Miami Dade County
Miami Dade County is located in south Florida has 2.4 million residents and is the 9th most populated county in the United States. It is the second largest county (geographically) in Florida with 2,431 square miles of land and water.
The county seat is the City of Miami.
Beautiful coastlines, great shopping, restaurants, and nightlife make the Miami area a popular destination to visit and live. The area thrives on diversity with its close proximity to the Latin American countries and Miami International Airport that brings more than 35 million passengers annually.
Miami Dade County Table of Contents
- Area Code & Zip Code
- Cities in Miami Dade County
- County Map
- Tax Collector & Property Appraiser
- Public Schools
- Jobs and Careers
- Colleges and Universities
- State Parks
Miami Dade County Map
This map of Miami Dade County shows that most of the cities are on the east coast including Miami, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables. Also shown is Key Biscayne, an island that extends out into Biscayne Bay and borders the Atlantic Ocean.
The western part of the county is in the Everglades National Park.
Area Codes and Zip Codes for Miami Dade County
The area code for Miami Dade County is 305.
- Alachua - 32616
- Archer - 32618
- Cross Creek - 32640
- Earleton - 32631
- Evinston - 32633
- Gainesville - 32601, 32602, 32603, 32604, 32605, 32606, 32607, 32608, 32609, 32610, 32611, 32612, 32613, 32614, 32627, 32635, 32641, 32653
- Hawthorne - 32640
- High Springs - 32643, 32655
- Island Grove - 32654
- Jonesville - 32669
- La Crosse - 32658
- Lochloosa - 32662
- Micanopy - 32667
- Newberry - 32669
- Santa Fe - 32615
- Tioga - 32669
- Waldo - 32694
Cities in Miami Dade County Florida
The Miami Dade area has 35 incorporated cities.
The incorporated cities with more than 50,000 residents are:
- Miami Beach
- Miami Gardens
- North Miami
Miami Dade County Tax Collector and Property Appraiser
Miami Dade County Property Appraiser
Property values are appraised annually to determine the property taxes each year in Miami Dade.
Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser
Honorable Pedro J. Garcia
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 710
Miami, FL 33128
Miami Dade County Taxes and Tax Collector
The Miami Tax Collector oversees tax collection for: Local Business, Real Estate, Tangible Personal Property, Motor Vehicle, Fishing and Hunting.
Honorable Fernando Casamayor
140 West Flagler Street, 1st Floor
Miami, FL 33130
Jobs and Careers in Miami Dade County
Miami Dade County is a diverse area with its close proximity to the Caribbean and Latin American countries. Two big industries that impact Miami Dade’s economy is international trade and tourism. The Port of Miami’s container terminal is the busiest importer and exporter in Florida. Miami’s International Airport and the Port of Miami’s cruise terminals help with the tourism business.
The Miami area is home to both large corporations and small companies. Burger King is headquartered in Miami along with many regional headquarters for the Latin American countries including Exxon, Fedex, Hewlett Packard, IBM, and UPS.
How to Start a Business in Miami Dade County Florida
Top 5 Largest Private Companies in the Miami Area
- University of Miami
- Baptist Health South Florida
- American Airlines
- Winn Dixie Stores
- Other top employers are UPS, Precision Response Corporation, Home Depot, Bellsouth / ATT, and Florida Power and Light.
Top 5 Largest Public Employers
- Miami Dade County Public Schools (50,000)
- Miami Dade County (32,000)
- Federal Government (20,400)
- Florida State Government (17,000)
- Jackson Health System (10,500.)
Big Industries in Miami Dade County
- Aviation and airlines
- Banking and finance
- Hospitality and Tourism (restaurants, hotels, attractions, beaches)
- International Trade
Business Resources in Miami Dade
The Small Business Development Center assist new business owners with counseling, training and business information covering areas such as accounting, finance, marketing, operations, venue planning, and technical assistance.
Small Business Development Center - Miami Dade
8500 SW 8th Street, Suite 224
Miami, FL 33144-4002
SBDC Miami Website
Miami Dade County Public Schools
The Miami Dade County Public School system has 380,000 students enrolled, the largest school district in Florida. There are 415 schools in the public school system in the Miami area. It is the second largest minority school district in the United States with 62% of its students of Hispanic origin.
The Miami public school system categorizes the schools into: Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, K-8 Centers, High Schools, Charter Schools, Vocational Schools, Magnet Schools, Alternative Schools, and Special Education Centers.
