Miami-Dade County, Florida

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Not to be confused with Dade County, Georgia; Dade County, Missouri; Dade City, Florida; Miami County, Kansas; Miami County, Indiana; or Miami County, Ohio. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_0

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Miami-Dade County, FloridaMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_0_0
CountryMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_1_0 United StatesMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_1_1
StateMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_2_0 FloridaMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_2_1
RegionMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_3_0 South FloridaMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_3_1
Metro areaMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_4_0 MiamiMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_4_1
FoundedMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_5_0 January 18, 1836Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_5_1
Named forMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_6_0 Francis L. DadeMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_6_1
County seatMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_7_0 MiamiMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_7_1
Largest cityMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_8_0 MiamiMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_8_1
Incorporated municipalitiesMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_9_0 34Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_9_1
GovernmentMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_10_0
TypeMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_11_0 Two-tier federationMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_11_1
BodyMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_12_0 Miami-Dade Board of County CommissionersMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_12_1
Miami-Dade Board of County CommissionersMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_13_0 CommissionersMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_13_1
Mayor of Miami-Dade CountyMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_14_0 Daniella Levine Cava (D)Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_14_1
AreaMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_15_0
TotalMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_16_0 2,431.178 sq mi (6,296.72 km)Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_16_1
LandMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_17_0 1,898.753 sq mi (4,917.75 km)Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_17_1
WaterMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_18_0 532.425 sq mi (1,378.97 km)  21.9%Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_18_1
Highest elevation (Unnamed hill near Oleta River State Park)Miami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_19_0 34−40 ft (22 m)Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_19_1
Lowest elevation (Atlantic Ocean)Miami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_20_0 0 ft (0 m)Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_20_1
Population (2010)Miami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_21_0
TotalMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_22_0 2,498,018Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_22_1
Estimate (2019)Miami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_23_0 2,716,940Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_23_1
DensityMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_24_0 1,000/sq mi (400/km)Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_24_1
Demonym(s)Miami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_25_0 Miami-DadianMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_25_1
Time zoneMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_26_0 UTC−5 (Eastern Time Zone)Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_26_1
Summer (DST)Miami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_27_0 UTC−4 (Eastern Daylight Time)Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_27_1
Zip codeMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_28_0 33002, 33010-33018, 33030-33035, 33039, 33054, 33056, 33090, 33092, 33101-33102, 33106, 33109, 33111-33112, 33114, 33116, 33119, 33122, 33124-33147, 33149-33158, 33160-33170, 33172-33199, 33206, 33222, 33231, 33233-33234, 33238-33239, 33242-33243, 33245, 33247, 33255-33257, 33261, 33265-33266, 33269, 33280, 33283, 33296, 33299Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_28_1
Area codesMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_29_0 305/786,Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_29_1
FIPS codeMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_30_0 12086Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_30_1
GNIS feature IDMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_31_0 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_31_1
GDPMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_32_0 $146 billionMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_32_1
Primary AirportMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_33_0 Miami International Airport (MIA)Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_33_1
Secondary AirportMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_34_0 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_34_1
InterstatesMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_35_0 Interstate_75_in_Florida Interstate_95_in_Florida Interstate_195_(Florida) Interstate_395_(Florida)Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_35_1
U.S. RoutesMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_36_0 U.S._Route_1_in_Florida U.S._Route_27_in_Florida U.S._Route_41_in_Florida U.S._Route_441_in_FloridaMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_36_1
State RoutesMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_37_0 Florida's_Turnpike Florida_State_Road_A1A Florida_State_Road_9 Tamiami_Trail Kendall_Drive Florida_State_Road_112 Florida_State_Road_817 Florida_State_Road_823 Florida_State_Road_825 Florida_State_Road_826 Florida_State_Road_836 Florida_State_Road_852 Florida_State_Road_856 Florida_State_Road_860 Florida_State_Road_874 Florida_State_Road_878 Florida_State_Road_909 Florida_State_Road_913 Florida_State_Road_915 Florida_State_Road_916 Florida_State_Road_924 Florida_State_Road_932 Florida_State_Road_934 Florida_State_Road_944 Florida_State_Road_948 Le_Jeune_Road Florida_State_Road_959 Flagler_Street Florida_State_Road_973 Florida_State_Road_986 Coral_Reef_Drive Florida_State_Road_994 Florida_State_Road_997 Florida_State_Road_998 Florida_State_Road_9336Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_37_1
Rapid TransitMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_38_0 MetrorailMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_38_1
Commuter RailMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_39_0 Amtrak, Brightline, Tri-RailMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_39_1
WebsiteMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_0_40_0 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_0_40_1

