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 463,347 people and 258 constituent neighborhoods, Miami is the second largest community in Florida.

Miami is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (12.09%), office and administrative support (11.53%), and management occupations (9.82%).

One thing noticeable about Miami, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Miami is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Miami a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Miami is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

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.

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.

In terms of college education, Miami is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.34% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Miami in 2010 was $25,067, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $100,268 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 72.18% 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 57.99% of the city’s population.

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