Introduction to North Miami, Florida

The Florida city of North Miami is located in northeast Miami-Dade County, about 14 miles north of the city of Miami. The city is home to the Biscayne Bay campus of Florida International University and the Florida campus of Johnson & Wales University.

Originally settled in the late 19th century, the area first known as Arch Creek soon developed into a thriving farming community. The Florida land boom of the 1920s impacted Arch Creek and shifted its emphasis from farming to land development. In 1926, residents voted to incorporate as the Town of Miami Shores, a name which only lasted a few years due to the actions of the Florida Legislature which abolished the town's name based on lobbying by the wealthy Shoreland Company, who wanted the name for their huge development ("The Village of Miami Shores"). In 1931 the local population chose a new name for its municipality: The Town of North Miami. In 1952, voters adopted a new charter and the town became the City of North Miami.

North Miami Area Attractions

North Miami's subtropical climate and miles of nearby sandy beaches provide a haven for outdoor recreational activities of all types. The city also houses 11 public parks, 2 swimming pools, and 3 tennis court facilities. Residents and visitors can spend an afternoon at the Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park (a 22-acre natural oak hammock). The Oleta River State Recreation Area, the largest urban park in the Florida State park system, contains one of the largest concentrations of Australian Pine trees found in Florida.

One of the premier cultural sites in the city is the The Joan Lehman Museum of contemporary Art (MoCA), a 22,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility providing spacious exhibition space, an art pavilion and two outdoor courtyards. With an established reputation for high quality exhibitions, events, films, lectures and art excursions, MoCA has become a major force in the community and has stimulated the growth of sophisticated art galleries and avant-garde studios which display works by many emerging local artists. Another city staple is the North Miami Public Library, which contains over 100,000 books as well as thousands of foreign language tapes, magazines and newspapers.

Visitors and residents of North Miami can enjoy a wealth of South Florida attractions and can also participate in some of the Greater Miami area's numerous annual events, just a few of which are listed here:

  • Kwanza (January's African Thanksgiving Celebration).
  • Orange Bowl Classic (January).
  • Miami Film Festival (February).
  • Italian Renaissance Festival at Vizcaya (March).
  • River Cities Festival (April).
  • Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival (June).
  • 4th of July at Bayfront Park.
  • South Florida International Auto Show (September).
  • Hispanic Heritage Festival (October).
  • Miami Air Show (November).
  • Miami Christmas Family Pageant (December).

Sports fans can enjoy the following major league pro teams, all located in the Greater Miami Area:

  • Baseball: Florida Marlins (MLB).
  • Football: Miami Dolphins (NFL).
  • Basketball: Miami Heat (NBA), Miami Tropics (American Basketball Association).
  • Hockey: Florida Panthers (NHL).
  • Soccer: Miami FC (United Soccer Leagues).



Total Population61,435
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens11.4%
Employed Population 16+28,682
Age of the Population36


% of people married33.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.1%
Median Earnings25+$25,719
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,200
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,334


Median Family Income$44,431
% Above Poverty Level78.5%
% Below Poverty Level21.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation10.4%


People Living Alone27.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,110
Median House Value$183,200


West Indian46.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)36.2%
French Except Basque0.6%
Trinidad Tobago0.4%
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North Miami Almanac

CountyMiami-Dade County
Standard Zip Codes33181, 33167, 33168, 33161
P.O. Box Zip Codes33261
Phone Area Codes786, 30, 57, 954, 305
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude25.77
Approximate Longitude-80.2

North Miami Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance7.2 miles
Jan Temp62 to 78 F
Apr Temp70 to 84 F
Jul Temp79 to 92 F
Oct Temp74 to 87 F
Annual Precip66 inches
Distance14.6 miles
Jan Temp59 to 76 F
Apr Temp66 to 82 F
Jul Temp75 to 90 F
Oct Temp72 to 86 F
Annual Precip64.1 inches
StationPERRINE 4 W
Distance26.2 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
Bal Harbour3,000$117,955
Bay Harbor Islands5,938$73,843
Biscayne Park3,175$88,355
El Portal2,143$92,813
Miami Shores10,676$127,015
North Miami Beach45,069$46,477

North Miami Public Libraries

North Miami Public Library
835 N.E. 132ND STREET
North Miami, Florida
(305) 891-5535

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North Miami Hospitals

St Catherine's Rehabilitation Hospital
1050 Ne 125th St
(305) 891-8850

North Miami Public Schools

Archcreek Elementary School
702 Ne 137th St
ZIP: 33161
(305) 892-4000
Total Enrollment 537
Aspira Raul Arnaldo Martinez Charter School
13300 Memorial Hwy
ZIP: 33161
(305) 893-8050
Total Enrollment 609
North Miami Elementary School
655 Ne 145th St
ZIP: 33161
(305) 949-6156
Total Enrollment 558
North Miami Middle School
700 Ne 137th St
ZIP: 33161
(305) 891-5611
Total Enrollment 978
North Miami Senior Adult Education
13110 Ne 8th Ave
ZIP: 33161
(305) 981-6774
North Miami Senior High School
13110 Ne 8th Ave
ZIP: 33161
(305) 891-6590
Total Enrollment 2561
W. J. Bryan Elementary
1201 Ne 125th St
ZIP: 33161
(305) 891-0602
Total Enrollment 730
Benjamin Franklin K-8 Center
13100 Nw 12th Ave
ZIP: 33168
(305) 681-3547
Total Enrollment 577
David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center
15000 Bay Vista Blvd
ZIP: 33181
(305) 354-2600
Total Enrollment 1694
3000 Ne 151 St, Ac-1 Rm 395
ZIP: 33181
(305) 919-4450
Total Enrollment 182
Natural Bridge Elementary School
1650 Ne 141st St
ZIP: 33181
(305) 891-8649
Total Enrollment 684

North Miami Private Schools

Holy Cross Lutheran School
650 Ne 135th St
ZIP: 33161
Total Enrollment 224
Holy Family Catholic School
14650 Ne 12th Ave
ZIP: 33161
Total Enrollment 187
Montessori School Of North Miami
695 Ne 123rd St
ZIP: 33161
Total Enrollment 71
Small World Montessori Method School Ii
14100 Ne 6th Ave
ZIP: 33161
Total Enrollment 2
Miami Union Academy Sda
12600 Nw 4th Ave
ZIP: 33168
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 293
Seven Day Adventst Union Academy
12600 Nw 4th Ave
ZIP: 33168
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 292
St James Catholic School
601 Nw 131st St
ZIP: 33168
Total Enrollment 342
The Challenger School
12128 Northwest 2nd Avenue
ZIP: 33168
Total Enrollment 7
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