Moving to Miami? Read our City Guide
Miami is a jewel among the subtropical climate of South Florida and has roots that date back to the early 14th century when the Tequestas---the first settlers in the area--made the area their home. The city was officially incorporated in 1896 and blossomed almost overnight from its citrus plantation beginnings to a touristy-yet-local-friendly abode, and then into the metropolis it is today.
Check out what Miami has to offer:
- "Magic City." There’s any number of reasons why Miami could have gotten this famous nickname – spectacular weather, sunsets and wildlife, for a start. But the nickname really came from its ‘magically’ quick development, which was driven by a little marketing wizardry from Henry Flagler, the founder of the Florida East Coast Railway and a developer of Florida’s east coast.
About 463,347 people call Miami home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Miami Attractions, Parks and Landmarks
Miami is filled with a ton of attraction, landmarks and parks that residents and tourists alike can enjoy. Some of the city's most popular attractions include:
Colleges and Universities
Miami is a great place for people to explore and continue their post-secondary education. Here are some of the city's colleges and universities:
Miami is home to several sports teams for a variety of sports, including football, baseball and basketball. Catch sporting events throughout the year at places, such as the Marlins Park, the American Airlines Arena and Hard Rock Stadium. Some events held every year in the city include the Miami Marathon & Half Marathon, Orange Bowl and the Miami Open. Here are some of the city's most notable sports teams:
Miami Neighborhoods and Districts
Some of Miami's most popular districts and neighborhoods include:
- Little Haiti
- Oleta Park
- Financial District
- Little Havana
- Miami Design District
- Coconut Grove
The city of Miami is home to several award-winning restaurants where locals and tourists alike can dine on a variety of global and local cuisines, including Italian, Southern, Peruvian, Cuban and Jamaican dishes.
Some of the city's most notable restaurants include:
Here are some lists from popular review websites of the restaurants for the area:
When residents and tourists want entertainment options, Miami offers a ton for them to explore. Some nightlife and entertainment spots Miami is known for includes The Corner and Wassaka Lounge and Bayside Marketplace.
The city offers tons of shopping that locals and tourists can enjoy, including indoor and outdoor malls and lifestyle centers, such as the Dolphin Mall and The Shops at Midtown.
Locate the closest Miami-Dade County public school to your home with the school listing directory. You can also find private schools in the city by using the National Center for Education Statistics Private School Universe Survey.
Miami is close to several major cities near and far. Locals can take a quick weekend getaway to ritzy Palm Beach, laid back Fort Lauderdale or the beachside city of Naples.
Important City Links
Esri. Find stats on Miami based on your ZIP code.
DMV/Licenses. Get your Florida driver's license or state identification card at the local Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle (FLHSMV) service center. Locate the nearest FLHSMV service center in Miami-Dade by using the locations map.
Voting Locations. Find out the polling site your assigned to so you can vote on Election Day by using the Miami-Dade County Elections sample ballots and voting locations site.
Hurricane and Emergency Shelters. Use Miami-Dade County's Emergency & Evacuation Assistance site to find the most current list of hurricane and emergency shelters.
Evacuation Maps for Natural Disasters. Use Miami-Dade County's Evacuation Orders map to find the latest evacuation routes and orders based on your address in Miami.
Utilities Companies. Florida Power & Light or FPL is the power utility company that provides power services for Miami. Water and sewage is handled by the city.
Trash/ Recycling Services. Residents of Miami receive trash pickup service two times a week provided by the City of Miami Solid Waste Department on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday depending on the address. Recycling is also provided by the city and takes place once a week based on where you live. Use this City of Miami Solid Waste Garbage Routes map to find out when to expect garbage collection and the Recycle Routes with More Streets map to find your recycling collection pickup day.
Cable and Internet Providers
Median Home Prices. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in Miami is $241,200.
Average Income. The median income of Miami households is $31,642.
Largest Employers. Some of the city's largest employers include Jackson Health System, Baptist Health South Florida and Publix Supermarkets.
Metropolitan Map. Use this Metro Map to find your way around Miami.
National Parks. Miami is home to two notable national parks, including Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park. Locals and tourists frequent these parks to enjoy outdoor activities, such as fishing and boating, and to find unique wildlife and environments, including the marine life in Biscayne and the backcountry subtropical wilderness and wetlands of the Everglades.
Clubs. The YMCA and Boys & Girls Club have local chapters in Miami, including the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade and The YMCA of South Florida.
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