El Portal, Florida

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El Portal, Florida
Village
Typical street in El Portal
Typical street in El Portal
Official seal of El Portal, Florida
Seal
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing village boundaries
U.S. Census Bureau map showing village boundaries
Coordinates: 25°51′18.62″N 80°11′39.01″W / 25.8551722°N 80.1941694°W / 25.8551722; -80.1941694Coordinates: 25°51′18.62″N 80°11′39.01″W / 25.8551722°N 80.1941694°W / 25.8551722; -80.1941694
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Miami-Dade
Incorporated December 7, 1937
Government
 • Mayor Daisy M. Black
 • Vice Mayor Harold E. Mathis Jr.
 • Councilwoman Claudia V. Cubillos
 • Councilman Omarr C. Nickerson
 • Councilman Adam Old
Area
 • Village 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
 • Land 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 7 ft (2 m)
Population (2005)
 • Village 2,427
 • Density 5,896.6/sq mi (2,302.8/km2)
 • Metro 5,422,200
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Codes 33138, 33150
Area code(s) 305
FIPS code 12-20650[1]
GNIS feature ID 0282132[2]
Website Village of El Portal

El Portal is a village in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The village name is derived from the Spanish term for "the gate," after two wooden gates that once stood as a gateway to the village. El Portal was originally a neighborhood of the City of Miami when it was annexed into the City of Miami in 1925. With the arrival of the Great Depression, the City of Miami gave up its jurisdiction and El Portal was incorporated as its own village in 1937. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 2,468.[3]

History[edit]

El Portal is a small, diverse enclave between Miami Shores and Miami. It was incorporated on December 6, 1937. The enclave was originally the capital of the Tequesta tribal area, and was visited by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in the 1560s.[citation needed] Three small subdivisions (now neighborhoods)—Sherwood Forest, El Jardin (Spanish for "The Garden"), and El Portal—merged into the Village of El Portal.[4] Its borders include 91st Street on the north, 85th Street on the south, Northeast Fifth Avenue on the east and Northwest Fifth Avenue on the west.

The village's name is a Spanish term meaning "the gate," referring to two huge wooden gates on Northeast Second Avenue that were taken down in the 1940s.

The village was also designated as a bird sanctuary by the state for more than 50 years, which means that the birds and trees cannot be harmed in any way. A nature trail winds its way through the village. El Portal also boasts links to prehistoric Indian life at the Little River Mound, a four-foot-high, innocuous grassy knoll that is actually an ancient burial ground. The Little River Mound, located in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood, is the first archaeological site to be publicly recognized and preserved in Miami-Dade County.[5]

The population was 2,505 at the 2000 census. As of 2005, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 2,427.[6]

Geography[edit]

El Portal is located at 25°51′19″N 80°11′39″W / 25.85528°N 80.19417°W / 25.85528; -80.19417 (25.855173, -80.194168).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all land.

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Demographics[edit]

As of the 2010 census El Portal had a population of 2,325. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 19.0% non-Hispanic white, 50.1% African-American (47.6% non-Hispanic African American), 0.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian India, 0.5% other Asian, 1.0% non-Hsiapnic reporting some other race and 28.6% Hispanic or Latino.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,505 people, 837 households, and 564 families residing in the village. The population density was 5,896.6 inhabitants per square mile (2,302.8/km²). There were 878 housing units at an average density of 2,066.7 per square mile (807.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 28.42% White (15.9% were Non-Hispanic White,)[8] 61.36% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 2.51% from other races, and 6.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.24% of the population.

There were 837 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.2% were married couples living together, 21.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.59.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $39,681, and the median income for a family was $41,029. Males had a median income of $27,222 versus $22,409 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,782. About 16.3% of families and 22.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.9% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English was spoken by 51.96% of residents, while French Creole made up 23.71%, Spanish at 22.38%, French 1.07%, and Patois at 0.86% of the population.[9]

As of 2000, El Portal had the second highest percentage of Bahamian residents in the US, with 2.2% of the US populace.[10] It had the third highest percentage of Haitan residents in the US, at 23% of the village's population (tied with Spring Valley, New York,)[11] and the sixty-seventh highest percentage of Dominican residents in the US, at 2.12% of the its population.[12] It also had the seventy-sixth most Cubans in the US, at 4.19% of the population,[13] while it had the thirty-second highest percentage of Hondurans, at 1.24% of all residents.[14] El Portal's Jamaican community had the tenth highest percentage of residents, which was at 8.5% of its residents.[15] It's also home to the thirtieth highest percentage of Nicaraguan residents in the US, at 1.4% of the population.[16]

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