Goulds, Florida

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Goulds is a census-designated place (CDP) in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The area was originally populated as the result of a stop on the Florida East Coast Railroad. The railroad depot was located near the current Southwest 216th Street. The community was named after its operator, Lyman Gould, who cut trees for railroad ties. The downtown area had a post office, a grocery store and an apartment building. Most of this former downtown area is now a part of the Cauley Square shops. The population was 7,453 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Goulds is located at 25°33′39″N 80°23′0″W / 25.56083°N 80.383333°W / 25.56083; -80.383333 (25.560885, -80.383353).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.7 km²), all of it land.

History

The area that became Goulds was settled in 1900 by homesteaders. It received its name when the Florida East Coast Railway built a siding in 1903, operated by an employee of the railroad named Goulds. It was first known as Gould's Siding, and later shortened to Goulds. Many packing houses were built along Old Dixie Highway. Early on, Goulds had a reputation as a rough town, with several saloons serving itinerant field workers. Most of the packing houses were destroyed by a tornado in 1919, or the 1926 Miami Hurricane, but were rebuilt.[4]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,453 people, 2,214 households, and 1,762 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,514.5 people per square mile (972.2/km²). There were 2,367 housing units at an average density of 798.6/sq mi (308.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 15.22% White (4.9% were Non-Hispanic White)[5] 78.13% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.48% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.36% of the population.

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