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Miami Gardens, Florida
City of Miami Gardens
The Sunshine State Arch of Miami Gardens
The Sunshine State Arch of Miami Gardens
Flag of Miami Gardens, Florida
Official seal of Miami Gardens, Florida
Location in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida.
Location in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida.
Miami Gardens, Florida is located in Florida
Miami Gardens, Florida
Miami Gardens, Florida
Location in Florida
Miami Gardens, Florida is located in the United States
Miami Gardens, Florida
Miami Gardens, Florida
Location in the United States
Miami Gardens, Florida is located in North America
Miami Gardens, Florida
Miami Gardens, Florida
Location in North America
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Miami-Dade
Incorporated May 13, 2003; 21 years ago (2003-05-13)
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City 19.00 sq mi (49.21 km2)
 • Land 18.23 sq mi (47.21 km2)
 • Water 0.77 sq mi (2.00 km2)
7 ft (2 m)
 • City 111,640
 • Density 5,875.8/sq mi (2,268.6/km2)
 • Metro
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33014, 33054, 33055, 33056, 33152, 33169
Area code(s) 305, 786, 645
FIPS code 12-45050
GNIS feature ID 1989951

Miami Gardens is a city in north-central Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. It is located 16 miles (26 km) north of Downtown Miami with city boundaries that stretch from I-95 and Northeast 2nd Avenue to its east to Northwest 47th and Northwest 57th Avenues to its west, and from the Broward County line to its north to 151st Street to its south. The city's name originated from Florida State Road 860, a major roadway through the area also known as Miami Gardens Drive. Miami Gardens had a population of 111,640 as of 2020. It is Florida's most populous city with a majority African American population and also home to the largest percentage of African Americans (66.97 percent) of any city in Florida, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It is a principal city in the Miami metropolitan area of South Florida, which is the nation's ninth-largest, and world's 65th-largest metropolitan area with a population of 6.158 million people as of 2020. Miami Gardens is the home of Hard Rock Stadium, a 64,767 capacity multi-purpose stadium that serves as the home field for both the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League and the Miami Hurricanes, the University of Miami's NCAA Division I college football team, which has won five national championships since 1983.


In the wake of the construction of I-95 in the late 1960s, many middle- and upper-income African American and West Indian American families migrated from Miami neighborhoods like Liberty City to what became Miami Gardens (also called Carol City, Norland, or Norwood) as race-based covenants were outlawed with the Fair Housing Act, and mostly lower income blacks moved into the Liberty City and Little Haiti neighborhoods surrounding Liberty Square and Edison Courts.

Miami Gardens was incorporated on May 13, 2003. The city's neighborhoods of Andover, Bunche Park, Carol City, Lake Lucerne, Norland, Opa-locka North, and Scott Lake were previously unincorporated areas within Miami-Dade County.

In 2007, Mayor Shirley Gibson said that the city would no longer allow any low-income housing developments; many residents blamed the developments for spreading crime throughout the city. Around that time, the city's tax revenues dropped to the third-lowest in Miami-Dade County.

In 2012, Oliver Gilbert, only the second mayor the city has had, proposed forming a community redevelopment agency (CRA). CRAs are formed to remove "slum and blight", to improve the physical environment of the city and to combat the social and economic problems typical of slum areas. CRAs are funded with property tax increases, which funds are used, in part, to stimulate private investment in the rehabilitation of the community.

During the 2026 FIFA World Cup, Hard Rock Stadium will host multiple matches during the tournament.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 116,713
2000 124,656 6.8%
2010 107,167 −14.0%
2020 111,640 4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020

The city was incorporated in 2003, but various parts of the city appeared as census designated places in the 2000 census and previous censuses. They now make up the neighborhoods of Andover, Bunche Park, Carol City, Lake Lucerne, Norland, Opa-locka North, and Scott Lake. The United States Census Bureau enumerated that the population of Miami Gardens was 111,640 per the 2020 census.

2010 and 2020 Census

Miami Gardens, Florida – Racial and ethnic composition
Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity (NH = Non-Hispanic) Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White (NH) 2,806 2,742 2.62% 2.46%
Black or African American (NH) 78,629 69,071 73.37% 61.87%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 154 94 0.14% 0.08%
Asian (NH) 611 722 0.57% 0.65%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian (NH) 27 11 0.03% 0.01%
Some other race (NH) 190 646 0.18% 0.58%
Two or more races/Multiracial (NH) 1,144 1,643 1.07% 1.47%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 23,606 36,711 22.03% 32.88%
Total 107,167 111,640 100.00% 100.00%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 111,640 people, 30,946 households, and 23,158 families residing in the city.

As of 2016, the age distribution was 5.6% under the age of 5, 6.7% from 5 to 9, 6.5% from 10 to 14, 15.5% from 15 to 24, 14.6% from 25 to 34, 12.7% 35 to 44, 13.1% 45 to 54, 12.6% 55 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The population was 46.9% male and 53.1% female. Families made up 72% of households, while 28% were non-families. The average household size was 3.52 members, and the city covered 20 square miles (52 km2).

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 107,167 people, 32,000 households, and 23,749 families residing in the city. In 2010, 6.0% of households were vacant.

