The City of Hialeah is the fifth largest municipality in Florida, serving over 224,000 residents living in approximately 20-square miles.
"All Ways Lead to Hialeah" one of the city’s first slogans is well suited given that Hialeah sits in the heart of northwest Dade, and has access to every major thoroughfare (I-75, Palmetto Expressway, Florida Turnpike, US 27 (Okeechobee Road). In Hialeah you are about 20 minutes away from anywhere in the county. Hialeah borders Opa-Locka, Miami and Miami Lakes and provides direct business access to both Opa-Locka Airport and Miami International Airport. Hialeah is served by the Miami Metrorail and Tri-Rail/Metrorail Transfer stations. The City also provides its own transit buses that enhance transportation services City-wide to make it easier for residents to commute.
The City of Hialeah is a full service city. Services include Police, Fire, Water & Sewer, and Public Works. The City has a long history of providing these services; all of which are of an excellent quality and are in very high demand.
A myriad of recreation and education programs to residents are low-cost or free. Residents have access to a library system with one Main and five branch libraries; an Education and Community Services Department with after-school and camp programs, and Hialeah Reads!, a city-wide literacy initiative. Four adult centers with a daily lunch program offer a wide range of activities of interest to seniors. Adults with developmental disabilities may participate in the City’s adult therapeutic recreation center and day program. The Parks and Recreation Department has 15 fully-staffed parks, 7 pools, 2 tennis centers, sport leagues, a cultural arts theater, and an Early Prevention & Intervention program for youth.
The City offers a wide range of free cultural activities, programs and events that appeal to the different backgrounds of its residents, enriching community life in Hialeah. The Art on Palm Festival, Eggstravaganza, the Independence Day Celebration and Santa’s Snowblast are just a few of the annual city-wide events that Hialeah families enjoy.
The City of Hialeah has operated under a strong mayor form of government since its inception. Policy making and legislative authority are vested in a governing council consisting of a seven member council. The council is responsible for, among other things, passing ordinances and adopting the budget. The Mayor is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the council, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the government, and appointing the heads of various departments.
Hialeah’s vibrant community is viewed as an American industrial city that continues to grow. Hialeah is one of the largest areas for employment and economic development in Miami Dade County and the City of Hialeah is one of its largest employers. A myriad of mom and pop stores which productively compete against national retail and restaurant chains and franchises drive Hialeah’s economy with many types of opportunities for employment from professional to service industry jobs. Hialeah’s West 49th Street retail corridor is lined with Starbucks, Fuddrucker's, Chili's, Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Palm Springs Mile and Westland Mall, staples for local shopping enthusiasts. Most of the city's chain-based restaurants and businesses are some of the top grossing stores in the nation!
Hialeah, incorporated in 1925, has a long and proud history. One of the city's most important and nationally well-known historic sites is the Hialeah Park Racetrack, built in 1925. Hialeah Park is an important part of Hialeah's future as well. After a short period when the Park was closed to racing, Hialeah Park reopened in November 2009 with quarter horse racing and is currently undergoing a multi-staged full restoration. Exciting plans call for the construction of an entertainment complex to include a hotel, restaurants, casinos, stores and a theater. Just as Hialeah's past is an important part of its future, so is a new, recently annexed three square mile area, "Hialeah Heights," to be developed soon into a beautiful residential and commercial area in the northwest part of the City.
"The City of Progress" as Hialeah is known to many, has historically been home to a number of Cuban exiles. Several monuments and parks throughout the city pay tribute to leaders and heroes who are important to many residents' culture. With a Hispanic population of over 94%, Hialeah’s welcoming immigrant community now is home to Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and other Hispanic groups, making Hialeah a culturally diverse and dynamic place to live.
Hialeah is a dynamic, family oriented community marked by cultural heritage and traditions. The Hialeah community is a unique blend of nationalities and cultures, whose residents are proud of its ethnicity and family friendly neighborhoods. The City of Hialeah is an extraordinary place to live, work and play.