Kendall is an unincorporated census-designated place in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. As of the 2000 census, the area had a total population of 75,226. While the defined boundaries of the community have been labeled Kendall by the US Census Bureau, locals often included western communities, such as The Hammocks, Country Walk, The Crossings, Kendale Lakes, Kendall West, and Three Lakes, subdivisions of Kendall. According to the census, Kendall and neighboring communities are home to over 11,000 Colombian Americans, one of the largest populations in the United States.
Kendall is served by the Miami Metrorail at Dadeland North and Dadeland South stations in its northeastern end. Both stations provide metro service from Dadeland to Miami commercial centers like Coral Gables, Downtown Miami, and Miami International Airport. Dadeland South and North stations are a major transit depot in the area, connecting the southernmost suburbs of Homestead and Florida City to Metrorail via limited-stop bus rapid transit along the South Miami-Dade Busway, route numbers 31, 34, 38, 52, 73, 87, 88, 104, 136, 204, 252, 272, 287, 288 and 500.
The first public school in Kendall was Kendall School, now renamed Kenwood K-8 Center. Kenwood is the site of the Kenwoods Hammock, a native forest planting which has become a world-renowned stop for bird watchers. Miami-Dade County Public Schools serves Kendall. Elementary schools: Archimedean Academy, Archimedean Middle Conservatory, Bowman Foster Ashe Elementary School, Christina M. Eve Elementary School, Jane S. Roberts K-8 School, Kendale Elementary, Kenwood Elementary, Leewood Elementary School, Sunset Park Elementary School, Westminster Christian School, Westwood Christian School, Winston Park K-8 Center, William Lehman Elementary, Oliver Hoover Elementary School, Dante B. Fascell Elementary School, Gilbert Porter Elementary School, Claude Pepper Elementary School and Devon Aire K-8 Center
Private schools: Florida Christian School, Gateway Christian School, Westwood Christian School and St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School
Colleges and universities: Florida International University, Kaplan University (Support Center), Keiser College, Miami-Dade College (Kendall Campus), Nova Southeastern University (Miami Student Educational Center), College of Business and Technology (Kendall Campus) and Polleo Institute (Tertiary Education)
Parks in Kendall includes: Sabal Chase Park, Rockdale Park, Briar Bay Urban Park, Pine Shore Park, Ronald Ehman Park, Kendale Park, K-Land Park and Snapper Creek Park. Lakes: Lake Oakland, Lake Galloway, Snapper Creek Lake and Republic Lake.
Hospitals/medical centers near Kendall: Baptist Hospital of Miami Inc., Kendall Regional Medical Center and Westchester General
Notable locations in Kendall: Miami-Dade County Department of Youth and Family Development, Coral Way Shopping Plaza, Bird-Galloway Center, Briar Bay Golf Course, Dadeland South Station, City College Miami Campus Library, Miami Dade Public Library System Kendall Campus Library, Miami Halfway House, Young Expectations Day Care Center, The Children's Center, Snapper Creek Nursing Home, Project Thrive Day Care Center, Riverside Baptist Child Development Center, Pinecrest Police Station, Oak Grove Child Development Center, Palace at Kendall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Miami Art Center, M and M Kids Day Care Center, Kendall Library and Kiddie Corner Day Care Center.
Shopping Centers: Olympia Heights Shopping Center, Kendall Mall, Dadeland Mall, Badeland Mall, Coral Gate Shopping Center, Bird Road Shopping Center, 98th Avenue Shopping Center, Red Bird Shopping Center and Kendall Value Shopping Center.
Churches in Kendall include: Saint Catherine of Siena Church, Temple Israel, Riverside Church, Bet Breira Synagogue, Wayside Church, Grace Church, Oak Grove Church, Saint John Neumann Church and Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses.
Unemployment rate: 8.6%. Median Household Income: Kendall $72,659, Florida $53,425, United States $55,970
The estimated Kendall violent crime rate is 2% lower than the Florida average and the Florida violent crime rate is 25% higher than the National average. The estimated Kendall property crime rate is 7% higher than the Florida average and the Florida property crime rate is 14% higher than the National average.
A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE: PINECREST
Pinecrest is a suburban village in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States of America. The population was 18,223 as of the census of 2010. Pinecrest is governed by a five-member Village Council and operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The Village of Pinecrest was officially incorporated on March 12, 1996. Greer was elected the first mayor and was succeeded, after serving two terms, by Matzner in 2004. The founding Village Council, including Greer, Cindie Blanck, Barry Blaxberg, Leslie Bowe and Robert Hingston together with Village Manager Peter G. Lombardi and Village Clerk Guido Inguanzo are credited with establishing well-regarded municipal services including police, parks and recreation, building and planning services, and public works.
