Hurricane Andrew: 20 Years Ago Today

Do you remember Hurricane Andrew? Today marks the 20th anniversary of the day Andrew made landfall here in Florida. Here are a few facts about Hurricane Andrew courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.

20 Year Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew

1992: Hurricane Andrew made landfall in Florida on Aug. 24, destroying a large swath of South Florida, most notably the city of Homestead. Andrew later landed on the central Louisiana coast on Aug. 26 as a Category 3 hurricane. Hurricane Andrew was the second costliest tropical cyclone in U.S history and killed 23 in the U.S. Source: National Hurricane Center

Category 5: The strength of Hurricane Andrew at landfall based on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with maximum sustained winds measured at 165 mph. Andrew was originally measured as a Category 4 storm but was later upgraded to Category 5 status in 2002 based on a reanalysis of wind speeds. Source: NOAA

60,512: Population of Homestead, Fla., according to the 2010 Census taken April 1, 2010. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census

106%: Percentage growth of the population in Homestead, Fla., between 1992 and 2010. The estimated 1992 population of Homestead, Fla., was 29,431. Source: Population Estimates

23,419: The number of housing units in Homestead, Fla., according to the 2010 Census. Source: U.S. Census Bureau 

11.5 %: Percent of workers 16 and over in Homestead, Fla., with no motor vehicle access. Source: 2006-2010 American Community Survey, Table S0802

$209,100: Median home value of owner-occupied units in Homestead, Fla. Source: 2006-2010 American Community Survey, Table B25077

28.4%: The percent of people who live below poverty level in Homestead, Fla. Source: 2006-2010 American Community Survey, Table S1701

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