|City of Coral Gables|
"The City Beautiful", "The Gables"
|Incorporated||April 29, 1925|
|• Mayor||Vince Lago|
|• Vice Mayor||Rhonda Anderson|
|• Commissioners||Melissa Castro, Kirk Menendez, and Ariel Fernandez|
|• City Manager||Peter Iglesias|
|• City clerk||Billy Y. Urquia|
|• Total||37.31 sq mi (96.64 km2)|
|• Land||12.93 sq mi (33.48 km2)|
|• Water||24.38 sq mi (63.16 km2)|
|Elevation||10 ft (2.8 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||61st in Florida|
|• Density||3,804.56/sq mi (1,469.32/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area codes||305, 786, 645|
|GNIS feature ID||0280801|
Coral Gables is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The city is part of the Miami metropolitan area of South Florida and is located 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Downtown Miami. As of the 2020 U.S. census, it had a population of 49,248.
Coral Gables is known globally due to being home to the University of Miami, one of the nation's private research universities whose main campus spans 240 acres (0.97 km2) in the city. With 16,479 faculty and staff as of 2021, the University of Miami is the largest employer in Coral Gables and second-largest employer in all of Miami-Dade County.
The city is a Mediterranean-themed planned community known for its historic and affluent character reinforced by its strict zoning, popular landmarks, and tourist sights.
See also: History of Miami
Coral Gables was formally incorporated as a city on April 29, 1925. It was and remains a planned community based on the popular early twentieth century City Beautiful Movement and is known for its strict zoning regulations. The city was developed by George Merrick, a real estate developer from Pennsylvania, during the Florida land boom of the 1920s. The city's architecture is almost entirely Mediterranean Revival style, mandated in the original plan, with an emphasis on Spanish influence in particular, such as the Coral Gables Congregational Church, donated by Merrick. The domed Catholic Church of the Little Flower was built somewhat later, in a similar Spanish Renaissance style.
Early in the city's planning and development, Merrick shared his vision for Coral Gables as "a most extraordinary opportunity for the building of 'Castles in Spain'," as explored in Coral Gables historian Arva Moore Parks' 2006 book George Merrick's Coral Gables: Where Your 'Castles in Spain' are Made Real. Merrick's success in executing this vision for the city would catch the attention of Spain's King, Alfonso XIII, who awarded Merrick the Order of Isabella the Catholic for his support of Spanish culture in Coral Gables.
By 1926, the city covered 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) and had netted $150 million in sales, with over $100 million spent on development. That year also saw the opening of the Biltmore Hotel and Golf Course, a major landmark in city.
Merrick meticulously designed the city with distinct zones. For example, he designed the Downtown commercial district to be only four blocks wide and more than 2 miles (3.2 km) long. The main artery, now known as Miracle Mile, bisected the business district. Merrick could boast that every business in Coral Gables was less than a two-block walk. The city used to have an electric trolley system, which was replaced by the popularity of modern automobiles, but now a new free circulator trolley system, initiated in November 2003, runs down Ponce de León Boulevard. Another distinctive and character-defining feature of the city planned by Merrick are the themed Coral Gables Villages that date to the 1920s and were designed to expand the city's architecture beyond Spanish influence to include Italian, French, and Dutch South African among others.
In 1925, roughly simultaneous to the founding of Coral Gables, the University of Miami was constructed on 240 acres (97 ha) of land just west of U.S. Route 1, approximately two miles south of Downtown Coral Gables. By the fall of 1926, the first class of 372 students enrolled at the university.
During World War II, many Navy pilots and mechanics were trained and housed in Coral Gables.
Coral Gables has traditionally placed high priority on historic preservation. The city passed its first preservation ordinance in 1973 as many of its founding structures from the 1920s began to reach their 50th anniversaries. Further ordinances were enacted in the 1980s establishing the Historic Preservation Board and in the 1990s establishing the Historic Preservation Department, now called the Historical Resources & Cultural Arts Department. As part of the city's historic preservation program the Historical Resources Department is tasked with researching and identifying significant properties and local landmarks for listing in the Coral Gables Registry of Historic Places as well as on national historic registers. The department also reviews modifications to locally designated landmarks and initiates grant proposals. The Historic Preservation Board is a quasi-judicial body that votes on local landmark designations and other issues pertaining to the historic character of the city.
