Sweetwater, Florida

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Sweetwater, Florida

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 has a population of 14,226.

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 4 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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Sweetwater Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Sweetwater Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Sweetwater, Florida

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 7 9


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 7 6
Short Commute Times 2 2
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Housing Recently Built 8 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 3
Affordability of Rents 4 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 1
People Living Alone 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 7 8
Low Violent Crime 5 9

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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
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Sweetwater Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 14,226 100%
Male 6,843 48.1%
Female 7,383 51.9%
Under 18 3,445 24.2%
18+ 10,781 75.8%
65+ 1,933 13.6%
Median Age 36.3
Average Family Size 3.55
White 12,398 87.2%
African-American 126 0.9%
Asian 28 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 42 0.3%
Other 1,020 7.2%
Mixed Race 610 4.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 13,253 93.2%

Sweetwater 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) 95%
US/American 2.7%
Nigerian 0.4%
Italian 0.4%
Irish 0.3%
Canadian 0.2%
French (except Basque) 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Sweetwater 14,226 $30,823
Kendall 75,226 $61,241
Medley 1,098 $25,909
Miami Springs 13,712 $56,892
South Miami 10,741 $57,791
Virginia Gardens 2,348 $44,800
West Miami 5,863 $39,000
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