Miami, FL
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Living in Miami


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 470,914 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 (11.58%), office and administrative support (10.50%), and management occupations (10.05%).

Miami is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Miami is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

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 downside of living in Miami, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.10 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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 percentage of people in Miami who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.91% of adults in Miami have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Miami in 2010 was $27,078, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,312 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 72.54% 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 58.20% of the city’s population.

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