Is Doral a good place to live ? (find out the truth)

Is Doral a good place to live?
(find out the truth)

Before I move to the U.S. my question was "what's the best city to live in?" but I had to narrow it down to the question "Is Doral a good place to live?"

The city of Doral

Perhaps you are asking exactly the same question and the idea of this post is to help you to make up your mind and decide if this is the best place to live. So just keep reading...

This is not the official city website, so I can freely speak about the good and the bad of the Doral and you can decide based on concrete facts!

About the city

On June 24, 2003, Doral was incorporated into one of the thirty-four counties in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Conveniently located just one mile from Miami International Airport and thirteen miles from downtown Miami, the city is home to about 50,000 residents. The town occupies an area of 15 square miles, borders the town of Medley, Sweetwater and Hialeah.

The city is administered by a mayor and four other council members who are responsible, among other things, for the approval of ordinances and resolutions and approval of the annual budget.

It offers a wide range of services through its departments including the City Management Office, City Office Office, Finance Department, Department of Community Development, Department of Public Works, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Department of Police.

Business and population

Many companies that work with logistics, offering 750,000 square feet of free warehouse for re-exported goods.

Population: 54,000 residents
Spanish language: 80.6%
Language English: 9.9%
Other languages: 9.5%

Jobs in Doral

There are around 9,000 businesses in Doral and some people that live in other places come every day do work in the city.

The duty-free warehouses are used by many international traders.

The economy is based in different sectors such as logistics, healthy, food, real estate, and commerce.

The duty-free warehouses are used by many international traders.
Many professionals also live in the city but work on the neighbour cities such as Miami and Coral Gables.

Institutional video

Start by watching a quick (institutional) video about the Doral, but read the rest of the post to have my vision of the city as a person who lives in the city.

Fonte: Aivicom

Moving to Doral, Fl

As I said before, I had to narrow down my question because my wife found the city of Doral on the Internet and she liked the idea to live in this small city.

At first, I thought that was a good idea because the city is located only 15 minutes from the Samsung's office in Miami, so I could drive to my job.

I used to drive 3 hours a day back and forth to my job in São Paulo, Brazil so, move to Doral could be a good idea to avoid heavy traffic.

The traffic in Doral

OK, reduce the driving time from 3 hours to 15 minutes was like a dream to me and too good to be true, perhaps Google maps could me drive to a wrong conclusion because I had to consider the traffic on rush hour.

But Google was right and from my apartment to Samsung's office was really about 15 minutes even during the rush hour because I suppose to live just 8 miles away from my job.

All right, that was back in 2013 when we were planning to come to the U.S. and after we arrive in the country I could confirm that 15 to 20 minutes was the maximum time I would be on my car driving from Doral to Miami.

Public transportation

The city has a public trolley that people can use for Free.

It's possible to check the trolley route using a tracker in the official city website, it's also possible to check that information by phone.

It provides service on

  • Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 9:45 pm.
  • Saturdays from 7:00 am to 7:24 pm
  • Sundays from 7:00 am to 6:54 pm
Doral Trolley

On weekdays the waiting time is from 20 to 45 minutes according to peak hours, on Saturdays is 30 min and on Sundays 60 minutes. 

The trolley is equipped with has air conditioning and even a rack for bikes.

It's very comfortable and most of the drivers are very nice.

For more information and route schedule check the oficial website

Doral location 

Location is very important, usually people have some concern about how long it takes to arrive at the job, school, airport, medical center, etc.

So, let's talk a little bit about the city location.

The city is located close to the airport

While I'm writing this blog post I can hear planes passing by, so I live relatively close to the airport. I mean it's not that close, it's about 10 miles away. (no place in Doral is less than 12 miles from the Miami airport).

From Doral to MIA Airport

There are some places in Doral that you don't hear the planes (because of the location), it also depends on the acoustic isolation of your home.

As you can see in the map it takes about 20 minutes to go to the airport, but now is now rush hour. When traffic is really heavy it can take up to 45 min to get there. ( I had this experience myself).

There are some places in Doral that you don't hear the planes (because of the location), it also depends on the acoustic isolation of your home.

Doral is about 35 minutes from the beach

If you want to enjoy the beach, just jump into your car and drive around 35 minutes to arrive at the Ocean Drive street where you can have some fun.

From Doral do Miami Beach

I don't know if you've been there, I recommend you to visit the place where you can find some good restaurants, meet nice people and enjoy the sun.  

Miami Beach

But as a Brazilian, I visited a lot of wonderful beaches back there in my country, so, to be honest, the South Beach don't impress me that much.

Please don't get me wrong, I think the beach is beautiful, but I prefer to drive from Doral to the Hollywood beach. That's a 45 minutes trip.

The city is located 3.5 hours from Disney World

All right, I'm just mentioning this here because a lot of people ask about this place and sometimes the schools in Doral just make a tour to visit Orlando.

