According to 2000 Census figures, there are 4,034 people, 1,196 households, and 875 families residing in Naranja. The racial makeup of Naranja is 32.99% White, 57.54% African American, 0.42% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 3.89% from other races, and 3.62% from two or more races. 26.97% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Naranja’s population is greatly composed of single-family homes and the area has a low per capita income, $7,346, compared with Miami-Dade County’s $26,780 per capita. The education level is also lower than the County’s, with 60 percent of the population having no schooling, more specifically 33 percent of the area’s population has attained a High School diploma, and only 15 of that same 33 percent went on and acquired college education. Althought 42.3% of families are below the poverty line and have the lowest median income Household income, Naranja is statiscally one of the safest neighborhood in Miami-Dade County.
Naranja’s population is considered a commuter community with 45 percent of its workforce traveling out of Naranja to work and more than half of the working population drives 30 minutes or more. In partial response to the traffic problems that arose during past Hurricanes evacuations and a growing population, Naranja recently opened a new segment to the South Miami-Dade Busway. The extension to the bus only lanes runs from Southwest 112th Avenue and Southwest 200th Street in Cutler Ridge to Southwest 264th Street in Naranja, and includes an additional five stops along the way, with nodes to the communities it crosses (Elysa Batista, Miami Herald 2005).