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Homestead, Florida
City of Homestead
Flag of Homestead, Florida
Official seal of Homestead, Florida
"Gateway to Everglades & Biscayne National Parks" & "Discover The Opportunities"
Location in Miami-Dade County and the U.S. state of Florida
Location in Miami-Dade County and the U.S. state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
Coordinates: 25°28′16.28″N 80°28′5.24″W / 25.4711889°N 80.4681222°W / 25.4711889; -80.4681222Coordinates: 25°28′16.28″N 80°28′5.24″W / 25.4711889°N 80.4681222°W / 25.4711889; -80.4681222
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Miami-Dade
Incorporated February 8, 1913
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 15.58 sq mi (40.36 km2)
 • Land 15.08 sq mi (39.07 km2)
 • Water 0.50 sq mi (1.29 km2)  0.63%
3 ft (1 m)
 • Total 80,737
 • Density 5,352.49/sq mi (2,066.63/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 305 and 786
FIPS code 12-32275
GNIS feature ID 0284214

Homestead is a city within Miami-Dade County in the U.S. state of Florida, between Biscayne National Park to the east and Everglades National Park to the west. Homestead is primarily a Miami suburb and a major agricultural area. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census.

Homestead was incorporated in 1913 and is the second oldest city in Miami-Dade County next to the city of Miami. It is located approximately 35 miles (56 km) southwest of Miami, and 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Key Largo. The name originates from when the Florida East Coast Railway extension to Key West was being built. The rail line was passing through an area opened up for homesteading, and as the construction camp at the end of the line did not have a particular name, construction materials and supplies for the workers were consigned to "Homestead Country", shortened to "Homestead" by the engineers who mapped the area. The population was 60,512 at the 2010 census. Homestead and neighboring South Miami-Dade County communities bore the brunt of Category 5 Hurricane Andrew on August 24, 1992.

The city of Homestead is located near the southern terminus of the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike where it ends at its junction with U.S. 1. Homestead is immediately north and east of Florida City, and these two cities comprise the greater Homestead-Florida City area. Some of the notable unincorporated communities in the area are Redland, Leisure City, Naranja, and Princeton.


Homestead is located at 25°28′16″N 80°28′5″W / 25.47111°N 80.46806°W / 25.47111; -80.46806 (25.471190, -80.468122).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.4 square miles (37 km2). 14.3 square miles (37 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.63%) is water.

Homestead is a small-sized city. At its greatest north-south points – along SW 137th Avenue (Speedway Boulevard) – its city limits extend only 4 miles (6 km) – from SW 288th Street (Biscayne Drive) at the north end to (theoretical) SW 352nd Street at the south end. At its greatest east-west points – along SW 328th Street (North Canal Drive / Lucy Street) – its city limits extend 6 miles (10 km) – from (theoretical) SW 132nd Avenue at the east end to SW 192nd Avenue at the west end. U.S. 1 – known as Homestead Boulevard within the city limits – extends through a rather narrow northeast / southwest corridor of the city from SW 304th Street (Kings Highway) at the north end to SW 328th Street (Lucy Street) at the south end. It is at this point at the south end that Homestead and Florida City share a common border. (North of the north end at SW 304th Street is known as Unincorporated Miami-Dade County, but it is locally known as the community of Leisure City).

Major east-west streets within Homestead include SW 304th Street / NE & NW 15th Street (Kings Highway), SW 312th Street / NE & NW 8th Street (Campbell Drive), SW 320th Street (Mowry Drive), SW 328th Street / SE & SW 8th Street (North Canal Drive / Lucy Street), and SW 344th Street / SE 24th Street (Palm Drive).

The original Homestead Air Force Base was once located several miles to the northeast of Homestead, but due to annexation of formerly unincorporated land immediately to the east and northeast of the original city limits during the late-1990s the city and the far southwestern perimeter of the (now) Homestead Air Reserve Base share a common border for a small portion along SW 137th Avenue (Speedway Boulevard).

A noteworthy tourist attraction within Leisure City is Coral Castle, built by a jilted lover, Edward Leedskalnin, over the course of 28 years from 1923 to 1951. The Fruit and Spice Park is also of interest.


Homestead experiences a tropical monsoon climate (Köppen climate classification Am) that borders on a tropical savanna climate. Summers are hot and humid and high temperatures average between 88° and 92 °F (31° to 33 °C). Winters are mild, but average cooler than nearby coastal areas. The all-time record high temperature is 100 °F (38 °C), on 21 July 1942. Lows in summer average between 70° and 75 °F (21° to 24 °C), with low temperatures in all times of year averaging 5–15 degrees cooler than coastal Miami, mainly because of its inland and rural location. In winter, the area sees cold fronts bring cold weather for short periods from November to March. The lowest temperature ever recorded is 26 °F (-3 °C), on 13 December 1934, which was recorded at Homestead Air Force Base, some 10 miles east of the town. In the farm areas west of downtown, frosts and freezes are common 5–10 times per year. High temperatures in winter average between 68° and 80 °F (18° to 26 °C), and lows average between 57° and 64 °F (8° to 14 °C). Summer is the season when most of the rain occurs. Homestead has a wet season lasting from mid-May to early October. The dry season sees little if any rain, with most of it coming with the passing of cold fronts. Snowfall has been recorded once at Homestead Air Force Base, on January 20, 1977, and marked the farthest south that snowfall has ever been reported in the lower 48 United States.

Hurricanes pose a threat to the area, and even though it is not located on the immediate coast, Homestead has been affected by hurricanes before. The only recent strong one was Hurricane Andrew, in 1992, which devastated the town. It took five to ten years for things to recover. Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma brushed by in 2005, but did not pass directly over Homestead.

