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Coral Gables, Florida
The city is best known as home to the University of Miami and formerly the National Hurricane Center, although it has a sizable business district as well. Most Coral Gables residents are upper middle class businesspeople and professionals. Housing in the city is very expensive - it is one of Miami's wealthier communities.
Coral Gables was one of the first planned communities, and prefigured the development of the gated community, and the homeowners association. It was a one point notorious for it's aesthetic regulations, but they pale compared to those currently practiced by homeowners associations. It was developed by George Merrick in the 1920s. The architecture is almost entirely mediterranean.
Coral Gables is located at 25°43'42" North, 80°16'16" West (25.728228, -80.270986).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 96.2 km² (37.2 mi²). 34.0 km² (13.1 mi²) of it is land and 62.2 km² (24.0 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 64.64% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 42,249 people, 16,793 households, and 10,243 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,242.4/km² (3,216.9/mi²). There are 17,849 housing units at an average density of 524.9/km² (1,359.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 91.83% White, 3.30% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.68% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.49% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. 46.64% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 16,793 households out of which 24.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% are married couples living together, 9.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% are non-families. 31.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.31 and the average family size is 2.92.
In the city the population is spread out with 17.4% under the age of 18, 13.9% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $66,839, and the median income for a family is $98,553. Males have a median income of $66,178 versus $39,444 for females. The per capita income for the city is $46,163. 6.9% of the population and 4.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 5.6% of those under the age of 18 and 6.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Famous people from Coral Gables
- Bob Graham, United States Senator.
- Thurston Moore, rock musician.
- Mimi Rogers, actress and former wife of Tom Cruise.
Points of interest
- City of Coral Gables official website
- Coral Gables Adventure Guide - Local resorts, theme parks, attractions, shopping malls, beaches, and other fun things to do.
- Coral Gables profile, NNDB.
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