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Bay Harbor Islands, Florida
Location of Bay Harbor Islands in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Location of Bay Harbor Islands in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
U.S. Census Bureau map showing the Town's boundaries
U.S. Census Bureau map showing the Town's boundaries
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Miami-Dade
Incorporated April 28, 1947
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 0.42 sq mi (1.09 km2)
 • Land 0.40 sq mi (1.03 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.06 km2)
7 ft (2 m)
 • Total 5,922
 • Density 14,954.55/sq mi (5,768.58/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area codes 305, 786
FIPS code 12-03975
GNIS feature ID 0278201

Bay Harbor Islands is a town in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,922 at the 2020 census. It is separated from the mainland by Biscayne Bay, over which the land masses are connected via the Broad Causeway. On the mainland side, Bay Harbor Islands is bordered by the City of North Miami, while to the east lie Bal Harbour Village and the Town of Surfside. To the south lies the exclusive Village of Indian Creek.

Bay Harbor Islands is approximately 30-minutes driving distance northeast from Miami International Airport, and 35-minutes from PortMiami.


BHI was founded by Shepard Broad on April 28, 1947. It consists of two islands: Broadview and Bay Harbor. The western island (Broadview) contains exclusively single family homes, and the eastern island (Bay Harbor) contains a business district and multi-family housing.


Bay Harbor Islands is located at 25°53′15″N 80°8′9″W / 25.88750°N 80.13583°W / 25.88750; -80.13583 (25.887522, -80.135739).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2). 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (39.34%) is water.

Surrounding areas

East Island architecture

The East Island of Bay Harbor features one of the largest concentrated collections of mid-century Miami Modern architecture of the 1940s and 1950s, including historic buildings designed by Morris Lapidus, Henry Hohauser, and Charles McKirahan.

In 2014, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Bay Harbor's East Island to its annual list of the "11 Most Endangered Historic Places" in America because the island's architecture was coming under pressure from development. Two members of the town council responded to the listing by questioning the need to preserve the buildings. Some residents, in turn, criticized council members for as lack of attention to historic preservation.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 296
1960 3,249 997.6%
1970 4,619 42.2%
1980 4,869 5.4%
1990 4,703 −3.4%
2000 5,146 9.4%
2010 5,628 9.4%
2020 5,922 5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Bay Harbor Islands racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 2,748 46.4%
Black or African American (NH) 111 1.87%
Asian (NH) 67 1.13%
Some Other Race (NH) 53 0.89%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 206 3.48%
Hispanic or Latino 2,737 46.22%
Total 5,922

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 5,922 people, 2,418 households, and 1,542 families residing in the town.

2010 census

Bay Harbor Islands Demographics
2020 Census Bay Harbor Islands Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 5,922 2,701,767 21,538,187
Population, percent change, 2010 to 2020 +5.2% +8.2% +14.6%
Population density 14,954.55/sq mi 1,492.9/sq mi 384.3/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) (2010) 91.5% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) (2010) 49.1% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American (2010) 2.5% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) (2010) 46.3% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian (2010) 1.2% 1.5% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan (2010) 0.2% 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian (2010) 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) (2010) 2.3% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race (2010) 2.3% 3.2% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 3,199 households, out of which 18.8% were vacant. In 2000, 20.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.6% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.4% were non-families. 43.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.71.


Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K–8 Center in Bay Harbor Islands serves as the local elementary and K–8 school. Residents who want to have a conventional middle school may instead choose the zoned middle school, Miami Beach Nautilus Middle School. Miami Beach Senior High School is the senior high school serving this area.

Notable people

  • Christian Fittipaldi race car driver
  • Nito Mestre, songwriter
  • Néstor Torres, jazz flautist
  • Lesley Visser, American sportscaster and the first female NFL analyst on TV
  • Garrett Wittels, baseball player

See also

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