Miami-Dade County is located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Florida. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_1

According to a 2019 census report, the county had a population of 2,716,940, making it the most populous county in Florida and the seventh-most populous county in the United States. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_2

It is also Florida's third largest county in terms of land area, with 1,946 square miles (5,040 km). Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_3

The county seat is Miami, the principal city in South Florida. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_4

Miami-Dade County is one of the three counties in South Florida that make up the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,198,782 people in 2018. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_5

The county is home to 34 incorporated cities and many unincorporated areas. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_6

The northern, central and eastern portions of the county are heavily urbanized with many high-rise buildings along the coastline, including South Florida's central business district, Downtown Miami. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_7

Southern Miami-Dade County includes the Redland and Homestead areas, which make up the agricultural economy of the region. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_8

Agricultural Redland makes up roughly one third of Miami-Dade County's inhabited land area, and is sparsely populated, a stark contrast to the densely populated, urban northern portion of the county. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_9

The county also includes portions of two national parks. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_10

To the west it extends into the Everglades National Park and is populated only by a Miccosukee tribal village. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_11

East of the mainland, in Biscayne Bay, is Biscayne National Park and the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_12

History Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_0

Further information: History of Miami Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_13

See also: National Register of Historic Places listings in Miami-Dade County, Florida Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_14

Native people Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_1

The earliest evidence of Native American settlement in the Miami region came from about 12,000 years ago. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_15

The first inhabitants settled on the banks of the Miami River, with the main villages on the northern banks. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_16

The inhabitants at the time of first European contact were the Tequesta people, who controlled much of southeastern Florida, including what is now Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and the southern part of Palm Beach County. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_17

The Tequesta Indians fished, hunted, and gathered the fruit and roots of plants for food, but did not practice agriculture. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_18

They buried the small bones of the deceased with the rest of the body, and put the larger bones in a box for the village people to see. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_19

The Tequesta are credited with making the Miami Circle. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_20

European explorers and settlers Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_2

Juan Ponce de León was the first European to visit the area in 1513 by sailing into Biscayne Bay. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_21

His journal records he reached Chequescha, a variant of Tequesta, which was Miami's first recorded name. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_22

It is unknown whether he came ashore or made contact with the natives. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_23

Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and his men made the first recorded landing when they visited the Tequesta settlement in 1566 while looking for Avilés' missing son, shipwrecked a year earlier. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_24

Spanish soldiers led by Father Francisco Villarreal built a Jesuit mission at the mouth of the Miami River a year later but it was short-lived. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_25

After the Spaniards left, the Tequesta Indians were left to fend themselves from European-introduced diseases like smallpox. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_26

By 1711, the Tequesta sent a couple of local chiefs to Havana, Cuba, to ask if they could migrate there. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_27

The Cubans sent two ships to help them, but Spanish illnesses struck and most of the Tequesta died. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_28

The first permanent European settlers arrived in the early 19th century. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_29

People came from the Bahamas to South Florida and the Keys to hunt for treasure from the ships that ran aground on the treacherous Great Florida Reef. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_30

Some accepted Spanish land offers along the Miami River. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_31

