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Miramar is a city in southern Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 122,041.[5] It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which is home to over six million people.

History

Miramar was founded by A.L. Mailman to serve as a "bedroom community" for nearby Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Mailman bought the original property he was to develop from H.D. Perry, Sr. in 1953. He built 56 homes on the property that were inexpensive homes of concrete and flat roofs. These homes sold quickly because of the low cost of both the homes and the land, and the city of Miramar came into being.

The city was incorporated on May 26, 1955 and was named for the Miramar area of Havana, Cuba where Mailman had a summer home (Miramar translates to "look at the sea" in Spanish).[6] At the time of incorporation, the city had a population of less than two hundred people. With approximately 2.9 square miles land area, Miramar's original city boundaries were Southwest 64 Avenue on the east, University Drive on the west, the Dade County line on the south, and Pembroke Road on the north. On June 20, 1955, the city's first mayor (Robert Gordon) and city council were sworn in, all of whom were appointed by the governor and served until January 1959, at which time the first municipal election was held.[7] Mayor Robert Gordon is the individual who is attributed to have given the city its name.[7] The city seal is inscribed with the motto "Beauty and Progress".[7]

H.D. Perry Sr.'s part in Miramar did not cease with selling the land to Mailman for development. He is recognized as one of the foremost pioneers in the history of Miramar. His character and civic-activities influenced not only the lives of early residents, but continues to the present day, as evidenced by the schools and parks in the city which bear his family's name. Many long-time residents fondly recall the community barbecues hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Perry during those early years. Others are grateful to Mr. Perry for the lessons in animal husbandry, which he conducted for the benefit of Miramar's youth so that they could learn something of farm life.

The only major roads when Miramar was developed were U.S. 441 which was a two-lane road at that time, Hallandale Beach Boulevard to Southwest 66 Terrace and Pembroke Road which was a dirt road to University Drive. There were no other transportation routes of any kind supplying access to the new community. Miramar's early city fathers advocated the philosophy of planned and controlled growth. The city adopted a Comprehensive Land Use Plan in 1972 before cities and counties were mandated to do so. This provided the framework for the orderly development of future growth. Two-thirds of the land within city limits is currently undeveloped.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.3 square miles (81.0 km2), of which 29.5 square miles (76.5 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2) (5.66%) is water.[5]

A 2017 study put the city in fifth place for US cities most vulnerable to coastal flooding, with 93,000 residents living within FEMA's coastal floodplain.[8]

The city is bordered by the following municipalities:

To the north:

To the northeast:

To the east:

To the south:

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
19605,485
197023,997337.5%
198032,81336.7%
199040,66323.9%
200072,73978.9%
2010122,04167.8%
2019 (est.)141,191[2]15.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
Miramar Demographics
2010 Census Miramar Broward County Florida
Total population 122,041 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +67.8% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 4,134.1/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 41.0% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 11.6% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 45.7% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 36.9% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 5.2% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.7% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 4.2% 3.7% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 40,294 households, with 7.1% being vacant. As of 2000, 48.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 19.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.1% were non-families. 14.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.15 and the average family size was 3.48.

In 2000, the city's population was spread out, with 31.0% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $50,289, and the median income for a family was $52,952. Males had a median income of $34,145 versus $28,283 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,462. About 7.0% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as their first language accounted for 60.09% of the population, while Spanish made up 29.99%, French Creole 4.37%, French 2.13%, and Tagalog as a mother tongue was 0.50% of all residents.[10]

As of 2000, Miramar had the fifth highest percentage of Jamaican residents in the US, with 15.4% of the populace,[11] the 58th highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 2.51% of the city's population,[12] and the 48th highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, at 8.77% of the city's population.[13] It also had the 78th most Dominicans in the US, at 1.98%,[14] while it had the 31st highest percentage of Haitians (tied with

