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Miami Beach is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 92,312 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Miami Beach is the 25th largest community in Florida.

Miami Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Miami Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Miami Beach is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.07% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Miami Beach is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Miami Beach who work in food service (13.82%), sales jobs (13.70%), and management occupations (12.62%).

Of important note, Miami Beach is also a city of artists. Miami Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Miami Beach’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.88% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Miami Beach 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Miami Beach is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Miami Beach, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Miami Beach ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Miami Beach, 43.24% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Miami Beach in 2010 was $43,243, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $172,972 for a family of four. However, Miami Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Miami Beach is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Miami Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Miami Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Miami Beach also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 53.52% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Miami Beach include German, Irish, French , and Russian.

Miami Beach also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 52.22%.

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