University Park, Florida

University Park is a neighborhood and former census-designated place (CDP) located in an unincorporated area of western Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. It was merged into Westchester CDP for the 2020 U.S. Census.[3] In 2010, the population was 26,995. It encompasses the Modesto A. Maidique Campus of Florida International University and the Fair Expo Center, and was the former name of the former's campus.

University Park, Florida
Neighborhood and Former CDP
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 CDP boundaries
U.S. Census Bureau map showing CDP boundaries
Coordinates: 25°44′43″N 80°21′58″W / 25.74528°N 80.36611°W / 25.74528; -80.36611
Country United States
State Florida
County Miami-Dade
 • Total4.1 sq mi (10.6 km2)
 • Land4.1 sq mi (10.5 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
3 ft (1 m)
 • Total26,538
 • Density6,472.7/sq mi (2,503.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code12-73287[1]
GNIS feature ID1853297[2]
Green Library at FIU's University Park campus is the university's largest building and the largest library in the Southeastern United States.

Description edit

Green Library and Owa Ehan at Florida International University.

The original name of Florida International University's main campus was the Tamiami Campus, then it became the University Park Campus and it is now called the Modesto A. Maidique Campus). It is located in the area. The campus encompasses 344 acres (1.39 km2). Florida International University was built from around 1965 onwards, with the destruction of Tamiami Airport. At the time, very little was located around FIU, and the campus was referred to as University Park. As Miami grew west, the area came to be known as University Park after the university's campus name.[citation needed]

Today, University Park houses all of the campus's colleges and schools as well as all the administrative offices and main university facilities. University Park is also home to Reagan House (formally known as University House), the home of FIU's president, the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, the Frost Art Museum, the International Hurricane Research Center, and the university's athletic facilities such as Riccardo Silva Stadium, FIU Baseball Stadium, and FIU Arena.

Until the early-1990s, aerial pictures of the campus clearly revealed the features of the airport that used to occupy the land until 1969. Construction has obliterated all of these features, and only the University Tower remains as memory of the university's past. Today, University Park is home to about 87% of the student population and 94% of housing students. University Park is a lush, heavily vegetated campus, with many lakes and nature preserves, as well as an arboretum and has 92 buildings. Current construction at University Park includes an independent art museum for the Frost Art Museum, a Graduate Business School Complex, a Molecular Biology Building, a Student Services Building, a Social Sciences Building, a Medical School Complex, and an expansion to FIU Stadium for a seating capacity of 45,000.

Geography edit

University Park is located at 25°44′43″N 80°21′58″W / 25.74528°N 80.36611°W / 25.74528; -80.36611 (25.745178, -80.366124).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.6 km2 (4.1 mi2). 10.5 km2 (4.1 mi2) of it is land and 0.1 km2 (0.04 mi2) of it (0.98%) is water.

Demographics edit

Historical population

According to the census[1] of 2000, there were 26,538 people, 8,646 households, and 6,501 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,535.1 inhabitants per square mile (2,523.2/km2). There were 9,047 housing units at an average density of 2,227.9 per square mile (860.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.04% White (of which 12.5% were non-Hispanic)[6] 3.40% Black, 0.06% Native American, 1.59% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.38% from other races, and 2.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 82.69% of the population.

There were 8,646 households, out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 17.6% under the age of 18, 14.7% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $40,039, and the median income for a family was $48,451. Males had a median income of $30,884 versus $25,861 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,249. About 9.8% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of Spanish as a first language accounted for 86.45% of residents, while English made up 12.06%, and French as a mother tongue was at 0.45% of the population.[7]

Government and infrastructure edit

The National Weather Service Miami Office is on subleased area on the FIU campus.[8]

Education edit

Colleges and universities edit

Florida International University Modesto A. Maidique Campus is located in University Park.[9][10]

Primary and secondary schools edit

Miami-Dade County Public Schools operates public schools in University Park.[9] Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School and Olympia Heights Elementary School are in University Park.[11][12] Finlay is on the FIU campus.[13]

St. Agatha Catholic School of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami is located in University Park.[9][14]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "State of Florida Census Designated Places - BVP20 - Data as of January 1, 2020". TIGERweb Decennial State-Based Data Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  6. ^ "Demographics of University Park, Florida". Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  7. ^ "MLA Data Center Results of University Park, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  8. ^ "NWS Miami South-Florida Office Page". National Weather Service. Retrieved 2023-10-28. Miami - South Florida 11691 SW 17th Street Miami, FL 33165 - See FIU map "41 HURRICANE CENTER"
  9. ^ a b c "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: University Park CDP, FL" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 3, 2015. Compare this map against street addresses of schools and/or maps.
  10. ^ "Modesto Maidique Map". Florida International University. Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  11. ^ "Contact Us". Olympia Heights Elementary School. Retrieved 2020-05-06. 851 SW 117th Avenue, Miami, FL - Compare the address to the map.
  12. ^ "Olympia Heights ES". Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Retrieved 2020-05-06. 9797 SW 40TH STREET MIAMI, FL 33165
  13. ^ "Modesto A. Maidique Campus" (PDF). Florida International University. Retrieved 2023-10-28. 26 CARLOS FINLAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  14. ^ Home page. St. Agatha Catholic Church. Retrieved on September 28, 2009.

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