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 89.62% 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 (19.55%), management occupations (15.48%), and business and financial occupations (13.19%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Sunny Isles Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.32% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Sunny Isles Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much 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 31.21 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Sunny Isles Beach is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Sunny Isles Beach area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Sunny Isles Beach is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.23% of adults in Sunny Isles Beach have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Sunny Isles Beach in 2010 was $50,456, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $201,824 for a family of four. However, Sunny Isles Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 40.40% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Sunny Isles Beach include Italian, Polish, German, and English.

Sunny Isles Beach also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 60.18%.

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