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 453,579 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 (12.51%), office and administrative support (11.79%), and maintenance occupations (9.16%).

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.

Miami, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Miami are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

The population of Miami overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Miami, 24.96% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Miami in 2010 was $23,498, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $93,992 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 71.20% 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 Italian, German, Irish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Miami's cultural character, accounting for 57.65% of the city’s population.

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