The city was incorporated on May 26, 1955 and was named for the Miramar area of Havana, Cuba where Mailman had a summer home (Miramar translates to "look at the sea" in Spanish).[6] At the time of incorporation, the city had a population of less than two hundred people. With approximately 2.9 square miles land area, Miramar's original city boundaries were Southwest 64 Avenue on the east, University Drive on the west, the Dade County line on the south, and Pembroke Road on the north. On June 20, 1955, the city's first mayor (Robert Gordon) and city council were sworn in, all of whom were appointed by the governor and served until January 1959, at which time the first municipal election was held.[7] Mayor Robert Gordon is the individual who is attributed to have given the city its name.[7] The city seal is inscribed with the motto "Beauty and Progress".[7]

H.D. Perry Sr.'s part in Miramar did not cease with selling the land to Mailman for development. He is recognized as one of the foremost pioneers in the history of Miramar. His character and civic-activities influenced not only the lives of early residents, but continues to the present day, as evidenced by the schools and parks in the city which bear his family's name. Many long-time residents fondly recall the community barbecues hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Perry during those early years. Others are grateful to Mr. Perry for the lessons in animal husbandry, which he conducted for the benefit of Miramar's youth so that they could learn something of farm life.

The only major roads when Miramar was developed were U.S. 441 which was a two-lane road at that time, Hallandale Beach Boulevard to Southwest 66 Terrace and Pembroke Road which was a dirt road to University Drive. There were no other transportation routes of any kind supplying access to the new community. Miramar's early city fathers advocated the philosophy of planned and controlled growth. The city adopted a Comprehensive Land Use Plan in 1972 before cities and counties were mandated to do so. This provided the framework for the orderly development of future growth. Two-thirds of the land within city limits is currently undeveloped.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.3 square miles (81.0 km2), of which 29.5 square miles (76.5 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.6 km

The city was incorporated on May 26, 1955 and was named for the Miramar area of Havana, Cuba where Mailman had a summer home (Miramar translates to "look at the sea" in Spanish).[6] At the time of incorporation, the city had a population of less than two hundred people. With approximately 2.9 square miles land area, Miramar's original city boundaries were Southwest 64 Avenue on the east, University Drive on the west, the Dade County line on the south, and Pembroke Road on the north. On June 20, 1955, the city's first mayor (Robert Gordon) and city council were sworn in, all of whom were appointed by the governor and served until January 1959, at which time the first municipal election was held.[7] Mayor Robert Gordon is the individual who is attributed to have given the city its name.[7] The city seal is inscribed with the motto "Beauty and Progress".[7]

H.D. Perry Sr.'s part in Miramar did not cease with selling the land to Mailman for development. He is recognized as one of the foremost pioneers in the history of Miramar. His character and civic-activities influenced not only the lives of early residents, but continues to the present day, as evidenced by the schools and parks in the city which bear his family's name. Many long-time residents fondly recall the community barbecues hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Perry during those early years. Others are grateful to Mr. Perry for the lessons in animal husbandry, which he conducted for the benefit of Miramar's youth so that they could learn something of farm life.

The only major roads when Miramar was developed were U.S. 441 which was a two-lane road at that time, Hallandale Beach Boulevard to Southwest 66 Terrace and Pembroke Road which was a dirt road to University Drive. There were no other transportation routes of any kind supplying access to the new community. Miramar's early city fathers advocated the philosophy of planned and controlled growth. The city adopted a Comprehensive Land Use Plan in 1972 before cities and counties were mandated to do so. This provided the framework for the orderly development of future growth. Two-thirds of the land within city limits is currently undeveloped.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.3 square miles (81.0 km2), of which 29.5 square miles (76.5 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2) (5.66%) is water.[5]

A 2017 study put the city in fifth place for US cities most vulnerable to coastal flooding, with 93,000 residents living within FEMA's coastal A 2017 study put the city in fifth place for US cities most vulnerable to coastal flooding, with 93,000 residents living within FEMA's coastal floodplain.[8]

The city is bordered by the following municipalities:

To the north:

To the northeast:

To the east:

To the east:

To the south: