Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

Introduction to Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, in Miami Dade county, is 4 miles NE of North Miami, Florida (center to center) and 11 miles N of Miami, Florida. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Miami metropolitan area. Sunny Isles Beach contains a population of approximately 15,315.

Sunny Isles Beach History

The modern history of Sunny Isles Beach began in 1920 when a private investor bought 2.26 square miles of land in the area and named it Sunny Isles. The completion of the Haulover Bridge in 1925 made this area accessible from Miami Beach. This attracted a number of developers who developed the area for building high class waterfront properties. The development work picked up pace during the 1950s and 1960s. The 1970s witnessed the development of condominium communities. Gradually the area saw increased traffic of North American and European tourists, and now it is regarded as one of the most desirable oceanfront communities.

Sunny Isles Beach and nearby Attractions

  • Bal Harbor
  • Haulover Park
  • Samson Oceanfront Park

Sunny Isles Beach Activities

Sunny Isles Beach is a rapidly developing resort area. It is visited by over 1 million vacationers every year. The tourists are attracted by two-and-a-half miles of golden sand beach. The area offers great opportunities for water sports, fishing and boating. There are also a lot of other entertainment options, including dining and shopping.

Sunny Isles Beach Transportation

The St Lucie International Airport provides the fastest travel to Sunny isles Beach.

Sunny Isles Beach Higher Education

Miami Shores is home to Barry University, and this provides college level education for Sunny Isles residents.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 9% Sunny Isles Beach Public Transportation Use
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Sunny Isles Beach Walking and Biking to Work
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Sunny Isles Beach Racial Diversity
Low Violent Crime
(vs. State)
Top 19% Sunny Isles Beach Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

Comparing Sunny Isles 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
Senior Citizens 10 9
Age of the Population 10 9
Racial Diversity 9 7
Female Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 6 7
Male Share of the Population 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 2
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 8
People in Middle Class or Better 4 6
Median Family Income 3 5
People Above Poverty 3 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 9
Working at Home 9 8
Public Transportation Use 9 10
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Housing Recently Built 8 6
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 6 9
Low Property Crime 4 5

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Sunny Isles Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 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
Phone Area Codes 305
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 25.93
Longitude -80.13

Sunny Isles 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 10.1 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 11.7 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 30.5 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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Sunny Isles Beach Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 15,315 100%
Male 7,093 46.3%
Female 8,222 53.7%
Under 18 1,727 11.3%
18+ 13,588 88.7%
65+ 4,931 32.2%
Median Age 50.4
Average Family Size 2.55
White 14,067 91.9%
African-American 311 2%
Asian 209 1.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 24 0.2%
Other 358 2.3%
Mixed Race 345 2.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,607 36.6%

Sunny Isles 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) 44.8%
Russian 9.9%
US/American 5.7%
Italian 5.3%
Polish 4.8%
Irish 2.4%
German 2.2%
Brazilian 1.7%
English 1.5%
Israeli 1.5%
British 1.4%
Romanian 1.4%
Ukrainian 1.3%
French Canadian 1.2%
European 1.1%
Canadian 0.9%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
African 0.8%
Hungarian 0.8%
Haitian 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Moroccan 0.7%
Austrian 0.6%
Egyptian 0.6%
Arab/Arabic 0.6%
Greek 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
Portuguese 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
Eastern European 0.4%
Jamaican 0.4%
Bulgarian 0.3%
Swedish 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
South African 0.3%
Turkish 0.3%
Latvian 0.3%
Syrian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Iranian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Estonian 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
Ethiopian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Sunny Isles (33160)

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)
Sunny Isles Beach 15,315 $40,309
Aventura 25,267 $59,507
Bal Harbour 3,305 $83,570
Bay Harbor Islands 5,146 $43,939
Golden Beach 919 $141,557
North Miami 59,880 $31,760
North Miami Beach 40,786 $35,047
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