Doral, Florida, is a smaller city with a population of around 50,000. It was named for the Doral Resort and Spa that the community developed around. There is a mix of houses, apartments and condominiums available, from a moderate to high price range. West of metro Miami and northwest of Miami International Airport, Doral is a place where the European culture commonly found throughout the U.S. mingles with South American culture and tradition.
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As of 2000, over 74 percent of Doral's residents spoke Spanish as their first language. Amongst these are South American populations, including Brazilian, Columbian, Dominican and Cuban, to name a few. Of all the communities represented in the city, the most affluent and prevalent are Venezuelans. Indeed, Doral is sometimes referred to by its nickname, "Doralzuela." One testament to this is the current mayor, Luigi Boria; he is the only Venezuelan mayor currently in office in the United States. Cultural heritage is an important aspect of Doral. Driving down 87th Avenue, 107th Avenue, 25th Street and Doral Boulevard, you will find all kinds of South American and Caribbean cuisine to enjoy, all with an unmistakably authentic taste. Enjoy a Venezuelan arepa, or perhaps go into a Cuban-style coffee shop and enjoy a pastelito.
While its cultural vibrancy is one of the main calling cards for Doral, there are many other things the city has to offer. It is home to the Miami International Mall, a giant shopping center with several department stores and specialty shops. Doral is also known for its thriving business sector. It is ranked as the number one city for trade and commerce in Miami-Dade County, with around 110,000 direct and indirect jobs accounting for much of the employment in the region. All of this is especially attractive considering that Doral only received its incorporation as a city in 2003. A huge amount of growth in such a short time, all while maintaining a connected and efficient community management, really goes to show that Doral is just a well-designed community. To commute from residential areas to shopping centers or businesses, the Doral Trolley provides easy public transportation, with three lines and several trolleys that connect to the larger Metrorail system. If you are attracted to distinctive cultural charm, a relaxing, resort-like feel, or the thriving array of business opportunities, there are plenty of listings to browse through when you're ready to move here.