At about the same time, the Seminole Indians arrived, along with a group of runaway slaves. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_32

The area was affected by the Second Seminole War, during which Major William S. Harney led several raids against the Indians. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_33

Most non-Indian residents were soldiers stationed at Fort Dallas. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_34

It was the most devastating Indian war in American history, causing almost a total loss of population in Miami. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_35

After the Second Seminole War ended in 1842, William English re-established a plantation started by his uncle on the Miami River. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_36

He charted the "Village of Miami" on the south bank of the Miami River and sold several plots of land. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_37

In 1844, Miami became the county seat, and six years later a census reported there were ninety-six residents in the area. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_38

The Third Seminole War was not as destructive as the second, but it slowed the settlement of southeast Florida. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_39

At the end of the war, a few of the soldiers stayed. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_40

Establishment Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_3

Dade County was created on January 18, 1836, under the Territorial Act of the United States. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_41

The county was named after Major Francis L. Dade, a soldier killed in 1835 in the Second Seminole War, at what has since been named the Dade Battlefield. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_42

At the time of its creation, Dade County included the land that now contains Palm Beach and Broward counties, together with the Florida Keys from Bahia Honda Key north and the land of present-day Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_43

The county seat was originally at Indian Key in the Florida Keys; then in 1844, the County seat was moved to Miami. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_44

The Florida Keys from Key Largo to Bahia Honda were returned to Monroe County in 1866. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_45

In 1888 the county seat was moved to Juno, near present-day Juno Beach, Florida, returning to Miami in 1899. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_46

In 1909, Palm Beach County was formed from the northern portion of what was Dade County, and then in 1915, Palm Beach County and Dade County contributed nearly equal portions of land to create what is now Broward County. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_47

There have been no significant boundary changes to the county since 1915. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_48

Hurricanes Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_4

The third-costliest natural disaster to occur in the United States was Hurricane Andrew, which hit Miami in the early morning of Monday, August 24, 1992. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_49

It struck the southern part of the county from due east, south of Miami and very near Homestead, Kendall, and Cutler Ridge (now the Town of Cutler Bay). Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_50

Damages numbered over US$25 billion in the county alone, and recovery has taken years in these areas where the destruction was greatest. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_51

This was the costliest natural disaster in US history until Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf region in 2005. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_52

Name change Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_5

On November 13, 1997, voters changed the name of the county from Dade to Miami-Dade to acknowledge the international name recognition of Miami. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_53

Voters were acting pursuant to home rule powers granted to Dade County, including the ability to change the name of the county without the consent of the Florida Legislature. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_54

The change in name also addressed a source of public dissatisfaction with the name "Dade" which was chosen to honor Francis L. Dade, who had been killed in the Dade Massacre in the 1830s. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_55

The massacre did not occur in South Florida, but in the west central part of the state, in present-day Sumter County, near Bushnell. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_56

There is also a Dade City, which is closer to the site of the massacre. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_57

Geography Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_6

According to the U.S. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_58 Census Bureau, the county has an area of 2,431 square miles (6,300 km), of which 1,898 square miles (4,920 km) is land and 533 square miles (1,380 km) (21.9%) is water. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_59

It is the third-largest county in Florida by land area and second-largest by total area. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_60

Most of the water is in the Biscayne Bay, with another significant portion in the adjacent Atlantic Ocean. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_61

Miami-Dade County is only about 6 feet (1.8 m) above sea level. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_62

It is rather new geologically and is at the eastern edge of the Florida Platform, a carbonate plateau created millions of years ago. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_63

Eastern Dade is composed of Oolite limestone while western Dade is composed mostly of Bryozoa. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_64

Miami-Dade is among the last areas of Florida to be created and populated with fauna and flora, mostly in the Pleistocene. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_65

