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City of North Miami Beach
Official seal of City of North Miami Beach
"Where People Care"
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 city limits
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Flag of Miami-Dade County, Florida.png Miami-Dade
Incorporated June 15, 1931
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor George Vallejo
 • Vice Mayor Beth E. Siegel
 • Councilmembers Anthony F. DeFillipo, Phyllis S. Smith, Frantz Pierre, Barbara Kramer, and Marlen Martell
 • City Manager Ana M. Garcia
 • City Clerk Pamela L. Latimore
 • City 5.3 sq mi (13.7 km2)
 • Land 5.0 sq mi (12.8 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)  6.43%
10 ft (3 m)
 • City 41,523
 • Density 8,602.2/sq mi (3,321.3/km2)
 • Metro
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Codes
Area code(s) 305, 786
FIPS code 12-49475
GNIS feature ID 0287838

North Miami Beach (commonly referred to as NMB) is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. Originally named Fulford in 1926 after Captain William H. Fulford of the United States Coast Guard, the city was renamed North Miami Beach in 1931. The population was 41,523 at the 2010 census.

The hurricane of 1926 essentially ended the South Florida real estate boom, and in an effort to alleviate their losses and the damage to the city, the local residents came together as the Town of Fulford. That is why in 1927, the city was incorporated as the City of Fulford.


Miami North Beach Waterway by D Ramey Logan
Miami North Beach Waterway

North Miami Beach is located at 25°55′49″N 80°10′1″W / 25.93028°N 80.16694°W / 25.93028; -80.16694. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (14 km2). 5.0 square miles (13 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (6.43%) is water.

Although the North Miami Beach boundaries once stretched to the Atlantic Ocean, this city on the Intracoastal Waterway no longer has any beaches within its city limits, although they are a short distance away across the inlet.

Surrounding areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 871
1950 2,129 144.4%
1960 21,405 905.4%
1970 30,544 42.7%
1980 36,553 19.7%
1990 35,359 −3.3%
2000 40,786 15.3%
2010 41,523 1.8%
Est. 2015 43,971 5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2010, there were 16,402 households out of which 12.1% were vacant. As of 2000, 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them. 44.3% were married couples living together, 19.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.44.

In 2000, the city population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $31,377, and the median income for a family was $35,047. Males had a median income of $26,278 versus $22,110 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,699. About 18.4% of families and 20.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.1% of those under age 18 and 18.2% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, English was the first language for 38.50% of all residents, while Spanish accounted for 31.97%. French Creole was 19.32%, French made up 2.33%, Chinese (which included Cantonese) was totaled at 1.66%, Portuguese totaled 1.20%, Hebrew was at 0.87%, Russian at 0.65%, Yiddish spoken by 0.56%, and Italian was the mother tongue for 0.52% of the population.

As of 2000, North Miami Beach had the fifth highest percentage of Haitian residents in the U.S., with 19.90% of the U.S. populace. It had the 48th highest percentage of Colombian residents in the U.S., at 2.83% of the city's population, and the 68th highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, at 4.92% of the city's population. It also had the 62nd highest percentage of Dominicans in the U.S., at 2.39%, while it had the ninth highest percentage of Bahamians at 1.10% of all residents. North Miami Beach's Jamaican community had the 28th highest percentage of residents, which was at 5.50% of all residents. It's also home to the thirtieth highest percentage of Peruvian residents in the U.S., at 1.80% of the population

North Miami Beach has a large middle class Haitian-American and Jewish-American community that were born in the U.S. or abroad.

North Miami Beach Demographics
2010 Census North Miami Beach Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 41,523 2,496,435 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +1.8%% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 8,602.2/sq mi 1,315.5/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 47.1% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 18.4% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 41.4% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 36.6% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 3.4% 1.5% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.8% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race 4.0% 3.2% 3.6%


The area along 163rd Street and also heavily concentrated along 167th street in North Miami Beach is known as the business center of Dade County's Asian-American community, especially amongst Chinese-Americans. According to, many ethnic Asian varieties of food can be found along this route, which includes Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese and other ethnic varieties. The Biscayne Times references this area as "Chinatown".


Map of NMB's neighborhoods.
North Miami FL Fulford by the Sea Entrance04
Fulford by the Sea Entrance

Attractions in the vicinity of North Miami Beach include a line of popular ocean beaches. Haulover Park and Haulover Beach, operated by Dade County Parks and Recreation, has a well-known clothing optional beach.

The name Baker's Haulover is presumed to derive from a man named Baker who hauled small boats over the isthmus between ocean and bay. The name appeared on a map as early as 1823. There is a State of Florida Historical Landmark Marker (over 50 years old) at the original Lighthouse Dock site dedicated on February 21, 2004, to the first charter-boat captains at the 1926–1951 dock. It is the only marker in the State of Florida for a fishing dock. There is still a charter-boat fishing fleet there.

North Miami Beach also has an authentic Medieval Spanish monastery, the St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church. This stone building around a patio, the cloisters of the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux, was built in Sacramenia, Segovia, Spain in the 12th century. It was purchased by William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s, dismantled and shipped to the United States, and reassembled after Hearst's death in North Miami Beach in the 1950s. It is a tourism attraction and a popular spot for weddings.

The Mall at 163rd Street and the Fulford-by-the-Sea Monument are also popular attractions in North Miami Beach.

Parks and recreation

In 1966, the major accomplishment was the completion of the tennis complex and two community centers, Victory Park and Uleta Community Center.

In 1968, the Washington Park Community Center was built, and the Allen Park Youth Center was completed in 1973.

North Miami beach expanded its parks in the 1980s as a result of the city council making strides to benefit the community.

The city now has the Judge Arthur I. Snyder Tennis Center. The center includes twelve clay hydrogrid tennis courts (six are lighted), six lighted lay-kold hard tennis courts, four Racquetball courts, and two Paddleball courts. The center also has a clubhouse and pro-shop, a picnic area, and lounge and shower facilities.

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