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. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Homestead, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Homestead, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Homestead’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Homestead does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $43,568.00.
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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Homestead who work in sales jobs (12.72%), office and administrative support (12.34%), and maintenance occupations (7.52%).
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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Homestead, the average commute to work is 36.44 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. 20.32% of adults 25 and older in Homestead have a college degree.
The per capita income in Homestead in 2010 was $18,394, which is low income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,576 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 66.20% 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 English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Homestead's cultural character, accounting for 36.81% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Homestead is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and French.