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Hialeah is the sixth-largest city in Florida with a population of 235,563 residents, according to 2014 U.S. Census estimates. Named after the native word for the area's grassy plains, Hialeah was founded in 1925 and sprawls across 20 square miles just north of Miami International Airport in Dade County.
The city reflects the greater Miami area's multicultural population. Of the nearly 95% of Hispanic or Latino residents, 73% are Cuban, according to 2010 census data.
Hialeah has numerous parks, a cultural arts theater, a library system and various tennis centers. Opa-Locka Airport is also within driving distance of the city.
Hialeah has eleven proprietary institutions in its city limits. These include Florida National University, Futura Career Institute, College of Business and Technology and American Advanced Technicians Institute, which awards certificates in the field of automotive technology.
Outside of Hialeah, residents can find almost 100 public or private, non-profit institutions within 15 miles of the city. Florida Memorial University and St. Thomas University are two small, non-profit schools within five miles of Hialeah. Bachelor's and master's degrees are offered at both of these schools, while St. Thomas also offers a Juris Doctor program and a doctoral program in educational leadership.
Miami Dade College is a few miles away in Miami. It has programs for nearly 66,000 students. The University of Miami is also nearby and offers graduate and undergraduate degrees to around 16,700 students. It was ranked 51st among national universities in 2016, by U.S. News & World Report.
Other area schools include Florida Memorial University, Southeastern College - Miami Lakes, Florida International Training Institute and Barry University. Several technical centers and educational centers are also available.
According to 2012 census data, health care and social assistance employed 10,640 persons, while retail trade had 10,595 employees. Manufacturing had 4,833 employees, wholesale trade had 3,886 employees, and accommodation and food services had 3,876 employees.