As of the census of 2000, there were 10,741 people, 4,301 households, and 2,593 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,680.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,811.0/km²). There were 4,457 housing units at an average density of 1,942.2 per square mile (751.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.84% White (38.9% were Non-Hispanic Whites,) 24.70% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.75% from other races, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.37% of the population.
There were 4,301 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $42,488, and the median income for a family was $57,791. Males had a median income of $37,250 versus $29,772 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,526. About 8.9% of families and 17.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 59.69% of residents, while Spanish speakers consisted of 37.45%, and speakers of French as the mother tongue made up 1.25% of the population.
As of 2000, South Miami had the twenty-sixth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, with 19.58% of the populace, while it had the fortieth highest percentage of Nicaraguan residents in the US, at 1.04% of the city's population (tied with Richmond Heights, FL and Lake Butler, FL.) It's also home to the ninety-third highest percentage of Colombians, which was 1.77% of all residents (tied with Princeton, FL and Westchester, FL.

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