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Kendall
Dadeland forms the business area of Kendall
Dadeland forms the business area of Kendall
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 Kendall showing boundaries
U.S. Census Bureau map of Kendall showing boundaries
Country United States
State Florida
County Miami-Dade
Area
 • Census-designated place 16.60 sq mi (43.00 km2)
 • Land 16.10 sq mi (41.70 km2)
 • Water 0.50 sq mi (1.30 km2)
 • Metro
6,137 sq mi (15,890 km2)
Elevation
13 ft (4 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Census-designated place 80,241
 • Density 4,984.22/sq mi (1,924.43/km2)
 • Metro
5,413,212
 • Metro density 882.06/sq mi (340.566/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 305, 786
FIPS code 12-36100
GNIS feature ID 0285050

Kendall is a census-designated place in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. At the 2010 census, the area had a population of 75,371.

While the US Census Bureau has set definite boundaries for Kendall as a CDP, the community has a highly ambiguous local definition. Prior to the 1950s, the term "Kendall" was used to describe a region centered around U.S.-1, bounded by Snapper Creek to the north, the Everglades to the west, Old Cutler Road to the east, and the former community of Rockdale to the south. This area was largely uninhabited, generally consisting of pine rockland interspersed with fields and groves. As the region experienced rapid development in the 1950s, the moniker "Kendall" came to refer to the various communities built in the vicinity of present-day Pinecrest and the eastern half of the current Kendall CDP. When growth shifted west in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, the usage of the term steadily shifted west concurrently, and today it is most often applied to the area more formally known as West Kendall. Prior to incorporation in 1996, the Village of Pinecrest was still included in the official boundaries of Kendall CDP.

Kendall is served by the Miami Metrorail at Dadeland North and Dadeland South stations in its northeastern end. Both stations provide metro service from Dadeland to nearby commercial centers like the City of Coral Gables, Downtown Miami, and Miami International Airport. Dadeland South station is a major transit depot in the area, connecting the southernmost cities of Homestead and Florida City to Metrorail via limited-stop bus rapid transit along the South Miami-Dade Busway.

History

Much of what is now Kendall was purchased from the State of Florida in 1883 by the Florida Land and Mortgage Company. It was named for Henry John Broughton Kendall, a director of Florida Land and Mortgage who moved to the area in the 1900s to manage the company's land. As the land was not open to homesteading, development was slow well into the 20th century. A post office opened in 1914, and the first school opened in 1929. After the end of the land boom in 1926, some residents left. Two Seminole camps were in the Kendall area, and Seminoles continued to live there into the 1940s.

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Dadeland Mobile Home Park neighborhood near Kendall destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

In August 1992, Kendall and the surrounding South Dade area were severely damaged by Hurricane Andrew. Many of the homes and businesses in the area were completely destroyed. In the subsequent years, the area was slowly rebuilt.

Geography

Kendall is located at 25°40′0″N 80°21′24″W / 25.66667°N 80.35667°W / 25.66667; -80.35667 (25.666781, −80.356533).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Kendall region has an approximate total area of 16.3 sq mi (42.3 km2); 16.1 sq mi (41.8 km2) of it is land and 0.23 sq mi (0.6 km2) of it (1.35%) is water.

Climate

Climate in Kendall is naturally similar to the remainder of Miami-Dade County, although its location and elevation inland along the Miami Rock Ridge does make it slightly cooler at night during the winter and slightly warmer during the day in the summer.

Climate data for Kendall Tamiami Executive Airport (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 87
(30.6)
88
(31.1)
90
(32.2)
96
(35.6)
97
(36.1)
99
(37.2)
98
(36.7)
99
(37.2)
96
(35.6)
94
(34.4)
91
(32.8)
84
(28.9)
99
(37.2)
Average high °F (°C) 76.2
(24.56)
78.4
(25.78)
80.2
(26.78)
83.2
(28.44)
86.6
(30.33)
89.2
(31.78)
90.3
(32.39)
90.6
(32.56)
89.0
(31.67)
85.9
(29.94)
81.3
(27.39)
77.8
(25.44)
84.1
(28.94)
Average low °F (°C) 54.2
(12.33)
58.2
(14.56)
59.6
(15.33)
62.2
(16.78)
67.7
(19.83)
72.6
(22.56)
73.8
(23.22)
74.4
(23.56)
73.2
(22.89)
70.3
(21.28)
63.2
(17.33)
58.3
(14.61)
65.6
(18.67)
Record low °F (°C) 26
(-3.3)
34
(1.1)
39
(3.9)
43
(6.1)
48
(8.9)
58
(14.4)
64
(17.8)
63
(17.2)
66
(18.9)
46
(7.8)
38
(3.3)
29
(-1.7)
26
(-3.3)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.12
(53.8)
2.50
(63.5)
2.87
(72.9)
2.88
(73.2)
5.16
(131.1)
9.15
(232.4)
7.58
(192.5)
8.86
(225)
9.29
(236)
6.39
(162.3)
2.70
(68.6)
1.79
(45.5)
68.28
(1,734.3)
Source: National Weather Service

