Florida, Gauteng

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Florida
Florida is located in South Africa
Florida
Florida
 Florida shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°10′30″S 27°55′23″E / 26.175°S 27.923°E / -26.175; 27.923Coordinates: 26°10′30″S 27°55′23″E / 26.175°S 27.923°E / -26.175; 27.923
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Main Place Roodepoort
Area[1]
 • Total 6.32 km2 (2.44 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 20,082
 • Density 3,200/km2 (8,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 35.9%
 • Coloured 29.6%
 • Indian/Asian 9.5%
 • White 23.1%
 • Other 1.8%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 48.1%
 • Afrikaans 23.6%
 • Zulu 8.2%
 • Tswana 5.2%
 • Other 14.9%
Postal code (street) 1709
PO box 1710
Area code 010

Florida, Gauteng is a location in Gauteng province, South Africa. It is located about 10 miles west of Johannesburg. The area which is referred to as Florida was originally established as the farm Vogelstruisfontein. Vogelstruisfontein and the farms Roodepoort and Paardekraal were established as mining camps after the discovery of gold in 1881. The main road through Florida, Goldman Street, forms the spine for local business activity and civic services. The local library is one of the best facilities of its kind in Johannesburg.[citation needed] The eastern end of Goldman street is home to a number of antique dealers specialising in Afrikana furniture.

Florida Lake is a large area of water south of the railway line. It is flanked by residential properties to the north, and parklands to the east and west.

Although Florida was declared as a white area during apartheid, more than half of Florida's residents today are coloured. This is mainly because it is in close proximity to the coloured townships of Bosmont, Coronationville, Newclare, Westbury and Riverlea.

The railway station is on the Springs to Randfontein line with easy access to Johannesburg.

It is served by Florida Primary School, Florida Park High School and Afrikaans language Florida Hoërskool and Florida Laerskool. The local sports field at Trezona Park is the home to Florida Albion Football Club as well as having facilities for hockey, cricket, tennis and squash.

Flora Centre is located in Florida Hills and is Florida’s largest and most popular shopping centre.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Florida". Census 2011.