Description of the Community
- History. The history of Pinecrest started in the 1930-s when some popular tourist attractions were established on the territory of the future village. The attractions needed people to serve them, and thus, first houses started to appear on the territory. In the 19650-s and 60-s, it was already an unnamed community. After the devastating Hurricane Andrew that occurred in 1992, all the constructions we rebuilt. In 1996, Pinecrest officially became a village, and the first mayor (E.L. Greer) was elected (Milestones, n.d.).
- Type of community. Pinecrest is a suburban community.
Physical Environmental Considerations: The Community As a Place
Description: General Identifying Data
- Location. Pinecrest is located in Miami-Dade Country, the state of Florida. Its coordinates are 25°40′N 80°18′W.
- Topographical features. Like the rest of Miami-Dade County, Pinecrest is situated on a limestone plateau. The territory is so plain and has such a low relative high that it has been announced that one day it will be covered by the sea.
- Climate. Pinecrest is located in the zone with the tropical monsoon climate, whose defining features are long summers, short winters, and occasional thunderstorms.
Boundaries, Area in Square Miles
The area of Pinecrest is 7.6 square miles. It borders Glenvar Heights on the North, South Miami on the North-East, has the Atlantic Ocean on the east, borders Cutler on the South-East, Palmetto Bay on the South, Palmetto Estates on the South-West, Three Lakes on the West, and Kendal on the North-West.
- Sanitation: water supply, sewage, garbage, trash. The water supply is stable and comes from local sources. The Solid Waste Department of Miami-Dade County is responsible for collecting trash. This department operates a trash recycling center in the village. Sewage is also the responsibility of the county authorities (FAQ, n.d.).
- Pollutants, toxic substances, animal reservoirs or vectors, flora, and fauna. The research in heavy pollutants and toxic substances did not bring any results. The flora and fauna of Pinecrest are typical for South Florida. A wide variety of insects and birds common for subtropical zones can be found here. Dead animals present a risk for infection. For this reason, the Animal Control of the county removes dead animals from the public property. However, removing them from private property is the responsibility of the owner (FAQ, n.d.).
- Air quality: color, odor, particulates. The air is usually transparent, has a good quality, and is free from odor (Today’s air quality, n.d.).
- Food supply: sources, preparation. Food is supplied from local sources and prepared in the village.
- Potential disaster in the population. No signs of potential disaster in the population were discovered.
- The extent of disaster preparation in the population. The local government keeps the population prepared for such natural disasters as storms and hurricanes (Hurricane preparedness, n.d.).
Types of housing (public and private)
- Condition of housing. The housing of Pinecrest is mostly in a satisfying condition.
- Percent owned, rented. In Pinecrest, 73.1% of houses are occupied by their owners, 19.7% are rent, and the rest are vacant (Community economic profile, 2013, p. 5).
- Housing for special populations
- Near homeless. No data was found.
- Homeless. No data was found.
- Frail elders. No data was found.
Leading Industries and Occupations
49% of the population of Pinecrest constitute the labor force of the village (Community economic profile, 2013, p. 1). Pinecrest has a job growth rate of 5.68%. The leading industries of the village include construction (2.9 % of the workforce), manufacturing (3.1%), wholesale and retail trade (13%), entertainment (7.8%), insurance and other financial and real estate services (9.5%), information (1.8%), transportation and utilities (4.9%), education (22%), and science and management (15%) (Community economic profile, 2013, p. 4).
The People of the Community
- The total population for 2010. In 2010, when the last Census was held, the population of Pinecrest was 18,223. According to the local authorities, in 2013, the population of Pinecrest was 19,088.
- Population density. The population density of the village in 2013 was around 2511 people per square mile.
- Population changes in the past 10 years. According to the data of the 2010 Census, the population change from 2000 to 2010 was -4.4%.
- Population per square miles. In 2010, Pinecrest had about 2,449 people per square mile.
- Mobility. No data was found.
- Types of Families. Nuclear families are the common type for Pinecrest.
Biological Considerations/Vital and Demographic Population Characteristics
- Age composition. According to Census, in 2010, 4.3% of the population of Pinecrest were younger than 5 years old while the overall percentage of minors was 27.3%. 12% were 65 and older.
- Sex distribution. In 2010, females composed 51.3% of the Pinecrest population.
- Race distribution. In the year of the last Census (2010), 90.1% of the population were white, considering that Hispanic people belong to this category, while 41.3% of the population identify as Hispanic or Latino. Black and Asian people constituted 2% and 5.3% of the population, respectively. No Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders were identified during the 2010 Census.
- Ethnic group composition and distribution. The information is presented in the “Race distribution” part.
Annual birth and crude death rates
- Age-specific death rate. No data was found.
- Infant mortality rate. No data was found.
- Maternal mortality rate. No data was found.
- Cause-specific death rate (specific health area). No data was found.
Leading causes of morbidity
- Incidence rates (specific diseases). No data was found.
- Prevalence rates (specific diseases). No data was found.
