Margate, Florida

Margate is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 53,284. Margate is part of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people in 2015.

Margate, Florida
City of Margate
Clock tower near Margate city hall
"Together We Make It Great"
Location of Margate, Broward County, Florida
Coordinates: 26°14′47″N 80°12′44″W
Country United States of America
State Florida
County Broward
Incorporated (town)May 30, 1955[1]
Incorporated (city)June 22, 1961
  MayorTommy Ruzzano
  Vice MayorArlene R. Schwartz
  CommissionersAntonio V. Arserio, Joanne Simone and Anthony N. Caggiano
  City ManagerCale Curtis
  City ClerkJoseph J. Kavanagh
  City9.09 sq mi (23.54 km2)
  Land8.86 sq mi (22.94 km2)
  Water0.23 sq mi (0.59 km2)  1.89%
9 ft (3 m)
  Density6,533.08/sq mi (2,522.30/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
33063, 33065, 33068, 33073, 33093
Area code(s)954, 754
FIPS code12-43125[4]
GNIS feature ID0286413[5]

Margate was founded in the 1950s, when much of it was still either part of the Everglades or farmland. It became a town in 1955, when land development became prominent due to an influx of people moving to Margate. In 1961, it was officially incorporated as a city. The name Margate is a portmanteau of the first three letters of the founder's last name, Jack Marqusee, and the first four letters of gateway, since it was considered a "gateway" to western Broward County.[6] The city has a waterpark called Calypso Cove and two golf courses: The Carolina Golf Club and the Oriole Golf and Tennis Club.[7]


Margate is located at 26°14′47″N 80°12′44″W.,[8] and it is seven and one-half miles from the Atlantic Ocean.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.98 square miles (23 km2), of which 8.81 square miles (23 km2) is land and 0.17 square miles (0 km2) is water (1.89%).


Historical population
Est. 201858,656[3]10.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
Margate Demographics
2010 CensusMargateBroward CountyFlorida
Total population53,2841,748,06618,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010-1.2%+7.7%+17.6%
Population density6,017.8/sq mi1,444.9/sq mi350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic)62.0%63.1%75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian)46.0%43.5%57.9%
Black or African-American25.8%26.7%16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)22.2%25.1%22.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan0.4%0.3%0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian0.1%0.1%0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial)3.3%2.9%2.5%
Some Other Race3.6%3.7%3.6%

As of 2010, there were 24,863 households, with 13.6% being vacant. In 2000, there were 22,714 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.95.

In 2000, the city the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $38,722, and the median income for a family was $48,254. Males had a median income of $35,630 versus $26,624 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,308. About 5.5% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, 75.9% of residents speak English as their first language, 13.8% speak Spanish, 2.85% French Creole, 1.69% French, and 1.20% Italian.[10]

As of 2000, Margate was the sixty-sixth most Colombian-populated area in the US at 2.22% of residents.[11] It was also the forty-ninth most Haitian-populated area (tied with Pleasantville, New Jersey) at 3.2%[12] and forty-third most Jamaican-populated area (tied with Opa-locka) at 3% of the population.[13]


Margate is served by public schools operated by Broward County Public Schools.[14]

Elementary schools

Middle school

  • Margate Middle School (STEM Magnet School) - Serves almost all of the city[19]
  • Silver Lakes Middle School (in North Lauderdale) - serves a small section of the city[20]

High schools

It is also in proximity to, and in the service area of, the all-magnet school Atlantic Technical High School (in neighboring Coconut Creek).[24]

Charter Schools

  • Broward Math and Science Schools (K-8)
  • RISE Academy (K-8)
  • West Broward Academy (K-8)

Charter High Schools

  • Ascend Academy (9-12)
  • SunEd High School of North Broward (9-12)

Private schools

  • Abundant Life Christian Academy
  • Faith Baptist Academy
  • Hebrew Academy Community School
  • Winfield Christian Academy

Notable people

  • Shayne Gostisbehere, a professional hockey player for Philadelphia Flyers
  • Arin Hanson, an Internet personality, animator, voice actor, and musician known by his pseudonym Egoraptor and for being one-half of the Let's Play duo Game Grumps and one-third of the musical-comedy group Starbomb. Although he did not live there long, Hanson was born in Margate Hospital.
  • Brandon Knight, who played basketball as a child in Margate's recreation league at Firefighter's Park and is now a point guard with the NBA Phoenix Suns. For the past three years, he has returned to Margate, where he gives free backpacks stuffed with school supplies to children before the start of the school year.[25]
  • Michael Palardy, a punter for NFL's Carolina Panthers.
  • Josh Smith, a Margate native and Abundant Life Christian Academy student who made his Major League Baseball debut on June 23, 2015, for the Cincinnati Reds, pitching a series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He returned to the MLB on May 3, 2017, as a relief pitcher for the Oakland Athletics. He began playing with the Boston Red Sox organization as of 2019.
  • Kaye Stevens, a singer and actress who lived in Margate for more than 45 years (from 1950s to 2004). Many residents referred to Stevens as the "First Lady of Margate", because every time she appeared on game shows, she would place a sign next to her nameplate that read "Hello Margate". She promoted Margate as "a great place to live and raise a family."


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  2. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 7, 2017.
  3. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  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. "Brief History of the City of Margate (page 4 of Strategic Plan Final)" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-01-01.
  7. "Margate, FL: Things to do in Margate". Retrieved 2015-01-01.
  8. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. "Margate, Florida". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-07-23.
  11. "Ancestry Map of Colombian Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-22.
  12. "Ancestry Map of Haitian Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-22.
  13. "Ancestry Map of Jamaican Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-22.
  14. "Zoning Map." City of Margate. Retrieved on September 23, 2018. Black and white version
  15. "Atlantic West Elementary." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  16. "Liberty Elementary." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  17. "Margate Elementary." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  18. "Morrow Elementary." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  19. "Margate Middle." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  20. "Silver Lakes Middle." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  21. "Coconut Creek High." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  22. "Coral Springs High." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 22, 2018.
  23. "Monarch High." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  24. "Atlantic Technical." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  25. "Knights-backpack-giveaway-attracts-families-from-all-over". Margate News.
  • City of Margate official website
  • Independent news media. Launching its first edition online in 2009 continues to be the city’s premiere news source for politics, government, business, people, places, schools and events in the City of Margate, Florida.
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