Harlem, Florida

Harlem: A census-designated place in Palm Beach County, Florida. It is located in the southeast part of the county. Harlem is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Harlem Community Park and the Harlem Community Center.


Harlem is a city located in the county of Hendry in the U.S. state of Florida. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 2,705 inhabitants.

The city was created 371 years ago in 1652.

Harlem is a census-designated place and unincorporated community located in western Hendry County, Florida.


Harlem was founded in the 1920s during construction of the Seaboard Air Line Railway through Hendry County. The town was named after the Harlem neighborhood in New York City.

Early settlers were attracted to Harlem for the rich soil, establishing farms growing vegetables, sugar cane, and citrus. Agricultural activities fueled the town's early economy and population growth.

Today, Harlem still retains its small town rural heritage while serving as a modest bedroom community for the Central Florida area.


The economy of Harlem and Hendry County relies on agriculture, retail services, and light manufacturing. Major employers are Walmart, Hendry Regional Medical Center, and agriculture-related businesses.

Many residents commute to jobs in Clewiston, LaBelle, and other communities along the Caloosahatchee River in southwest Florida. Housing and living costs are very affordable.

Things to Do

Popular activities include boating and fishing along Lake Okeechobee, exploring state parks like Fisheating Creek, and events such as the annual Swamp Cabbage Festival.

Harlem provides a window into “Old Florida” small town life, with natural areas, historic sites, and a slower pace ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and families.

Harlem locator map
Location of Harlem on Florida map.

Quick Facts about Harlem

Population : 2,705 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Florida (United States)
County : Hendry County
Postal code : 10026, 10039
Named for : Haarlem
Altitude : 20 feet / 6 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1653 (371 years ago)
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 14:58:29 (17th April 2024)
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Harlem is located at 26°44'15"N 80°57'3"W (26.7375700, -80.9509000).

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Year Population % Change Method
2020 2,705 - 2019-01-01T00:00:00Z

People born in Harlem (199)

People born in Harlem, including television host Ed Sullivan, singer, musician, composer and actress Alicia Keys, rapper, singer record producer and music video director from New York A$AP Rocky, .


  • Milt Gabler (record producer from the United States) he was born in 20/05/1911
  • Large Professor (American rapper and record producer) he was born in 21/03/1973
  • Harry Belafonte (American recording artist; singer, songwriter, actor) he was born in 01/03/1927
  • Sean Combs (American rapper, singer, record producer, businessman, actor and entrepreneur from New York) he was born in 04/11/1969
  • Teresa Wright (actress (1918-2005)) she was born in 27/10/1918
  • Cicely Tyson (American actress) she was born in 19/12/1924
  • Carmen McRae (American jazz musician and actress) she was born in 08/04/1920
  • James Baldwin (American writer) he was born in 02/08/1924
  • Sonny Rollins (American jazz saxophonist and composer) he was born in 07/09/1930
  • Big L (American rapper) he was born in 30/05/1974
  • Paul Dano (American actor) he was born in 19/06/1984
  • Seymour Martin Lipset (American sociologist) he was born in 18/03/1922
  • Benny Carter (American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader (1907-2003)) he was born in 08/08/1907
  • Charles B. Rangel (former congressman from Harlem, New York) he was born in 11/06/1930
  • Agnes de Mille (American dancer and choreographer) she was born in 18/09/1905
  • Ahmed Abdullah (jazz musician) he was born in 10/05/1947
  • Elliott Kastner (American film producer) he was born in 07/01/1930
  • DJ Hollywood (American rapper and DJ) he was born in 10/12/1954

Stations (9)

Amtrak & bus stations near Harlem, FL

Code Name Address Type
OKE Okeechobee 801 North Parrott Avenue RAIL
WPB West Palm Beach 201 South Tamarind Ave RAIL
DLB Delray Beach 345 South Congress Ave RAIL
FTM Fort Myers, Florida 6050 Plaza Drive BUS
DFB Deerfield Beach 1300 W. Hillsboro Blvd RAIL

Post offices near Harlem

Post Office Name City ZIP
Clewiston Post Office Clewiston (FL) 33440
Lake Harbor Post Office Lake Harbor (FL) 33459
Moore Haven Post Office Moore Haven (FL) 33471
South Bay Post Office South Bay (FL) 33493
Belle Glad Post Office Belle Glade (FL) 33430

Other places with the same name (5)

  • Harlem , Ohio city in United States of America with a population of 4,903 people.
  • Harlem , Georgia town in Columbia County, Georgia, United States with a population of 3,547 people.
  • Harlem , Illinois township in Winnebago County, Illinois, United States with a population of 2,114 people.
  • Harlem , Montana city in Blaine County, Montana, United States with a population of 778 people.

Other cities in Hendry County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Hendry County , FL.

City Name Population Title
Clewiston 8,099 City in Florida
LaBelle 5,263 City in Florida
Port LaBelle 3,530 Census-designated place in Hendry County, Florida

Distance to Other Cities

Harlem distances to largest Florida cities