Davie was founded by a group of settlers composed of workers from the Panama Canal Zone. The original name of the town was Zona because of this. Randolph P. Davie, a developer, bought about 27,000 acres in the area and the town name was changed to "Davie." It was carved out of Everglades land that was mostly under water. The early history of the town was dominated by drainage issues, some of which persist today.
Points of interest
Miami Dolphins Training Facility
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 75,720 people, 28,682 households, and 19,761 families residing in the city. The population density was 874.5/km² (2,265.2/mi²). There were 31,284 housing units at an average density of 361.3/km² (935.9/mi²).
There were 28,682 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $47,014, and the median income for a family was $56,290. Males had a median income of $38,756 versus $30,016 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,271. About 6.9% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.