Aventura began its development during the early 1970s. The area was initially referred to as Turnberry. Aventura became an incorporated city in 1995. Aventura is home to the luxury resort Turnberry Isle, where the yacht Monkey Business was docked during the Gary Hart/Donna Rice incident, which contributed to Hart ending his 1988 bid for presidency. The Aventura Mall, the fifth largest shopping mall in the US, is also located here. As of 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $44,526, and the median income for a family was $59,507.
As of 2000, speakers of English as their first language accounted for 59.92% of the population, while Spanish accounted for 22.63% of residents. Due to its large Jewish population, those who spoke Hebrew were at 3.66%, and Yiddish was spoken 2.78% of the population. Other languages spoken include Portuguese 2.65%, French 2.40%, Russian 1.75%, and German at 1.46% of city residents.
Aventura is known for its substantial Jewish population, many of whom come from the Northeast (many from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania) Besides American Jews, Aventura also has experienced a significant influx of Hispanic Jews (especially Argentine Jews, Colombian Jews, Cuban Jews, and Venezuelan Jews,) Brazilian Jews, Canadian Jews, European Jews (such as French Jews, German Jews, Portuguese Jews, Romanian Jews, and Russian Jews,) and Israelis also residing in the city.
As of 2000, Aventura had the seventeenth highest percentage of Brazilian residents in the US, with 1.9% of the US populace. The thirtieth highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 4.25% of the city’s population, and the ninety-second highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, at 2.89% of the city’s population. It also had the twelfth most Israelis in the US, at 2.4%, while it had the thirteenth highest percentage of Romanians (tied with Hartford, Ohio and Bern, Pennsylvania) at 1.8% of all residents. Aventura’s Russian community had the twenty-fifth highest percentage of residents, which was at 12.4%, while it was the thirteenth highest Venezuelan community in the US, which made up 1.31% of the population.
The Aventura Express shuttle bus is a city run public bus service, free to Aventura residents. The Miami-Dade Transit, and Broward County transit bus systems also run through the city. The Metrorail and Metromover do, however, serve the city, but via Metrobus connections to Government Center via Biscayne Boulevard/US 1. Aventura is one of Miami-Dade’s most car-centric neighborhoods, and due to the increasing population growth over a 25-year period, traffic has become congested, despite the fact that Biscayne Boulevard (US 1) is up to ten lanes wide through the city. The intersection where Ives Dairy Road meets US 1 has been raised, but still creates a back up. Buildings in Aventura have large parking lots or garages that are often free, encouraging car use. For example, Aventura Mall has nearly 10,000 free parking spaces.
The main north-south road in the city is Biscayne Boulevard (US 1) and the main east-west route is the William H. Lehman Causeway. Although no interstates run through the city, I-95 is just five minutes away.
By 2015, Tri-Rail commuter rail service may run on the FEC line that runs parallel to Biscayne Boulevard through Aventura. Until then, Aventura has no other means of transportation other than roads. One of the proposed lines for the Miami Metrorailwas a corridor that would follow US 1 from downtown Miami to the Dade-Broward County line between Aventura and Hallandale Beach.
In 2010, there were 26,120 households out of which 31.5% were vacant. As of 2000, 11.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.2% were non-families. 45.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.79 and the average family size was 2.45.
In 2000, the city population was spread out with 10.1% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 35.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 80.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.9 males.
As of 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $44,526, and the median income for a family was $59,507. Males had a median income of $50,791 versus $37,682 for females. The per capita income for the city was $41,092. About 5.6% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.