Dania Beach, Florida

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Dania Beach, Florida
Official seal of Dania Beach, Florida
Nickname(s): "The Antique Capital of the South"[1]
Motto: Broward's First City
Location of Dania Beach in Broward County, Florida
Location of Dania Beach in Broward County, Florida
City boundaries prior to 2001 annexation
City boundaries prior to 2001 annexation
Coordinates: 26°3′18″N 80°9′11″W / 26.05500°N 80.15306°W / 26.05500; -80.15306Coordinates: 26°3′18″N 80°9′11″W / 26.05500°N 80.15306°W / 26.05500; -80.15306
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Broward
Settled (Modello Settlement) Circa 1898-1899[1]
Incorporated (Town of Dania) November 30, 1904[2]
Incorporated (City of Dania) June 06, 1927[2]
Incorporated (City of Dania Beach) November 03, 1998[2]
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Mayor Marco Salvino, Sr.
 • Vice Mayor Bobbie H. Grace
 • Commissioners Chickie Brandimarte, Albert C. Jones, and Walter B. “Duke” Duke, III
 • City Manager Robert Baldwin
 • City Clerk Louise Stilson
 • City 8.3 sq mi (21.6 km2)
 • Land 8.1 sq mi (21.0 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)  3.04%
Elevation 9 ft (3 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 29,639
 • Density 1,414.0/sq mi (545.9/km2)
 • Metro 5,564,635
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33004
Area code(s) 754, 954
FIPS code 12-16335[4]
GNIS feature ID 0281279[5]
Website www.ci.dania-beach.fl.us

Dania Beach is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 29,639.[6] It is part of the South Florida metropolitan area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census. Dania Beach is the location of one of the largest jai alai frontons in the United States, Dania Jai Alai and Casino.[7] It was formerly the location for two amusement centers; one named Boomers! (formerly Grand Prix Race-O-Rama), which housed the Dania Beach Hurricane roller coaster, and the other being Pirate's World amusement park, which was featured in Barry Mahon's Thumbelina. It is also home to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.


Dania Beach was the first official municipality to be incorporated into Broward County. Starting as a settlement called Modello, it was incorporated in November 1904. Most of the 35 residents were of Danish ancestry, and they changed the name of the town to Dania. On January 4, 1926, Dania voted to become part of its larger and more prosperous neighbor, Hollywood. But after the September 1926 Miami hurricane decimated Hollywood’s fortunes, Dania reincorporated itself into a city.[8][1] Some areas decided to stay within Hollywood, leading to Dania's current disjointed city boundaries. On November 1998, Dania formally changed its name to Dania Beach; however Dania is still commonly used to refer to the city. In 2001, the city annexed several unincorporated areas of Broward County increasing the population by about 3,600 people.[1]

Formerly known as the "Tomato Capital of the World," once the city went from a farming settlement to an urban city, it soon took on the name "The Antique Capital of the South," due to its many antique shops in Downtown Dania Beach, especially along Federal Highway, known as the city's "Antique Row."[1]

Dania Jai Alai


Dania Beach is located at 26°03′18″N 80°09′11″W / 26.054916°N 80.153119°W / 26.054916; -80.153119. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.3 square miles (21.6 km2). 8.1 square miles (21.0 km2) of it is land and 0.27 square miles (0.7 km2) of it (3.04%) is water.[6]

Dania Beach's boundaries are Fort Lauderdale to the north, Hollywood to the south, Hollywood and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Davie along with the Hollywood Seminole Indian Reservation to the west of the city.

Dania Beach is adjacent to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.[9]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 369
1920 762 106.5%
1930 1,674 119.7%
1940 2,902 73.4%
1950 4,540 56.4%
1960 7,065 55.6%
1970 9,013 27.6%
1980 11,796 30.9%
1990 13,024 10.4%
2000 20,061 54.0%
2010 29,639 47.7%
Est. 2014 31,117 [10] 5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
Dania Beach Demographics
2010 Census Dania Beach Broward County Florida
Total population 29,639 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +47.7% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 3,662.3/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 69.6% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 52.5% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 21.8% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 22.4% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 2.1% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 2.6% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 3.2% 3.7% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 15,671 households out of which 17.8% were vacant. In 2000, 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.9% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.0% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.85.

In 2000, the city the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.4 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $34,125, and the median income for a family was $37,405. Males had a median income of $35,081 versus $26,535 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,795. About 14.6% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.6% of those under age 18 and 16.0% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, English as a first language was spoken by 76.85%, while Spanish accounted for 12.38%, French at 4.88%, French Creole at 1.94%, Italian at 1.36%, and Arabic was spoken by 0.80% of the population.[12]

As of 2000, Dania Beach had the 127th highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, at 1.69% of the city's population (tied with Fort Lauderdale and Parkland.)[13]


The airline Sun Air International has its headquarters in Dania Beach.[14][15]

American Maritime Officers is headquartered in Dania Beach, as is the Alec Bradley Cigar Co., a maker of hand-rolled cigars.

Carnival Air Lines was headquartered in Dania Beach.[16] Gulfstream International Airlines was formerly headquartered in Dania Beach.[17][18]


Dania Beach's public schools are operated by the Broward County Public Schools.

Public Elementary

  • Collins Elementary School
  • Dania Elementary School

Public Middle

  • Olsen Middle School

Public High


Dania Beach is a part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood media market, which is the 12th largest radio market[19] and the 17th largest television market[20] in the United States. Its primary daily newspapers are the South Florida-Sun Sentinel and The Miami Herald, and their Spanish-language counterparts El Sentinel and El Nuevo Herald.


Dania Beach is served by the Fort Lauderdale Airport station on the Tri-Rail. It is also served by several Broward County Transit buses.


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  2. ^ a b c "Broward-by-the-Numbers (pages 3-5)" (PDF). www.broward.org. Retrieved 2015-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Florida by Place. Population, Housing, Area, and Density: 2000". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Dania Beach city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Burstein, Jon (23 April 2005). "Dania Beach Jai-Alai fronton may find rescue in slots". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  8. ^ http://joanmickelsonphd.wordpress.com/
  9. ^ "Zoning Map." City of Dania Beach. Retrieved on May 12, 2010.
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "MLA Data Center results for Dania Beach, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  13. ^ "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  14. ^ "Contact Us." (Archive) Sun Air International. Retrieved on March 30, 2013. "Mailing Address Sun Air International 3201 Griffin Road Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312"
  15. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Dania Beach city, FL 001." (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on March 30, 2013.
  16. ^ Ostrowski, Jeff. "Codina, Swerdlow set sights on Sawgrass Mills." South Florida Business Journal. Friday March 28, 1997. Retrieved on May 23, 2009.
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  18. ^ "Contact Us." Gulfstream International Airlines. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  19. ^ "Top 50 Radio Markets Ranked By Metro 12+ Population, Spring 2005". Northwestern University Media Management Center. Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  20. ^ "Top 50 TV markets ranked by households". Northwestern University Media Management Center. Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 

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