Coral Gables is located at . It is bordered on the west by Red Road (West 57th Avenue) north of Sunset Drive (South 72nd Street) and West 49th Avenue and Old Cutler Roads south of Sunset Drive. It is bordered on the north by Tamiami Trail/U.S. Route 41 (South 8th Street), except for a small section that extends north of 8th Street for eight blocks between Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Douglas Road (West 37th Avenue).
On the east, it is bordered by Douglas Road (West 37th Avenue) north of South 26th Street, Monegro Street south of South 26th Street to Cadima Avenue, Ponce De Leon Boulevard south of Cadima Avenue to South Dixie Highway (U.S. Route 1), LeJeune Road (West 42nd Avenue) south of U.S. 1 to Battersea Road, and by Biscayne Bay south of Battersea Road. On the south, it is bordered by the Charles Deering Estate.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 37.2 square miles (96 km2) of which 13.1 square miles (34 km2) is land and 24.0 square miles (62 km2) (64.64%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
1930–1970 1980 1990
2000 2010 2020 2022
|Hispanic or Latino||58.8%||53.6%||46.6%||41.8%||29.6%|
|Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)||4.8%||2.5%||3.1%||3.1%||4.0%|
|Asian and Pacific Islander (Non-Hispanic)||2.6%||2.7%||1.7%||1.7%||1.3%|
|Native American (Non-Hispanic)||< 0.1%||< 0.1%||0.1%||0.1%|
|Some other race (Non-Hispanic)||0.7%||0.2%||0.2%||0.1%|
|Two or more races (Non-Hispanic)||2.5%||0.9%||0.7%||N/A||N/A|
|Persons per household||2.25||2.31||2.37||2.59||2.63|
|Ages 65 +||20.1%||15.6%||15.8%||17.4%||16.8%|
|2017–21 American Community Survey||Coral Gables||Miami-Dade County||Florida|
|Median household income||$113,623||$57,815||$61,777|
|High school diploma||97.2%||82.5%||89.0%|
|Language spoken at home[note 1]||2015[note 2]||2010[note 3]||2000||1990||1980|
|Spanish or Spanish Creole||53.5%||54.7%||50.2%||42.8%||30.3%|
|Nativity||2015[note 4]||2010[note 5]||2000||1990||1980|
|% population native-born||61.5%||62.3%||62.1%||64.4%||69.9%|
|... born in the United States||57.5%||58.3%||58.8%||61.2%||67.9%|
|... born in Puerto Rico or Island Areas||2.0%||2.0%||1.8%||1.6%||2.0%|
|... born to American parents abroad||2.0%||2.0%||1.5%||1.7%|
|% population foreign-born[note 6]||38.5%||37.7%||37.9%||35.6%||30.1%|
|... born in Cuba||15.0%||16.4%||19.2%||20.3%||15.1%|
|... born in other countries||23.5%||21.3%||18.7%||15.3%||15.0%|
As of 2010, there were 20,266 households, of which 11.4% were vacant. In 2000, 24.45% had children under the age of 18 living with them. In Coral Gables, 61.11% were family households, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.89% were non-families. The average household size was 2.36, and the average household had 1.68 vehicles.
In 2015, estimated income figures for the city were as follows: median household income, $93,934; average household income, $150,808; per capita income, $57,195. About 7.6% of citizens were estimated to be living below the poverty line.
Coral Gables is a pedestrian-friendly destination. Located four miles from Miami International Airport, the "City Beautiful" has around 140 dining establishments and gourmet shops, and many notable international retailers. Among Coral Gables landmarks are the Venetian Pool, Douglas Entrance, and Miami Biltmore hotel.
Coral Gables has one newspaper, Coral Gables News Tribune, which is published twice monthly and covers local and regional news and one weekly newspaper that is published as part of the portfolio of Miami Community Newspapers publications.
