Opa-locka is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. As of the 2000 census, the reported population was 14,951; as of 2007, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 15,376.
Opa-locka was named the city with the highest violent crime rate in the United States by the FBI in 2003 and 2004. Despite major drops in crime, it still remains among the most dangerous places in the United States. Opa-locka also gained notoriety when it was discovered that the 9/11 Hijackers trained there.
Amelia Earhart launched her historic trip around the world from Miami Municipal Airport, just south of Opa-locka. The Graf Zeppelin, the second largest airship ever, visited the NAS Miami, which later became Opa-locka Airport, as a regular stop on its Germany-Brazil-United States-Germany scheduled route.
There were 4,890 households out of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.4% were married couples living together, 35.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.52.
In the city the population was spread out with 34.6% under the age of 18, 12.3% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 85.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $19,631, and the median income for a family was $22,742. Males had a median income of $22,347 versus $19,270 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,538. About 31.5% of families and 35.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.3% of those under age 18 and 40.8% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2000, Opa-locka had the forty-sixth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, with 9.58% of the US populace. It had the forty-ninth highest percentage of Dominican residents in the US, at 2.59% of the city's population, and the fifty-second highest percentage of Haitian residents in the US, at 2.9% of the it's population (tied with four other areas, including Palm Springs, Florida.) It also had the forty-third most Jamaicans in the US, at 3% (tied with Margate,) while it had the nineteenth highest percentage of Nicaraguans, at 2.22% of all residents.
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However, in 2005, East Saint Louis, Illinois ranked higher for Murder, Rape, Assault, and Auto Theft.
The Opa-locka Triangle is an area known for violence and drug use. The Triangle is bounded by State Road 9 on the south, Northwest 17 Avenue to 22 Avenue on the east and west portions and Northwest 151 Street on the north in the City of Opa-locka.