Miami Lakes, Florida

Miami Lakes is a suburb of Miami, an incorporated town and former census-designated place in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. As of 2010 US Census, 29,361 people live in Miami Lakes.

Town of Miami Lakes

"Growing Beautifully"
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing town boundaries
Coordinates: 25°54′42″N 80°19′30″W
Country United States of America
State Florida
County Miami-Dade
IncorporatedDecember 5, 2000
  MayorManny Cid
  Vice MayorNelson Rodriguez
  CouncilmembersLuis Collazo,
Carlos O. Alvarez,
Jeffery Rodriguez,
Josh Dieguez and
Marilyn Ruano
  Town ManagerEdward Pidermann
  Town ClerkGina M. Inguanzo
  Total6.52 sq mi (16.88 km2)
  Land5.67 sq mi (14.68 km2)
  Water0.85 sq mi (2.20 km2)  6.73%
3 ft (1 m)
  Density5,447.86/sq mi (2,103.54/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Codes
33014, 33016
Area code(s)305, 786
FIPS code12-45100[3]
GNIS feature ID0305161[4]


The development was constructed by Sengra (now the Graham Companies) beginning in 1962, on land formerly owned by Florida State Senator Ernest "Cap" Graham. The Grahams stated for many years that it would be a 30-year development, but they are still developing to this day.

The original Miami Lakes development, east of the Palmetto Expressway, was master planned by Lester Collins with curving tree-shaded roadways and numerous curving lakes, which are unusual compared to most surrounding areas with their treeless streets on a square grid and rectangular lakes. This original development, which is on the east side of the more recently designated Town of Miami Lakes, has neighborhood shopping centers, tot-lot parks, and a town center named Main Street. A significant portion of Miami Lakes is still owned by the Grahams, mostly apartment buildings, shopping centers, office buildings, and still undeveloped land. The town is an early model of the New Urbanism movement with shopping and services located in walking distance of residences as well as narrow walkable streets and plenty of neighborhood parks.

When it incorporated in December 2000, the Town of Miami Lakes became the 31st municipality in Miami-Dade County. Known as one of the youngest cities in the County, Miami Lakes is home to approximately 30,000 residents and more than 1,100 businesses.

The Master Plan began over 50 years ago, when the Graham family began development of what was their dairy farm. Unlike many cities and towns created during the early 1960s, the Grahams decided to create a master plan for the city that would allow for decades of growth, construction, and changing market conditions. Lester Collins, former Dean of the Harvard School of Architecture, was enlisted to create a Master Plan for the area that would become the center of Miami Lakes. Collins laid the foundation for an integrated community, including residential, commercial, industrial and mixed uses.

Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, younger half brother of family patriarch William "Bill" Graham, is one of the owners, and the late publisher of the Washington Post, Katharine Graham, had a share by marriage. On December 5, 2000, Miami Lakes voted to become an incorporated town.


Miami Lakes is located at 25°54′42″N 80°19′30″W.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.4 square miles (17 km2). 6.0 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (6.73%) is water.


Historical population
Est. 201831,628[2]7.7%
Miami Lakes Demographics
2010 CensusMiami LakesMiami-Dade CountyFlorida
Total population30,7912,496,43519,893,297
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010+29.5%+10.8%+17.6%
Population density5,211.4/sq mi1,315.5/sq mi350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic)91.7%73.8%75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian)14.4%15.4%57.9%
Black or African-American3.3%18.9%16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)81.1%65.0%22.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan0.1%0.2%0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian0.0%0.0%0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial)1.6%2.4%2.5%
Some Other Race1.8%3.2%3.6%

As of 2010, there were 8,248 households out of which 4.2% were vacant. In 2000, 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.21.

