Introduction to North Miami Beach, Florida

North Miami Beach, Florida, in Miami Dade county, is 3 miles NE of North Miami, Florida (center to center) and 11 miles N of Miami, Florida. It's situated along the Intracoastal Waterway. The city has an ethnically diverse population and includes a substantial middle-class Haitian community. The neighborhoods have distinctive identities which are enhanced by neighborhood community and resource centers. Situated midway between the popular cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale provides residents and visitors easy access to the popular tourist destinations in South Florida. North Miami Beach is a prominent regional shopping location.

North Miami Beach History

Henry Flagler constructed the Florida East Coast Railway from the West Palm Beach area to Miami in 1896. Small communities developed near the train stops he created. A large number of the settlers arrived due to the offer of 160 acres of free land by the United States Government. In the 1890's farms were established along the Oleta River. In 1912 Lafe Allen arrived in Florida and along with an associate bought a large acreage. He began selling lots in 1922.

It was originally known as Filford By-The-Sea. The devastating hurricane of 1926 caused extensive damage and put a halt to the real estate boom. The real estate market did not thrive again until after WW II ended. In 1931 the city was renamed North Miami Beach in order to prosper from the national advertising for Miami Beach.

North Miami Beach Attractions

  • The St. Bernard de Clairvaux is an authentic Medieval Spanish monastery. The cloisters of the monastery were built in Spain during the 12th century. William Randolf Hearst bought the structure and had it dismantled and transported to the United States. After it was reassembled it became a popular tourist attraction.
  • Littman Performing Arts Theater.
  • Senator Gwen Margolis Amphitheater.
  • Fulford Monument.

North Miami Beach Activities

Popular scenic beaches are nearby. The Fort Lauderdale area is well known for excellent beaches and snorkeling and diving locations. The beautiful Greynolds Park is a good location for boating, canoeing, picnicking and bird watching. Oleta River State Park is one of the largest urban parks in Florida. The park is used for bicycle riding, kayaking and canoeing and includes a sandy swimming beach and a fishing pier. The region features a large number of quality golf courses.

North Miami Beach Higher Education

The Nova Southeastern University - Miami campus is nearby.

North Miami Beach Transportation

The Miami International Airport and the Fort Lauderdale International Airport are close by.


Total Population 43,489
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 19,504
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 36.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.6%
Median Earnings25+ $25,144
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,538
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,667


Median Family Income $44,632
% Above Poverty Level 76.8%
% Below Poverty Level 23.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 12.2%


People Living Alone 29%
Median Gross Rent $987
Median House Value $149,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.2%
US/American 0%
English 0.9%
Irish 1.2%

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

North Miami Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of North Miami, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles N of Miami, Florida
County Miami-Dade
Standard Zip Codes 33160, 33161, 33162, 33169, 33179, 33180, 33181
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33261
Phone Area Codes 305
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 25.932
Longitude -80.162

North Miami Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.2 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
Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 59 to 76 F
Apr Temp 66 to 82 F
Jul Temp 75 to 90 F
Oct Temp 72 to 86 F
Annual Precip 64.1 inches
Station PERRINE 4 W
Distance 29.5 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, North Miami Beach, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Barry University (33161)

Keystone Islands (33261)

Mia Shores (33162)

Sunny Isles (33160)

Uleta (33162)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aventura 37,357 $82,283
Bal Harbour 2,677 $82,656
Biscayne Park 3,193 $83,750
Golden Beach 709 $158,125
North Miami 62,042 $39,856
Sunny Isles Beach 21,837 $60,060

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

North Miami Beach Public Libraries

North Miami Beach Public Library
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North Miami Beach Hospitals

160 NW 170TH ST
(305) 651-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

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