Facts about Palmetto Bay

Palmetto Bay is a Miami suburban incorporated village in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 24,469 at the 2000 census. Palmetto Bay includes two census-designated places defined in the 2000 census, Cutler and East Perrine.


In August 1992, Palmetto Bay and the surrounding South Miami-Dade area were severely destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. Many of the homes and businesses in Palmetto Bay were destroyed. In the subsequent years, the area was slowly rebuilt. Unlike the destroyed homes which were made of wood frame construction, the new homes and construction were rebuilt with concrete walls. Although many areas of Miami were heavily affected by Hurricane Andrew, Palmetto Bay was one of the worst affected and remains a reminder of the hurricane's extensive disaster in the city today.

The village incorporated on September 10, 2002, taking the territory formerly held by the Cutler and East Perrine census-designated places.

Geography Palmetto Bay is located just west of Biscayne Bay 25°37′38″N 80°19′15″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.6 km²). 8.8 square miles (22.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.44%) is mostly water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there were 24,469 people, 7,970 households, and 6,783 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,082.7/km² (3155.6/mi²). There were 8,145 housing units at an average density of 925.6 per square mile (360.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 84.4% White (Non-Hispanic White 61.9%), 7.65% African American, 0.12% Native American, 3.00% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.44% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.32% of the population. The median income for a household in the village was $100,939. The per capita income for the village was $37,485.

Economy At one point the Burger King headquarters were located in what was the Cutler census-designated place, in a campus described by Elaine Walker of the Miami Herald as "sprawling" and "virtually hidden away." Burger King moved to its current headquarters in unincorporated Miami-Dade County in July and August 2002. The former Burger King headquarters as of 2007 houses rental offices for several companies.

Media The Village of Palmetto Bay is served by the Miami market for local radio and television. The Village has its own newspaper, The Palmetto Bay News, which is published bi-weekly by Miami's Community Newspapers, in print and online. Additionally, The Miami Herald covers the Village in its South-Dade edition of its "Neighbors" supplement. Prior to 2012, the Village streamed its council meetings exclusively online. In early 2012, the Village expanded its video services to a government access TV network, WBAY, which offers a variety of local programming in addition to coverage of council meetings.


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