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.



Total Population7,373
Male Share of the Population45.5%
Female Share of the Population54.5%
Senior Citizens18.2%
Employed Population 16+3,405
Age of the Population43


% of people married40.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher29.6%
Median Earnings25+$33,270
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,367
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,828


Median Family Income$54,194
% Above Poverty Level87.3%
% Below Poverty Level12.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%


People Living Alone23.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,384
Median House Value$303,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)86.6%
French Except Basque1.2%
West Indian0.8%
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West Miami Almanac

CountyMiami-Dade County
Standard Zip Codes33144
Phone Area Codes3,05,786
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude25.76
Approximate Longitude-80.31

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)

Distance3.7 miles
Jan Temp60 to 77 F
Apr Temp68 to 84 F
Jul Temp77 to 91 F
Oct Temp72 to 85 F
Annual Precip58.5 inches
Distance4.9 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
Distance15.1 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
Coral Gables50,931$141,652
Miami Springs14,375$73,995
South Miami12,202$87,083
Virginia Gardens2,504$51,629
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