Hialeah is a city located in Miami-Dade County Florida. Hialeah has a 2023 population of 217,201. Hialeah is currently declining at a rate of -0.75% annually and its population has decreased by -2.23% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 222,153 in 2020.
The average household income in Hialeah is $59,447 with a poverty rate of 18.64%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Hialeah is 45.5 years, 43.8 years for males, and 47.1 years for females.
Hialeah is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area and the sixth-largest city in the state of Florida.
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.
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’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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Hialeah was:
Two or more races
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
6.85% of Hialeah residents speak only English, while 93.15% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 92.49% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Hialeah is Black, with 39.9% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Hialeah is Asian, with 7.67% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.1%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.08%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.45%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Hialeah
26.33% of Hialeah residents were born in the United States, with 22.09% having been born in Florida. 30.97% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.