The bay is divided from the Atlantic Ocean by the many barrier isles along the coast, one of which is where well-known Miami Beach is located, home to South Beach and the Art Deco district. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_66

The Florida Keys, which are also barrier islands are only accessible through Miami-Dade County, but which are otherwise part of neighboring Monroe County. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_67

Miami is sixty-five miles from West Palm Beach, and thirty miles from Fort Lauderdale. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_68

Communities Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_7

Main article: List of communities in Miami-Dade County, Florida Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_69

Miami-Dade County includes 34 incorporated areas, 38 census-designated places, and 16 unincorporated regions. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_70

Adjacent counties Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_8

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National protected areas Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_9

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Demographics Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_10

2010 U.S. Census Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_11

U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Ethnic/Race Demographics: Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_71

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In 2010, the largest ancestry groups were: Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_72

In 2010, Cubans made up the largest population of immigrants (with more than half of the population) with Colombians coming in second, Haitians in third, followed by Nicaraguans in fourth place, then Dominicans, Venezuelans, Peruvians, Jamaicans, Mexicans, and Argentinians among the highest group of immigrants. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_73

Miami-Dade has small communities of Brazilians, Portuguese, Spaniards, Ukrainians and Poles along with Canadians (including Francophone from the province of Quebec), French, Germans, other Europeans, British expatriates and Israelis Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_74

There were 867,352 households, out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_75

23.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% (2.5% male and 5.9% female) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_76

The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.33. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_77

The age distribution is 21.9% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_78

The median age was 38.2 years. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_79

For every 100 females, there were 93.8 males. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_80

For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_81

The median income for a household in the county was $43,605, and the median income for a family was $50,065. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_82

Males had a median income of $35,096 versus $29,980 for females. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_83

The per capita income for the county was $22,957. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_84

About 13.8% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 22.1% of those aged 65 or over. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_85

In 2010, 51.1% of the county's population was foreign born, with 48.7% being naturalized American citizens. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_86

Of foreign-born residents, 93.0% were born in Latin America, 3.2% were born in Europe, 2.7% born in Asia, 0.5% born in Africa, 0.5% in North America, and 0.1% were born in Oceania. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_87

Miami-Dade County, Florida_table_general_1

PopulationMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_1_0_0 Miami-DadeMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_1_0_1
2018 EstimateMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_1_1_0 2,761,581Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_1_1_1
2010 CensusMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_1_2_0 2,496,435Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_1_2_1
2000 CensusMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_1_3_0 2,253,362Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_1_3_1
1990 CensusMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_1_4_0 1,937,094Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_1_4_1

2000 U.S. Census Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_12

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,253,362 people, 776,774 households, and 548,402 families in the county, with an average population density of 1,158 inhabitants per square mile (447/km). Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_88

There were 852,278 housing units with an average density of 438 per square mile (169/km). Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_89

The county's racial makeup was 69.7% White (49% White Hispanic, 20.7% Non-Hispanic White), 20.3% African American and Black (with a large part of Caribbean descent), 0.2% Native American, 1.4% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.60% from other races, and 3.8% from two or more races. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_90

57.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_91

In relation to ancestry (excluding the various Hispanic and Latino ancestries), 5% were Haitian, 5% American, 2% Italian, 2% Jamaican, 2% German, 2% Irish, and 2% English ancestry. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_92

There were 776,774 households, out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_93

23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_94

The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.35. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_95

The age distribution is 24.8% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_96

The median age was 36 years. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_97

For every 100 females, there were 93.5 males. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_98

For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_99

The county's median household income was $35,966, and the median family income was $40,260. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_100

Males had a median income of $30,120 versus $24,686 for females. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_101

The county's per capita income was $18,497. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_102

About 14.5% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.9% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_103

Languages Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_13

As of 2010, 28.1% of the population spoke only English at home, while 63.8% of the population spoke Spanish, 4.2% spoke French Creole (mainly Haitian Creole), 0.6% French, and 0.6% Portuguese. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_104

