West Miami, Florida

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City of West Miami
City
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 city limits
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
Coordinates: 25°45′26″N 80°17′48″W / 25.75722°N 80.29667°W / 25.75722; -80.29667Coordinates: 25°45′26″N 80°17′48″W / 25.75722°N 80.29667°W / 25.75722; -80.29667
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Miami-Dade
Incorporated 1947
Area
 • Total 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
 • Land 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[1] 1 9 ft (3 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,863
 • Density 8,241.5/sq mi (3,188.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33144
Area code(s) 305
FIPS code 12-76525[2]
GNIS feature ID 0293093[3]
Website http://www.cityofwestmiamifl.com/

West Miami is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,863 at the 2000 census.

Geography[edit]

West Miami is located at 25°45′26″N 80°17′48″W / 25.75722°N 80.29667°W / 25.75722; -80.29667 (25.757691,-80.296583)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), all land.

Surrounding areas[edit]

History[edit]

The city of West Miami, which is only three-quarters of a square mile, is nestled between Tamiami Trail and Coral Way.

In 1947 four businessmen decided to incorporate the city when Dade County wanted to reduce the cocktail hours and ban gambling rooms. The four businessmen, along with a group of residents, decided they didn't want to lose their extended cocktail hours and gambling rooms. They each invested approximately $400 then debated on a name for the city.

Among the suggested names were West Haven, West Gate and West Miami.

However, these businessmen weren't the only ones that contributed to the birth of the city. Towards the end of World War II, when Florida was beginning to develop, land was being given away by the government as an incentive for people to settle there. Many soldiers returning from the war took advantage of the free lots and built their homes in West Miami.

Incorporated as a town with only 700 residents, West Miami now stands as a city with 6,132 residents, a 4% increase since the 2000 census. Like the Little Havana neighborhood of the city of Miami, the majority of the city of West Miami, 84% according to the U.S. census, consists of Hispanics.

Since its modest beginnings, West Miami has maintained a high standard for residential and business community.

“The city is unique because of its residential component and family atmosphere,” said Yolanda Aguilar, a City Manager.

Though a small city, during the 1990s West Miami accomplished many capital projects such as sidewalk replacement projects, tree beautification projects, new parking in front of City Hall and the purchase of a new storm water truck.

The small city is surrounded by the larger neighbors: Coral Gables and Miami.

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Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,863 people, 2,062 households, and 1,587 families residing in the city. The population density was 8,241.5 inhabitants per square mile (3,188.3/km²). There were 2,112 housing units at an average density of 2,968.8 per square mile (1,148.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.98% White (15% were Non-Hispanic White,)[6] 0.82% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 3.41% from other races, and 3.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 84.04% of the population.

There were 2,062 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 18.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,910, and the median income for a family was $39,000. Males had a median income of $26,875 versus $26,013 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,850. About 7.6% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, Spanish as a first language was at 87.38% of residents, while English spoken as the mother tongue was 12.61% of the population.[7]

As of 2000, West Miami had the fourth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, with 61.61% of the populace.[8] It had the tenth highest percentage of Nicaraguan residents in the US, at 2.98% of the city's population,[9] and the eighty-first highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 1.91% of its population (tied with Palm Springs, FL.)[10] It also had the thirty-first most Hondurans in the US, at 1.25%,[11] while it had the fifty-eighth highest percentage of Peruvians, at 1.04% of all residents.[12]

Leadership[edit]

City Mayor: Eduardo H. Muhiña
Vice Mayor: Juan M. Blanes
City Commission:
Luciano L. Suarez
Candida Blanca
Rhonda A. Rodriguez

City Manager: Yolanda Aguilar
City Clerk: Annery Gonzalez
City Attorney: Jose A. Villalobos

Crime[edit]

The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 22. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 3.6 per 1,000 people. [13]

City Information[edit]

Solid Waste Department - Garbage Collection Days: Tuesday & Friday

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