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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 441,003 people and 258 constituent neighborhoods, Miami is the second largest community in Florida.

Housing costs in Miami are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities 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 (12.34%), office and administrative support (12.18%), and maintenance occupations (9.75%).

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 population of Miami overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Miami, 23.52% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Miami in 2010 was $21,724, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $86,896 for a family of four. However, Miami contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Miami is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Miami home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Miami residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Miami also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 70.73% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Miami include Italian, German, Irish, and English.

Miami also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 57.57%.

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