Palmetto Bay, Florida

Palmetto Bay is a suburban incorporated village in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 24,439 as of the 2020 US census.[2]

Palmetto Bay, Florida
Village of Parks
Location in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida.
U.S. Census Bureau map showing village boundaries
Coordinates: 25°37′37.87″N 80°19′14.53″W
Country United States of America
State Florida
County Miami-Dade
IncorporatedSeptember 10, 2002
  MayorKaryn Cunningham
  Vice MayorLeanne Tellam
  CouncilmembersPatrick Fiore, Steve Cody, and Marsha Matson
  Village ManagerNick Marano
  Village ClerkMissy Arocha
  Total8.44 sq mi (21.86 km2)
  Land8.29 sq mi (21.46 km2)
  Water0.16 sq mi (0.41 km2)  0.44%
  Density2,949.79/sq mi (1,138.96/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
33157, 33158, 33176
Area code(s)305, 786
FIPS code12-54275

Palmetto Bay includes three neighborhoods that were former census-designated places, Cutler, Rockdale and East Perrine.


Damage from Hurricane Andrew in Lakes by the Bay

In August 1992, Palmetto Bay and the surrounding South Miami-Dade area were severely damaged by Hurricane Andrew. Many of the homes and businesses in Palmetto Bay were destroyed. In the subsequent years, the area was slowly rebuilt. Although many areas of Miami were heavily affected by Hurricane Andrew, Palmetto Bay was one of the worst affected and remains a reminder of the hurricane's extensive disaster in the city today.[3][4]

The village incorporated on September 10, 2002, taking the territory formerly held by the Cutler, Rockdale and East Perrine census-designated places.[5] The founding council consisted of Mayor Eugene Flinn, Jr., Vice Mayor, Linda Robinson, and council members, John Breder, Edward Feller, and Paul Neidhart.[6]


Palmetto Bay is located just west of Biscayne Bay 25°37′38″N 80°19′15″W. It is 15 miles (24 km) southwest of downtown Miami. U.S. Route 1 (Dixie Highway) forms the western border of the village. Palmetto Bay is bordered to the northeast by Coral Gables, to the north by Pinecrest, to the northwest by Kendall, to the west by Palmetto Estates, to the southwest by West Perrine, and to the south by Cutler Bay.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village of Palmetto Bay has a total area of 8.44 square miles (21.9 km2). 8.28 square miles (21.4 km2) of it are land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) of it 1.86% are covered by water.[1]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2020 census

Palmetto Bay racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[8]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 9,287 38.0%
Black or African American (NH) 1,131 4.63%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 16 0.07%
Asian (NH) 1,157 4.73%
Pacific Islander (NH) 2 0.01%
Some Other Race (NH) 122 0.5%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 800 3.27%
Hispanic or Latino 11,924 48.79%
Total 24,439

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 24,439 people, 7,459 households, and 6,307 families residing in the village.

2010 census

Palmetto Bay Demographics
2010 CensusPalmetto BayMiami-Dade CountyFlorida
Total population23,4102,496,43518,801,310
Population density2,823.9/sq mi1,315.5/sq mi350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic)84.9%73.8%75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian)49.5%15.4%57.9%
Black or African-American6.2%18.9%16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)38.6%65.0%22.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan0.1%0.2%0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian0.0%0.0%0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial)2.1%2.4%2.5%
Some Other Race2.2%3.2%3.6%

As of 2010, there were 8,372 households, out of which 5.4% were vacant. Between 2009 and 2013, the average median income for a household in the village was $105,122.[9] Also, between 2009 and 2013, the per capita income for the village was $39,271.[10]

2000 census

As of 2000, before being annexed to Palmetto Bay, in the Cutler neighborhood, English was a first language for 65.56% of all residents, while Spanish comprised 28.78%, Portuguese accounted for 1.53%, Italian made up 0.66%, French was at 0.62%, and both Chinese and Tagalog were the mother tongue for 0.47% of the population.[11]

