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 467,963 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 (11.77%), management occupations (10.81%), and office and administrative support (9.80%).
Miami is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Miami. This makes Miami a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Miami presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
Miami is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
In Miami, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.24 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Miami is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Miami really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Miami citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Miami ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Miami a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.
The overall education level of Miami citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.65% of adults in Miami have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Miami in 2018 was $28,804, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $115,216 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 72.72% 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 Haitian, Italian, German, Irish, and French.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Miami's cultural character, accounting for 58.30% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Miami is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and French.