The city lies to the west of, and is continuous with, Homestead.
It has a small historic area, but much of the city is hotels and other tourist facilities.
As of the census of 2000, there are 7,843 people, 2,247 households, and 1,727 families residing in the city. The population density is 940.4/km² (2,436.2/mi²). There are 2,541 housing units at an average density of 304.7/km² (789.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 29.05% White, 56.67% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 7.06% from other races, and 6.18% from two or more races. 32.12% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 2,247 households out of which 46.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.6% are married couples living together, 34.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% are non-families. 18.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.48 and the average family size is 3.95.
In the city the population is spread out with 39.7% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 15.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 24 years. For every 100 females there are 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $14,923, and the median income for a family is $18,777. Males have a median income of $23,622 versus $20,060 for females. The per capita income for the city is $8,270. 43.3% of the population and 41.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 57.1% are under the age of 18 and 25.6% are 65 or older.