Climate data for Homestead General Aviation Airport, Florida (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 76.5
Average low °F (°C) 55.0
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.42
Source: National Weather Service


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,307
1930 2,319 77.4%
1940 3,154 36.0%
1950 4,573 45.0%
1960 9,152 100.1%
1970 13,674 49.4%
1980 20,668 51.1%
1990 26,866 30.0%
2000 31,909 18.8%
2010 60,512 89.6%
2020 80,737 33.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Homestead Demographics
2010 Census Homestead Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 60,512 2,496,435 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +89.6% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 3,996.9/sq mi 1,315.5/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 66.9% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 16.0% 15.4% 57.9%
Black 20.4% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 62.9% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 1.2% 1.5% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.8% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race 7.2% 3.2% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 23,419 households, out of which 18.9% were vacant. As of 2000, 42.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 22.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.10 and the average family size was 3.54.

In 2000, the city population was spread out, with 33.2% under the age of 18, 12.8% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 15.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.2 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $26,775, and the median income for a family was $26,409. Males had a median income of $23,118 versus $20,261 for females; The per capita income for the city was $11,357. About 29.1% of families and 31.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.9% of those under age 18 and 20.0% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of Spanish as a first language accounted for 51.10%, while English was at 43.22%, and Haitian Creole made up 4.71% of the population.


The principal roadways linking Homestead with the rest of Miami-Dade County are US 1, the Florida Turnpike and State Road 997. The Florida Turnpike has three exits (6, 5 and 2) as it runs south through eastern Homestead before eventually terminating at US 1 in Florida City. US 1 (Homestead Blvd.) runs northeast-to-southwest roughly through the middle of the city, and is the only way to continue to the Florida Keys. State Road 997 (Krome Ave.) runs north-south through the western end of Homestead and through the historic downtown district.

Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) runs several Metrobus routes connecting the Homestead/Florida City area to the rest of Miami-Dade County. Express routes run along the South Miami-Dade Busway, connecting the area with Metrorail and the rest of the Metrobus network and on to Tri-Rail, Amtrak and Miami International Airport. In addition, MDT operates Dade-Monroe Express service from Florida City to the Upper Keys.

The City of Homestead operates two local circulator Homestead Trolley lines. This free service operates daily and transits principal residential, business and commercial areas, as well as the historic downtown district and Miami-Dade College's Homestead Campus. The Trolley connects with Metrobus at the Busway and other Metrobus stops throughout the city.

Starting in 2014 the Homestead Trolley began seasonal service to Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park. The free Homestead National Parks Trolley is offered by the City of Homestead in partnership with the National Park Service. Operating on weekends between January and April, the service is the only public transportation option available to these two parks.

The Homestead General Aviation Airport is located just northwest of the city’s central business district.

There are public marinas at Homestead Bayfront Park and Marina, on Biscayne Bay east of the city and adjacent to Biscayne National Park’s Convoy Point Visitor Center, and at Black Point Park and Marina to the northeast. Convoy Point also has a limited number of marina slips for day visitors to dock.

Most major national car and truck rental companies have rental locations in Homestead or its immediate surroundings.

Points of interest

Seminole Theatre
Seminole Theatre in downtown Homestead

Parks and recreation

  • Camp Owaissa Bauer
  • Leisure Park
  • Musselwhite Park
  • Royal Colonial Park

Surrounding areas


Public schools

Homestead is within the Miami-Dade County Public Schools district.

Homestead and the region are zoned to the following elementary, middle and K-8 center schools:

  • Air Base K-8 Center
  • Avocado Elementary School
  • Campbell Drive K-8 Center
  • Campbell Drive Middle School
  • Coconut Palm K-8 Academy
  • Gateway Environmental K-8 Learning Center
    • It opened with grades Kindergarten through 4 in 2009, making it the first district-operated public school established in Homestead in a period of more than 30 years. It would add an additional grade level per year until it had 8th grade. Its cafeteria is named Croc Café after its mascot, the crocodile. Each class does a different science project each year.
  • Homestead Middle School
  • Irving & Beatrice Peskoe K-8 Center
  • Laura C. Saunders Elementary School
  • Leisure City K-8 Center
  • Mandarin Lakes K-8 Academy
  • Miami MacArthur South
  • Neva King Cooper Education
  • Redland Elementary School
  • Redland Middle School
  • Redondo Elementary School
  • School for Advanced Studies-Homestead
  • South Dade Middle School (Grades 4–8)
  • West Homestead Elementary School
  • William A. Chapman Elementary School
  • MAST (Medical Academy for Science and Technology) @ Homestead
  • Somerset Academy South Homestead Middle - High
  • Somerset City Arts Conservatory

Most of Homestead is zoned to Homestead High School, while a northwest portion is zoned to South Dade High School, located outside the city limits in unincorporated Miami-Dade County.

Homestead is zoned to South Dade Educational Center.

Charter schools

Homestead also has the following charter schools:

  • Keys Gate Charter School
  • Waterstone Charter School
  • Advantage Academy of Math and Science at Waterstone
  • Everglades Preparatory Academy
  • ASPIRA South Youth Leadership Charter School
  • Mavericks High of South Miami Dade County
  • Somerset City Arts Conservatory
  • Somerset Academy Charter Elementary School (South Homestead)
  • Somerset Academy (Silver Palms)
  • Somerset Oaks Academy
  • Summerville Advantage Academy
  • School for Integrated Academics and Technologies (SIATech)
  • Miami Arts Charter School

Private schools

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami previously operated Sacred Heart School in Homestead. It closed in 2009.

Colleges and universities

Homestead is also home to Miami-Dade College Homestead Campus).

Notable people

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