Golden Beach, Florida
|Town of Golden Beach|
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing town boundaries
|• Mayor||Glenn Singer|
|• Total||0.3 sq mi (1.0 km2)|
|• Land||0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.2 km2) 0.0%|
|Elevation||0 ft (0 m)|
|• Density||2,692.7/sq mi (1,039.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0283145|
Golden Beach is a town located in the northeast corner of Miami-Dade County, Florida, between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 919.
Golden Beach is located at  It is on the barrier island that separates the Intracoastal Waterway from the ocean; the entire town is about one mile from north to south, and four blocks from east to west..
Golden Beach is known as a very upscale community, and many of its houses are worth over a million dollars. Several celebrities, including Bill Gates and Ricky Martin, maintain homes there. Eric Clapton's album 461 Ocean Boulevard was named after the Golden Beach house at that address, a photo of which is also featured on the album cover.
The town is surrounded by the cities of Aventura to the west, Sunny Isles Beach to the south, and Hallandale Beach to the north. Another interesting note is that high-rise construction and commercial development are not permitted within the Town limits.
The main road through Golden Beach is Collins Avenue, also known as State Road A1A and Beachfront Avenue; Golden Beach is one of the most notorious speed traps in the Miami area. Motorists have been pulled over not only for speeding, but for minor equipment issues at night, which may become fishing expeditions (seat belts, etc.). The town has an abnormally large police force for its size, most of which is dedicated to speed control along the main road.
In 1981, all but one of the roads into the town were closed as a means of preventing "criminals, curious tourists from nearby hotels, joggers and Haitian refugees" from entering Golden Beach.
As of the census of 2000, there were 919 people, 282 households, and 234 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,692.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,043.6/km²). There were 341 housing units at an average density of 999.1 per square mile (387.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.43% white (74.9% were non-Hispanic white), 0.33% African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.41% Asian, 0.87% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.76% of the population.
There were 282 households out of which 49.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.3% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.0% were non-families. 13.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.26 and the average family size was 3.55.
In the town the population was spread out with 34.6% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $136,686, and the median income for a family was $141,557. Males had a median income of $81,193 versus $58,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $73,053.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools serves Golden Beach.
Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay Campus serves Golden Beach. Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School served Golden Beach until Mourning's opening in 2009.
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