Davie, Florida

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Davie, Florida
Town
Old Davie School Historical Museum
Old Davie School Historical Museum
Location of Davie within eastern (incorporated) part of Broward County, Florida
Location of Davie within eastern (incorporated) part of Broward County, Florida
Coordinates: 26°4′53″N 80°16′49″W / 26.08139°N 80.28028°W / 26.08139; -80.28028Coordinates: 26°4′53″N 80°16′49″W / 26.08139°N 80.28028°W / 26.08139; -80.28028
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Broward
Settled 1909
Incorporated (first) 16 November 1925
Incorporated (second) 1960
Government
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Vice Mayor Bryan Caletka (R)
 • Town Administrator Richard Lemack
Area[1]
 • Town 35.7 sq mi (92.5 km2)
 • Land 34.9 sq mi (90.4 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)  2.32%
Elevation 9 ft (1 m)
Population (2010 census)
 • Town 91,992
 • Density 2,637/sq mi (1,018.1/km2)
 • Metro 5,564,635
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33312, 33314, 33317, 33324-33332, 33355, 33331
Area code(s) 754, 954
FIPS code 12-16475[2]
GNIS feature ID 0281316[3]
Website www.davie-fl.gov

Davie is a town in Broward County, Florida, United States. The town's population was 91,992 at the 2010 census.[1] It is the most populous municipality labelled as a "town" in Florida, and the third most populous such community in the United States, trailing only Gilbert, Arizona, and Cary, North Carolina. It is considered part of the Miami metropolitan area. On December 24, 2013, workers found the skeleton that is believed to be a 2,000 year old woman.

History[edit]

Davie was founded by Tamara Toussaint and Jake Tannebaum. The original name of the town was Zona. In 1909 R.P. Davie assisted then Governor Broward by draining the swamplands. Robert Parsell (R.P.) Davie, a developer, bought about 27,000 acres (109 km2) in the area. He built a school in Zona and in 1916, the people of the town were so grateful they renamed the town after him. It was carved out of Everglades land that was mostly under water.

Davie has always had a reputation as a "Western" town. It boasts a significant horse-owning population and once was home to many herds of cattle. In recent years, commercial and residential development has discouraged such practices but Davie still tries to maintain a "Western" feel. Pioneer City, a western theme park, was located across the street from Flamingo Gardens. It was built in the 1960s and closed a few years later.

Damage by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 in Davie

The Old Davie School[edit]

The Davie School, designed in 1917 by August Geiger, one of South Florida's most prominent early architects, opened its doors in 1918 with about 90 students. The Davie School was the first permanent school in the Everglades and is now Broward County's oldest existing school building. The building was in continuous use as a school until 1980. The Davie School Foundation was established in 1984 to protect and restore the Davie School to the integrity of its earlier appearance. The Foundation in conjunction with the Town of Davie, the Broward County School Board, the Soroptimists International of Davie, the Davie Historical Society and the community at large has worked tirelessly to preserve this important piece of Broward County's history The building is now referred to as the "Old Davie School," and is maintained by a collaboration of the Davie School Foundation and the Town of Davie.

In the early 2000s two other historic buildings from the surrounding neighborhood were moved to the property adjoining the Old Davie School.

  • The Viele House, built beginning in 1912, is the oldest residential structure remaining in Davie and is an excellent example of vernacular architecture. It survived the hurricane of 1926 and the floods of 1947. It was continuously occupied by members of the Viele family until being moved to the Old Davie School property. Regrettably, the Viele House was sealed to accommodate a modern air conditioning system, as part of the permanent preservation plan. One of the most important features of the original structure was the non-electric "air conditioned" design of the home. Specifically, warm air was drawn up and out through the opening in the top of the attic. The natural air flow kept the home relatively comfortable, even in the hot south Florida, climate. Also, as with most of the old Davie homes, the Viele House was elevated on pillars, which permitted the breeze to blow under the building.
  • In 2004 the former home of Colonel Charles A. & Katherine M. Walsh (1912–1932) and the Bud & Betty Osterhoudt family (1958–2004) was also moved to the site.

Geography[edit]

Davie is located at 26°04′53″N 80°16′49″W / 26.081426°N 80.280223°W / 26.081426; -80.280223.[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.7 square miles (92.5 km2), of which 34.9 square miles (90.4 km2) is land and 0.85 square miles (2.2 km2) (2.32%) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 2,856
1980 20,877 631.0%
1990 47,217 126.2%
2000 75,720 60.4%
2010 91,922 21.4%
Davie Demographics
2010 Census Davie Broward County Florida
Total population 91,922 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +21.5% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 2,636.8/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 80.1% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 56.8% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 8.0% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 29.1% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 4.6% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.1% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 3.8% 3.7% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 37,306 households, with 8.0% being vacant. As of 2000, 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $47,014, and the median income for a family was $56,290. Males had a median income of $38,756 versus $30,016 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,271. About 6.9% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, those who spoke only English at home made up 75.47% of the population, while those who spoke Spanish made up 18.74%, and French speakers made up 1.13% of residents. A few other languages spoken were Italian at 0.73%, Chinese at 0.53%, Portuguese 0.51%, and French Creole being the mother tongue of 0.38% of the population.[5]

Education[edit]

Davie is host of the South Florida Educational Center. A large number of educational institutions have campuses in Davie, including:

Colleges and universities[edit]

Public elementary schools[edit]

  • Davie Elementary School
  • Flamingo Elementary School
  • Fox Trail Elementary School
  • Hawkes Bluff Elementary School (opened in 1989)
  • Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School
  • Nova Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Silver Ridge Elementary School

Public middle schools[edit]

  • Indian Ridge Middle School
  • Nova Middle School
  • Silver Trail Middle School

Public high schools[edit]

Public Technical Centers[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Media[edit]

Davie is a part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood media market, which is the twelfth largest radio market[6] and the seventeenth largest television market[7] in the United States.

Its daily newspapers are the South Florida-Sun Sentinel and The Miami Herald, and their Spanish-language counterparts El Sentinel and El Nuevo Herald.

Davie Digest is the local free community newspaper serving the town with community news and an interactive website allowing for the community to submit news and subscribe to the paper.

Points of interest[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Davie town, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "MLA Data Center Results for Davie, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 Radio Markets Ranked By Metro 12+ Population, Spring 2005". Northwestern University Media Management Center. Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  7. ^ "Top 50 TV markets ranked by households". Northwestern University Media Management Center. Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 

External links[edit]

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