Where Jamaicans live
The South Florida region of the United States
is home to the 2nd largest Jamaican population out side of Jamaica
. The political turmoil in Jamaica in the 70's resulted in a mass
exodus of Jamaicans to Miami. What makes South Florida attractive
to Jamaicans is: the year round climate is similar to Jamaica,
a lot of the same fruits & vegetables can grow there, itís
close proximity to Jamaica, itís cultural mix of people &
low cost of living.
The population of Jamaicans was originally concentrated
in Miami-Dade county but they are now spread across Broward &
Palm Beach. Although Jamaicans live all across these counties,
below are a few of the areas that have a substantial population.
Kendall - located in South Miami it is one of
the original enclaves where Jamaicans lived
North Dade/Norland - drive along 183rd Street
which is in the heart of this North Miami neighborhood & you
will see many Jamaican businesses along the way.
Miramar/Pembroke Pines is in South Broward County
which borders North Miami/Norland, has a large Jamaican population
and even a Jamaican born elected official.
Lauderhill, fondly called 'Jamaica Hill', is
probably the most distinct Jamaican community in the South Florida
area. They boast the most Jamaican born elected officials and
most Politiicans from Jamaica, seeking South Florida support,
visit this city
Lauderlakes/Plantation/Sunrise - these communities
surround the city Lauderhill & have a large Jamaican community.
Coral Springs, in the north, has increasingly
become popular for wealthier Jamaicans, with Margate to its east
also gradually filling up with a newly migrating Jamaican population.
Davie, to the South of Plantation, which hosts
the Broward Education Center, features some Six university and
colleges among other elememtary and technical vocational centers
making it the Buzz for Jamaicans who are here in exile for College
purposes. North Miami Beach also has a large Yardie following,
with many health professionals zooming in on these parts with
Miami Gardens and Miami Lakes featuring successful pockets as
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