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.
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 (12.09%), office and administrative support (11.53%), and management occupations (9.82%).
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.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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 percentage of people in Miami who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.34% of adults in Miami 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.