Pinecrest is served by Metrobus throughout the area and by Miami Metrorail at the following stations: Dadeland North (SW 70th Avenue and U.S. 1) and Dadeland South (Dadeland Boulevard and U.S. 1). Dadeland North and South stations are a major transit depot in the area, connecting the southernmost suburbs of Homestead and Florida City to Metrorail via limited-stop bus rapid transit along the South Miami-Dade Busway, route numbers 31, 34, 38, 52, 73, 87, 88, 104, 136, 204, 252, 272, 287, 288 and 500.
Education: Pinecrest is served by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. Public Schools are Howard Drive Elementary School, Pinecrest Elementary School, Palmetto Middle and Elementary School and Miami Palmetto High School.
Private schools: Gulliver Preparatory and Middle School, American Academy of Pinecrest and Pinecrest Presbyterian Day School.
Colleges/universities: Florida Career College, Florida International University and Miami Dade College.
Parks in Pinecrest includes: Fairchild Tropical Garden , I T T - Snapper Creek Park, Banyan Drive Park, Parrot Jungle, Coral Pine Park, Suniland Park , Kendall Wayside Park, Continental Park and R Hardy Matheson County Preserve.
Hospitals/medical centers near Pinecrest: Baptist Hospital of Miami, Westchester General Hospital and Mercy Hospital Inc.
Notable locations in Pinecrest: Deerwood Town Center, Perrine Plaza, Matheson Hammock Marina, Dadeland Plaza, Dadeland South Station, City College Miami Campus Library, The Family Center, Pinecrest Police Station, Miami Art Center, Graceous Care Learning Center, A Child's Place, Coral Gables Fire Department Station 3, Miami - Dade County Fire Rescue Station 49, Miami - Dade County Fire Rescue Station 23 and Fairchild Tropical Gardens Montgomery Library.
Shopping Centers: Devonnaire Shopping Center, Dadeland Mall, Badeland Mall, Dadeland Mall, Kendall Market Place Shopping Center, Kendall Town and Country Shopping Center, Kendale Lakes Mall, Suniland Shopping Center and South Miami Shopping Center.
Churches in Pinecrest includes: Saint Thomas Church, Wayside Church, Grace Church, Concordia Lutheran Church-Kendall and Southwest Community Church.
Lakes: Lake Galloway and Hammock Lake
Unemployment rate: 8.5%. Median Household Income: Pinecrest $100,006, Florida $44,299
White alone (50.1%)
Asian alone (5.1%)
Black alone (1.5%)
Two or more races (1.0%)
Other race alone (0.5%)
American Indian alone (0%)
A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE: CUTLER BAY
Cutler Bay is an incorporated town in Miami-Dade County, Florida from SW 184th Street (Eureka Dr.) east of US-1 to the coast, and north of Black Point Marina was established in 2005. The town includes areas formerly known as Cutler Ridge. The area is considered part of the suburban Homestead, Florida region. Cutler Bay is one of the most diverse areas of Miami-Dade county. Go to Target, Winn-Dixie, or any gas station there and you will see lots of Anglos, Hispanics, and blacks. English is more widely spoken than Spanish too, believe it or not. The western areas of Cutler Ridge/Bay tend to be more working class and black and the eastern areas (east of US1 and the Turnpike) tend to be more middle class and Anglo/Hispanic. There are some pretty nice neighborhoods in in eastern Cutler Bay, some of which are new/gated and some of which are just regular neighborhoods that have been well-maintained for years. Cutler Bay in its northeastern-most reaches (bordering Palmetto Bay / East Perrine) is a gorgeous and upscale neighborhood that resembles Pinecrest.
Getting around the Town has never been easier with the new Cutler Bay Local minibus service. Just 25¢ lets you beat the heat and ride in comfort to your errands, shopping, lunch or just an afternoon in the park. Or connect with the South Miami-Dade Busway and catch Miami-Dade Transit’s Busway MAX north to Metrorail or south to Florida City, or any other connecting Metrobus route, such as 31, 34, 38 and 70 to extend your trip. All major destinations in Cutler Bay are served by the Cutler Bay Local. Buses run Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. To 5 p.m.
