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Cutler Bay, Miami, Florida
Town of Cutler Bay
Official seal of Cutler Bay, Miami, Florida
"An Excellent Place to Live, Work and Play."
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Miami-Dade
Incorporated November 9, 2005
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 10.29 sq mi (26.64 km2)
 • Land 9.89 sq mi (25.61 km2)
 • Water 0.40 sq mi (1.03 km2)
 • Total 45,425
 • Density 4,594.42/sq mi (1,773.99/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Codes
33157, 33189, 33190
Area code(s) 305, 786
FIPS code 12-15968

Cutler Bay is an incorporated town in Miami-Dade County, Florida established in 2005, with a population of approximately 45,425 as of 2020. With 45,425 people, Cutler Bay is in 9th place of the top 10 most populous municipalities of the 34 municipalities that make up Miami's urban core, it is the 33rd most populous municipality out of the 163 municipalities that up Miami Metropolitan Area and Cutler Bay is also the 88th most populated city in the state of Florida out of 919 cities.

The borders were established as running from SW 184th Street (Eureka Dr) east of US 1 to the coast, and north of Black Point Marina, at 25°34′50″N 80°20′48″W / 25.58056°N 80.34667°W / 25.58056; -80.34667. The town's boundaries include the northeast section of Biscayne National Park, areas formerly known as Cutler Ridge to the west, as well as the neighborhood and former CDP of Lakes by the Bay to the east.

In August 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall near the area and caused extensive destruction. Lakes by the Bay was one of the areas of Miami most affected by Hurricane Andrew, and most homes and businesses in the area were completely destroyed. The area has since been rebuilt.


Cutler Bay is located at 25°34′58″N 80°20′48″W / 25.582684°N 80.346799°W / 25.582684; -80.346799.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2). 4.8 square miles (12 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.26%) is water. The total square miles is ten.

Cutler Ridge, an ancient coral formation, stretches from south Miami, where it rises approximately 22 feet, through the Cutler Bay area, at a height of 14 feet, to Homestead, Florida, where it is about 8 feet. Cutler Ridge has been incorporated into the hurricane emergency plans for the area as lands east of the ridge are subject to storm surge, but areas west of the ridge would generally be protected.


The Charles Deering Estate, located in nearby Palmetto Bay, contains the Cutler Fossil Site where mammoths, sabre-toothed tigers and California condors are among the many fossil records; and the park holds archeological evidence of Native American habitation of the land 10,000 years ago. Tequesta burial mounds are also found there. The area called Cutler Ridge had been called the "Hunting Ground" by some of the earliest Caucasian settlers in the area, circa 1825.

In the early 1900s' the Florida East Coast Railway was extended south to an area then known as Cutler, which was located near what is now the Charles Deering Estate. Cutler then served as the place where people settling in the undeveloped Homestead, Florida area went to get their supplies.

Destruction following hurricane andrew
Damage from Hurricane Andrew in 1992 in the area now called Cutler Bay

In 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall near Cutler Ridge. The storm left the area in "almost total destruction". The dense vegetation near the shore and the dense subdivision development of the area are thought to have been factors which mitigated the extent of areas impacted by flood damage caused by Andrew. However, nearly every building suffered major damage from the wind, and the damage in Florida was estimated at $25 billion, the most expensive natural disaster in US history to that point.

In May 2002, the Cutler Bay Steering Committee company met to discuss the formation of a municipal advisory committee, where the committee would advise on the incorporation of the Cutler Ridge area into the city of Cutler Ridge. The decision to incorporate was spurred in part by the efforts to recover from Hurricane Andrew. The proposed incorporation boundaries included Southwest 184th Street on the north and Southwest 216th and 224th streets on the south. In addition, the west boundary would include the Turnpike, U.S. 1 and Southwest 112th Avenue and Biscayne Bay would serve as the east boundary.

In April 2005, the Charter committee members looked at over a dozen names for the city, ranging from Pine Ridge and Cutler Bay to just plain Cutler. They reduced the choices down to Cutler Ridge and Old Cutler Bay. In November 2005, voters approved the charter and chose the name Cutler Bay over Cutler Ridge by a vote of 1,920 to 1,403 for the county's 35th municipality. In the month following the name change, many of those born and raised in the area that had been known as Cutler Ridge since the 1870s refuse to accept the new town name of Cutler Bay.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 7,005
1970 17,441 149.0%
1980 20,886 19.8%
1990 21,268 1.8%
2000 24,781 16.5%
2010 40,286 62.6%
2020 45,425 12.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2020 census

Cutler Bay racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 9,536 20.99%
Black or African American (NH) 4,147 9.13%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 20 0.04%
Asian (NH) 949 2.09%
Pacific Islander (NH) 12 0.03%
Some Other Race (NH) 318 0.7%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 1,149 2.53%
Hispanic or Latino 29,294 64.49%
Total 45,425

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 45,425 people, 13,110 households, and 10,215 families residing in the town.

2010 census

Cutler Bay Demographics
2010 Census Cutler Bay Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 40,286 2,496,435 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +62.6% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 4,096.3/sq mi 1,315.5/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 77.3% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 28.5% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 14.2% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 54.5% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 2.3% 1.5% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (multiracial) 3.2% 2.4% 2.5%
Some other race 2.7% 3.2% 3.6%

As of 2015, there were 13,935 households, out of which 7.8% were vacant. In 2010, the population distribution was: 6.8% under 5 years old, 25.8% under the age of 18, and 10.6% 65 years of age or older. Females were 51.7% of the population. The median income for a household was $61.370. The per capita income for the town was $25,193. About 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line.


Primary and secondary schools

Miami-Dade County Public Schools operates public schools.

Elementary schools in the town limits include:

  • Bel-Aire Elementary School
  • Gulfstream Elementary School
  • Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary School
  • Whispering Pines Elementary School

Cutler Bay Middle School and Cutler Bay Senior High School are in Cutler Bay. Prior to 2012 Cutler Bay had two middle schools (Centennial and Cutler Ridge), and Miami Southridge High School was the zoned school. Centennial was converted into a high school and Cutler Ridge became the sole middle school of Cutler Bay.

The charter school Mater Academy Cutler Bay is in Cutler Bay.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami operates Catholic schools. Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard School, a K–8 school, is in Cutler Bay.

Colleges and universities

  • College of Business and Technology (Cutler Bay Campus)

See also

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