About 52% of the county residents were born outside the United States, while 71.9% of the population spoke a language other than English at home. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_105

Religious statistics Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_14

In 2010 statistics, the largest religious group in Miami-Dade County was the Archdiocese of Miami with 544,449 Catholics in 65 parishes, followed by 96,749 non-denominational adherents with 197 congregations, 80,123 SBC Baptists with 313 congregations, 47,921 NBC Baptists with 44 congregations, 27,901 Seventh-day Adventists in 62 congregations, 25,244 AoG Pentecostals with 45 congregations, an estimated 23,064 Muslims with 15 congregations, 14,628 LDS Mormons with 18 congregations, 12,569 TEC Episcopalians with 30 congregations, and 11,880 UMC Methodists with 32 congregations. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_106

Altogether, 39.8% of the population was claimed as members by religious congregations, although members of historically African-American denominations were underrepresented due to incomplete information. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_107

In 2014, Miami-Dade County had 731 religious organizations, the 14th most out of all US counties. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_108

Law, government, and politics Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_15

Economy Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_16

See also: List of companies based in Miami Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_109

Brightstar Corporation, Burger King, Intradeco Holdings, Latin Flavors, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Ryder have their headquarters in unincorporated areas in the county. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_110

Centurion Air Cargo, Florida West International Airways, IBC Airways, and World Atlantic Airlines have their headquarters on the grounds of Miami International Airport in an unincorporated area in the county. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_111

Hewlett Packard's main Latin America offices are on the ninth floor of the Waterford Building in unincorporated Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_112

Other companies with offices in an unincorporated area not in any CDP: Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_113

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  • AstraZeneca's Latin American headquartersMiami-Dade County, Florida_item_3_14
  • Gate Group's Latin American headquartersMiami-Dade County, Florida_item_3_15
  • Unicomer Group's United States officesMiami-Dade County, Florida_item_3_16
  • Goya Foods's Miami officeMiami-Dade County, Florida_item_3_17

Several defunct airlines, including Airlift International, Arrow Air, National Airlines, and Rich International Airways, were headquartered on or near the airport property. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_114

After Frank Borman became president of Eastern Airlines in 1975, he moved Eastern's headquarters from Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan, New York City to an unincorporated area in Miami-Dade County Around 1991 the Miami-Dade County lost a few corporations, including Eastern Airlines, which folded in 1991. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_115

At one time the cruise line ResidenSea had its headquarters in an unincorporated area in the county. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_116

Top private employers Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_17

According to Miami's Beacon Council, the top private employers in 2014 in Miami-Dade were: Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_117

Miami-Dade County, Florida_table_general_2

#Miami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_2_0_0 EmployerMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_2_0_1 # of employeesMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_2_0_2
1Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_1_0 University of MiamiMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_1_1 12,818Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_1_2
2Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_2_0 Baptist Health South FloridaMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_2_1 11,353Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_2_2
3Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_3_0 American AirlinesMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_3_1 11,031Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_3_2
4Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_4_0 Carnival Cruise LinesMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_4_1 3,500Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_4_2
5Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_5_0 Miami Children's HospitalMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_5_1 3,500Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_5_2
6Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_6_0 Mount Sinai Medical CenterMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_6_1 3,321Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_6_2
7Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_7_0 Florida Power and Light Co.Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_7_1 3,011Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_7_2
8Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_8_0 Royal Caribbean InternationalMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_8_1 2,989Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_8_2
9Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_9_0 Wells FargoMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_9_1 2,050Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_9_2
10Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_10_0 Bank of AmericaMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_10_1 2,000Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_2_10_2

Top government employers Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_18

According to Miami's Beacon Council, the top government employers in 2014 in the county were: Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_118

