The city of Hialeah, Florida can be found in Miami-Dade County and it currently has a population of approximately 230,000 making it the sixth biggest city in the state of Florida. The city is well known for being one of the main hubs of Cuban immigrants and Cuban-Americans, but what is the general history of this particular city?
To begin with it makes sense to look at where the name comes from because Hialeah does immediately make you think of some native American origin and what you will tend to find is that there are two possible theories as to where the name came from. The first has its roots in the Muscogee language, sometimes referred to as Creek language, where it is interpreted as meaning pretty prairie whereas the second option links it to the Seminoles where it is believed to mean upland or high prairie and at least both options do point towards the same kind of idea.
The one thing that these names do is that they help you to imagine what the area was like before it was developed and it does mean that it clearly has its origins in being a grassy plain inhabited by native tribes just like much of this part of the United States. This wide open space then caught the eye of two men called Glenn Curtis, who was an aviator, and James H. Bright, who was a cattleman from Missouri, in 1921 with the city then being incorporated in 1925.
Right from the outset, Hialeah was the place to be in Florida with various sports such as greyhound racing being popular along with it being the location of Miami Movie Studios which was responsible for making some of the greatest silent movies in the 20s. 1925 also saw the opening of the world famous Hialeah Park race course with it having been the scene for some of the best horse racing events ever ran in the entire country.
Over the decades, the population of Hialeah has steadily climbed from 1500 at its incorporation up to its present figure of approaching 230,000. During the years it has developed a real multi-national feel to it with several cultural groups settling down in the city leading to a rather vibrant mix due to Cubans, Hispanics, along with a number of others calling the city home and resulting in it having a friendly, family atmosphere where anybody will feel at home.
The city of Hialeah can, therefore, be described as one that has not been hit by a real population explosion and still has that friendly feel about it no matter where you go. It has come a long way in the 90 years since those two men saw the potential in that wide open space and with it being so close to Miami with some fantastic transport links it stands to reason that it will continue to gradually expand and be a fun place to live, so if you love quite a relaxed pace of life without being in the middle of nowhere, then this may very well be the best place for you.