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Little Haiti

La Petite Haïti   (French)
Ti Ayiti   (Haitian Creole)
Neighborhood of Miami
Caribbean Marketplace
Caribbean Marketplace
Nickname(s): 
Lemon City (historic name)
Little Haiti neighborhood within the City of Miami
Little Haiti neighborhood within the City of Miami
Country United States
State Florida
County Miami-Dade County
City Miami
Elevation
7 ft (2.1 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 29,760
 • Density 9,946/sq mi (3,840/km2)
Time zone UTC-05 (EST)
ZIP code
33127, 33137, 33138, 33150
Area code(s) 305, 786

Little Haiti (French: La Petite Haïti, Haitian Creole: Ti Ayiti), is a neighborhood of Miami, Florida, United States. It is known historically as Lemon City, Little River and Edison. It is home to many Haitian immigrant residents, as well as many residents from the rest of the Caribbean.

Little Haiti is a known neighborhood of Haitian exiles. The area is characterized by its FrenchCreole designations, with its street life, restaurants, art galleries, dance, music, theatre performances, family owned enterprises, and other cultural activities.

Steeped in the complex and rich cultural histories of Caribbean immigrants who brought life to its area, Little Haiti has evolved into a colorful beacon in Miami’s arts communities. Throughout the years, small businesses like celebrated record stores, kitsch bars, and authentic eateries have eased into the neighborhood, creating their own particular patchwork within the already distinct Little River and newly named Little Haiti.

A 13-foot bronze statue of General Toussaint L'Ouverture, the father of the Haitian Revolution, stands on N Miami Avenue and 62nd Street."

History

Painting Jean Juste
Portrait of Father Gérard Jean-Juste on a gable wall by Serge Toussaint in Little Haiti.

Viter Juste, a noted Haitian businessman, activist and respected community leader, came up with the name of Little Haiti. According to Jean-Claude Exulien, a retired professor of history and friend of Juste's since 1977, Juste wrote an article in the Miami Herald in which he first referred to the neighborhood as "Little Port-au-Prince." However, editors at the Miami Herald found the name, "Little Port-au-Prince," too long, so the newspaper shortened the term in the headline to Little Haiti. In 26 May 2016, Miami commissioners voted in favor of designating Little Haiti as an official neighborhood overlapping the historic Lemon City" and historic Little River'

Borders

The southern border is North (NW/NE) 54th Street, west to Interstate 95 and north along the Miami city boundary on North (NW/NE) 80th Street. It then goes back down along East (NE) Second and Fourth avenues.

Demographics

As of 2000, Little Haiti had a population of 29,128, with 9,368 households, and 6,181 families residing in the neighborhood. The median household income was $18,887.49. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 64.92% Black or African American, 4.78% White (non-Hispanic), 14.74% was Hispanic or Latino of any race and 15.56% other races.

The zip codes for the Little Haiti include 33127, 33137, 33138, and 33150. The area covers 3.456 square miles (8.95 km2). As of 2000, there were 14,708 males and 15,357 females. The median age for males were 31.0 years old, while the median age for females were 33.8 years old. The average household size had 3.0 people, while the average family size had 3.7 members. The percentage of married-couple families (among all households) was 27.6%, while the percentage of married-couple families with children (among all households) was 13.8%, and the percentage of single-mother households (among all households) was 20.7%. 2.1% of the population were in nursing homes. The percentage of never-married males 15 years old and over was 21.7%, while the percentage of never-married females 15 years old and over was 22.0%.

Landmarks and attractions

Parks

  • Athalie Range Park (named after M. Athalie Range)
  • Legion Park
  • Lemon City Park
  • Little Haiti Soccer Park

Cultural institutions

Education

Miami-Dade County Public Schools runs area public schools. Schools within Little Haiti include:

Public schools

Miami Little Haiti FL Edison Senior High01
Historic Miami Edison Middle School in Edison.

Elementary schools

  • The Cushman School
  • Edison Park Elementary School
  • Jesse J. McCrary Elementary School
  • Morningside Elementary School
  • Toussaint L'Ouverture Elementary School

Middle schools

  • i-tech Prep Academy
  • Miami Edison Middle School

High schools

  • Itech @ Thomas Edison Educational Center
  • Miami Edison Senior High School

Libraries

Miami-Dade Public Library System operates all area public libraries, including:

  • Lemon City Branch Library
  • Edison Center Library
  • Little River Library
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