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Dania Beach, Florida
Official logo of Dania Beach, Florida
"The Antique Capital of the South"
"Broward's First City"
"Sea it. Live it. Love it."
Location of Dania Beach in Broward County, Florida
Location of Dania Beach in Broward County, Florida
City boundaries prior to 2001 annexation
City boundaries prior to 2001 annexation
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Logo of Broward County, Florida.svg Broward
Settled (Modello Settlement) c. 1898–1899
Incorporated (Town of Dania) November 30, 1904
Incorporated (City of Dania) June 06, 1927
Incorporated (City of Dania Beach) November 03, 1998
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Total 8.35 sq mi (21.62 km2)
 • Land 7.83 sq mi (20.28 km2)
 • Water 0.52 sq mi (1.34 km2)  3.04%
9 ft (3 m)
 • Total 31,723
 • Density 4,051.47/sq mi (1,564.23/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 754, 954
FIPS code 12-16335
GNIS feature ID 0281279

Dania Beach (Dania until 1998) is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2020 census, the city's population was 31,723. It is part of the South Florida metropolitan area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census. Dania Beach is the location of one of the largest jai alai frontons in the United States, The Casino at Dania Beach. It was formerly the location for two amusement centers; one named Boomers! (formerly Grand Prix Race-O-Rama), which housed the Dania Beach Hurricane roller coaster, and the other being Pirates World amusement park, which was featured in Barry Mahon's Thumbelina. It is also former home to the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame and Museum.


The area was started as a neighborhood called Modello in the late 19th century.

In November 1904, the area was incorporated as the town of Dania, because most of the 35 residents were farmers of Danish ancestry.

On January 4, 1926, Dania voted to annex itself to the City of Hollywood.

After the September 1926 Miami hurricane decimated Hollywood’s fortunes, most of Dania seceded from the City of Hollywood and reincorporated as a city. The areas that chose to remain part of the City of Hollywood caused Dania's current noncontinuous city boundaries.

On November 1998, Dania formally changed its name to Dania Beach. The name Dania is still commonly used to refer to the city.

In 2001, the city annexed several unincorporated areas of Broward County increasing the population by about 3,600 people.

Formerly known as the "Tomato Capital of the World," once the city went from a farming settlement to an urban city, it soon took on the name "The Antique Capital of the South," due to its many antique shops in downtown Dania Beach, especially along Federal Highway, known as the city's "Antique Row".

Dania Jai Alai
Dania Jai Alai


Dania Beach is located at 26°03′18″N 80°09′11″W / 26.054916°N 80.153119°W / 26.054916; -80.153119. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.3 square miles (21.6 km2), of which 8.1 square miles (21.0 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.7 km2) (3.04%) is water.

Dania Beach's boundaries are Fort Lauderdale to the north, Hollywood to the south, Hollywood and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Davie along with the Hollywood Seminole Indian Reservation to the west of the city.

Dania Beach is adjacent to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 369
1920 762 106.5%
1930 1,674 119.7%
1940 2,902 73.4%
1950 4,540 56.4%
1960 7,065 55.6%
1970 9,013 27.6%
1980 11,796 30.9%
1990 13,024 10.4%
2000 20,061 54.0%
2010 29,639 47.7%
2020 31,723 7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Dania Beach racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 13,368 42.14%
Black or African American (NH) 6,443 20.31%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 86 0.27%
Asian (NH) 668 2.11%
Pacific Islander (NH) 28 0.09%
Some Other Race (NH) 292 0.92%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 962 3.03%
Hispanic or Latino 9,876 31.13%
Total 31,723

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 31,723 people, 12,237 households, and 7,429 families residing in the city.

2010 census

Dania Beach demographics
2010 Census Dania Beach Broward County Florida
Total population 29,639 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +47.7% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 3,662.3/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 69.6% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 52.5% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 21.8% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 22.4% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 2.1% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (multiracial) 2.6% 2.9% 2.5%
Some other race]] 3.2% 3.7% 3.6%

As of 2010, the city had15,671 households, of which 17.8% were vacant. In 2000, 21.4% had children under 18 living with them, 34.9% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.0% were not families. About 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.19, and the average family size was 2.85.


Dania Beach is served by the Fort Lauderdale Airport station on the Tri-Rail. It is also served by several Broward County Transit buses.


The airline Sun Air International has its headquarters in Dania Beach.

American Maritime Officers is headquartered in Dania Beach, as is the Alec Bradley Cigar Co., a maker of hand-rolled cigars.

Carnival Air Lines was headquartered in Dania Beach. Gulfstream International Airlines was formerly headquartered in Dania Beach.

Rustic Inn Crabhouse, a popular restaurant frequented by many famous entertainment and sports celebrities, is located in Dania Beach. is headquartered in the town, as well.


Dania Beach's public schools are operated by the Broward County Public Schools. Its public elementary schools include Collins Elementary School and Dania Elementary School. Olsen Middle School is a local public middle school, and South Broward High School serves the area from neighboring Hollywood, Florida.

During the segregation period, the first school for Black students met in the St. Ruth Missionary Baptist Church.

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