Miami Beach is a south Florida island city, connected by bridges to mainland Miami. Wide beaches stretch from North Shore Open Space Park, past palm-lined Lummus Park to South Pointe Park. The southern end, South Beach, is known for its international cachet with models and celebrities, and its early-20th-century architecture in the Art Deco Historic district with pastel-colored buildings, especially on Ocean Drive.
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 91,718 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 88.76% 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 sales jobs (14.68%), management occupations (13.65%), and food service (11.33%).
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: 9.63% 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.
One thing that you will notice about Miami Beach is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Miami Beach a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Miami Beach use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Miami 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 Miami Beach are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.54% of adults in Miami 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 Miami Beach in 2010 was $53,213, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $212,852 for a family of four. However, Miami Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Miami Beach is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Miami Beach 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 Beach, accounting for 55.59% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Miami Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Miami Beach include Italian, German, Irish, Russian, and Polish.
Miami Beach also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 53.73%.
The most common language spoken in Miami Beach is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and French.