University Park, Florida

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University Park, Florida
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 CDP boundaries
U.S. Census Bureau map showing CDP boundaries
Coordinates: 25°44′43″N 80°21′58″W / 25.74528°N 80.36611°W / 25.74528; -80.36611Coordinates: 25°44′43″N 80°21′58″W / 25.74528°N 80.36611°W / 25.74528; -80.36611
Country United States
State Florida
County Miami-Dade
 • Total4.1 sq mi (10.6 km2)
 • Land4.1 sq mi (10.5 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
3 ft (1 m)
 • Total26,538
 • Density6,472.7/sq mi (2,503.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code12-73287[1]
GNIS feature ID1853297[2]
Green Library at FIU's University Park campus is the university's largest building and the largest library in the Southeastern United States.

University Park is a census-designated place (CDP) in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 26,995 at the 2010 census.


Green Library and Owa Ehan at Florida International University.

University Park was the name of the main campus of Florida International University (now called the Modesto A. Maidique Campus), located in the area. The campus encompasses 344 acres (1.39 km2). Florida International University was built from around 1965 onwards, with the destruction of Tamiami Airport. At the time, very little was located around FIU, and the campus was referred to as University Park. As Miami grew west, the area came to be known as University Park after the university's campus name.[citation needed]

Today, University Park houses all of the campus's colleges and schools as well as all the administrative offices and main university facilities. University Park is also home to Reagan House (formally known as University House), the home of FIU's president, the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, the Frost Art Museum, the International Hurricane Research Center, and the university's athletic facilities such as Riccardo Silva Stadium, FIU Baseball Stadium, and FIU Arena.

Until the early-1990s, aerial pictures of the campus clearly revealed the features of the airport that used to occupy the land until 1969. Construction has obliterated all of these features, and only the University Tower remains as memory of the university's past. Today, University Park is home to about 87% of the student population and 94% of housing students. University Park is a lush, heavily vegetated campus, with many lakes and nature preserves, as well as an arboretum and has 92 buildings. Current construction at University Park includes an independent art museum for the Frost Art Museum, a Graduate Business School Complex, a Molecular Biology Building, a Student Services Building, a Social Sciences Building, a Medical School Complex, and an expansion to FIU Stadium for a seating capacity of 45,000.


University Park is located at 25°44′43″N 80°21′58″W / 25.74528°N 80.36611°W / 25.74528; -80.36611 (25.745178, -80.366124).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.6 km² (4.1 mi²). 10.5 km² (4.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (0.98%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.

According to the census[1] of 2000, there were 26,538 people, 8,646 households, and 6,501 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,535.1 people per square mile (2,523.7/km²). There were 9,047 housing units at an average density of 2,227.9/sq mi (860.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.04% White (of which 12.5% were non-Hispanic)[5] 3.40% Black, 0.06% Native American, 1.59% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.38% from other races, and 2.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 82.69% of the population.

There were 8,646 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 17.6% under the age of 18, 14.7% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $40,039, and the median income for a family was $48,451. Males had a median income of $30,884 versus $25,861 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,249. About 9.8% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of Spanish as a first language accounted for 86.45% of residents, while English made up 12.06%, and French as a mother tongue was at 0.45% of the population.[6]

As of 2000, University Park had the fifth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, with 59.80% of the populace.[7] It had the twelfth highest percentage of Nicaraguan residents in the US, at 2.89% of the population,[8] and the fifty-fourth highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 2.64% of its population (tied with Allegheny Township, Pennsylvania.)[9]


Colleges and universities

Florida International University is located in University Park.[10]

Primary and secondary schools

Miami-Dade County Public Schools serves University Park. Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School and Olympia Heights Elementary School are in University Park.[10]

St. Agatha Catholic School is located in University Park.[10][11]


  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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  5. ^ "Demographics of University Park, Florida". Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  6. ^ "MLA Data Center Results of University Park, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  7. ^ "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Retrieved 2007-11-10.
  8. ^ "Ancestry Map of Nicaraguan Communities". Retrieved 2007-11-10.
  9. ^ "Ancestry Map of Colombian Communities". Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  10. ^ a b c "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: University Park CDP, FL" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 3, 2015.
  11. ^ Home page. St. Agatha Catholic Church. Retrieved on September 28, 2009.

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