Berkshire Advisors, Inc.
Statistical Profile of the Miami-
Dade County Public Schools
The mission of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools is to support the
improvement of student achievement by strengthening instructional
initiatives, and by
disseminating resources that enhance curriculum and instruction.
County Profile ______________________________________________________
Miami-Dade County is located along the southeast tip of the Florida peninsula. It is bounded by Biscayne Bay and
the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Everglades National Park to the west, the Florida Keys to the south, and Broward
County (Ft. Lauderdale) to the North. The County’s total land area is 1,946 square miles and is larger than the states
of Rhode Island and Delaware.
The total population of the County (in the year 2000) was 2,253,362. Of this population approximately 933,700
reside in one of the County’s 31 municipalities. The City of Miami is the largest municipality, followed by Hialeah,
Miami Beach, North Miami and Coral Gables. The remaining population lives in unincorporated areas of the
As Exhibit 2-1 shows, the preponderance of County citizens are either white or African American. Persons of
Hispanic or Latino origin comprise 57.3 percent of the population.
The Preponderance Of County Citizens
Are Either White Or African American
Black or African American
American Indian and Alaska Native
Person reporting some other race
Persons reporting two or more races
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
A significant percentage of the County’s population (24.8 percent) is school aged (under 18 years old) while an
additional 6.5 percent are less than five years old. In addition, 39.0 percent of County households have persons
under 18. By contrast, a relatively small percentage of the County’s populations (13.3 percent) are 65 years old or
While the County’s me