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Kendale Lakes, Florida
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map of Kendale Lakes showing boundaries
U.S. Census Bureau map of Kendale Lakes showing boundaries
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Miami-Dade
Area
 • Total 8.61 sq mi (22.29 km2)
 • Land 8.07 sq mi (20.91 km2)
 • Water 0.53 sq mi (1.38 km2)
Elevation
3 ft (1 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 55,646
 • Density 6,891.15/sq mi (2,660.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 12-36062
GNIS feature ID 1867158

Kendale Lakes is a census-designated place (CDP) and a suburb of Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 56,901 at the 2000 census.

History

Kendale Lakes (and all of West Kendall) once had a large Miami Jewish population; many prominent attorneys lived there throughout the mid and late 70s. It was truly a bedroom community up until the mid to late 80s. The portion east of 142 Av and between Sunset Dr and N Kendall Dr was built by Janis homes c. 1970; the portion west of 142 Av. was built by Caravel homes around 1973-74.

El Dorado Blvd was once a walk-through outdoor mall with many mom and pop stores called the Kendale Lakes Mall. It was a destination for locals and had many specialty shops like Second Skin, Smatt Bootery, Sentry Drugs, Mightiest Mortals and restaurants like Fiesta Tacos, The Carvery, Cozzoli's Pizza, Tiger Tea House and Burns Bakery to name but a few. It has always been a megaplex (450,000 square feet with one anchor mall and two strip malls and a roller skating rink on its eastern/northern periphery) and was the only built upon area west of 137 Av.

The southeast corner of 137 Av. was where Don Carter's Bowling Alley was located, now called Carter Plaza. Mike's Pizza and Marino's Pizza are two long time local favorites which remain open for business in Kendale Lakes. K-Mart is the only store which remains open from the original Kendale Lakes Mall which was one of the former mall's anchor stores. The other anchor store was Luria's. Kendale Lakes Mall remains a source of nostalgia for many locals who grew up in the area during the late 1970s and 1980s.

The Kendale Lakes Country Club was bought by the Miccosukee tribe. It originally was an amenity offered to local homeowners. It is still surrounded by tree lined streets - a canopy of trees and lush green lawns. Coral rocks cover a mote which is located around its circumference and it is dotted with lakes. At one time there was a small sandy beach and picnic area and pier which is now closed. There are remnants of the old pier. There were two pools at the country club (one for family and one for adults only) including an Olympic size pool, replaced now by a volleyball court.

Kendale Lakes Elementary is located on SW 80th Street and SW 142nd Avenue in the Kendale Lakes Park, just south of the Kendale Lakes Golf Course. The students are known as the Kendale Lakes Tigers, although previously, they were the Sailboats.

Geography

Kendale Lakes is located at 25°42′30″N 80°24′42″W / 25.70833°N 80.41167°W / 25.70833; -80.41167 (25.708464, -80.411610).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22 km2), of which, 8.2 square miles (21 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (5.00%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 32,789
1990 48,524 48.0%
2000 56,901 17.3%
2010 56,148 −1.3%
2020 55,646 −0.9%
source:

2020 census

Kendale Lakes racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 4,363 7.84%
Black or African American (NH) 537 0.97%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 7 0.01%
Asian (NH) 633 1.14%
Pacific Islander (NH) 6 0.01%
Some Other Race (NH) 171 0.31%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 407 0.73%
Hispanic or Latino 49,522 88.99%
Total 55,646

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 55,646 people, 17,698 households, and 14,143 families residing in the CDP.

2010 census

Kendale Lakes Demographics
2010 Census Kendale Lakes Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 56,148 2,496,435 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 -1.3% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 6,933.3/sq mi 1,315.5/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 92.1% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 10.6% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 2.2% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 86.5% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 1.4% 1.5% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 1.8% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race 2.6% 3.2% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 19,185 households, with 4.7% being vacant. As of 2000, 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.1% were non-families. 13.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.13 and the average family size was 3.40.

Education

Public schools

Miami-Dade County Public Schools operates public schools. Elementary schools:

  • Bent Tree Elementary School
  • Kendale Lakes Elementary School - Kendale Lakes Elementary is located on SW 80th Street and SW 142nd Avenue in the Kendale Lakes Park, just south of the Kendale Lakes Golf Course. The students are known as the Kendale Lakes Tigers, although previously, they were the Sailboats.
  • Royal Green Elementary School

K-8 schools:

  • Ethel Koger Beckham K-8 Center
  • Winston Park K-8 Center

Secondary schools:

  • Howard D. McMillan Middle School
  • Miami Sunset High School

Charter and private schools

Charter schools:

  • Archimedean Schools (K-12), including Archimedean Upper Conservatory
  • Somerset Palms Academy (K-8)
  • Academir Preparatory Academy (elementary)

Private schools:

  • Calusa Preparatory School (K-12)
  • The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami operates Catholic schools. Good Shepherd School (K-8) is in Kendale Lakes.

Holy Cross Academy was formerly in Kendale Lakes CDP. It closed in 2004.

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