73,529 Brazilians are living in Florida, with 60% located in the tri-county area of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach.
A little over 12% of all the people living in this tract are listed as being from Brazilian ancestry.
Of all respondents, 16% marked that they are foreign-born non-citizens.
Overall, 58% of the residents in this track are employed in jobs categorized as "white collar."
Since Brazil is the country of sun and Florida is the Sunshine state, it's no wonder Florida is a popular destination for Brazilian immigration. The proximity of South Florida to Brazil, and the already established Latin culture, have welcomed 73,529 Brazilians this area. In doing so, Brazilians have helped redevelop South Florida's economy through real estate, business development, tourism and export.
Life in Census Tract 12011010200
The following essay was created in Census Tract 12011010200, an area in Deerfield Beach, Broward County, with more Brazilians than any other census tract in the region, according to 2010 census data. The pictures are a snapshot of day-to-day life in one of the most "Brazilian" communities in South Florida.
Churrascarias are Brazilian barbeques; only this is a ritual that is three to four hours long. Samples of different meats are given one at a time as it comes off the grill. The cuts of meat are typically picanha (rump), costela premium (prime rib), fraldinha (flank steak), bife ancho (ribeye), costeleta de cordeiro (lamb), and filet mignon. In this Supermarket, butchers prepare these cuts.
The amount of rice or arroz in a Brazilian supermarket is something to be noted. Rice (and beans) is a very common dish in Brazil. Feijoada is known as Brazil’s national dish. It consists of arroz (rice), feijão (beans), and porco (pork). Of course, if you have a national dish, you will also need a national drink. The caipirinha is just that. Made from pure sugar cane (not molasses), cachaça is liquor that is mixed with an array of fruits, sugar and limes to make a refreshing caipirinha.
Evidence of the impact Brazilians have had in this neighborhood, even the street signs and bulletin boards are written in Portuguese.
Brazilians have a lot to be proud of, but they are proudest of their futebol. The term Jogo Bonito, meaning “Beautiful Game,” is what separates Brazilian futebol from any other country. For a Brazilian, second place might as well be last. This might be the reason why you can find futebol apparel at any bar, grocery store, gas station, or corner in Census Tract 12011010200.
Mate or Tereré is Brazil’s version of tea. Erva (herbs) are placed in a horn cup, known as a guampa, and drunk with a bomba (straw). The erva is mixed with boiling water (for mate) or cold water (for tereré) and then filtered through the bomba by slurping up the water.
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It is no wonder that Brazilians are good at all things futebol. For most young boys kicking a ball starts as soon as they learn to walk. Children play futebol outside, or wherever they can after school or on the weekends. Other forms of futebol include: futsal (indoor soccer), futebol de areia (sand soccer), futevôlei (volley-ball soccer), and futebol bossaball (trampoline soccer).
Even the dealerships are Brazilians; although they sell American cars. Although Brazil’s best selling car for the past 26-years, the Volkswagen Gol, is manufactured in Volkswagen do Brazil, you can still find a Brazilian dealership in South Florida selling America’s best selling cars.
Evangelical Christianity has been on the rise in Brazil, a historically Catholic country; a branch of a Brazilian church now has roots in South Florida.
There may not be a Starbucks on every corner, but cafés are in no short demand.
Just like any coffee and donut shop, Brazilians come to local padaria e café (pastry and coffee) shops to catch up on current events in the “local” Brazilian newspaper or just to socialize with friends over a cup-o-joe, known to Brazilians as cafezinho. After all, Brazil is known for being the largest producer of Arabica coffee beans in the world.
In this neighborhood, the Brazilian flag is everywhere.
A symbol of cultural and national pride.
Leblon and Giraffas are two Brazilian companies that have made a names for themselves in the South Florida area. These companies have not only succeeded in growing their business, but they have done so on an international level. Both companies have made a mark in South Florida by o jeito brasileiro, the brazilian way--representing their culture through food and spirits.
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Falar: To Speak
Amar [ah-MAR]: to love
Beijo [BAY-zho]: kiss
Cachaça [ka-SHa-sa]: Brazil’s national spirit distilled
from sugar cane
Caipirinha [kai-pur-EEN-ya]: Brazil’s national cocktail made with cachaça and muddled lime
Furebol [foo-chee-BAUW]: soccer
Paquerar [pa-KAY-rahr]: to flirt
Praia [PRY-yah]: beach
Sunga [ZOON-ga]: the Brazilian-cut bathing suit for men
Saudade [sow-DAH-djee]: longing;
or “I miss you”