Education: Cutler Bay is served by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. Public schools are Gulfstream Elementary School, Centennial Middle School, Cutler Ridge Middle and Elementary School, Whispering Pines Elementary School, Bel-Aire Elementary School and Whigham Elementary School.
Private Schools: Cutler Ridge Christian Academy, Pinecrest Academy, Aktiv Learning Center, Coral Reef Montessori and Madeline Montessori School.
Colleges and Universities: Florida Career College, Florida International University and Miami Dade College
Notable locations in Cutler Bay: The Spirit of the Lord Day Care Center, South Dade Regional Library, South Miami-Dade Government Center, Small Fry Education Center, Old Cutler Academy, Heartland Preschool and Daycare Center, Good Shepherd Day Care Center, Good Shepherd Neighborhood Center, Cutler Ridge Center, Community Health Action Team, Community Health Center of South Dade, Miami - Dade County Fire Rescue Station 34, Cutler Ridge Police Station, Cutler Bay Police Department, South Dade Government Center.
Shopping Centers: Point Royale Shopping Center, US Highway 1 Discount Mall, Cutler Ridge Mall, Quail Roost Shopping Center.
Churches in Cutler Bay include: Pinelands Church, Saint Timothy Church, Holy Rosary Church, Cutler Ridge Methodist Church.
Parks in Cutler Bay include: Lincoln City Park Number 2, Lincoln City Park Number 1, Franjo Park, Cutler Ridge Park, Tiffany Drive Park, Whispering Pines Hammock Park and Whispering Pines Park.
Unemployment rate: 8.5%. Median household income Cutler Bay $120,003 Florida $44,299
Cutler Bay Demographics
White alone (65.6%)
Black alone (3.7%)
Asian alone (3.0%)
Two or more races (1.1%)
Other race alone (0.4%)
American Indian alone (0.06%)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone (0.02%)
A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE: PALMETTO BAY
Incorporated on Sept. 10, 2002, the Village of Palmetto Bay is the 33rd municipality in Miami-Dade County. The Village extends from the centerline of SW 136 Street, south to the centerline of SW 184 Street; expanding west to the centerline of South Dixie Highway, including the center "commercial island," and east to Biscayne Bay. The Village of Palmetto Bay is a vibrant community of more than 23,000 residents who enjoy its beautiful surroundings and family-oriented atmosphere. Situated immediately west of beautiful Biscayne Bay, Palmetto Bay offers unique recreational opportunities and bay access for all to enjoy. Additionally, the Village is home to excellent public schools -- all of which have annually earned the grade “A” under the State of Florida’s A+ Plan -- as well as exceptional private schools.
In 2006, the Village of Palmetto Bay launched a much-needed intra-Village bus service in full compliance with Miami-Dade County policy, as directed by the staff of the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) and the County Attorney's Office. The service was designed to increase the number of destinations that can be reached via fixed public routes throughout Palmetto Bay and surrounding areas, as well as to connect with Miami-Dade Transit routes and the very popular busway. The IBUS is air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible and bike rack equipped. The bus service will also provide public transportation to parks located within the boundaries of the Village. There is no fare when using the IBUS. However, riders making connections to the Miami-Dade Transit line are expected to pay the appropriate fares at the time of transfer.
Education: Palmetto Bay is served by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. Public schools are Blackburn Elementary School, Coral Reef Elementary School, Howard Drive Elementary, James Tillman Elementary Magnet School, Palm View Elementary School, Palmetto Elementary School, Perrine Elementary School, Southwood Middle School, Virgil Mills Elementary School, Buffalo Creek Middle School, Coral Reef Senior High and Miami Palmetto High School.
Private Schools: Westminster Christian School, Palmer Trinity School, Perrine Seventh-Day Adventist School, Christ Fellowship Academy, 3Cs Preschool, Christ Congregational Church , Alexander Montessori School, Imagine Charter At North Manatee School, Manatee For the Arts School Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic School, Winhold Montessori Schools and Palmetto Youth Academy School.
Colleges and Universities: Florida Career College, Florida International University, Miami Dade College and Gulf Coast Marine Institute.
Parks in Palmetto Bay includes: Coral Reef Park (51.3 acres), Palmetto Bay Park (19.6 acres), Perrine Wayside (Dog) Park, Thalatta Park, Ludovici Park and Miami-Dade Public Library / Arlene & Edward Feller Community Room & Amphitheater.
Hospitals/medical centers near Palmetto Bay: Baptist Hospital of Miami Inc., Doctors Hospital Inc., Jackson South Community Hospital, Miami Children Hospital, South Miami Hospital and South Kendall Hospital.
