Miami Lakes, Florida

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Town of Miami Lakes
Town
Official seal of Town of Miami Lakes
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 town boundaries
U.S. Census Bureau map showing town boundaries
Coordinates: 25°54′42″N 80°19′30″W / 25.91167°N 80.32500°W / 25.91167; -80.32500Coordinates: 25°54′42″N 80°19′30″W / 25.91167°N 80.32500°W / 25.91167; -80.32500
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Miami-Dade
Incorporated December 5, 2000
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor Wayne Slaton (I)
Area
 • Total 6.4 sq mi (16.5 km2)
 • Land 6.0 sq mi (15.4 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)  6.73%
Elevation 3 ft (1 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 22,676
 • Density 3,806.4/sq mi (1,469.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Codes 33014, 33016
Area code(s) 305
FIPS code 12-45100[1]
GNIS feature ID 0305161[2]
Website http://miamilakes-fl.gov/

Miami Lakes is a suburb of Miami, an incorporated town and former census-designated place in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 22,676 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 22,688.[3]

History[edit]

The development was constructed by Sengra (now the Graham Companies) beginning in 1962, on land formerly owned by Florida State Senator Ernest "Cap" Graham. The Grahams stated for many years that it would be a 30-year development, but they are still developing to this day.

The original Miami Lakes development, east of the Palmetto Expressway, was master planned by Lester Collins with curving tree-shaded roadways and numerous curving lakes, which are unusual compared to most surrounding areas with their treeless streets on a square grid and rectangular lakes. This original development, which is on the east side of the more recently designated Town of Miami Lakes, has neighborhood shopping centers, tot-lot parks, and a town center named Main Street. A significant portion of Miami Lakes is still owned by the Grahams, mostly apartment buildings, shopping centers, office buildings, and still undeveloped land. The town is an early model of the New Urbanism movement with shopping and services located in walking distance of residences as well as narrow walkable streets and plenty of neighborhood parks.

Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, younger half brother of family patriarch William "Bill" Graham, is one of the owners, and the late publisher of the Washington Post, Katharine Graham, had a share by marriage. On December 5, 2000, Miami Lakes voted to become an incorporated town.

Geography[edit]

Miami Lakes is located at 25°54′42″N 80°19′30″W / 25.911672°N 80.325067°W / 25.911672; -80.325067.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.4 square miles (17 km2). 6.0 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (6.73%) is water.[citation needed]

Surrounding areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 9,809
1990 12,750 30.0%
2000 22,676 77.9%
2010 29,361 29.5%
source:[5]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 22,676 people, 8,248 households, and 6,111 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,806.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,469.0/km2). There were 9,000 housing units at an average density of 1,510.7 per square mile (583.0/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.25% White (28.1% Non-Hispanic Whites,)[6] 2.80% African American, 0.14% Native American, 2.20% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.86% from other races, and 2.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 66.52% of the population.

There were 8,248 households out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 34.9% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $61,147, and the median income for a family was $68,431. Males had a median income of $45,759 versus $31,656 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $28,867. About 3.8% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of Spanish as a first language accounted for 72.41%, while English made up 24.65%, Portuguese was at 0.67%, and Urdu consisted of 0.64% of residents.[7]

As of 2000, Miami Lakes had the twenty-second highest percentage of Arab residents in the US, with 1.1% of the US populace (tied with four other places in the US.)[8] It had the twenty-seventh highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 4.43% of the town's population,[9] and the twelfth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, at 42.28% of the its population.[10] It also had the ninety-sixth most Dominicans in the US, at 1.65%,[11] while it had the thirty-ninth highest percentage of Nicaraguans, at 1.07% of all residents.[12] Miami Lake's Venezuelan community had the eighteenth highest percentage of residents, which was at 1.06% (tying with several other US places, such as Tamiami, Florida.)[13]

Government[edit]

The Town of Miami Lakes held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting for their new Town Hall on April 23, 2013, located at the east end of Main Street.[14]

Miami Lakes Mayor Wayne Slaton standing in front of the Miami Lakes Town Hall before its completion.

The Miami-Dade Police Department operates the Northwest District Station in Miami Lakes. The station provides law enforcement services to Miami Lakes.[15]

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue operates Station 1 Miami Lakes.[16]

On October 5, 2010, Nelson Hernandez was the youngest councilmember to be elected to the Miami Lakes Town Council at the age of 24 since the town incorporated in 2000.

Veteran's Memorial[edit]

The Town of Miami Lakes has a unique indoor Veteran’s Memorial located at the Royal Oaks Park Community Center. The memorial is a 50-foot-long mural that features a combination of the following media: two digitized paintings of military scenes throughout U.S. history, wood carvings, stained glass, and hand-made glass mosaics molded from leaves of Miami Lakes’ trees. The centerpiece of the artwork consists of the seals from each of the US military service branches and the POW/MIA seal. The memorial was inaugurated on Memorial Day of 2011. The artists are Alfred Darmanin and Michelle Stecco.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Miami-Dade County Public Schools serves Miami Lakes.

Magnet/Vocational Schools[edit]

Private Schools[edit]

Catholic[edit]

  • Our Lady of the Lakes

Non-Denominational Christian[edit]

  • Dade-Christian (located outside the north entrance to Miami Lakes)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2004-04-12.xls
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Demographics of Miami Lakes, FL". MuniNetGuide.com. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  7. ^ "MLA Data Center Results of Miami Lakes, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  8. ^ "Ancestry Map of Arab Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  9. ^ "Ancestry Map of Colombian Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  10. ^ "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  11. ^ "Ancestry Map of Dominican Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  12. ^ "Ancestry Map of Nicaraguan Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  13. ^ "Ancestry Map of Venezuelan Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  14. ^ http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/02/3377432/miami-lakes-celebrates-new-town.html
  15. ^ "http://www.miamidade.gov/police/contacts-northwest.asp Northwest District Station]." Miami-Dade Police Department. Retrieved on September 9, 2012. "5975 Miami Lakes Drive East Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2466"
  16. ^ "Stations & Units." Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Retrieved on September 16, 2012.

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