Welcome to Carol City, a vibrant neighborhood located in Miami Gardens, Florida. With a population of 61,233 at the 2010 census, Carol City is a diverse community with a rich history and a bright future. Let’s explore what makes Carol City a must-visit destination.
Carol City was originally planned to be named Coral City by its developer, Julius Gaines. However, due to a lawsuit threat by Coral Gables, the name was changed by switching the O and A. In the 1960s, Carol City was mostly farmland. As the decades passed, public housing in the area, including the developments around Carol City High School, were blamed for importing crime and drugs into the area. In 2007, Mayor Shirley Gibson of Miami Gardens announced that no more public housing projects would be allowed to open in Miami Gardens. On July 27, 1977, a mass shooting at a house in Carol City resulted in the deaths of six people and injuries to two others, making it the largest case of mass murder in Miami-Dade County history.
Carol City is located at 25°56′32″N 80°16′12″W (25.942121, -80.269920). According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 20.0 km2 (7.7 mi2), with 19.7 km2 (7.6 mi2) of it being land and 0.3 km2 (0.1 mi2) of it (1.42%) being water.
Carol City has produced many notable people, including Carl Hart, a psychologist and neuroscientist, Rick Ross, Flo Rida, Gunplay, Spaceghostpurrp, Bigg D, Denzel Curry, and Santana Moss, a former NFL player.
As of the census of 2000, there were 59,443 people, 16,402 households, and 14,089 families residing in the community. The population density was 3,012.0/km2 (7,796.0/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 52.10% African American, 38.11% White (6.4% were Non-Hispanic White), 0.55% Asian, 0.19% Native American, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 5.53% from other races, and 3.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 42.00% of the population. The median income for a household in the community was $38,652, and the median income for a family was $39,596. About 14.3% of families and 16.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under age 18 and 18.2% of those age 65 or over.
Carol City is within the Miami-Dade Public Schools district. Elementary schools within the former CDP that are now in Miami Gardens include Brentwood, Carol City, Barbara Hawkins, Miami Gardens, Myrtle Grove, and Skyway. Elementary schools within the former CDP that are in unincorporated areas include Lake Stevens, North Glade, and Charles David Wyche, Jr. Carol City Middle School is located in Miami Gardens and in the former CDP. Lake Stevens Middle School is located in an unincorporated area and in the former CDP. Miami Carol City High School is located within Miami Gardens and in the former Carol City CDP. It opened in fall 1963.
In conclusion, Carol City is a unique and diverse community with a rich history and a bright future. From its notable residents to its educational opportunities, Carol City has something for everyone. Come visit and experience the charm of this hidden gem for yourself!