Davie

Davie

[dey-vee]
Davie, William Richardson, 1756-1820, American Revolutionary soldier and statesman, b. Egremont, Cumberland, England. During the American Revolution he served under Casimir Pulaski and later took part in the Carolina campaign, becoming Gen. Nathanael Greene's commissary general. After the war he practiced law in Halifax, N.C., served (1786-98) in the state legislature, and drew up (1789) the act for establishment of the Univ. of North Carolina. Davie was governor of North Carolina (1798-99) and one of the peace commissioners John Adams sent (1799) to France after the XYZ Affair.

See biography by B. Robinson (1957).

Davie is a town in Broward County, Florida, United States. In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population at 84,350. It is part of the South Florida metropolitan area, which is home to 5,463,857 people.

History

Davie was founded by a group of settlers composed of workers from the Panama Canal Zone. The original name of the town was Zona because of this. Randolph P. Davie, a developer, bought about 27,000 acres (110 km²) in the area and the town name was changed to "Davie." It was carved out of Everglades land that was mostly under water. The early history of the town was dominated by drainage issues, some of which persist today.

Davie has always had a reputation as a "Western" town. It boasts a significant horse-owning population and once was home to many herds of cattle. In recent years, commercial and residential development has discouraged such practices but Davie still tries to maintain a "Western" feel. Pioneer City, a western theme park, was located across the street from Flamingo Gardens. It was built in the 1960s and closed a few years later.

Geography

Davie is located at (26.081426, -80.280223). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of . of it is land and of it (2.17%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 75,720 people, 28,682 households, and 19,761 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,265.2/mi² (874.5/km²). There were 31,284 housing units at an average density of 935.9/mi² (361.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.05% White (72.2% were Non-Hispanic White,) 4.56% African American, 0.25% Native American, 2.79% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.86% from other races, and 2.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.85% of the population.

There were 28,682 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $47,014, and the median income for a family was $56,290. Males had a median income of $38,756 versus $30,016 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,271. About 6.9% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language made up 75.47% of the population, while Spanish speakers made up 18.74%, and French speakers made up 1.13% of residents. A few other languages spoken were Italian at 0.73%, Chinese at 0.53%, Portuguese 0.51%, and French Creole being the mother tongue of 0.38% of the population.

As of 2000, Davie had the seventy-second highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, at 4.33% of the town's population, and the ninety-sixth highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, with 1.72% of all residents (tied with Sweetwater and Maywood, New Jersey.)

Education

Davie is host of the South Florida Educational Center. A large number of educational institutions have campuses in Davie, including:

Colleges and Universities

Public Elementary Schools

  • Davie Elementary School
  • Flamingo Elementary School
  • Fox Trail Elementary School
  • Hawkes Bluff Elementary School (opened in 1989)
  • Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School
  • Nova Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Silver Ridge Elementary School

Public Middle Schools

  • Indian Ridge Middle School
  • Nova Middle School

Public High Schools

Private Schools

Media

Davie is a part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood media market, which is the twelfth largest radio market and the seventeenth largest television market in the United States. Its daily newspapers are the South Florida-Sun Sentinel and The Miami Herald, and their Spanish-language counterparts El Sentinel and El Nuevo Herald.

Davie Digest is the local free community newspaper serving the Town of Davie with community news and an interactive website http://www.daviedigest.com allowing for the community to submit news and subscribe to the paper.

Points of interest

Famous residents

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