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.
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 (11.77%), management occupations (10.81%), and office and administrative support (9.80%).
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One downside of living in Miami is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Miami, the average commute to work is 31.24 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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 substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.65% of adults in Miami have a college degree.
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.