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 35,497
1980 73,758 107.8%
1990 87,271 18.3%
2000 75,226 −13.8%
2010 75,371 0.2%
2020 80,241 6.5%
source:

2020 census

Kendall racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 16,781 20.91%
Black or African American (NH) 2,339 2.91%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 31 0.04%
Asian (NH) 2,087 2.6%
Pacific Islander (NH) 13 0.02%
Some Other Race (NH) 369 0.46%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 1,558 1.94%
Hispanic or Latino 57,063 71.11%
Total 80,241

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 80,241 people, 28,610 households, and 19,203 families residing in the CDP.

2010 census

Kendall Demographics
2010 Census Kendall Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 75,371 2,496,435 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +0.2% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 4,687.2/sq mi 1,315.5/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 87.9% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 28.4% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 4.4% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 63.7% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 3.0% 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) 2.2% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race 2.4% 3.2% 3.6%

In 2010, there were 31,899 households and 8.7% were vacant. In 2000, 33.4% households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.14.

Transportation

See also: Transportation in South Florida

Kendall is served by Metrobus throughout the area, and by the Metrorail at:

  •           Dadeland North (SW 70th Avenue and U.S. 1)
  •           Dadeland South (Dadeland Boulevard and U.S. 1)

Economy

Pollo Tropical has its headquarters in Dadeland, Kendall. The headquarters moved to Dadeland in 1994.

Kendall is the site of Dadeland Mall, an upscale indoor shopping mall in East Kendall with Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and JCPenney as anchor stores. In South Kendall, directly south of Dadeland Mall on US-1 is The Falls (mall), an open-air shopping mall with Macy's as anchor store as well as a Regal Cinema.

Prior to its dissolution, Air Florida was headquartered in the Dade Towers in what is now the Kendall CDP.

Education

Primary, middle and secondary schools

Public schools

The first public school in Kendall was Kendall School, now renamed Kenwood K-8 Center. Kenwood is the site of the Kenwoods Hammock, a native forest planting which has become a world-renowned stop for bird watchers.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools serves Kendall.

Kindergarten - 12th grade
  • Instructional Center System Wide
  • Ruth Owen Kruse Education Center
High schools
  • Miami Killian High School is in the CDP.
  • Miami Palmetto High School in Pinecrest serves a portion of the CDP.
  • School for Advanced Studies (Kendall campus)
  • Miami Sunset Senior High School
  • Felix Varela Senior High School
Middle schools
  • Archimedean Middle Conservatory (charter)
  • Miami MacArthur South
  • Pinecrest Academy (North Campus) (charter)
  • Hammocks Middle School
  • Howard D. McMillan Middle School
  • Arvida Middle School
Elementary schools
  • Academir Charter School West
  • Archimedean Academy (charter)
  • Bowman Foster Ashe Elementary School
  • Calusa Elementary School
  • Christina M. Eve Elementary School
  • Claude Pepper Elementary School
  • Dante B. Fascell Elementary School
  • Devon Aire K–8 Center
  • Dr. Manuel C. Barreiro Elementary School
  • Gilbert Porter Elementary School
  • Jane S. Roberts K–8 School
  • Kendale Elementary
  • Kendale Lakes Elementary
  • Kenwood Elementary
  • Leewood Elementary School
  • Oliver Hoover Elementary School
  • Santa Fe Advantage Academy (charter)
  • Sunset Park Elementary School
  • Vineland K–8 Center
  • Winston Park K–8 Center
  • William H. Lehman Elementary

Private schools

  • Atlantis Academy (K–12)
  • Calusa Preparatory School
  • Cattoira Montessori School (PK–5)
  • Children's Resources (PK–2)
  • Florida Christian School
  • Gateway Christian School
  • Greenfield Day School (K–8)
  • Islamic School of Miami
  • Kendall Christian School (PK–5)
  • Killian Oaks Academy
  • La Scuola (PK–3)
  • Learning Links Schoolhouse (K–5)
  • St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School (of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami)
  • St. John Neuman School (PK–8) - Established in 1981.
  • Westminster Christian School
  • Westwood Christian School

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

Colleges and universities

  • Kaplan University (Support Center)
  • Keiser College
  • Miami-Dade College (Kendall Campus)
  • Nova Southeastern University (Miami Student Educational Center)
  • College of Business and Technology (Kendall Campus)
  • Polleo Institute (Tertiary Education)

Supplementary schools

Miami Hoshuko, a weekend school for Japanese citizens, previously held classes at the Kendall United Methodist Church, now in Pinecrest but formerly in the Kendall CDP as of 1990.

Notable people

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