Magnet High Schools in Miami Dade County
The Magnet High Schools in Miami do not take students from the surrounding residential area, instead students must apply, test, and be accepted with a specific course of study. Coral Reef High School is one of the magnet schools and has been listed as one of the top 20 high schools in the United States.
Private Schools in Miami Dade
Miami has a large selection of private schools. The private schools are religious, non denominational, and non religious based. Some of the most reputable non-religious based schools are Ransom Everglades School located in Coconut Grove and Gulliver Academy in Coral Gables. There are numerous Montessori schools around Miami as well.
Colleges and Universities
Miami is home to many universities and colleges both private and public.
University of Miami
University of Miami is a private research university with 15,000 plus students. UM has 12 schools and colleges with 180 majors and programs available to its students.
Florida International University (FIU) is Miami Dade County’s first public 4 year university with 39,000 students today.
Barry University is located in Miami Shore with 8,500 students. It offers 50 undergraduate degrees and 50 graduate degrees.
Miami Dade College
Formerly the largest community college in Florida, Miami Dade College was granted the right to award baccalaureate degrees in 2003. There are 161,000 students at Miami Dade College’s eight campuses and 21 outreach centers.
Miami Dade County Airports
The largest airport in Miami Dade County is Miami International Airport which headquarters American Airlines. From Miami International Airport are non-stop flights to 70 plus cities around the world making it one of the busiest international airports in the world.
Smaller airports in Miami Dade County area are:
- Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport
- Opa-Locka Airport
- Homestead General Aviation Airport
Hospitals in Miami Dade County
The Miami area is also home to world class hospitals and medical centers.
Some of the top hospitals and medical centers are Baptist Hospital of Miami, Jackson Memorial Medical Center at University of Miami, Miami Children’s Hospital, Cedars Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center of Great Miami, and Parkway Regional Medical Center.
Historical State Parks
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is home to a historic lighthouse built in 1825 and is the oldest standing structure in Miami Dade County. The lighthouse and park are located on Key Biscayne Florida.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 S. Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Activities:
- Cape Florida 1.25 miles of beach rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the US.
- Bicycle on a paved or unpaved road for a few miles.
- Boating is allowed with an overnight fee to anchor in No Name Harbor.
- Fishing off the seawall along Biscayne Bay is a popular activity.
- Primitive camping with restrooms and showers available.
- Canoeing and kayaking is allowed in No Name Harbor.
- Concessions and restaurant are in the state park.
- Bicycle, beach chair, kayaks, hydro bikes and more rentals.
Oleta River State Park
Located on Biscayne Bay in North Miami, this park is the largest urban park in Florida. The Oleta River runs along the north end of the park.
Oleta River State Park
3400 N.E. 163rd Street
North Miami, Florida 33160
Oleta River State Park Activities:
- Mountain bike trails range for novice to advance riders with 15 plus miles of trails.
- Biscayne Bay provides great swimming and fishing.
- Oleta River’s large mangrove forest is a great excursion for paddling canoes and kayaks.
- Rustic air-conditioned cabins, youth campground, and picnic pavilions are available for rent.
The Barnacle Historic State Park
Built in 1891, The Barnacle sits on the shore of Biscayne Bay giving a glimpse into Old Florida. Located in Coconut Grove, the home was owned by Ralph Middleton Munroe and still has tropical hardwood hammock.
The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, Florida 33133
The Barnacle Historic State Park Activities:
- Family reunions, weddings, meetings, and retreats are popular at The Barnacle with daytime rentalsof the Micco Pavilion. (The home and boat house are not available for rent.)
- Guided tours are available Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Miami Dade County Library
Miami-Dade Public Library System
101 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33130
Circulation Desk Phone: 305-375-2493
Adult Reference Desk Phone: 305-375-5575
Youth Services Phone: 305-375-5005
Miami-Dade County Library Locations: Miami-Dade County public libraries are located in the towns of Miami, Coral Gables, Doral, West Miami, Hialeah, Homestead, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, Miami Springs, Naranja, Miami Gardens, Aventura, Opa-Locka, Palmetto, Pinecrest, Cutler Bay, and Sunny Isles Beach.
Library Cards - Miami-Dade County library cards are issued at all branch locations free of charge. Adults need a photo ID with a current Florida residence. Minors (age 16 and under) need a parent or guardian present to sign.