Miami-Dade County, Florida_table_general_3

#Miami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_3_0_0 EmployerMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_3_0_1 # of employeesMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_3_0_2
1Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_1_0 Miami-Dade County Public SchoolsMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_1_1 33,477Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_1_2
2Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_2_0 Miami-Dade CountyMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_2_1 25,502Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_2_2
3Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_3_0 Federal GovernmentMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_3_1 19,200Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_3_2
4Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_4_0 Florida State GovernmentMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_4_1 17,100Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_4_2
5Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_5_0 Jackson Health SystemMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_5_1 9,800Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_3_5_2

Public services Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_19

Fire rescue Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_20

Further information: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_119

The Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Department is the agency that provides fire protection and emergency medical services for Miami-Dade County, Florida. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_120

The department serves 29 municipalities and all unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County from 60 fire stations. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_121

The Department also provides fire protection services for Miami International Airport, Miami Executive Airport and Opa-locka Airport. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_122

The communities served are Aventura, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Biscayne Park, Cutler Bay, Doral, El Portal, Florida City, Golden Beach, Hialeah Gardens, Homestead, Indian Creek, Medley, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Miami Shores, Miami Springs, North Bay Village, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Surfside, Sweetwater, Sunny Isles Beach, Virginia Gardens, and West Miami. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_123

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is also the home to Urban Search and Rescue Florida Task Force 1 as well as EMS operations consisting of 57 Advanced Life Support units staffed by 760 state-certified paramedics and 640 state-certified emergency medical technicians. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_124

Police department Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_21

Further information: Miami-Dade Police Department Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_125

The Miami-Dade Police Department is a full-service metropolitan police department serving Miami-Dade County's unincorporated areas, although it has lenient mutual aid agreements with other municipalities, most often the City of Miami Police Department. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_126

With 4,700 employees, it is Florida's largest police department. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_127

The Department is often referred to by its former name, the Metro-Dade Police or simply Metro. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_128

The Miami-Dade Police Department operates out of nine districts throughout the county and has two special bureaus. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_129

The director of the department is Juan Perez, who succeeded J.D. Patterson, Jr. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_130

The Department's headquarters are in Doral, Florida. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_131

Water and sewer department Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_22

Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (MDWASD) is one of the largest public utilities in the United States, employing approximately 2,700 employees as of 2007. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_132

It provides service to over 2.4 million customers, operating with an annual budget of almost $400 million. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_133

Approximately 330 million gallons of water are drawn every day from the Biscayne Aquifer for consumer use. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_134

MDWASD has over 7,100 miles (11,400 km) of water lines, a service area of 396 square miles (1,026 km) and 14 pump stations. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_135

MDWASD has over 3,600 miles (5,800 km) of sewage pipes, a service area of 341 square miles (883 km) and 954 pump stations. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_136

Miami-Dade County is also in the jurisdiction of the South Dade Soil and Water Conservation District. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_137

Corrections department Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_23

Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department is the correction agency. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_138

Aviation department Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_24

The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) operates Miami International Airport, Miami Executive Airport, Opa-locka Executive Airport, Homestead General Aviation Airport, and Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_139

County representation Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_25

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice operates the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center in an unincorporated area in the county. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_140

Public libraries Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_26

Further information: Miami-Dade Public Library System Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_141

The Miami-Dade Public Library System traces its origin to the late nineteenth century. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_142

The first library was a reading room established in Lemon City on April 7, 1894 by the Lemon City Library and Improvement Association. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_143

In 1942 neighborhood libraries were brought together in a single public library system, governed by a Board of Trustees and administered by a Head Librarian. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_144

A new central library building had been proposed for Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami as early as 1938, but the proposal was not realized till over a decade later. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_145

In December 1965 the City of Miami and Metropolitan Dade County agreed that the City of Miami would provide public library service to unincorporated Dade County and to those municipalities that did not provide their library service with four bookmobiles provided library service to the unincorporated area. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_146

On November 1, 1971, the City of Miami transferred its library system to Metropolitan Dade County which created a new Department of Libraries with a Director reporting directly to the County Manager. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_147

