As a Miami suburb located in Miami-Dade county, Opa-Locka was founded by Glenn Curtiss and features a unique Arabian Nights theme including street names such as Ali Baba Avenue. Opa-Locka has the largest collection of Moorish architecture in North America.
In 1926, the city was nearly destroyed by a hurricane. This setback nearly brought land development to a halt, but eventually the construction of the town’s Moorish Revival style buildings continued. Several of the city’s locales are included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Not only was Opa-Locka founded by one of aviation’s most historical figures, it is also the location of Amelia Earhart’s historical and tragic trip around the world.
The city is served by the Miami-Dade County Public School system, including one elementary school in the city limits. The town’s middle and high schools are located in neighboring towns.
Opa-Locka is located to the north of Miami and Hialeah with quick and easy access to Opa-Locka Executive Airport, Miami beach, Miami International Airport, the Port of Miami, and the countless tourist attractions in Miami, Florida.
Residents in Opa-Locka see about 65.5 inches of rain per year with 244 sunny days for beach outings. The summer high is 90 degrees on average and the winter low dips to about 58 degrees.
Opa-Locka has a population of approximately 15,219 people. The median age is 37 years old.
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