Renter's Guide to Miramar
Miramar is a city located in Broward County that was incorporated on May 26, 1955. “Tree City USA” was the brainchild of A. L. Mailman and was designed to be a “bedroom community” for Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Originally, 56 concrete homes with flat roofs were constructed. The city has expanded steadily since incorporation when only 200 residents lived in Miramar, Florida.
One of the appealing features of Miramar is its proximity to major metropolitan areas like Miami, just 21.5 miles or 35 minutes from Miami. Miramar is also 27 minutes or 21.6 miles from popular northern neighbor Fort Lauderdale and 4 hours 47 minutes or 335.9 miles from Jacksonville, Florida. The nearest airport to Miramar is Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport (FLL), just 1,080.9 miles from New York City.
Miramar enjoys a tropical climate with an August-September hurricane season. Miramar receives about 55 inches of precipitation per year, none of which is snow. The city averages 250 sunny days per year. The high temperature in July averages 90+ degrees while the low temp in January averages 58 degrees.
Miramar, FL Demographics
- Total Population131,384
Female 62,876Male 68,508
- Median Age35.2
Cost of Living in Miramar, FL
The cost of living in Miramar FL is 10% higher than the state average and about 12% higher than the national average.
The cost of transportation in Miramar is higher than the national average. The average commute time is 30 minutes and about 10% of the population uses carpooling. Only 4% use public transport while 3% work at home. 83% of Miramar residents own cars.
An individual meal in an inexpensive restaurant in Miramar will cost about $15.00. However, a three-course dinner for two at a mid-grade restaurant in Miramar will cost about $45.00. A bottle of imported beer averages $6.00 while Cappuccino costs about $4.75.
Basic utilities, including electric, heat, water and trash removal for a 915-square-foot apartment in Miramar cost $142 per month. The monthly cost for Internet service in Miramar is $53.
Living in Miramar
Miramar is a friendly, family-oriented city that benefits from its proximity to larger metropolitan areas. The average household size is 3.3, higher than in most other Florida cities. Miramar residents cite cultural diversity, proximity to big cities and great beaches as well as water sports and entertainment as advantages of living in the city. On the downside, hurricane season and the relatively high crime rate in some pockets are cited as negatives.
Quiet Miramar has received several prestigious awards, including: the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Award, and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Add to these the Gold Seal of Excellence Award and Miramar has earned the reputation as a fiscally responsible community.
Things to do in Miramar
Pineland Park will never disappoint families looking for outdoor fun. Topeekeegee Yugnee Park in Hollywood and Oleta River State Park in North Miami Beach are short distances from Miramar and offer very different backdrops.
Energetic Miramar Regional Park is a popular recreation area that offers pools, a bustling water park, numerous picnic areas, athletic fields, and lakeside walking paths. The Ansin Sports Complex, Fairway Park and Flamingo Estates Park support this central recreation area.
The Miramar Cultural Center (MCC) is a remarkable concept where art, dance, opera and exhibitions take place at any given moment. There’s always something happening here and residents and guests never tire of viewing art collections or live performances at the Miramar Cultural Center. A botanical garden, an 800-seat theater, and a top-rated banquet facility are available to the community at MCC.
The Miramar Branch Library and Education Center is renowned for its diversity, outstanding services and flexibility. Children, students, seniors and businesses use the library for meetings, presentations or as a quiet sanctuary to perform research.
Restaurants in Miramar touch all ethnic bases and provide a wide number of price ranges. La Careta, La Famiglia, and Jordano’s Pizza and More offer Italian specialties while Bokamper’s Sports Bar and Grill is a popular sports bar. For Japanese Teppanyaki cuisine, Beninhana Miramar reigns supreme but don’t overlook Silver Spoon Miramar where sushi selections and Thai treasures await eager diners. Residents never tire of IHOP Miramar or Mexican flair at Chili’s Grill and Bar Miramar.
Fun is the word at any of Miramar’s clubs or popular watering holes. La Klave Night Club, Passion Nightclub, Coco’s Nightclub and Round Up Country Western Club are great places to mix with locals and get a feel for Miramar’s community.
While there are no professional teams in Miramar, the city is close to Miami where all Florida’s major sports teams are housed. However, senior and youth sports are alive and well in Miramar where baseball, basketball and football programs are available to all enthusiasts. Miramar Optimist cheerleaders practice at Forzano Park and is recognized as one of the leading cheerleading programs in Florida. There are several co-ed martial arts programs, a stellar dance program and even a club that welcomes cricket enthusiasts. 24-hour fitness is assured at the Miramar Gym and Health Club.
As a small city, Miramar hosts several annual events that are planned by residents and designed to have local appeal. Miramar Day is just such an event but others include Voice of Ages, Concert at Shirley Park, a Valentine’s Day Concert, and the annual Fashion Cabaret entitled Global Fashion Unity.
Employment and Economy in Miramar, FL
The unemployment rate in Miramar remains stubbornly higher than the national average at 5.9%. Recent job growth is encouraging at 3.89% and long-term projections for growth are comfortable at 41.9%, but below growth expected in neighboring areas.
There are several major employers, including Alcatel-Lucent (Miramar) and Anchor PET Packaging Latin America in Miramar. Insight Global also maintains a solid presence in the community but for the most part small and local businesses are the biggest employers in Miramar Florida.
The Memorial Hospital Miramar not only provides valuable healthcare to the community but employs many staff members and volunteers. The hospital is also an accredited acute care facility.
Miramar, FL Households
- Total Number of Households38,474
Family 30,600Non-family 7,874
Children 18,575No Children 19,899
- Average People Per Household3.41
- Median Household Income$65,282
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,650
Education in Miramar, FL
The Miramar Public School System in Broward County spends about $10,135 per student per year, about $2,000 less than the average expenditure in the US. The student teacher ratio is 16 – 1. Miramar public schools are average, rated 6 of 10 by the Broward County School Board. Notable schools include highly regarded Somerset Elementary School, Pembroke pines Charter Middle School, and Sunset Lakes Elementary School.
Miramar also has a surprisingly stout number of institutions of higher education including City College Hollywood, Concorde Career Institute Miramar, Southeastern University Miramar Campus, Strayer’s Miramar Campus, Le Cordon Bleu College Culinary Arts Miami, and Universitario Ana G. Mendez.
Miramar, FL Education Statistics
- No High School3%
- Some High School30%
- Some College25%
- Associate Degree12%
- Bachelor Degree18%
- Graduate Degree11%
Tips for Renting in Miramar
Renters in Miramar are reminded that landlords and tenants share certain responsibilities. Renters in Miramar are expected to be aware of building, heath and housing codes and comply with local ordinances in this quiet town. Garbage should be removed and apartments and rented homes kept clean and safe. In Miramar, tenants are prohibited from making alterations to apartments or homes without consent of the landlord and building authorities.
Landlords in Miramar also have responsibilities, one of which is to respect the renter’s right to privacy. Unless an emergency exists, Miramar landlords are required to give tenants 12-hour notice prior to entering the rental unit which can only be accessed between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
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