- Significant historical events. In 1996, Pinecrest was officially incorporated and recognized by Miami-Dade County. In the same year, the first mayor was elected and swore, and the first administration was appointed. In 2002, the first Patriot Day was established. In 2009, the village gained the national status of a Tree City USA community, which was an award for the village’s accomplishments in the sphere of environmental protection (Milestones, n.d.).
- Future economic prospects. Pinecrest is a promising site for the development of business and retail trade due to the high purchasing power of its population (Community economic profile, 2013, p. 9).
- Formal and informal communication network. No data was found.
- Rates of suicide and homicides. No data was found.
- Adequacy of protective services. No data was found.
- Common sources of stress. Natural disasters, unemployment, and high insurance and housing costs are common sources of stress in Pinecrest.
Sociocultural Considerations: The Community As a Social System
- The income of the family. According to the data provided by the local government, in 2013, the median income of a Pinecrest family was $115,411 (Community economic profile, 2013, p. 1). According to Census, the median household income in 2010-2014 was $122,235 (Quick facts: Pinecrest village, Florida, n.d.).
- Major occupations. Most part of the population of Pinecrest work in education, science and management, financial services, construction, manufacturing, transportation and utilities, entertainment, media, wholesale trade, and retail trade (Community economic profile, 2013, p. 4).
- Estimated level of unemployment. No data on the estimations regarding the potential unemployment rates was found. Currently, the rate of unemployment in Pinecrest is 5.6% (Quick facts: Pinecrest village, Florida, n.d.).
- Percent below poverty level. 5.6% of the Pinecrest population live below the poverty level (Community economic profile, 2013, p. 1).
- People retired. No data was found.
- Religious distribution. In 2010, 21.8% of Pinecrest dwellers were Catholic, and 10.9% were Evangelical Protestants. 2.4% belonged to Black Protestantism, and 1.6% were Mainline Protestants. The people of Orthodox faith composed 0.2%. 60.2% of Pinecrest inhabitants confessed to belonging to no religion (Pinecrest, Florida, 2010).
- Marriage and divorce rates. In 2010, 58.5% of Pinecrest inhabitants older than 15 were married, and 28.9% of such population reported that they had never been married. 6.6% of people over 15 were divorced. Additionally, 1.1% of such residents were separated, and 5.1% were widowed (Pinecrest, Florida, 2010).
- Language. In 2000, 58.09% of Pinecrest residents were English speakers. 35.08% of the population recognized Spanish as their native language. The rest of the population reported that their native language was French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, or Arabic (Pinecrest, Florida, n.d.).
Government and Leadership
- Type of government. The type of government of Pinecrest is the council-manager one. It has a village council, a village mayor, a village clerk, and advisory committees. The village is divided into three areas, each of which selects a council member. Council elections take place on the day of the Congressional elections. Council members serve for four years (Elections, n.d.).
- City offices. The address of the village council is 12645 Pinecrest Parkway, 33156. The village mayor’s office is located at 12645 Pinecrest Parkway, 33156. The clerk’s office can be found at 12645 Pinecrest Parkway, 33156.
- Public educational facilities. In Pinecrest, the following public schools exist Palmetto Elementary, Pinecrest Elementary, Palmetto Middle, and Miami Palmetto Senior High (Schools, n.d.).
- Private educational facilities. The next private facilities are open in Pinecrest: Bet Shira Congregation, Gulliver Preparatory, Kendall United Methodist, Pinecrest Presbyterian, St. Louis Covenant, and Temple Beth Am (Schools, n.d.).
- Libraries. A public library is available in Pinecrest. It belongs to the Miami-Dade Public Library System. Thank this fact, the Pinecrest library is able to offer its visitors a rich collection of electronic books, music, videos, and movies, all of which can be downloaded. The library also provides public computers with free Internet access.
- Services for special populations. No data was found.
In Pinecrest, the population relies mostly on private transport. Metrobus on Miami Metrorail is serving the area. Two stations (Dadeland North and Dadeland South) exist in Pinecrest.
- Consumption patterns. No data was found.
- Leisure pursuit. In Pinecrest, various ways of spending one’s free time are available. The village has four parks. The residents can become members of the Pinecrest Community Center. Several clubs for children are open, including a soccer club, a fencing club, and a martial arts club. Martial arts, yoga, fitness, Spanish, and dancing clubs for adults also exist. Gyms are open for both children and adults. Children’s clubs for studying literature, Mandarin Chinese, music, guitar, symphony, dance, arts, and social skills are available (Leisure services & recreation guide, 2012).
- Other health-related behaviors. No data was found.
Health System Considerations
- Identify existing services. In Pinecrest, a variety of health services is available, including senior care, tooth care, urgent care, eye care, home care providers, and a healthcare club. The Miami-Dade Health Department is responsible for regular immunizations (Leisure services & recreation guide, 2012, p. 20).
- Assessing current level of performance. No data was found.
- Availability and accessibility of specific types of health care services. A senior care clinic (Homewell Senior Care) exists in Pinecrest.
- Health needs lacking services. A lack of child healthcare services and prenatal care institutions was identified.
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