Disney World

Our daughter Amanda, just wake up early, get into the school bus that takes the students to have some fun on Orlando Parks. That's nice.

You can also visit the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral to see the rocket launch from Space X and luckily see Elon Musk around 🙂

The City Hall

Since we arrived in the U.S, in 2013 my daughter is studying in public schools and I think they are better than the private ones we used to pay while living in Brazil. But just keep in mind that's is my personal opinion (my wife share it).

Public schools in Doral

Since we arrived in the U.S, in 2013 my daughter is studying in public schools and I think they are better than the private ones we used to pay while living in Brazil. But just keep in mind that's is my personal opinion (my wife share it).

Below a list of the Doral public schools

Schools

Grades

Doral Academy School 
2450 Nw 97 Th Ave 
Doral, FL 33172

PK-05

Doral Academy Charter High School 
11100 Nw 27 Th St 
Doral, FL 33172

09-12

Doral Academy Charter Middle School 
2601 Nw 112 Th Ave 
Doral, FL 33172

06-08

Doral Academy Of Technology School 
2601 Nw 112 Th Ave 
Doral, FL 33172

06-08

Doral Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy School 
11100 Nw 27 Th St 
Doral, FL 33172

09-12

Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School 
8390 Nw 53 Rd St 
Doral, FL 33166

KG-05

Dr. Rolando Espinosa K-8 Center School 
11250 Nw 86 Th St 
Doral, FL 33178

PK-08

Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center School 
5950 Nw 114 Th Ave 
Doral, FL 33178

PK-08

International Studies Virtual School 
2480 Sw 8 Th St 
Miami, FL 33135

06-12

John I. Smith K-8 Center School 
10415 Nw 52 Nd St 
Doral, FL 33178

PK-08

Just Arts And Management Charter Middle School 
2450 Nw 97 Ave 
Doral, FL 33172

PK-05

Renaissance Elementary Charter School 
10651 Nw 19 Th St 
Doral, FL 33172

06-08

Renaissance Middle Charter School 
8360 Nw 33 Rd St 
Doral, FL 33122

PK-05

Ronald W. Reagan/doral Senior High School 
8600 Nw 107 Th Ave 
Doral, FL 33178

08-12

School For Advanced Studies 
3800 Nw 115 Th Ave 
Doral, FL 33178

11-12

Somerset Virtual Academy School 
11100 Nw 27 Th St 
Doral, FL 33172

06-12

Private schools in Doral

Beside the fact that public education is good some people prefer to have their Kids on private schools. See below a list of them.

Schools

Grades

Divine Savior Academy
10311 NW 58th St
(305) 597-4545

Pre-K to 12th

Petersen Montessori Academy
10395 Nw 41st St Ste 150
Doral,FL 33178
(305)463-9085

PK-K

Building Future Minds
3655 Nw 107th Ave Ste 112
Miami, FL 33178
(305)471-4900

PK-K

World Of Kids Academy
8130 Nw 56th St
Miami, FL 33166

(305) 593-7010

PK-1

Shelton Academy
11300 NW 41st ST
Miami, FL 33178

K-8

The Revolution School
4005 Nw 114th Ave # 1
Miami, FL 33178

3-7

The Joy Of Learning
3601 Nw 114th Ave
Miami, FL 33178
(305)597-5665

K

Valor Academy
6911 Nw 51st St
Miami, FL 33166
(305)629-9799

PK-12

Miami Springs Montessori School
699 Ludlam Dr
Miami, FL 33166
(305)883-0012

 PK-K

Hospitals in Doral

If you need to visit a hospital in the city just check the list below and call ask if they accept your insurance plan.

Hospital

Hours

Healthy Kidz Pediatrics
615 NW 41st St, Doral, FL 33178
(305) 599-8022

Saturday       9AM–1PM
Sunday         Closed
Monday         8:30AM–6PM
Tuesday        8:30AM–6PM
Wednesday   8:30AM–6PM
Thursday       8:30AM–6PM
Friday            8:30AM–6PM

Hospital childrens Doral
3601 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL 33178

Phone not available

Information not available

Urgent Care Baptist Health Medical Plaza
9915 NW 41st St, Doral, FL 33178
(786) 596-3830

Saturday11AM–11PM
Sunday11AM–11PM
Monday11AM–11PM
Tuesday11AM–11PM
Wednesday11AM–11PM
Thursday11AM–11PM
Friday11AM–11PM

Family Medical Center
3470 NW 82nd Ave, Doral, FL 33122
(305) 398-1991

Information not available

CAC Corporate Office
8350 NW 52nd Terrace, Doral, FL 33166
(305) 463-6600

SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
Monday7AM–7PM
Tuesday7AM–7PM
Wednesday7AM–7PM
Thursday7AM–7PM
Friday7AM–7PM

