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Coral Gables, Florida
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City of Coral Gables
Downtown Coral Gables in April 2010


Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Miami-Dade
Incorporated April 29, 1925[1]
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli[2]
 • Vice Mayor Vince Lago
 • Commissioners Patricia Keon, Michael Mena, and Jorge Fors, Jr.
 • City Manager Peter Iglesias
 • City Clerk Billy Y. Urquia
 • City 37.31 sq mi (96.64 km2)
 • Land 12.93 sq mi (33.48 km2)
 • Water 24.38 sq mi (63.16 km2)
Elevation 10 ft (2.8 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 46,780
 • Estimate (2019)[4] 49,700
 • Density 3,844.67/sq mi (1,484.43/km2)
 • Metro 5,422,200
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 305 and 786
FIPS code 12-14250[5]
GNIS feature ID 0280801[6]

Coral Gables, officially the City of Coral Gables, is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, located southwest of Downtown Miami. The United States Census Bureau estimates conducted in 2019 yielded the city had a population of 49,700.[7] Coral Gables is a Mediterranean-themed planned community[8][9] known for its climate and historical character.[10][11][12][13]

History[edit | edit source]

Coral Gables was one of the first planned communities, and its planning was based on the popular early twentieth century City Beautiful Movement. It is infamous for its strict zoning regulations.[14] The city was developed by George Merrick during the Florida land boom of the 1920s. The city's architecture is almost entirely Mediterranean Revival style, mandated in the original plan,[15] including the Coral Gables Congregational Church, donated by Merrick. The domed Catholic Church of the Little Flower was built somewhat later, in a similar Spanish Renaissance style. By 1926, the city covered 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) and had netted $150 million in sales, with over $100 million spent on development.[16]

A section of historic Coral Gables Rapid Transit track on Segovia Avenue.

Merrick meticulously designed the downtown commercial district to be only four blocks wide and more than two miles (3 km) long. The main artery bisected the business district. Merrick could boast that every business in Coral Gables was less than a two-block walk. The city used to have an electric trolley system, which was replaced by the popularity of modern automobiles,[17] but now a new free circulator trolley system, initiated in November 2003, runs down Ponce de León Boulevard.

In 1925, roughly simultaneous to the founding of Coral Gables, the University of Miami was constructed on 240 acres (97 ha) of land just west of U.S. Route 1, approximately two miles south of downtown Coral Gables. By the fall of 1926, the first class of 372 students enrolled at the university.[18]

During World War II many Navy pilots and mechanics were trained and housed in Coral Gables.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Coral Gables is located at 25°43′42″N 80°16′16″W / 25.728228, -80.270986.[19] It is bordered on the west by Red Road (West 57th Avenue) north of Sunset Drive (South 72nd Street) and West 49th Avenue and Old Cutler Roads south of Sunset Drive. It is bordered on the north by Tamiami Trail/U.S. Route 41 (South 8th Street), except for a small section that extends north of 8th Street for eight blocks between Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Douglas Road (West 37th Avenue). On the east, it is bordered by Douglas Road (West 37th Avenue) north of South 26th Street, Monegro Street south of South 26th Street to Cadima Avenue, Ponce De Leon Boulevard south of Cadima Avenue to South Dixie Highway (U.S. Route 1), LeJeune Road (West 42nd Avenue) south of U.S. 1 to Battersea Road, and by Biscayne Bay south of Battersea Road. On the south, it is bordered by the Charles Deering Estate.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 37.2 square miles (96 km2). 13.1 square miles (34 km2) of it is land and 24.0 square miles (62 km2) of it (64.64%) is water.

Surrounding areas[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 5,697
1940 8,294 45.6%
1950 19,837 139.2%
1960 34,793 75.4%
1970 42,494 22.1%
1980 43,241 1.8%
1990 40,091 −7.3%
2000 42,249 5.4%
2010 46,780 10.7%
Est. 2019 49,700 [4] 17.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[20]
Coral Gables Demographics
2010 Census Coral Gables Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 46,780 2,496,435 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +10.7% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 3,621.2/sq mi 1,315.5/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 91.0% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 40.1% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 3.0% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 53.6% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 2.7% 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) 1.8% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race 1.4% 3.2% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 20,266 households, of which 11.4% were vacant. In 2000, 24.45% had children under the age of 18 living with them. In Coral Gables, 61.11% were family households, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.89% were non-families. The average household size was 2.36, and the average household had 1.68 vehicles.

In 2000, the city population was spread out, with 17.4% under the age of 18, 14.58% from 18 to 24, 25.02% from 25 to 44, 27.01% from 45 to 64, and 16% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.44 years. The population consisted of 51.31% females and 48.69% males.

