Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing CDP boundaries
|• Total||3 sq mi (7.7 km2)|
|• Land||3 sq mi (7.7 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||10 ft (3 m)|
|• Density||3,367.7/sq mi (1,300.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0283239|
Goulds is a census-designated place (CDP) in Miami-Dade County, within the U.S. state of Florida. The area was originally populated as the result of a stop on the Florida East Coast Railroad. The railroad depot was located near the current Southwest 216th Street. The community was named after its operator, Lyman Gould, who cut trees for railroad ties. As of the 2009 census, the population stood at 10,103.
The area that became Goulds was settled in 1900 by homesteaders. It received its name when the Florida East Coast Railway built a siding in 1903, operated by an employee of the railroad named Goulds. It was first known as Gould's Siding, and later shortened to Goulds. Many packing houses were built along Old Dixie Highway. Early on, Goulds had a reputation as a rough town, with several saloons serving itinerant field workers. Most of the packing houses were destroyed by a tornado in 1919, as well as a Hurricane later in 1926, but were later rebuilt.
As of the census of 2009, there were 10,103 people, 2,987 households, and 2,391 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,514.5 people per square mile (972.2/km²). There were 2,367 housing units at an average density of 798.6/sq mi (308.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 39.1% White 55.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.48% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 41.0% of the population.
There were 2,987 households out of which 42.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.5% were married couples living together, 35.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.36 and the average family size was 3.71.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 35.7% under the age of 20, 14.2% from 20 to 29, 13.6% from 30 to 39, 27.3% from 40 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years old. The female population stood at 5,370 while for males at 4,733.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,200, and the median income for a family was $35,374. Males had a median income of $26,822 versus $25,265 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,259. About 31.2% of families and 37.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.9% of those under age 18 and 27.4% of those age 65 or over.
The Miami-Dade County Public Schools district serves Goulds.
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