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Bay Harbor Islands, Florida
Location of Bay Harbor Islands in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Location of Bay Harbor Islands in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
U.S. Census Bureau map showing the Town's boundaries
U.S. Census Bureau map showing the Town's boundaries
Coordinates: 25°53′15″N 80°8′9″W / 25.88750°N 80.13583°W / 25.88750; -80.13583Coordinates: 25°53′15″N 80°8′9″W / 25.88750°N 80.13583°W / 25.88750; -80.13583
Country United States of America
State Florida
County Miami-Dade
IncorporatedApril 28, 1947
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorJoshua D. Fuller
 • Vice MayorElizabeth Tricoche
 • CouncilmembersStephanie Bruder, Molly Diallo, Teri D'Amico, Isaac Salver and Robert Yaffe
 • Town ManagerMaria Lasday
 • Interim Town ClerkYvonne Hamilton
 • Total0.42 sq mi (1.09 km2)
 • Land0.40 sq mi (1.03 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.06 km2)
7 ft (2 m)
 • Total5,922
 • Density14,954.55/sq mi (5,768.58/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area codes305, 786
FIPS code12-03975[2]
GNIS feature ID0278201[3]

Bay Harbor Islands is a town in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,922 at the 2020 census. It is separated from the mainland by Biscayne Bay, over which the land masses are connected via the Shepard Broad Causeway. On the mainland side, Bay Harbor Islands is bordered by the City of North Miami, while to the east lie Bal Harbour Village and the Town of Surfside. To the south lies the exclusive Village of Indian Creek.

Bay Harbor Islands is approximately 30-minutes driving distance northeast from Miami International Airport, and 35-minutes from PortMiami.


Bay Harbor Islands was founded by Shepard Broad on April 28, 1947. It consists of two islands: originally known as Broadview and Bay Harbor, now referred to as, respectively, the West and East Islands. The West Island features single family homes, while the East Island contains the business district, the Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K–8 Center, and multi-family housing.


Bay Harbor Islands is located at 25°53′15″N 80°8′9″W / 25.88750°N 80.13583°W / 25.88750; -80.13583 (25.887522, –80.135739).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), including 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (39.34%) of water.

Surrounding areas[edit]

East Island architecture[edit]

Bay Harbor Islands' East Island featured one of the largest concentrated collections of mid-century Miami Modern architecture.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

2020 census[edit]

Bay Harbor Islands racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[7]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 2,748 46.4%
Black or African American (NH) 111 1.87%
Asian (NH) 67 1.13%
Some Other Race (NH) 53 0.89%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 206 3.48%
Hispanic or Latino 2,737 46.22%
Total 5,922

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 5,922 people, 2,418 households, and 1,542 families residing in the town.

2010 census[edit]

Bay Harbor Islands Demographics
2020 Census Bay Harbor Islands Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 5,922 2,701,767 21,538,187
Population, percent change, 2010 to 2020 +5.2% +8.2% +14.6%
Population density 14,954.55/sq mi 1,492.9/sq mi 384.3/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) (2010) 91.5% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) (2010) 49.1% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American (2010) 2.5% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) (2010) 46.3% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian (2010) 1.2% 1.5% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan (2010) 0.2% 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian (2010) 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) (2010) 2.3% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race (2010) 2.3% 3.2% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 3,199 households, out of which 18.8% were vacant. In 2000, 20.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.6% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.4% were non-families. 43.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.71.

2000 census[edit]

In 2000, the Town's population was spread out, with 18.0% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.3 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the Town was $38,514, and the median income for a family was $43,939. Males had a median income of $38,750 versus $31,044 for females. The per capita income for the Town was $29,261. About 8.0% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.7% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language constituted 52.05% of the population, while Spanish accounted for 43.90%, Portuguese 1.65%, Hebrew 1.30%, and French 1.10%.[8]

As of 2000, Bay Harbor Islands had the twenty-second-highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, with 4.72% of the US populace.[9] It had the fifty-first-highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, at 8.51% of the Town's population.[10] It also had the ninth-most Peruvians in the US, at 3.11%,[11] while it had the twentieth-highest percentage of Romanians, at 1.10% of all residents (tied with Hollywood, Florida and many other areas in the US.)[12] Bay Harbor Islands' Turkish community had the seventh-highest percentage of residents, which was at 1.20% (tying with five other US areas, such as Highland Beach.)[13] It's also home to the seventeenth-highest percentage of Venezuelan residents in the US, at 1.15% of the population.[14]


Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K–8 Center in Bay Harbor Islands serves as the local elementary and K–8 school. Residents who want to have a conventional middle school may instead choose the zoned middle school,[15] Miami Beach Nautilus Middle School.[16] Miami Beach Senior High School is the senior high school serving this area.[17]

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

In the TV series Dexter the title character Dexter Morgan's apartment is in Miami, but a real condo in Bay Harbor Islands was used for the exterior shooting location. In the second season of Dexter, the discovery of Dexter's victims' remains inspires the press to dub the serial killer the "Bay Harbor Butcher".[24]

Parts of the video for the song "La Tortura" by Colombian recording artist, Shakira, featuring Spanish recording artist Alejandro Sanz, was recorded at the historic Coral Sea Towers building in Bay Harbor Islands.


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  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Bach, Trevor. "Bay Harbor Islands Wants to Ditch Historic Preservation Board, Threatening MiMo Gems", Miami New Times, November 13, 2014. Accessed June 20, 2022. "If Bay Harbor Islands, the two-island, 5,000-person town on Biscayne Bay between North Miami and Bal Harbour, is known for anything, it's MiMo architecture. But at a commission meeting earlier this week, the town moved closer to breaking away from the county's historic building preservation rules, and some town residents -- already devastated by a recent development boom -- are more worried than ever about the future of the town's distinctive character."
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  8. ^ "MLA's Data Center Results of Bay Harbor Islands, FL". Modern Language Association. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  9. ^ "Ancestry Map of Colomblian Communities". Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  10. ^ "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Archived from the original on 7 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  11. ^ "Ancestry Map of Peruvian Communities". Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  12. ^ "Ancestry Map of Romanian Communities". Archived from the original on 7 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  13. ^ "Ancestry Map of Turkish Communities". Archived from the original on 7 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  14. ^ "Ancestry Map of Venezuelan Communities". Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  15. ^ "Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center Boundaries Legal Description". Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  16. ^ "Miami Beach Nautilus MS Boundaries Legal Description". Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  17. ^ "Miami Beach SHS Boundaries Legal Description". Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  18. ^ "Gen, George Kenney, M'arthur Aide, Dies", The New York Times,August 11, 1977. Accessed August 28, 2022. "Gen. George Churchill Kenney, who served as Gen. Douglas MacArthur's air commander in the Pacific in World War II, died yesterday of an apparent heart attack. He was 88 years old and lived at Bay Harbor Islands, a community near here."
  19. ^ "Louis Slobodkin, Sculptor, Is Dead at 72"], The New York Times, May 9, 1975. Accessed August 28, 2022. "Louis Slobodkin, sculptor, illustrator, author of children's books and winner of the 1943 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations of James Thurber's Many Moons, died of a heart attack yesterday at his home in Bay Harbor Islands, Miami Beach."
  20. ^ Sebastian Spreng, Artnet. Accessed August 28, 2022. "Moved to Florida in 1987, he lives and works in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida"
  21. ^ "Walter Stone, Honeymooners Writer, 79", The New York Times, October 25, 1999. Accessed August 28, 2022. "Walter Stone, the chief writer for the original Honeymooners television series starring Jackie Gleason, died on Wednesday in Miami Beach. He was 79 and lived on Bay Harbor Islands, Fla."
  22. ^ UMass Journalism Presents Third Annual Symposium, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Accessed June 20, 2022. "Lesley Visser is the most highly acclaimed female sportscaster of all time.... She and her husband, Bob Kanuth, a former captain of Harvard basketball, live in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida."
  23. ^ Garcia-Roberts, Gus. "Garrett Wittels: Keeping the Streak Alive", Miami New Times, November 25, 2010. Accessed June 20, 2022. "The Bay Harbor Islands native, who went to Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High, was a borderline player as a freshman in 2009, when he batted .246."
  24. ^ "The location: Dexter's Apartment". SEEING STARS. Retrieved 4 February 2022.

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