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Overview

Introduction to West Miami, Florida

West Miami, Florida, in Miami Dade county, is 6 miles N of Kendall, Florida (center to center) and 6 miles W of Miami, Florida

West Miami History

In the early 1900s, the area now known as West Miami, was an unincorporated part of Miami-Dade County. In 1947, the county banned gambling and reduced the number of cocktail hours. As a result, four businessmen invested in the incorporation of the city. They collected $400, and thought of names for the community including "West Gate," "West Haven," and "West Miami." At roughly the same time, the government donated land to encourage settlement in the area. As World War II was drawing to a close, soldiers returning from the war built their homes on these free lots in West Miami. When the city incorporated, there were only 700 residents. West Miami experienced significant growth and development in the 1990s.

West Miami and Nearby Attractions

  • Historical Museum of Southern Florida.
  • Coral Castle.
  • Barnacle State Historic Site.
  • Miami Metrozoo.
  • Biscayne National Park.
  • Fairchild Tropical Garden.

Things To Do In West Miami

The Historical Museum of Southern Florida and Gold Coast Railroad Museum showcase exhibits reflecting the history and folklife of the area. The city of West Miami also has numerous art museums such as the Frost Art Museum, the Art Museum at Florida International University, Lowe Art Museum and Miami Art Museum of Dade County. Coral Castle, a castle of coral rock built by Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin, is a historical site near the city. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park offers facilities for fishing, swimming, biking, picnicking and scuba diving. Other popular attractions include the Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami Seaquarium and Miami Metrozoo.

West Miami Transportation

Miami International Airport is the closest major airport.

West Miami Higher Education

Colleges near the city of West Miami include Barry University, Miami-Dade Community College and University of Miami.

People

Total Population 6,400
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 21.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,045
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 40.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.9%
Median Earnings25+ $27,338
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,563
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,495

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,397
% Above Poverty Level 85.8%
% Below Poverty Level 14.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,158
Median House Value $223,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 87.5%
US/American 0%
English 1%
Irish 0.9%

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

West Miami Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles N of Kendall, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 6 miles W of Miami, Florida
County Miami-Dade
Standard Zip Codes 33144, 33155, 33172, 33174, 33182, 33194
Phone Area Codes 305
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 25.763
Longitude -80.296

West Miami Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station MIAMI INTL AP
Distance 3.7 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
Station HIALEAH
Distance 4.9 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 15.1 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, West Miami, 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
Coral Gables 50,059 $131,520
Medley 998 $27,266
Miami Springs 14,397 $59,503
South Miami 12,156 $81,009
Sweetwater 20,739 $34,420
Virginia Gardens 2,957 $53,942

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

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