American City: Miami

Miami

Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the seat of Miami-Dade County. The 44th-most populated city proper in the United States, with a population of 430,332, it is the principal, central, and most populous city of the Miami metropolitan area, and the second most populous metropolis in the Southeastern United States after Washington, D.C. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Miami’s metro area is the eighth-most populous and fourth-largest urban area in the United States, with a population of around 5.5 million.

Location in the United States

Location in the United States

Miami is a major center, and a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade. In 2012, Miami was classified as an Alpha−World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory. In 2010, Miami ranked seventh in the United States in terms of finance, commerce, culture, entertainment, fashion, education, and other sectors. It ranked 33rd among global cities. In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Miami “America’s Cleanest City”, for its year-round good air quality, vast green spaces, clean drinking water, clean streets, and city-wide recycling programs. According to a 2009 UBS study of 73 world cities, Miami was ranked as the richest city in the United States, and the world’s fifth-richest city in terms of purchasing power. Miami is nicknamed the “Capital of Latin America”, is the second largest U.S. city with a Spanish-speaking majority, and the largest city with a Cuban-American plurality.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Brickell Avenue in Downtown Miami's Brickell Financial District

Brickell Avenue in Downtown Miami’s Brickell Financial District

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Miami is home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States, and many large national and international companies. The Civic Center is a major center for hospitals, research institutes, medical centers, and biotechnology industries. For more than two decades, the Port of Miami, known as the “Cruise Capital of the World”, has been the number one cruise passenger port in the world. It accommodates some of the world’s largest cruise ships and operations, and is the busiest port in both passenger traffic and cruise lines.

Downtown Miami Skyline (in 2014) as seen from the Rusty Pelican restaurant on Virginia Key.

Downtown Miami Skyline (in 2014) as seen from the Rusty Pelican restaurant on Virginia Key.