On November 7, 1972, Dade County voters approved a referendum, also known as the "Decade of Progress" bonds, authorized approximately $553 million for public improvement projects in Dade County. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_148

Of that amount, approximately $34.7 million was authorized for public libraries, including construction, renovation, land acquisition, furnishings, and equipment. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_149

Between 1976 and 1990, this bond issue provided the funds to open 14 new libraries. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_150

On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew inflicted significant damage on the library system, destroying all branches south of Kendall Drive. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_151

Over the next years, no further expansion of the system was funded and no new libraries opened. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_152

It wasn’t until the fall of 2001, when Mayor Alex Penelas and Board of County Commissioners voted to increase the library system’s budget which provided funding for capital improvement initiatives—making way for the opening of 18 new libraries by the year 2011. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_153

Today Miami-Dade Public Library System serves a population of 2,496,435, provides services for the Miami-Dade County except for the cities of Bal Harbour, Hialeah, Miami Shores, North Miami, North Miami Beach and Surfside. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_154

It has fifty branches, two bookmobiles and one technobus. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_155

The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners governs the Miami-Dade Public Library System. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_156

Education Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_27

In Florida, each county is also a school district. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_157

Miami-Dade County Public Schools, is operated by an independently elected School Board. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_158

A professional Superintendent of Schools appointed by the School Board manages the district's day-to-day operations. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_159

As of 2014, the Miami-Dade County Public School District is the fourth-largest public school district in the nation with almost 360,000 students. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_160

The Miami-Dade Public Library is one of the country's largest public library systems. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_161

It has 50 branch locations and others under construction. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_162

Colleges and universities Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_28

Miami-Dade County is home to many private and public universities and colleges. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_163

Sites of interest Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_29

Museums Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_30

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Culture and wildlife Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_31

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Other areas and attractions Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_32

Parks Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_33

Sports venues Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_34

Miami-Dade County holds the majority of sports arenas, stadiums and complexes in South Florida. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_164

Some of these sports facilities are: Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_165

Miami-Dade County, Florida_unordered_list_6

Former venues include: Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_166

Miami-Dade County, Florida_unordered_list_7

Planned: Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_167

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Transportation Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_35

Main article: Transportation in South Florida Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_168

Airports Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_36

Miami International Airport, in an unincorporated area in the county, is the Miami area's primary international airport. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_169

One of the busiest international airports in the world, it serves over 35 million passengers a year. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_170

Identifiable locally, as well as several worldwide authorities, as MIA or KMIA, the airport is a major hub and the single largest international gateway for American Airlines, the world's largest passenger air carrier. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_171

Miami International is the United States’ third largest international port of entry for foreign air passengers (behind New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport), and is the seventh largest such gateway in the world. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_172

The airport's extensive international route network includes non-stop flights to over seventy international cities in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_173

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Public transit Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_37

Public transit in Miami-Dade County is operated by Miami-Dade Tranist, and is the largest public transit in Florida. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_174

Miami-Dade Transit operates a heavy rail metro system Metrorail, an elevated people mover in Downtown Miami, Metromover and the bus system, Metrobus. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_175

Brightline and Tri-Rail which are Inter-city rail also services the county. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_176

Major expressways Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_38

Miami-Dade County has 10 major expressways and 1 minor expressway in Downtown Miami. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_177

Miami-Dade County, Florida_unordered_list_10

  • I-75Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_73
  • I-95Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_74
  • I-195 / SR 112Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_75
  • I-395 / SR 836Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_76
  • US 1Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_77
  • US 27Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_78
  • US 41Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_79
  • US 441Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_80
  • SR A1AMiami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_81
  • Florida's TurnpikeMiami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_82
  • Florida's Turnpike ExtensionMiami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_83
  • SR 826Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_84
  • SR 874Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_85
  • SR 878Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_86
  • SR 924Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_10_87