In 2015, estimated income figures for the city were as follows: median household income, $93,934; average household income, $150,808;[21] per capita income, $57,195. About 7.6% of citizens were estimated to be living below the poverty line.[22]

As of 2000, Spanish was spoken at home by 51.06% of residents, while English was the only language spoken at home by 43.83%. Other languages spoken by the population were French 1.09%, Portuguese 0.80%, Italian 0.72%, and German speakers made up 0.53% of the populace.[23]

As of 2000, Coral Gables had the eighteenth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, with 28.72% of the populace.[24] It also had the sixty-fourth highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 2.27% of the city's population,[25] and the sixteenth highest percentage of Venezuelan residents in the US, at 1.17% of its population.[26]

Tourism[edit | edit source]

Coral Way, one of the many scenic roads through the Gables

Coral Gables is a pedestrian-friendly destination. Located four miles from Miami International Airport, the "City Beautiful" has around 140 dining establishments and gourmet shops, and many notable international retailers. Among the landmarks in Coral Gables are the Venetian Pool, Douglas Entrance and the Miami Biltmore hotel.

Alhambra Circle is Coral Gables' primary financial street with numerous high-rise office buildings

Media[edit | edit source]

The city of Coral Gables has its own newspaper, Coral Gables News, which is published bi-weekly and Coral Gables is covered by several local and regional radio and television stations, several Coral-Gables-focused websites, and one weekly printed newspaper that is part of Miami Community Newspapers.[27]

The Gables' one remaining printed newspaper, The Coral Gables News Tribune, is still published twice monthly and is part of Miami's Community Newspapers, now also online.

At the University of Miami in Coral Gables, The Miami Hurricane, the official student newspaper, is published twice weekly.

Portions of the 1995 film Fair Game were filmed in Coral Gables.

Economy[edit | edit source]

Major Coral Gables intersection at Coral Way (Miracle Mile) and Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Coral Gables holds several of the wealthiest zip codes in the United States, including 33156, 33143, 33133, and 33146.[28]

Major economic contributors to Coral Gables include:

Transportation[edit | edit source]

Coral Gables is served by Metrobus throughout the area, and by the Miami Metrorail at:

The City of Coral Gables also provides a free trolley service, with a trolley running a continuous circuit up and down Ponce de Leon Boulevard during the day.

Coral Gables is served by rapid transit on Douglas Road at Douglas Road station, at the University of Miami at University station, and near Sunset Drive and Red Road at South Miami station, connecting the city with Downtown Miami and Miami International Airport.

Diplomatic missions[edit | edit source]

Several countries operate consulates in Coral Gables. They include Barbados, Colombia,[40] El Salvador,[41] Italy,[42] Peru, Spain,[43] the Principality of Monaco, St. Lucia, and Uruguay.[44]

Several countries have honorary consulates located in Coral Gables, including Australia, Belize, Hungary, Senegal, St. Kitts & Nevis, Togo, and Thailand.

In addition, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami, of the Republic of China, is located in Suite 610 at 2333 Ponce De Leon Boulevard.[45]

Education[edit | edit source]

University of Miami

Coral Gables Senior High School

University of Miami[edit | edit source]

Coral Gables is the location of the University of Miami, a university ranked in the top tier of national universities,[46] with particular national status in the fields of business, engineering, law, marine science, medicine, communications, and music.[47]

Primary and secondary schools[edit | edit source]

Public schools[edit | edit source]

Coral Gables schools are part of the Miami-Dade School District, which serves Miami-Dade County. The district has several high schools in Coral Gables, most notably Coral Gables Senior High School and International Studies Preparatory Academy, both of which educate students in grades nine through 12. It also has a K-8 school, Coral Gables Preparatory Academy (formerly Coral Gables Elementary School), with two campuses, including a historic campus located on Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Henry S. West Laboratory Elementary is another school for K-6. Finally it has two middle schools: George Washington Carver Middle School located on Lincoln Dr, and Ponce de Leon Middle School located across from The University of Miami on the East side of U.S. Route 1 on Augusto Street. Present day George Washington Carver Middle was moved to the current location on Grand Avenue on land donated by George Merrick. When Carver died in 1942 the school was renamed in his honor.[48]

Private schools[edit | edit source]

Gulliver Academy - Marian C. Krutulis Campus, a PreK-8 school that is a member of Gulliver Schools, is within Coral Gables.[49] The management offices of Gulliver Schools were formerly located in Coral Gables.[50] The lower campus of the Riviera Schools is located in Coral Gables.

The historic St. Theresa Catholic School, a PreK-8 school is located near Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel. St. Philip's Episcopal School, the French-American School of Miami, and St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School, all PreK-5 schools, are also located in Coral Gables.

Public libraries[edit | edit source]

Miami-Dade Public Library System operates the Coral Gables Branch.[51]

Notable people[edit | edit source]

Places of interest[edit | edit source]

Festivals and events[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Sister cities[edit | edit source]

Coral Gables has seven sister cities, according to the Coral Gables website:[60]

In popular culture[edit | edit source]

The 2014 indie point-and-click adventure game A Golden Wake is based on the founding and development of Coral Gables in the 1920s.[61]

The 2014 American comedy-drama television series Looking features a character named Augustin who is from Coral Gables.

Coral Gables is also the birthplace of Scott Lang (Ant-Man) in the Marvel Comics Universe.[62]

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