Miami, FL
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Miami is a large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 453,579 people and 258 constituent neighborhoods, Miami is the second largest community in Florida.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Miami is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Miami is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Miami who work in sales jobs (12.51%), office and administrative support (11.79%), and maintenance occupations (9.16%).

One of the nice things about Miami is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Miami is having a public transportation system, but in Miami the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Miami benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The education level of Miami citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.96% of adults in Miami have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Miami in 2010 was $23,498, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $93,992 for a family of four. However, Miami contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Miami is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Miami home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Miami, accounting for 71.20% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Miami residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Miami include Italian, German, Irish, and English.

In addition, Miami has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (57.65%).

The most common language spoken in Miami is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and French.