County roads Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_39

This is a list of Miami-Dade county roads. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_178

Miami-Dade County has fewer county roads than any other county in Florida, despite its large population. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_179

None are signed. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_180

Miami-Dade County, Florida_table_general_4

#Miami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_4_0_0 Road Name(s)Miami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_4_0_1 Direction and TerminiMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_4_0_2 NotesMiami-Dade County, Florida_header_cell_4_0_7
CR 854Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_1_0 Ives Dairy RoadMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_1_1 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_1_2 SR 817Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_1_3 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_1_4 US 1Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_1_5 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_1_6 former SR 854 (east of US 441)Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_1_7
CR 913Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_2_0 Crandon Boulevard / Rickenbacker CausewayMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_2_1 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_2_2 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_2_3 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_2_4 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_2_5 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_2_6 extension of SR 913Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_2_7
CR 948Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_3_0 Lindgren RoadMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_3_1 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_3_2 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_3_3 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_3_4 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_3_5 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_3_6 extension of SR 825Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_3_7
CR 959Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_4_0 Southwest 57th AvenueMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_4_1 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_4_2 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_4_3 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_4_4 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_4_5 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_4_6 extension of SR 959Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_4_7
CR 973Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_5_0 Galloway RoadMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_5_1 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_5_2 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_5_3 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_5_4 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_5_5 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_5_6 extension of SR 973Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_5_7
CR 992Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_6_0 Coral Reef DriveMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_6_1 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_6_2 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_6_3 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_6_4 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_6_5 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_6_6 extension of SR 992Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_6_7
CR 9823Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_7_0 Northwest 67th Avenue

Northwest 68th AvenueMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_7_1

N/SMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_7_2 SR 826Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_7_3 Palm Springs NorthMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_7_4 Broward County lineMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_7_5 Palm Springs NorthMiami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_7_6 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_4_7_7

Sources: Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_181

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  • Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_11_88
  • , accessed January 2014Miami-Dade County, Florida_item_11_89

Street grid Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_40

A street grid stretches from downtown Miami throughout the county. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_182

This grid was adopted by the City of Miami following World War I after the United States Post Office threatened to cease mail deliveries in the city because the original system of named streets, with names often changing every few blocks and multiple streets in the city sharing the same name, was too confusing for the mail carriers. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_183

The new grid was later extended throughout the county as the population grew west, south, and north of city limits. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_184

The grid is laid out with Miami Avenue as the meridian going north–south and Flagler Street the baseline going east-west. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_185

The grid is primarily numerical so that, for example, all street addresses north of Flagler and west of Miami Avenue have NW in their address (e.g. NW 27th Avenue). Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_186

Because its point of origin is in downtown Miami which is close to the coast, the NW and SW quadrants are much larger than the SE and NE quadrants. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_187

Many roads, especially major ones, are also named, although, with a few notable exceptions, the number is in more common usage among locals. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_188

Although this grid is easy to understand once one is oriented to it, it is not universal in the entire county. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_189

Hialeah uses its own grid system which is entirely different in its orientation. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_190

Coral Gables and Miami Lakes use named streets almost exclusively, and various smaller municipalities such as Florida City and Homestead use their own grid system along with the Miami-Dade grid system adding to the confusion. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_191

In the beach cities and parks of Miami Beach, Surfside, Bal Harbour, Sunny Isles, and Golden Beach, the streets are coordinated with the main grid; however, their avenues are named. Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_192

Communities Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_41

Main article: List of communities in Miami-Dade County, Florida Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_193

Notable people Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_42

Main article: List of people from Miami Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_194

Sister cities Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_43

See also: List of sister cities in Florida Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_195

Miami-Dade County has 23 sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International: Miami-Dade County, Florida_sentence_196

Miami-Dade County, Florida_table_general_5

Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_5_0_0 Miami-Dade County, Florida_cell_5_0_1

See also Miami-Dade County, Florida_section_44

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