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 70,477 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 $43,150.00.
Unlike some cities, Homestead isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Homestead are a mix 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 office and administrative support (13.30%), sales jobs (13.06%), and management occupations (7.81%).
Homestead is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Homestead is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Homestead, the average commute to work is 35.27 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
A lot of people in Homestead take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Homestead, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The education level of Homestead citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.68% of adults 25 and older in Homestead have a college degree.
The per capita income in Homestead in 2010 was $17,405, which is low income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $69,620 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 63.19% 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, English, Irish, and Jamaican.
Homestead also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 35.55%.
The most common language spoken in Homestead is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and French.