West Miami, Florida

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West Miami, Florida

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. There are 5,863 residents in the city.

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, one of the top 10 beaches according to Dr. Beach's Annual Top 10 Beaches list of 2002, 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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 16% West Miami Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% West Miami Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of West Miami, Florida

Comparing West Miami 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 8
Age of the Population 10 7
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 9 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 3
Male Share of the Population 1 1
Well-Paid Single Men 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 9
Portion of People Married 6 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 5 7
College Educated Adults 5 5
People in Middle Class or Better 5 6
Median Family Income 3 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 9
Working at Home 4 4
Short Commute Times 4 4
Walking and Biking to Work 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 3
Affordability of Rents 4 4
People Living Alone 2 2
Housing Recently Built 2 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 7 8
Low Violent Crime 3 6

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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West Miami Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,863 100%
Male 2,664 45.4%
Female 3,199 54.6%
Under 18 1,076 18.4%
18+ 4,787 81.6%
65+ 1,501 25.6%
Median Age 43.2
Average Family Size 3.14
White 5,393 92%
African-American 48 0.8%
Asian 27 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.2%
Other 200 3.4%
Mixed Race 184 3.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 4,927 84%

Estimated West Miami Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,829
Growth -34
Growth % -0.6%

West Miami 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) 87.6%
US/American 3%
Italian 2.2%
German 1.3%
English 1%
Polish 0.8%
Irish 0.7%
Lebanese 0.6%
Haitian 0.5%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.4%
Scottish 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
French (except Basque) 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
West Miami 5,863 $39,000
Coral Gables 42,249 $98,553
Medley 1,098 $25,909
Miami Springs 13,712 $56,892
South Miami 10,741 $57,791
Sweetwater 14,226 $30,823
Virginia Gardens 2,348 $44,800
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