Parts of downtown Miami have become almost unrecognizable since 2000. Few urban cores have remade themselves in the new millennium the way downtown Miami has, yet the area continues to get criticism for being a place that still isn't quite suited for living full-time.
Well, the Downtown Development Agency has released a new population and demographics report claiming the population of downtown has almost doubled in the past 14 years, with 99.6 percent more people living in the area now than in 2000.
The report includes the area of the Rickenbacker Causeway to the south, I-195 to the north, I-95 to the west, and Biscayne Bay to the east. So basically that covers all the way up from Midtown, Wynwood, and Edgewater to all the way down to Brickell.
In 2000, about 40,466 people lived in that area. Today that number stands at 80,750, and the DDA projects it to be as high as 92,519 by 2019.
Brickell, in particular, has seen the biggest surge, growing from 12,904 residents in 2000 to 32,489 today. In fact, only Overtown has seen a population decrease, albeit a slight one, from 7,000 in 2000 to 6,847 today.
Brickell has the largest number of residents.
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Brickell and the Central Business District also have the smallest average households in the area, with an average of 1.73 people living in most homes, meaning the area is mainly populated by single people, roommates, or couples.
Overall, the greater downtown area is becoming less family-friendly. The report shows 44.8 percent of households in the area were families in 2000. Now it's just an estimated 37.8 percent. Only about 8,442 of the total 41,773 households in the area are estimated to be families with children.
The population has also grown younger, with 46 percent estimated to be between the ages of 25 and 44, with about 58 percent of those younger residents having degrees.