Introduction to Sweetwater, Florida

Sweetwater, Florida, in Miami Dade county, is 6 miles NW of Kendall, Florida (center to center) and 11 miles W of Miami, Florida. The people of the city are in the Miami metropolitan area.

Sweetwater History

The history of Sweetwater began during the Florida land boom of the 1920s. The Miami-Pittsburgh Land Company bought the land and laid out the plat of Sweetwater Groves. Clyde Andrews bought most of the Sweetwater Groves in 1938. A troupe of Russian midgets bought a part of this land and built several mini-scaled homes. Sweetwater was incorporated in 1941 and Joe Sanderlin was elected as its first mayor. The city was named after the pure and sweet water of the Everglades.

Sweetwater and Nearby Attractions

  • Coral Castle.
  • Miami Springs.
  • Coconut Grove.
  • Key Biscayne.
  • Bay Harbor Islands.

Things To Do In Sweetwater

Sweetwater features a number of recreational facilities which can make your vacations unforgettable. The lakes and beaches are ideal for swimming, boating, fishing and diving as well as for other water sports. You can also find four parks and 14 shopping centers in the city. In addition, the city also boasts a number of dining options.

Sweetwater Transportation

The city is served by the Miami International Airport.

Sweetwater Higher Education

The nearest college is the Miami-Dade Community College.


Total Population 20,739
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 9,347
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 39.7%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.2%
Median Earnings25+ $21,087
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,287
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,219


Median Family Income $34,420
% Above Poverty Level 72.3%
% Below Poverty Level 27.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 4.5%


People Living Alone 15.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,173
Median House Value $108,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 91.7%
US/American 0%
English 0.1%
Irish 0.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sweetwater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NW of Kendall, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles W of Miami, Florida
County Miami-Dade
Standard Zip Codes 33144, 33172, 33174, 33182, 33184, 33194
Phone Area Codes 305
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 25.763
Longitude -80.373

Sweetwater Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.9 miles
Jan Temp 60 to 77 F
Apr Temp 68 to 84 F
Jul Temp 77 to 91 F
Oct Temp 72 to 85 F
Annual Precip 58.5 inches
Distance 7.4 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 13 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Doral Branch (33172)

Father Felix Varela (33194)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Kendall 76,267 $77,237
Medley 998 $27,266
Miami Springs 14,397 $59,503
South Miami 12,156 $81,009
Virginia Gardens 2,957 $53,942
West Miami 6,400 $45,397

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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