Hialeah, Florida Population 2019
Hialeah is a city located in Miami-Dade County in Florida. Hialeah is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area and the sixth-largest city in the state of Florida.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Hialeah has an estimated population of 238,942 people. Hialeah spans over 22 square miles with a population density of 10,972 people per square mile. This makes Hialeah the tenth-largest city in the United States among cities with a population density of more than 10,000 people per square mile. The population density is 3637% higher than the Florida average and 12,010% higher than the national average.
Hialeah Diversity and Language
Hialeah is considered to be one of the least diverse cities in the United States. Hialeah has the highest percentage of Cuban and Cuban-American residents of any city in the United States, at 73.37% of the population. Hispanics make up 94.7% of the city’s population, making Hialeah the second-highest percentage of the Hispanic population of U.S. cities with over 100,000 citizens.
Hialeah has one of the largest Spanish-speaking populations as well, with 96.3% of residents reporting speaking Spanish at home in 2016. Only 7.37% of Hialeah residents only spoke English.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Hialeah was 92.6% white (only 4.2% Non-Hispanic white), 2.7% black, 94.7% Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 1.6% multiracial, and 2.6% other races.
Hialeah’s name is attributed to the Muskogee origin, meaning “pretty prairie,” by combining “Haiyakpo” (prairie) and “hili” (pretty).
In 1921, pioneer aviator Glenn Curtiss and cattleman James H. Bright found Hialeah and began developing the town together. The town was incorporated on September 10, 1925, and the same year, the Hialeah Park Race Track was opened, receiving more attention from the Miami media than any other sporting event in Miami history up to that point. The park attracted millions of people, including some well-known names such as the Kennedy’s, Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, and J.P. Morgan. At the time, it was considered to be the Jewel of Hialeah.
In 1926, a hurricane destroyed much of the progress the city had been making since it started being developed in 1921.
In 1937, Amelia Earhart said her good-byes from Hialeah before departing on her ill-fated flight around the world.
Fidel Castro’s revolution in 1959 generated many Cuban exiles and World War II veterans made Hialeah a working-class community although it was intended to be a city for wealthy and elite. Hialeah’s high Cuban population stems from waves of exiles resulting from the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the Freedom Flights from 1965 to 1973, the Mariel boatlift in 1980, and the Balseros of the late 1990s.
To this day, Hialeah is the only American industrial city that continues to grow and is known as the “City of Progress” to many.
Hialeah Population Growth
In 1925, Hialeah had a population of 1,500 and currently has a population of 239,942 people. The city grew 397.1% from 1940 to 1950 where the population grew from 3,958 to 19,676. In the following decade, the population grew 240.4% to 66,972 and then surpassed the 100,000 mark at 102,452 in 1970.
From 2000 to 2010, the U.S. Census shows a 0.8% decrease in the population. This is the only decrease in population Hialeah has seen since the beginning of its time. It is estimated that the population has grown 6.4% between 2010 and 2018, a less than 1.0% increase per year.
Hialeah, Florida's estimated population is 238,942 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Hialeah, Florida is the 6th largest city in Florida based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.
The population density is 11125.93 people/mi² (4295.73 people/km²).
The overall median age is 44.2 years, 42.7 years for males, and 45.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 90.6 males.
Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 74,681 households in the city, with an average size of 3.28 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.8%, with a median rent of $1066/month. The median house has 4.4 rooms, and has a value of $174,300.
The median income for households in Hialeah, Florida is $31,012, while the mean household income is $42,188.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Hialeah was:
- White: 93.39%
- Other race: 3.10%
- Black or African American: 2.42%
- Two or more races: 0.68%
- Asian: 0.35%
- Native American: 0.03%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%