Notable locations in Palmetto Bay: Camp Choee Howletee, Keys Railroad Station, Palmetto Golf Course, Saint James Golf Club, South Dade Plaza, West Perrine Child Development Center, West Perrine Health Center, The Caring Place Day Care Center, Shells Day Care Center, Small Fry Day Care Center, Small Fry Education Center, Prime Time Tots Day Care Center, Raggedy Ann and Andy Child Development Center, Perrine Center, Perrine Fire Station, Mount Olive Lutheran School and Daycare Center, Li'L Buddies Day Care Center, La Petite Academy 2, Laisney Day Care Center and Kiddies Infant Care.
Churches in Palmetto Bay includes: Christ the King Church and New Testament Church
Cemetery: Pinelawn Memorial.
Lake: Palmetto Lake.
Unemployment rate: 8.5%. Median Household Income: Palmetto Bay $57,735, Florida $44,299
Demographics in Palmetto Bay
Black alone (42.1%)
White alone (11.8%)
Two or more races (1.7%)
Asian alone (1.4%)
Other race alone (0.3%)
American Indian alone (0.07%)
A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE: CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA
Coral Gables was one of the first planned communities, and foreshadowed the development of the gated community and the homeowners association. Coral Gables is the only city in Florida, and only one of two cities nationwide to have a Class 1 Fire Department, a fully accredited Police Department, the highest awarded building and zoning department, and “AAA” bond ratings from Moody’s and Standard and Poor.
• Current Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
• Recent Job Growth: 0.2%
• Future Job Growth: 36.7%
The majority of the businesses in Coral Gables serve local and international clientele. There is low-level manufacturing within the City but strong investment in commercial development and in professional services/administrative operations. The City’s major employers are a diverse collection of education, hospitality, healthcare, and professional operations.
The City of Coral Gables has magnet high schools, elementary, middle schools, special education programs, kindergarten, and preschool programs. The City is also home to the University of Miami, one of only 29 private research universities in the nation.
The City is home to many historic landmarks as well as 22 parks, 33 public tennis courts, two public golf courses, and other first-class recreation amenities. The City has been named a “Tree City USA” for 13 consecutive years and offers one of the most comprehensive parks and recreation programs in the state. Coral Gables has nine retail districts offering everything from value -priced goods to luxury items.
On a scale of 1-100, violent crime rate is 45 and property crime rate is 59.
CITY OF CORAL GABLES DEMOGRAPHICS:
Population Total Population 46,780 Median Age 40.4 Education HS Graduate or Higher 95.0% Bachelor’s Degree or Higher 63.5% Race White 91.0% Black 3.0% Asian 2.7% Other 1.4% Hispanic (any race) 53.6% Median Household Income Coral Gables $90,649 County: $43,100 U.S.: $53,046 Poverty Rate (individuals below poverty level) Coral Gables
A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE: WESTCHESTER, FLORIDA
Westchester is located southwest of the greater Miami area. The core of Westchester is the 5,162 acres between the two western-most major highways and between SW 40 Street and SW 8 Street.
• Current Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
• Recent Job Growth: 0.2%
• Future Job Growth: 33.8%
The City of Westchester is home to nine public schools administered by Miami-Dade County Public Schools, four Catholic private elementary and secondary schools, one private Roman Catholic college, and one public university.
• Florida International University (Modesto A. Maidique
The City of Westchester is serviced by the Miami Dade Transit System and includes route 24, which runs through SW 137 Court/Coral Way, FIU Bus Terminal, Florida International University Park Campus, West Dade Regional Library, Westchester Shopping Center, City of Coral Gables, Vizcaya Metrorail station, Downtown Miami, Govt. Center Metrorail station.
Parks in Westchester include: Coral Estates Park, Humble Mini Park, Rockway Park, and Banyan Park.
On a scale of 1-100, violent crime rate is 37 and property crime 37.
CITY OF WESTCHESTER DEMOGRAPHICS: Population Total Population 29,862 Median Age 45.9 Education HS Graduate or Higher 76.5% Bachelor’s Degree or Higher 23.3% Race White 95.7% Black 1.2% Asian 0.4% Other 1.4% Hispanic (any race) 91.1% Median Household Income Westchester $40,762 County: $43,100 U.S.: $53,046 Poverty Rate (individuals below poverty level) Westchester 13.3% County 19.9% U.S. 15.4%