ALL ABOUT BAL HARBOUR, FLORIDA
Bal Harbour is a village in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 3,305 at the 2000 census.
Bal Harbour is located at 25°53′35″N 80°7′33″W (25.893005, -80.125729).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 06 square miles (1.6 km2). 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (42.37%) is water.
Bal Harbour Florida is located on the northern tip of the barrier island commonly referred to as Miami Beach; it is the northern-most barrier island in a chain that extends southward up to and including Key West, Florida.
The main traffic corridor running south to north through Bal Harbour is Collins Avenue, also demarked as Florida State Highway A1A.
A channel between the north end of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic ocean runs across the northern end of Bal Harbour.
A bridge, maintained by the State of Florida connects Bal Harbour to Haulover Park, to the north. Haulover Park is maintained by the Miami Dade Parks Commission.
Unincorporated Miami-Dade County (Haulover Park)
Biscayne Bay Atlantic Ocean Sunny Isles Beach
Bay Harbor Islands Surfside
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,305 people, 1,908 households, and 812 families residing in the village. The population density was 9,791.4 inhabitants per square mile (3,753.1/km²). There were 3,150 housing units at an average density of 9,332.2 per square mile (3,577.1/km²).
The racial makeup of the village was 94.46% White (73.4% were Non-Hispanic White,) 1.63% African American, 0.00% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. 23.00% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,908 households out of which 9.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.1% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 57.4% were non-families. 50.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.73 and the average family size was 2.49.
In the village the population was spread out with 10.2% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 37.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 55 years. For every 100 females there were 75.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $47,148, and the median income for a family was $83,570. Males had a median income of $51,227 versus $44,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $67,680. About 5.6% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over. This data only reflects reported income, not overall wealth.
As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 58.29% of residents, while Spanish was at 35.13%, Polish at 2.62%, French 2.13%, Portuguese 0.98%, and Russian made up 0.82% of the population.
Since the 1920s, the Detroit-based Miami Beach Heights Corporation (headed by industrialists Robert C. Graham, Walter O. Briggs, and C.T. Fisher) owned 245 acres (0.99 km2) of undeveloped, partially swampy land that stretched from the bay to the Atlantic. Mr. Graham assumed the duties as the developer for Bal Harbour. In the 1930s, city planners Harland Bartholomew & Associates were called in to design the Village.
The company made several plans and they were submitted for review to Miami Beach Heights.
Bal Harbour is an small, affluent Village located between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean in northern Miami-Dade County. It is home to Bal Harbour Shops, one of the most productive shopping venues in the world (by revenue per square foot). Bal Harbour Shops is anchored by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Other stores include Gucci, Chanel, Brioni, Tiffany's, and many other top-designer boutiques. Bal Harbour is home to a large Jewish population, though there is no temple in Bal Harbour. (There are two in neighboring Surfside.) According to recent census demographics, Bal Harbour is one of the most affluent zip codes in Florida.
Neighboring Indian Creek, Florida is the highest-income place in the US, according to the 2000 census. @WaterWayRealty
Bal Harbour is very safe, according to crime statistics provided by the Bal Harbour Police Department. There is a strong police presence in the Village, despite its small size.
There are red-light cameras at nearly every intersection.
Bal Harbour is an exclusive place to live, as prospective residents must first be vetted by strict condo association boards or home owners associations. Interestingly, it is home to the highest concentration of palm trees than anywhere else in the world.
Bal Harbour is a most luxurious and peaceful village, nestled within the high-paced, large South Florida metro area. @BalHarbourShops