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 66,498 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 $40,250.00.
Homestead is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Homestead is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Homestead who work in office and administrative support (12.42%), maintenance occupations (10.79%), and sales jobs (10.49%).
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One downside of living in Homestead, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.79 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.
Homestead has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Homestead has quite a high level of public transit users. Homestead’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Homestead rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.73% of adults 25 and older in Homestead have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Homestead in 2010 was $17,231, which is low income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $68,924 for a family of four. However, Homestead contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Homestead also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.60% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Homestead is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Homestead home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Homestead residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Homestead also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 59.75% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Homestead include Irish, German, Haitian, and Jamaican.
In addition, Homestead has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (35.97%).
The most common language spoken in Homestead is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and French Creole.