At the University of Miami in Coral Gables, The Miami Hurricane, the official student newspaper, is published weekly each Tuesday.
Coral Gables is part of the Miami-area media market.
Numerous movies have been filmed fully or partially in Coral Gables, including Nude on the Moon (1961), Goldilocks and the Three Bares (1963), Jimmy, the Boy Wonder (1966), I Eat Your Skin (1971), Shock Waves (1977), Absence of Malice (1981), The Mean Season (1985), Miami Rhapsody (1995), Bad Boys (1995), The Perez Family (1995), Fair Game (1995), Two Much (1995), Blood and Wine (1996), Curdled (1996), Wild Things (1998), The Hours (2002), My Sexiest Year (2007), Dostna (2008), Posthumous (2012), and others.
The city also is featured in television and video games, including:
Coral Gables holds several of the wealthiest zip codes (33156, 33143, 33133, and 33146) and neighborhoods in the United States, such as Hammock Oaks, Old Cutler Bay, Gables Estates, Tahiti Beach, Snapper Creek and Lakes, Cocoplum, and Gables By The Sea.
Major economic contributors to Coral Gables include:
Further information: Transportation in South Florida
Coral Gables is served by Metrobus throughout the area, and by Miami Metrorail at:
Coral Gables provides a free trolley service, with a trolley running a continuous circuit up and down Ponce de Leon Boulevard during the day.
Coral Gables is served by rapid transit on Douglas Road at Douglas Road station at the University of Miami at University Station near Sunset Drive and Red Road at South Miami station, which connects the city with Downtown Miami and Miami International Airport.
Several countries operate consulates in Coral Gables, including Barbados, Colombia, El Salvador, Italy, Peru, Spain, Monaco, St. Lucia, and Uruguay.
Several countries have honorary consulates located in Coral Gables, including Australia, Belize, Hungary, Senegal, St. Kitts & Nevis, Togo, and Thailand. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office maintains Taiwan's diplomatic mission at 2333 Ponce De Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables.
Main article: University of Miami
The University of Miami, a private university ranked in the top tier of national universities, with particular national status in the fields of business, engineering, law, marine science, medicine, communications, and music, is located in Coral Gables.
Coral Gables schools are part of Miami-Dade School District, which serves Miami-Dade County. The district has several high schools in Coral Gables, most notably Coral Gables Senior High School and International Studies Preparatory Academy, both of which educate students in grades nine through 12. It also has a K–8 school, Coral Gables Preparatory Academy (formerly Coral Gables Elementary School), with two campuses, including a historic campus located on Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Henry S. West Laboratory Elementary is another school for K–6. Finally it has two middle schools: George Washington Carver Middle School located on Lincoln Drive and Ponce de Leon Middle School located across from the University of Miami on the east side of U.S. Route 1 on Augusto Street. Present day George Washington Carver Middle was moved to the current location on Grand Avenue on land donated by George Merrick. When Carver died in 1942, the school was renamed in his honor.
Gulliver Academy, Marian C. Krutulis Campus, a PreK–8 school that is a member of Gulliver Schools, is within Coral Gables. The management offices of Gulliver Schools were formerly located in Coral Gables. The lower campus of Riviera Schools is located in Coral Gables.
The historic St. Theresa Catholic School, a Pre-K–8 school is located near Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel. St. Philip's Episcopal School, French-American School of Miami, and St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School, all Pre-K–5 schools, are also located in Coral Gables. Coral Gables Preparatory Academy, a private K-8 school, is located in Coral Gables.
Miami-Dade Public Library System operates Coral Gables Branch Library in Coral Gables.
See also: List of University of Miami alumni
Miracle Mile in Downtown Coral Gables
Miracle Theater on Miracle Mile
Typical residential street in Coral Gables
Coral Gables City Hall with its statue of Merrick
Venetian Pool is a Coral Gables public swimming pool.
Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables
Alhambra Water Tower
Miracle Theater on Miracle Mile
Gardens at Merrick Park
Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Downtown Coral Gables along Alhambra Circle
See also: List of sister cities in Florida
Coral Gables' sister cities are: