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Margate, Florida
City of Margate
Clock tower near Margate city hall
Clock tower near Margate city hall
Motto(s): 
"Together We Make It Great"
Location of Margate, Broward County, Florida
Location of Margate, Broward County, Florida
Coordinates: 26°14′47″N 80°12′44″W / 26.24639°N 80.21222°W / 26.24639; -80.21222Coordinates: 26°14′47″N 80°12′44″W / 26.24639°N 80.21222°W / 26.24639; -80.21222
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Logo of Broward County, Florida.svg Broward
Incorporated (town) May 30, 1955
Incorporated (city) June 22, 1961
Government
 • Type Commission-Manager
Area
 • City 9.05 sq mi (23.43 km2)
 • Land 8.76 sq mi (22.69 km2)
 • Water 0.29 sq mi (0.74 km2)  1.89%
Elevation
9 ft (3 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City 58,712
 • Density 6,702.28/sq mi (2,587.75/km2)
 • Metro
6,166,488
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
33063, 33065, 33068, 33073, 33093
Area code(s) 954, 754
FIPS code 12-43125
GNIS feature ID 0286413
Website http://www.margatefl.com/

Margate is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 58,712. Margate is part of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to 6,166,488 people in 2020.

Margate was founded in the 1950s, when much of it was still either part of the Everglades or farmland. It became a town in 1955, when land development became prominent due to an influx of people moving to Margate. In 1961, it was officially incorporated as a city. The name Margate is a portmanteau of the first three letters of the founder's last name, Jack Marqusee, and the first four letters of gateway, since it was considered a "gateway" to western Broward County. The city has a waterpark called Calypso Cove and two golf courses: The Carolina Golf Club and the Oriole Golf and Tennis Club.

Geography

Margate is located at 26°14′47″N 80°12′44″W / 26.246259°N 80.212343°W / 26.246259; -80.212343., and it is seven and one-half miles from the Atlantic Ocean.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.98 square miles (23 km2), of which 8.81 square miles (23 km2) is land and 0.17 square miles (0 km2) is water (1.89%).

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,646
1970 8,867 235.1%
1980 35,900 304.9%
1990 42,985 19.7%
2000 53,909 25.4%
2010 53,284 −1.2%
2020 58,712 10.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
Margate Demographics
2010 Census Margate Broward County Florida
Total population 53,284 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 -1.2% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 6,017.8/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 62.0% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 46.0% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 25.8% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 22.2% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 4.0% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.3% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 3.6% 3.7% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 24,863 households, with 13.6% being vacant. In 2000, there were 22,714 households, out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.95.

In 2000, the city the population was spread out, with 20.9% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $38,722, and the median income for a family was $48,254. Males had a median income of $35,630 versus $26,624 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,308. About 5.5% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, 75.9% of residents speak English as their first language, 13.8% speak Spanish, 2.85% French Creole, 1.69% French, and 1.20% Italian.

As of 2000, Margate was the sixty-sixth most Colombian-populated area in the US at 2.22% of residents. It was also the forty-ninth most Haitian-populated area (tied with Pleasantville, New Jersey) at 3.2% and forty-third most Jamaican-populated area (tied with Opa-locka) at 3% of the population.

Education

Margate is served by public schools operated by Broward County Public Schools.

Elementary schools

  • Atlantic West Elementary (STEAM Magnet School) - Central, west, and southwest Margate
  • Liberty Elementary (STEM Magnet School) - Portions east of US 441
  • Margate Elementary - Central, north, and northwest Margate
  • Morrow Elementary (in North Lauderdale) - Southwest Margate

Middle school

  • Margate Middle School (STEM Magnet School) - Serves almost all of the city
  • Silver Lakes Middle School (in North Lauderdale) - serves a small section of the city
  • Rise Academy- Small School located on the border of Margate.

High schools

  • Coconut Creek High School (in neighboring Coconut Creek)
  • Coral Springs High School (in neighboring Coral Springs)
  • Monarch High School (in Coconut Creek)

It is also in proximity to, and in the service area of, the all-magnet school Atlantic Technical High School (in neighboring Coconut Creek).

Charter Schools

  • Broward Math and Science Schools (K-8)
  • RISE Academy (K-8)
  • West Broward Academy (K-8)

Charter High Schools

  • Ascend Academy (9-12)
  • SunEd High School of North Broward (9-12)

Private schools

  • Abundant Life Christian Academy
  • Faith Baptist Academy
  • Hebrew Academy Community School
  • Winfield Christian Academy

Notable people

  • Nikolas Cruz, shooter
  • Shayne Gostisbehere, a professional hockey player for Philadelphia Flyers
  • Arin Hanson, an Internet personality, animator, voice actor, and musician known by his pseudonym Egoraptor and for being one-half of the Let's Play duo Game Grumps and one-third of the musical-comedy group Starbomb. Although he did not live there long, Hanson was born in Margate Hospital.
  • Brandon Knight, who played basketball as a child in Margate's recreation league at Firefighter's Park and is now a point guard with the NBA Phoenix Suns. For the past three years, he has returned to Margate, where he gives free backpacks stuffed with school supplies to children before the start of the school year.
  • Michael Palardy, a punter for NFL's Carolina Panthers.
  • Kaye Stevens, a singer and actress who lived in Margate for more than 45 years (from 1950s to 2004). Many residents referred to Stevens as the "First Lady of Margate", because every time she appeared on game shows, she would place a sign next to her nameplate that read "Hello Margate". She promoted Margate as "a great place to live and raise a family."
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