Homestead is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 69,523 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Homestead is the 42nd largest community in Florida. Homestead has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Homestead, where the median household income is $47,508.00.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Homestead is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Homestead is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Homestead who work in sales jobs (11.90%), office and administrative support (11.65%), and management occupations (7.74%).
One of the nice things about Homestead is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Homestead, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 37.75 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Many people in Homestead take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Homestead citizens for affordable transportation.
The population of Homestead overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Homestead, 22.16% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Homestead in 2018 was $19,299, which is low income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,196 for a family of four. However, Homestead contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Homestead is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Homestead home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Homestead, accounting for 66.60% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Homestead residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Homestead include Haitian, German, Jamaican, Irish, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Homestead's cultural character, accounting for 37.25% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Homestead is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and French.