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Surfside, Florida
Harding Avenue commercial district
Harding Avenue commercial district
Official seal of Surfside, Florida
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 May 18, 1935
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 0.56 sq mi (1.46 km2)
 • Land 0.56 sq mi (1.44 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)  1.9%
0 ft (0 m)
 • Total 5,689
 • Density 10,213.64/sq mi (3,941.00/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Code
Area code(s) 305, 786
FIPS code 12-70075
GNIS feature ID 0291892

Surfside is a town in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,689 as of the 2020 census. Surfside is a primarily residential beachside community, with several multistory condominium buildings adjacent to Surfside Beach on the Atlantic Ocean. The town is bordered on the south by the North Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, on the north by Bal Harbour, on the west by Biscayne Bay, and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.5 km2 (1.0 sq mi). 1.3 km2 (0.5 sq mi) of it is land and 1.2 km2 (0.5 sq mi) of it (47.42%) is water.

Surrounding areas

  Bal Harbour
  Bay Harbor Islands Up arrow left.svg Up-1.svg Up arrow right.svg Atlantic Ocean
Bay Harbor Islands, Indian Creek Left.svg  Right.svg Atlantic Ocean
  Miami Beach Down arrow left.svg Down arrow.svg Down arrow right.svg Atlantic Ocean
  Miami Beach


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 295
1950 1,852 527.8%
1960 3,157 70.5%
1970 3,614 14.5%
1980 3,763 4.1%
1990 4,108 9.2%
2000 4,909 19.5%
2010 5,744 17.0%
2020 5,689 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Surfside racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 2,717 47.76%
Black or African American (NH) 59 1.04%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 2 0.04%
Asian (NH) 79 1.39%
Pacific Islander (NH) 3 0.05%
Some Other Race (NH) 69 1.21%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 248 4.36%
Hispanic or Latino 2,512 44.16%
Total 5,689

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 5,689 people, 2,328 households, and 1,519 families residing in the town.

2010 census

Surfside demographics
2010 Census Surfside Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 5,744 2,496,435 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +17.0% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 10,067.9/sq mi 1,315.5/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 94.6% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 50.1% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 1.3% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 46.5% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 1.3% 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) 1.7% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race 1.0% 3.2% 3.6%

Approximately 23% of the population is aged 65 or older, 44% is foreign born, 94% have a computer, 65.7% have a bachelor's degree or higher. The median income is approximately $69,000 and 8.5% of people live in poverty.

According to a 2010 brochure issued by the town, quoting year 2000 census data, Surfside had the 20th highest population of Brazilian residents in the U.S., with 1.6% of the populace. It had the 23rd highest percentage of Colombian residents at 4.66% of the town's population. It had the 34th highest percentage of Peruvians at 1.47% of the population. It had the 11th highest percentage of Venezuelans at 1.41% of the population.

As of 2000, Spanish was spoken as a first language by 49.41% of residents, while English was spoken by 42.11% of the population. Other languages spoken included Portuguese 2.36%, Russian 2.04%, German and Yiddish were both tied at 1.40%, and French was the mother tongue for 1.29% of the populace.

Jewish population

Approximately one-third of the population of Surfside are Jews. It is also the most Jewish community in the Miami metropolitan area. Around 2,500 Jews reside in Surfside. Including neighboring areas, 34% of Jews describe themselves as Orthodox, 24% as Conservative, 18% as Reform and 24% as "just Jewish".


Residents are assigned to Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K–8 Center in Bay Harbor Islands serves as the local elementary and K–8 school. Residents who want to have a conventional middle school may instead choose the zoned middle school, Miami Beach Nautilus Middle School. Miami Beach Senior High School is the senior high school serving Surfside.

Notable people

  • Philip B. Hofmann, former CEO of Johnson & Johnson
  • Sholom Lipskar, rabbi and founder of The Shul of Bal Harbour
  • Rudolph W. Riefkohl, officer in United States Army
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yiddish writer, lived in Surfside from 1977 until his death in 1991
  • Sid Tepper, songwriter, lived in Surfside from 1970 to 2004

See also

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