Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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Sunny Isles Beach is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 22,123 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Sunny Isles Beach is the 124th largest community in Florida.

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

Sunny Isles Beach is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.83% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sunny Isles Beach is a city of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Sunny Isles Beach who work in sales jobs (20.48%), management occupations (15.38%), and business and financial occupations (12.75%).

Also of interest is that Sunny Isles Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.19% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

Another notable thing is that Sunny Isles Beach is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

One of the nice things about Sunny Isles Beach 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.

One downside of living in Sunny Isles Beach, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.61 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Sunny Isles Beach use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Sunny Isles Beach‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The citizens of Sunny Isles Beach are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.46% of adults in Sunny Isles Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Sunny Isles Beach in 2010 was $48,695, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $194,780 for a family of four. However, Sunny Isles Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Sunny Isles Beach is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Sunny Isles Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sunny Isles Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Sunny Isles Beach also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 39.81% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Sunny Isles Beach include Italian, Polish, German, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Sunny Isles Beach's cultural character, accounting for 61.11% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Sunny Isles Beach is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Russian.