Madeira Beach, Florida

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Madeira Beach, Florida
Sunset at Madeira Beach
Sunset at Madeira Beach
Mad Beach
“Two Miles Long and a Smile Wide”
Location in Pinellas County and the state of Florida
Location in Pinellas County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°47′45″N 82°47′26″W / 27.79583°N 82.79056°W / 27.79583; -82.79056Coordinates: 27°47′45″N 82°47′26″W / 27.79583°N 82.79056°W / 27.79583; -82.79056
Country United States
State Florida
County Pinellas
 • TypeCommissioner-Manager Government
 • Mayor (March 2020–2023)John Hendricks
 • Vice Mayor/District 3 Commissioner (March 2019–2021)Doug Andrews
 • District 1 Commissioner (March 2020–2022)Helen "Happy" Price
 • District 2 Commissioner (March 2020–2022)Nancy Hodges
 • District 4 Commissioner (March 2019–2021)John Douthirt
 • Total3.19 sq mi (8.27 km2)
 • Land0.98 sq mi (2.54 km2)
 • Water2.21 sq mi (5.72 km2)
3 ft (1 m)
 • Total3,895
 • Density3,966.40/sq mi (1,531.69/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33708, 33738
Area code(s)727
FIPS code12-42400[2]
GNIS feature ID0286267[3]

Madeira Beach (/məˈdɛərə/ mə-DAIR) is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States, bordered on the west by the Gulf of Mexico, and on the east by St. Petersburg. As of the 2020 census,the population was 3,895. The area is primarily residential, with little or no industrial or sizable service businesses. Residents are mostly supported by commercial interests that are located outside of the area, and many residents are retirees. The entertainment district of John's Pass is located on the Intracoastal Waterway. The city is often referred to by locals as Mad Beach.[4] It is named after the Portuguese island of Madeira.[5]


Madeira Beach is located at 27°47′45″N 82°47′26″W / 27.795853°N 82.790623°W / 27.795853; -82.790623.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), of which 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) is land, and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (68.50%) are water.[7] The city is located on a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico to the southwest, and Boca Ciega Bay to the northeast. One bridge, the Tom Stuart Causeway, connects Madeira Beach to the mainland, in the unincorporated community of Bay Pines. To the northwest of Madeira Beach is the town of Redington Beach, and to the southeast, across the inlet of John's Pass, is the city of Treasure Island.


John's Pass boardwalk
Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

At the 2000 census, there were 4,511 people in 2,528 households, including 1,122 families, in the city. The population density was 4,392.0 per square mile (1,691.0/km2). There were 3,976 housing units, at an average density of 3,871.1 per square mile (1,490.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was: 97.05% White, 0.27% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race made up 2.37%.[2]

Of the 2,528 households: 9.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 35.6% were married couples living together; 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present; and 55.6% were non-families. 42.4% of households were one person, and 12.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 1.78, and the average family size was 2.36.

The age distribution was: 8.2% under the age of 18; 4.8% from 18 to 24; 29.3% from 25 to 44; 35.7% from 45 to 64; and 22.0% that are 65 or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.2 males.

The median household income was $36,671, and the median family income was $50,833. Males had a median income of $32,353, versus $27,455 for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,097. About 4.1% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18, and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.

Chicken Church[edit]

The Church by the Sea in Madeira Beach, built during 1944–1946,[9][10] has become a tourist attraction because it looks like a chicken; it is known colloquially as the "Chicken Church."[11][12] 27°47′37″N 82°47′59″W / 27.7936°N 82.7997°W / 27.7936; -82.7997

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ The Portuguese Adstratum in North American Place–Names
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Madeira Beach city, Florida". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ Carlson, Jeannie (February 13, 2019). "Church by the Sea celebrates 75 years". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  10. ^ "Keeping the faith: Madeira Beach church celebrates 75th anniversary". TBNweekly. February 13, 2019. Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  11. ^ Galloway, Lindsey (April 2, 2013). "Florida's chicken church". BBC. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  12. ^ "Chicken Church: Florida's Church By The Sea Gives World The Bird, Attracts Hundreds". The Huffington Post. November 17, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2020.

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