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Overview

Introduction to Miami Beach, Florida

The city of Miami Beach is located in Florida's Miami-Dade County. An island city a little over 7 square miles in size, Miami Beach separates the waters of the Atlantic Ocean from those of Biscayne Bay. The city, always known as a tourist-friendly vacation spot, attracts numerous visitors annually with its cosmopolitan atmosphere and diverse population.

Miami Beach History

Incorporated in 1915, Miami Beach was formed as a link to the growing community of Greater Miami concurrent with the creation of a bridge across the bay. The Depression era a few years later saw a period of expansion in the city, whose growth was spurred by an influx of small hotels built along what is now known as the Art Deco District, the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world. World War II brought an additional influx of growth with the establishment of major Army and Navy training centers in the area. The takeover of Cuba by Fidel Castro in 1959 had major ramifications with the relocation of hundreds of thousands of Cuban exiles to the greater Miami area during the ensuing decades. These enterprising refugees had a major influence on the city, helping to define and shape its character and giving the city its present-day distinctiveness and flavor.

Things to See and Do in Miami Beach

Miami Beach has a rich heritage in the trend-setting arts, with its history of world famous nightclubs and present-day cultural life of the modern South Beach area. The city's identity is linked to the arts, with a number of high-quality entertainment, cultural and artistic attractions. The Bass Museum of Art, established in 1963, is the centerpiece of the city’s historic district, housing exhibitions from its permanent collection as well as loan exhibitions from national and international collections. The Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts, an elegant structure located in the heart of the Art Deco District, hosts a variety of events and attractions throughout the year including Broadway shows, ballet, symphony performances and contemporary entertainment. The Byron Carlyle Theater, the cultural centerpiece of the north Miami Beach area, is an intimate performing arts venue which hosts a full calendar of theater, dance, music, film lectures and meetings. The recently renovated and restored Art Deco-style Colony Theater is one of South Florida's most popular entertainment venues, hosting a wide variety of programs and events.

One of the most prestigious cultural arts festivals on the East Coast is the Miami Beach Festival of the Arts. Once a local street show, this nationally recognized event has evolved into the city's signature community event for residents and visitors, drawing over 30,000 visitors annually to enjoy the paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, and photographs of hundreds of artists from across the nation. The artwork is juried and generates the awarding of cash prizes at this Ocean Terrace event, which also offers an activity center and open-air band shell with ongoing music.

Sports fans can take in lots of first-rate professional action across the bay in the city of Miami, home to several major league teams. Basketball fans can root for the NBA's Miami Heat and pro football fans can see NFL games hosted by the Miami Dolphins. Major League Baseball fans have the Florida Marlins in town while hockey lovers can see the NHL's Florida Panthers. Thoroughbred racing takes place at two major tracks in the city: Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course.

Demographics

People

Total Population91,784
Male Share of the Population52.3%
Female Share of the Population47.7%
Senior Citizens16.6%
Employed Population 16+51,057
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married37.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher45.1%
Median Earnings25+$36,631
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,309
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,565

Wealth

Median Family Income$61,949
% Above Poverty Level83.3%
% Below Poverty Level16.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home9%
% Walking and Biking to Work15.7%
% Using Public Transportation11%

Housing

People Living Alone46.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,198
Median House Value$398,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)48.8%
Italian8.6%
German5%
Irish3.9%
Polish3.5%
Russian3.5%
French Except Basque2.6%
English2.6%
Brazilian1.8%
Arab1.5%
West Indian1.4%
Portuguese0.9%
Turkish0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Austrian0.7%
Dutch0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
African0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
Israeli0.5%
Greek0.5%
Romanian0.4%
Iranian0.4%
Swedish0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Trinidad Tobago0.3%
Scottish0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Serbian0.3%
Moroccan0.3%
Czech0.3%
Basque0.2%
Bahamian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Croatian0.1%
US/American0.1%
British0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Australian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
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Miami Beach Almanac

CategoryValue
County Miami-Dade County
Standard Zip Codes33109, 33139, 33140, 33141, 33154
P.O. Box Zip Codes33119, 33239
Phone Area Codes786,305
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude25.76
Approximate Longitude-80.14

Miami Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMIAMI BEACH
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp63 to 73 F
Apr Temp70 to 79 F
Jul Temp78 to 87 F
Oct Temp75 to 83 F
Annual Precip46.6 inches
StationHIALEAH
Distance10 miles
Jan Temp62 to 78 F
Apr Temp70 to 84 F
Jul Temp79 to 92 F
Oct Temp74 to 87 F
Annual Precip66 inches
StationPERRINE 4 W
Distance23.7 miles
Jan Temp55 to 76 F
Apr Temp63 to 83 F
Jul Temp72 to 90 F
Oct Temp68 to 85 F
Annual Precip61.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bay Harbor Islands5,885$74,808
El Portal2,507$58,950
Miami432,622$36,092
Miami Shores10,772$108,885
North Bay Village7,861$60,000
Surfside5,810$81,484

Miami Beach Hospitals

Mount Sinai Medical Center
(Non-profit)
4300 Alton Rd
(305) 674-2121

Miami Beach Public Schools

Fienberg/fisher K-8 Center
1420 Washington Ave
ZIP: 33139
(305) 531-0419
Primary
Total Enrollment 858
Miami Beach Adult & Community Ed Center
1424 Drexel Ave
ZIP: 33139
(305) 531-0451
Other
Miami Beach Senior High School
2231 Prairie Ave
ZIP: 33139
(305) 532-4515
High
Total Enrollment 2383
South Pointe Elementary School
1050 4th St
ZIP: 33139
(305) 531-5437
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Mater Academy At Mount Sinai
4300 Alton Rd
ZIP: 33140
(305) 604-1453
Primary
Total Enrollment 150
Nautilus Middle School
4301 N Michigan Ave
ZIP: 33140
(305) 532-3481
Middle
Total Enrollment 977
North Beach Elementary School
4100 Prairie Ave
ZIP: 33140
(305) 531-7666
Primary
Total Enrollment 1068
Biscayne Elementary School
800 77th St
ZIP: 33141
(305) 868-7727
Primary
Total Enrollment 675

Miami Beach Private Schools

Congregation Beth Medrash Levi
1140 Alton Rd
ZIP: 33139
Secondary
Total Enrollment 45
Temple Beth Shmuel Montessori
1719 Lenox Ave
ZIP: 33139
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Eca
4025 Pine Tree Dr
ZIP: 33140
Elementary
Total Enrollment 43
Mechina Of South Florida
4000 Alton Rd
ZIP: 33140
Secondary
Total Enrollment 145
Montessori Academy At St John's
4760 Pine Tree Dr
ZIP: 33140
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Rasg Hebrew Academy
2400 Pine Tree Dr
ZIP: 33140
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 468
St Patrick Elementary School
3700 Garden Ave
ZIP: 33140
Elementary
Total Enrollment 239
Lehrman Community Day School
727 77th St
ZIP: 33141
Elementary
Total Enrollment 175
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