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Bay Harbor Islands, Florida

Town of Bay Harbor Islands
Bay Harbor Islands
Nickname(s): BHI
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 April 28, 1947
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor Robert Yaffe
 • Vice Mayor Jordan W. Leonard
 • Councilmembers Joshua D. Fuller, Doris Marano, Isaac Salver, Stephanie Bruder, and Kelly Reid
 • Town Manager Ronald J. Wasson
 • Town Clerk Marlene Marante
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
 • Land 0.4 sq mi (1 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 7 ft (2 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,628
 • Density 14,221.7/sq mi (5,491.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33154
Area code(s) 305, 786
FIPS code 12-03975[1]
GNIS feature ID 0278201[2]

Bay Harbor Islands is a town in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,628 at the 2010 census. It is separated from the mainland by Biscayne Bay, with which it is connected via the Broad Causeway. On the mainland side, BHI is bordered by the city of North Miami, while to the east it borders the villages of Bal Harbour and Surfside. To the south lies the exclusive village of Indian Creek. BHI is about 20 minutes driving distance away from Miami International Airport, and is situated between the larger cities of Aventura and Miami Beach.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Surrounding areas 2.1
  • East Island architecture 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Notable people 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


It was founded by Shepard Broad on April 28, 1947. It consists of two islands: Broadview and Bay Harbor. The west island (Broadview) contains exclusively single family homes and the east island (Bay Harbor) contains a business district and multi-family housing.


Bay Harbor Islands is located at (25.887522, -80.135739).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2). 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (39.34%) is water.

Surrounding areas

East Island architecture

The East Island of Bay Harbor features one of the largest concentrated collections of mid-century Miami Modern architecture of the 1940s and 1950s, including historic buildings designed by Morris Lapidus, Henry Hohauser, and Charles McKirahan.[4][5]

In 2014, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Bay Harbor's East Island to its annual list of the "11 Most Endangered Historic Places" in America because the island's architecture was coming under pressure from development.[4] Two members of the town council responded to the listing by questioning the need to preserve the buildings.[5] Some residents, in turn, criticized council members for as lack of attention to historic preservation.[5]


Bay Harbor Islands Demographics
2010 Census Bay Harbor Islands Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 5,628 2,496,435 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +9.4% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 14,221.7/sq mi 1,315.5/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 91.5% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 49.1% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 2.5% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 46.3% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 1.2% 1.5% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 2.3% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race 2.3% 3.2% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 3,199 households out of which 18.8% were vacant. In 2000, 20.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.6% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.4% were non-families. 43.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.71.

In 2000, the town population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 80.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.3 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the town was $38,514, and the median income for a family was $43,939. Males had a median income of $38,750 versus $31,044 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,261. About 8.0% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.7% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language constituted 52.05% of the population, while Spanish accounted for 43.90%, Portuguese 1.65%, Hebrew 1.30%, and French 1.10%.[8]

As of 2000, Bay Harbor Islands had the twenty-second highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, with 4.72% of the US populace.[9] It had the fifty-first highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, at 8.51% of the town's population.[10] It also had the ninth most Peruvians in the US, at 3.11%,[11] while it had the twentieth highest percentage of Romanians, at 1.10% of all residents (tied with Hollywood, Florida and many other areas in the US.)[12] Bay Harbor Islands' Turkish community had the seventh highest percentage of residents, which was at 1.20% (tying with five other US areas, such as Highland Beach.)[13] It's also home to the seventeenth highest percentage of Venezuelan residents in the US, at 1.15% of the population.[14]

Notable people


  1. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  4. ^ a b 11 Most Endangered Historic Places: Bay Harbor’s East Island , National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  5. ^ a b c Jackie Salo, Bay Harbor Islands council reacts to criticism, Miami Herald, August 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "MLA's Data Center Results of Bay Harbor Islands, FL".  
  9. ^ "Ancestry Map of Colomblian Communities". Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  10. ^ "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Archived from the original on 7 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  11. ^ "Ancestry Map of Peruvian Communities". Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  12. ^ "Ancestry Map of Romanian Communities". Archived from the original on 7 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  13. ^ "Ancestry Map of Turkish Communities". Archived from the original on 7 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  14. ^ "Ancestry Map of Venezuelan Communities". Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 

External links

  • Town of Bay Harbor Islands official site
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