Hispanic population

# 2010-2014 Hispanic population of Miami Gardens Percentage
1 Cuban 43.94%
2 Central American 17.78%
3 Puerto Rican 11.96%
4 South American 8.25%
5 Mexican 3.06%

Sports facilities

Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens is the home field for both the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League and the Miami Hurricanes, the University of Miami's five-time national championship NCAA Division I college football team, January 2020

The Calder Race Course opened in 1971.

Miami Gardens is home to the Miami Dolphins, who play in Hard Rock Stadium on land that was part of the Lake Lucerne CDP. This stadium also hosts the annual Orange Bowl college football game, and is the home field for the University of Miami Hurricanes football team. The Miami Open tennis tournament is held on the grounds of the stadium. The Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball shared Hard Rock Stadium with the Dolphins for almost two decades until, in 2012, they relocated to Miami and changed their name to the Miami Marlins.

In 2022 and 2023, the Miami International Autodrome hosted the Miami Grand Prix for Formula One.


The city of Miami Gardens has several health care clinics and facilities that offer medical care and support to its residents. Although the city has no hospital directly within its limits, Jackson North Medical Center, Concentra Urgent Care, and, Chen Medical Center provide medical services to the residents of Miami Gardens. Supplementing this, several health care clinics and facilities provide medical services that include general medicine, walk-in/urgent care, dental services, gynecology, physical therapy, chiropractor services, laboratory tests, x-rays, sonograms, osteoporosis screening, vaccinations, and health and exercise programs.


Miami Gardens is governed by a seven-member city council. Members include Mayor Oliver Gilbert (since 2012), and six council members, four elected from districts and two elected citywide. The mayor recommends – and the city council hires – the City Manager, City Attorney, and City Clerk.

These are 17 of the many departments for which the City Manager of Miami Gardens creates a budget.

# Department City Manager's Budget 2017–2018
1 Legislative Department $969,411
2 Office of City Manager $1,434,310
3 Office of City Manager Public Affairs Office $3,922,843
4 Office of City Clerk $450,730
5 Finance Department $1,109,545
6 Human Resources Department $1,076,395
7 Office of the City Attorney $589,165
8 Planning and Zoning Office $782,854
9 Public Safety Department Police Administration Division $30,891,829
10 Public Safety Police School Crossing Guard Program Division $483,407
11 Public Safety Department Police Investigations Division $67,000
12 Public Safety Police Operations Division $43,800
13 Public Safety Police Support Services Division $265,003
14 Public Safety Cops Grant $1,146,231
15 Public Safety Cops III $1,190,853
15 Public Safety Cops IV $1,050,309
16 Code Compliance Division $1,441,100
17 Parks & Recreation Department Recreation Division $2,268,224


Image Mayor Years Notes
Shirley Gibson 2003–2012
Oliver G. Gilbert III 2012–2020
Rodney Harris 2020–Present


The Miami Gardens Police Department is the lead law enforcement agency for the 110,000 residents living within the city's 20 square miles (52 km2). The department operates under a unified command structure with its headquarters located at 1020 NW 163 Drive, Miami Gardens, Florida 33169. The department became operational on Sunday, December 16, 2007, with 159 sworn officers. Since then, the department has grown to 259 members consisting of 201 sworn positions with 58 non-sworn support positions.


Public schools

Miami-Dade County Public Schools operates area public schools.

# Miami Gardens' elementary schools 2012 school grade
1 Brentwood Elementary School C
2 Bunche Park Elementary School A
3 Norwood Elementary School B
4 North County Elementary School C
5 Skyway Elementary School C
6 Parkway Elementary School C
# Miami Gardens' middle schools 2012 school grade
1 North Dade Middle School A
2 Lake Stevens Middle School C
3 Parkway Middle School D
4 Carol City Middle School D

Norland Middle School, in the Miami Gardens area, has a magnet program in dance, music, theatre and art, which began in 1985. The young actors Alex R. Hibbert and Jaden Piner, who starred in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, were trained at this school.

# Miami Gardens' K–8 schools
1 North County K–8 Center
# Miami Gardens' high schools 2012 school grade and graduation rates
1 Miami Carol City Senior High School F, with a 62% graduation rate
2 Miami Norland Senior High School B, with 89% graduation rate

Private schools

The Archdiocese of Miami operates area Catholic schools. Monsignor Edward Pace High School is in the Miami Gardens city limits. The archdiocese formerly operated Saint Monica School in Miami Gardens.

Colleges and universities

Public libraries

Miami-Dade Public Library System operates the North Dade Regional Library, which opened in September 1979.

Notable people

  • Denzel Curry, rapper and songwriter
  • Diamante, professional wrestler known also known as "Angel Rose"
  • Andre Johnson, retired professional NFL football player for Houston Texans
  • Peter O’Brien, professional baseball player
  • Jo Marie Payton, actress and singer
  • Omar Jeffery Pineiro, rapper, songwriter and producer known by his stage name "Smokepurpp"
  • Lil Pump, rapper and songwriter
  • Flo Rida, rapper and songwriter
  • Rick Ross, rapper and songwriter
  • Earl Sampson, convenience store worker notable for being arrested 288 times in five years

Surrounding areas

See also

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