.2%
British West Indian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Moroccan 0.2%
Swedish 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Belizean 0.2%
Scottish 0.2%
British 0.2%
Guyanese 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Barry University (33161)
Keystone Islands (33261)
Mia Shores (33162)
Sunny Isles (33160)
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 Beach 40,786 $35,047
Aventura 25,267 $59,507
Bal Harbour 3,305 $83,570
Biscayne Park 3,269 $53,409
Golden Beach 919 $141,557
North Miami 59,880 $31,760
Sunny Isles Beach 15,315 $40,309

North Miami Beach Public Libraries

North Miami Beach Public Library
North Miami Beach, Florida
(305) 948-2970

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North Miami Beach Hospitals

160 NW 170TH ST
(305) 651-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in North Miami Beach

(As of 2005)
Keystone Plaza
13503 Biscayne Blvd
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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, Florida 93   27.1% 9.2% 15.8% 31 $31,760 8.1% 65.2% 59,880 23.9% 75 1.6% 12.5
2. Kissimmee, Florida 87.9   20.5% 7.6% 16.3% 27 $36,361 7.8% 32.8% 47,814 15.4% 56.6 5.6% 9.3
3. Sanford, Florida 86.4   27.5% 10.5% 14% 27 $36,687 7.5% 40.3% 38,291 17.8% 79 0.9% 7.6
4. Plant City, Florida 83.6   22.7% 12.3% 16.6% 25 $43,328 8.3% 28.3% 29,915 14.7% 61.4 0.9% 7.4
5. Winter Garden, Florida 83   24.7% 14.3% 18.6% 26 $40,474 7.4% 23.4% 14,351 12% 58.3 1.3% 12.2
6. Aransas Pass, Texas 80   21.6% 14.5% 8.2% 25 $33,227 7.3% 19.4% 8,138 19.6% 91.4 5.7% 6.4
7. Culpeper, Virginia 78.7   28.9% 15% 16.3% 29 $41,894 7.6% 29.1% 9,664 16.9% 48.1 0.7% 4
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