Acebo Health Center
9851 NW 58th St #125, Doral, FL 33178
(305) 403-1035

Information not available

Nicklaus Children's Doral Center
3601 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL 33178
Phone: (786) 624-3672

Saturday11AM–10PM
Sunday11AM–10PM
Monday11AM–10PM
Tuesday11AM–10PM
Wednesday11AM–10PM
Thursday11AM–10PM
Friday11AM–10PM

University Health Care Center
8210 NW 17th St, Doral, FL 33122
(786) 248-5767

Information not available

The Surgery Center at Doral
3650 NW 82nd Ave #101, Doral, FL 33166
(305) 341-7280

SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
Monday8AM–5PM
Tuesday8AM–5PM
Wednesday8AM–5PM
Thursday8AM–5PM
Friday8AM–5PM

Keys Health Care Inc
420 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL 33172
(305) 499-3310

Information not available

DaVita Doral Kidney Center
7755 NW 48th St #120, Doral, FL 33166
(800) 424-6589

Saturday5:45AM–7:30PM
SundayClosed
Monday5:45AM–7:30PM
Tuesday5:45AM–7:30PM
Wednesday5:45AM–7:30PM
Thursday5:45AM–7:30PM
Friday5:45AM–7:30PM

Prohealth Doral Medical
8247 NW 36th St, Doral, FL 33166
Phone: (786) 332-4753

SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
Monday10AM–7PM
Tuesday10AM–7PM
Wednesday10AM–7PM
Thursday10AM–7PM
Friday10AM–7PM

Sanitas Medical Center - Doral
2000 NW 87th Ave #101, Doral, FL 33172
(844) 665-4827

Saturday8AM–4PM
Sunday8AM–4PM
Monday7AM–8PM
Tuesday7AM–8PM
Wednesday7AM–8PM
Thursday7AM–8PM
Friday7AM–8PM

Animal hospital in Doral

Sometimes you need to take cara fo your PET. Check the list below for hospitals.

Hospital

Hours

Doral Centre Animal Hospital

​9400 NW 58th St, Doral, FL 33178
Phone: (305) 598-1234

SaturdayOpen 24 hours
SundayOpen 24 hours
MondayOpen 24 hours
TuesdayOpen 24 hours
WednesdayOpen 24 hours
ThursdayOpen 24 hours
FridayOpen 24 hours

The Pet Care Clinic of Doral
9851 NW 58th St, Doral, FL 33178
Phone: (305) 477-7387-7280

Saturday9AM–1PM
SundayClosed
Monday8AM–6PM
Tuesday8AM–6PM
Wednesday8AM–6PM
Thursday9AM–1PM
Friday8AM–6PM

Is Doral safe?

After living for 5 years in the city and I can really say that it is a safe city.

I'm not the type of guy that keeps looking at the news and get desperate with some criminal robbing someplace in the city.

Of course there is some crime, no city is 100% safe, but I've never seen any crime myself neither heard any mate complaining about something.

While writing this post I checked the crime map for the previous week.

In a 2 miles radius there's a report for 15 crimes as you can see below

Doral crime mapping

In the map shows a total of 15 crimes in the last week as follow:

  • 3 Assaults
  • 1 Motor Vehicle Theft
  • 4 Theft / Larceny
  • 3 Vandalism
  • 4 Vehicle Break-In / Theft

Below you can see the Doral safest area (light color is safest)

According to neighborhoodscout.com Doral has a crime rate that is higher than 67% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes. The city crime index is 17 which means it is safer than 17% of U.S. Cities.

Doral annual crimes

According to neighborhoodscout.com Doral has a crime rate that is higher than 67% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes. The city crime index is 17 which means it is safer than 17% of U.S. Cities.

Doral crime rate

The table below shows the crime data

​

Violent

Property

Total

Number of Crimes

80

1,714

1,794

Crime Rate 
(per 1,000 residents)

1.38

29.58

30.96

The violent crimes was reported as 1.30 per 1,000 residents, compared to Florida that is 4.3 per 1,000 residents the number is still good.

Data from the neighborhoodscout shows that the chances to become a victim of violent crime is 1 in 724 for Doral and 1 in 232 in Florida.

But the chances to become a victim of property comes is higher. In Doral the chances are 1 in 34 while in Florida is 1 in 32.

According to FBI data and neighborhoodscout, Doral is not considered one of the safest city in America, however, I feel that Doral is safe enough to live in my family. But that is my personal opinion.

Conclusion about the life in Doral

As a city resident I can say that is good to live in Doral, there are many  supermarkets, stores, malls, restaurants, schools and everything else. 

The schools are good enough for our daughter and there are some good options for hospitals, as long as we have a health insurance we are good. 

Traffic increased a lot since we arrived here, but I still consider something that is not enough to make you get late for the job or to drop kids at school.

The cost of living in Doral is a little higher than other cities such as Orlando for example, but still, it's a place that worth living.

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