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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
 • Total 8.6 sq mi (22.3 km2)
 • Land 8.2 sq mi (21.2 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Elevation 3 ft (1 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 56,901
 • Density 6,616.4/sq mi (2,551.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 12-36062
GNIS feature ID 1867158

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


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.


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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 32,789
1990 48,524 48.0%
2000 56,901 17.3%
2010 56,148 −1.3%
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.

In 2000, the CDP the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.2 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the CDP was $44,156, and the median income for a family was $46,001. Males had a median income of $30,754 versus $26,134 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,592. About 8.7% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of Spanish as a first language accounted for 82.44% of residents, while English made up 15.15% and French Creole was 0.84% of the population.

As of 2000, Kendale Lakes had the thirteenth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, with 38.58% of the populace. It had the thirteenth highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 6.36% of the population, and the sixth highest percentage of Nicaraguan residents in the US, at 4.59% of its population. It also had the twenty-fourth most Peruvians in the US, at 2.03%, while it had the ninth highest percentage of Venezuelans, at 1.54% of all residents. It's also home to the 107th highest percentage of Dominicans in the US, at 1.51% of all residents (tied with Babylon, New York.)

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