In 2000, the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 34.9% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

As of 2009-2013, the median income for a household in the town was $63,754 and the median income for a family was $68,431. Males had a median income of $45,759 versus $31,656 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,867. About 3.8% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of Spanish as a first language accounted for 72.41%, while English made up 24.65%, Portuguese was at 0.67%, and Urdu consisted of 0.64% of residents.[7]

As of 2000, Miami Lakes had the twenty-second highest percentage of Arab residents in the US, with 1.10% of the US populace (tied with four other places in the US.)[8] It had the twenty-seventh highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 4.43% of the town's population,[9] and the twelfth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, at 42.28% of its population.[10] It also had the ninety-sixth most Dominicans in the US, at 1.65%,[11] while it had the thirty-ninth highest percentage of Nicaraguans, at 1.07% of all residents.[12] Miami Lake's Venezuelan community had the eighteenth highest percentage of residents, which was at 1.06% (tying with several other US places, such as Tamiami, Florida.)[13]


Since its incorporation in 2000, the Town of Miami Lakes operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The Council-manager system combines the strong leadership of elected officials with the strong managerial experience of an appointed Town Manager.

The Mayor's seat is elected at-large for a four-year term. As defined in the Town's Charter, the Mayor shall preside at meetings of the Council and be a voting member of the Council. The Town Council is vested with all legislative powers of the Town. The Council consists of the Mayor and six members.

Current council members:

Mayor Manny Cid

Vice Mayor Nelson Rodriguez -Seat 1

Councilmember Seat 2-Jeffrey Rodriguez

Councilmember Seat 3-Marilyn Ruano

Council member Seat 4-Josh Dieguez

Councilmember Seat 5-Luis Collazo

Councilmember Seat 6-Carlos O. Alvarez

The Town of Miami Lakes held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting for their new Town Hall on April 23, 2013, located at the east end of Main Street.[14]

On October 5, 2010, Nelson Hernandez became the youngest council member elected to the Miami Lakes Town Council at the age of 24 since the town incorporated in 2000.

The Miami-Dade Police Department operates the Northwest District Station in Miami Lakes. The station provides law enforcement services to Miami Lakes.[15]

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue operates Station 1 Miami Lakes & Station 64 Miami Lakes West.[16]

Veteran's Memorial

The Town of Miami Lakes has a unique indoor Veteran's Memorial located at the Royal Oaks Park Community Center. The memorial is a 50-foot-long mural that features a combination of the following media: two digitized paintings of military scenes throughout U.S. history, wood carvings, stained glass, and hand-made glass mosaics molded from leaves of Miami Lakes' trees. The centerpiece of the artwork consists of the seals from each of the US military service branches and the POW/MIA seal. The memorial was inaugurated on Memorial Day of 2011. The artists are Alfred Darmanin and Michelle Stecco.

The Veterans Memorial entitled "V is for Veterans" was unveiled in front of Miami Lakes Town Hall on Sept. 4, 2014. The artwork was created by Artist Stephanie Jaffe Werner to honor all five of the United States Military Branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.


Public Schools

Miami-Dade County Public Schools serves Miami Lakes.

Magnet/Vocational Schools

Private Schools


  • Our Lady of the Lakes.[17]

Non-Denominational Christian

  • Dade-Christian (located outside the north entrance to Miami Lakes)[18]


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  2. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  3. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  7. "MLA Data Center Results of Miami Lakes, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-10-30.
  8. "Ancestry Map of Arab Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-30.
  9. "Ancestry Map of Colombian Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-30.
  10. "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-30.
  11. "Ancestry Map of Dominican Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-30.
  12. "Ancestry Map of Nicaraguan Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-30.
  13. "Ancestry Map of Venezuelan Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-30.
  15. "Northwest District Station." Miami-Dade Police Department. Retrieved on September 9, 2012. "5975 Miami Lakes Drive East Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2466"
  16. "Stations & Units." Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Retrieved on September 16, 2012.
  17. "Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School Page". March 22, 2019.
  18. "Dade Christian School Page". March 22, 2019.


  1. "Miami Lakes (town) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". Archived from the original on 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
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