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Town of Miami Lakes
Miami Lakes, Florida sign.png
Official seal of Town of Miami Lakes
"Growing Beautifully"
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 showing town boundaries
U.S. Census Bureau map showing town boundaries
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Miami-Dade
Incorporated December 5, 2000
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 6.51 sq mi (16.85 km2)
 • Land 5.66 sq mi (14.65 km2)
 • Water 0.85 sq mi (2.20 km2)  6.73%
3 ft (1 m)
 • Total 30,467
 • Density 5,385.72/sq mi (2,079.43/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Codes
33014, 33016
Area code(s) 305, 786
FIPS code 12-45100
GNIS feature ID 0305161

Miami Lakes is a suburb of Miami, an incorporated town and former census-designated place in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. As of 2018 US Census, 31,628 people live in Miami Lakes.


The development was constructed by Sengra (now the Graham Companies) beginning in 1962, on land formerly owned by Florida State Senator Ernest "Cap" Graham. The Grahams stated for many years that it would be a 30-year development, but they are still developing to this day.

The original Miami Lakes development, east of the Palmetto Expressway, was master planned by Lester Collins with curving tree-shaded roadways and numerous curving lakes, which are unusual compared to most surrounding areas with their treeless streets on a square grid and rectangular lakes. This original development, which is on the east side of the more recently designated Town of Miami Lakes, has neighborhood shopping centers, tot-lot parks, and a town center named Main Street. A significant portion of Miami Lakes is still owned by the Grahams, mostly apartment buildings, shopping centers, office buildings, and still undeveloped land. The town is an early model of the New Urbanism movement with shopping and services located in walking distance of residences as well as narrow walkable streets and plenty of neighborhood parks.

When it incorporated in December 2000, the Town of Miami Lakes became the 31st municipality in Miami-Dade County. Known as one of the youngest cities in the County, Miami Lakes is home to approximately 30,000 residents and more than 1,100 businesses.

The Master Plan began over 50 years ago, when the Graham family began development of what was their dairy farm. Unlike many cities and towns created during the early 1960s, the Grahams decided to create a master plan for the city that would allow for decades of growth, construction, and changing market conditions. Lester Collins, former Dean of the Harvard School of Architecture, was enlisted to create a Master Plan for the area that would become the center of Miami Lakes. Collins laid the foundation for an integrated community, including residential, commercial, industrial and mixed uses.

Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, younger half brother of family patriarch William "Bill" Graham, is one of the owners, and the late publisher of the Washington Post, Katharine Graham, had a share by marriage. On December 5, 2000, Miami Lakes voted to become an incorporated town.


Miami Lakes is located at 25°54′42″N 80°19′30″W / 25.911672°N 80.325067°W / 25.911672; -80.325067.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.4 square miles (17 km2). 6.0 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (6.73%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 9,809
1990 12,750 30.0%
2000 22,676 77.9%
2010 29,361 29.5%
2020 30,467 3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Miami Lakes racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 3,286 10.79%
Black or African American (NH) 647 2.12%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 4 0.01%
Asian (NH) 469 1.54%
Pacific Islander (NH) 3 0.01%
Some Other Race (NH) 129 0.42%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 293 0.96%
Hispanic or Latino 25,636 84.14%
Total 30,467

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 30,467 people, 10,570 households, and 7,491 families residing in the town.

2010 census

Miami Lakes Demographics
2010 Census Miami Lakes Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 30,791 2,496,435 19,893,297
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +29.5% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 5,211.4/sq mi 1,315.5/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 91.7% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 14.4% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 3.3% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 81.1% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 1.5% 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) 1.6% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race 1.8% 3.2% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 8,248 households, out of which 4.2% were vacant. In 2000, 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 20.8% 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 2.75 and the average family size was 3.21.

Veteran's Memorial

The Town of Miami Lakes has a unique indoor Veteran’s Memorial located at the Royal Oaks Park Community Center. The memorial is a 50-foot-long mural that features a combination of the following media: two digitized paintings of military scenes throughout U.S. history, wood carvings, stained glass, and hand-made glass mosaics molded from leaves of Miami Lakes’ trees. The centerpiece of the artwork consists of the seals from each of the US military service branches and the POW/MIA seal. The memorial was inaugurated on Memorial Day of 2011. The artists are Alfred Darmanin and Michelle Stecco.

The Veterans Memorial entitled “V is for Veterans” was unveiled in front of Miami Lakes Town Hall on Sept. 4, 2014. The artwork was created by Artist Stephanie Jaffe Werner to honor all five of the United States Military Branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. A Professional Advisory Committee made up of local arts professionals was formed and with the support of the Town’s Veterans Committee, selected Jaffe’s artwork to adorn Town Hall and to pay tribute to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country.


Public schools

Miami-Dade County Public Schools serves Miami Lakes.

  • Miami Lakes K-8 Center, located in south central Miami lakes, serves the eastern half of the town (east and south of SR 826).
  • Barbara Goleman High School, located in extreme western Miami Lakes, and Bob Graham Education Center, located in western Miami Lakes, serve the western half of the town (west of SR 826).
  • Miami Lakes Middle School, located in front of Our Lady of the Lakes private school.
  • Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School located on NW 67th Ave (West 12th Ave in Hialeah)
  • Mater Lakes Academy located on 17300 NW 87th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33015

Magnet/vocational schools

  • Miami Lakes Educational Center, located on NW 57th Avenue (Red Road).

Barbara Goleman Senior High

Private schools


  • Our Lady of the Lakes.

Non-denominational Christian

  • Dade-Christian (located outside the north entrance to Miami Lakes)

See also

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