As of 2000, before being annexed to Palmetto Bay, in the East Perrine neighborhood, English as a first language accounted for 66.62% of all residents, while Spanish comprised 30.22%, French Creole was at 1.64%, and French as a mother tongue made up 1.49% of the population.[12]


At one point the Burger King headquarters were located in what was the Cutler census-designated place, in a campus described by Elaine Walker of the Miami Herald as "sprawling" and "virtually hidden away."[13][14][15] Burger King moved to its current headquarters in unincorporated Miami-Dade County in July and August 2002.[13] The former Burger King headquarters as of 2007 houses rental offices for several companies.[16]


Palmetto Bay is served by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools.[17]

Howard Drive Elementary,[18] Perrine Elementary,[19] and Coral Reef Elementary School,[20] in Palmetto Bay, serve separate sections of the city.

Most of the city is zoned to:

Palmetto Bay private schools:

  • Christ Fellowship Academy
  • Alexander Montessori School
  • Westminster Christian School
  • Palmer Trinity School
  • Perrine Seventh-Day Adventist School

Miami-Dade Public Library System and the Village opened the Palmetto Bay Branch Library in 2009.[22]


Palmetto Bay is served by the Miami market for local radio and television. The Village has its own newspaper, The Palmetto Bay News, which is published bi-weekly and is part of Miami Community Newspapers. Additionally, The Miami Herald covers the Village in its South Dade edition of its "Neighbors" supplement.

Prior to 2012, the Village streamed its council meetings exclusively online. In early 2012, the Village expanded its video services to a government access TV network, WBAY, which offers a variety of local programming in addition to coverage of council meetings.

Notable people

Notable sites

  • The Charles Deering Estate is situated on Old Cutler Road in Palmetto Bay. It served as the home of Charles Deering until 1927, when he died at the estate. Currently, the estate hosts cultural arts events and can be rented out for private events, such as weddings.
  • Thalatta Estate Park, a Mediterranean Revival style house built in 1926 and preserved as a park by the Village.


  1. "2022 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Florida". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  2. "P1. Race – Palmetto Bay village, Florida: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  3. "Destruction in the wake of Hurricane Andrew". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on January 28, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  4. Morgan, Curtis (August 18, 2012). "Remembering the fury of Hurricane Andrew in South Florida". Miami Herald.
  5. "About our village Archived 2010-01-28 at the Wayback Machine." Village of Palmetto Bay. Retrieved on October 2, 2009.
  6. "Palmetto Bay Council minutes – Nov 7, 2002 initial meeting". Issuu.
  7. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. "Explore Census Data". Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  9. "Palmetto Bay (Village) QuickFacts". Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  10. "Palmetto Bay, Florida American FactFinder Per Capita Income". Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  11. "MLA Data Center Results for Cutler, Florida". Modern Language Association. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  12. "MLA Data Center Results of East Perrine, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  13. Walker, Elaine. "Burger King Begins Switch to New Headquarters in Miami." Miami Herald. July 9, 2002. Retrieved on August 28, 2009.
  14. "Home Page." Burger King. Retrieved on October 2, 2009.
  15. "Cutler CDP, Florida Archived 2011-11-21 at the Wayback Machine." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on October 2, 2009.
  16. "Bacardi U.S.A. to take over BK's planned Coral Gables headquarters." South Florida Business Journal. Tuesday May 8, 2007. Retrieved on October 2, 2009.
  17. "Zoning Map Archived 2016-12-25 at the Wayback Machine." Palmetto Bay. Retrieved on January 8, 2017. Used for comparison with street address locations and/or attendance boundaries.
  18. Home. Howard Drive Elementary School. Retrieved on January 8, 2017. "7750 SW 136 Street Palmetto Bay, FL 33156"
  19. Home. Perrine Elementary School. Retrieved on January 8, 2017. "8851 SW 168 Street, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157" - Despite the Cutler Bay, FL address name it's physically in Palmetto Bay
  20. Home. Coral Reef Elementary School. Retrieved on January 8, 2017. "7955 SW 152nd St, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157"
  21. "Boundaries." Miami Palmetto High School. Accessed October 30, 2008.
  22. "Miami-Dade Public Library System Palmetto Bay Branch Library".

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