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Overview

Introduction to Miami, Florida

Miami, located on Biscayne Bay in southeastern Florida, is the state's second-largest city and the center of a large metropolitan area that includes Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Named after a Native American word meaning "big water," Miami was founded in 1870 and quickly became one of America's top vacation spots.

Today, Miami is a hip urban center with a multicultural ambience and a strong economy based on baking, tourism and a other industries as diverse as its population. Several top companies are headquartered in the area, including Burger King, Norwegian Cruise Line, Ryder and Wachovia.

Miami Culture

As if spring break weren't enough, Carnaval Miami invigorates the city for 9 days each March, with a Miss Carnaval contest, concerts at the Orange Bowl, an in-line skating contest, jazz concerts, shows, and cooking contests. In the summer, Miami Reggae Festival, a 20-year tradition, showcases nearly a dozen acts in a downtown arena. Though known as a party town, Miami has more than its share of culture. It's home to the Miami City Ballet, the Florida Grand Opera and many highly regarded museums, including the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, the Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art, the Miami Museum of Science & Space Transit Planetarium, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Miami Art Museum. In funky, trendy South Beach, the Art Deco Historic District is an architectural work of art, with 1920s buildings in pastel shades.

Miami Sports and Leisure

For spectator sports, Miami is represented in all four major leagues. Downtown, the 19,600-seat American Airlines Arena presents the NBA's Miami Heat. Just north of the city, Pro Player Stadium hosts both the NFL's Miami Dolphins and baseball's Florida Marlins. A half hour northwest of the city, the 20,000-seat Office Depot Center is home to the NHL's Florida Panthers. The University of Miami Hurricanes, always a threat to win college football's national title, are a religion within the area.

Miami Outdoors

The Florida sun's constant heat and an abundance of beaches are the formula for outdoor recreation that cannot be improved upon. The area is a haven for water sports and a golfer's paradise, with dozens of top-rated courses nearby, including Doral. Five miles southeast at the southern end of Key Biscayne, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area has nature trails and more beaches. For those that need to get away, Palm Beach to the north and the Florida Keys to the south offer more water sports and watering holes. An hour northwest, Lake Okeechobee, Florida's largest lake (and the country's second-largest fresh water lake), offers great bass fishing and fishing tournaments.

Miami at Night

Miami is famous for its scintillating nightlife, easily making the Forbes list of the Best Places for Singles. Upscale South Beach is Miami's "it" place, with trendy clubs and bars open until dawn. Throughout the city, a young, diverse population and high number of college-age vacationers make Miami one of the hippest nightspots on the planet.

People

Total Population 424,632
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 16%
Employed Population 16+ 192,228
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 34.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.4%
Median Earnings25+ $24,389
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,034
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,384

Wealth

Median Family Income $35,508
% Above Poverty Level 71.7%
% Below Poverty Level 28.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.5%
% Using Public Transportation 11.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.7%
Median Gross Rent $971
Median House Value $224,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 77.4%
US/American 0%
English 1.2%
Irish 1.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Miami Almanac

Category Value
County Miami-Dade
Standard Zip Codes 33010, 33012, 33013, 33014, 33015, 33016, 33018, 33054, 33055, 33056, 33109, 33122, 33125, 33126, 33127, 33128, 33129, 33130, 33131, 33132, 33133, 33134, 33135, 33136, 33137, 33138, 33139, 33140, 33141, 33142, 33143, 33144, 33145, 33146, 33147, 33149, 33150, 33154, 33155, 33156, 33157, 33158, 331
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33011, 33017, 33101, 33102, 33111, 33114, 33116, 33119, 33124, 33151, 33152, 33153, 33159, 33163, 33164, 33197, 33231, 33233, 33234, 33238, 33239, 33242, 33243, 33245, 33247, 33255, 33256, 33257, 33261, 33265, 33266, 33269, 33280, 33283, 33296, 33299
Company Zip Codes 33107, 33110, 33112, 33121, 33148, 33188, 33195, 33199
Phone Area Codes 305
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 25.773
Longitude -80.193

Miami Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MIAMI BEACH
Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 63 to 73 F
Apr Temp 70 to 79 F
Jul Temp 78 to 87 F
Oct Temp 75 to 83 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches
Station HIALEAH
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 62 to 78 F
Apr Temp 70 to 84 F
Jul Temp 79 to 92 F
Oct Temp 74 to 87 F
Annual Precip 66 inches
Station PERRINE 4 W
Distance 19.9 miles
Jan Temp 55 to 76 F
Apr Temp 63 to 83 F
Jul Temp 72 to 90 F
Oct Temp 68 to 85 F
Annual Precip 61.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Miami, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Air Mail Facility (33122)

Barry University (33161)

Brickell (33231)

Carl Fisher (33139, 33239)

Coconut Grove (33133, 33134, 33146)

Coral (33145)

Country Lakes (33177, 33187, 33170)

Crossings (33186)

Doral Branch (33122, 33172)

Father Felix Varela (33194)

Gables (33234, 33158)

Gables by the Sea (33156)

Hialeah Lakes (33014, 33015)

Indian Creek Village (33154)

Keystone Islands (33261)

Ludlam (33255)

Mia Shores (33162)

Milam Dairy (33166)

Morales Discount Pharmacy (33183)

Normandy (33141)

Normandy Isle (33141)

Opa Locka (33014, 33054, 33055, 33056)

Palmetto Bay (33157, 33158, 33176)

Perrine (33177, 33187, 33189, 33190, 33157, 33257, 33170)

Quail Heights (33177, 33187, 33189, 33190, 33197, 33257, 33170)

Seybold (33132)

Snapper Creek (33176)

Sunny Isles (33160)

Sunset Island (33140)

Uleta (33162, 33164)

Venetian Islands (33139)

Village of Palmetto Bay (33157, 33158, 33176)

West Dade (33196)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coral Gables 50,059 $131,520
El Portal 2,492 $46,458
Key Biscayne 12,888 $135,607
Miami Beach 91,564 $58,486
Miami Shores 10,784 $107,292
North Bay Village 7,689 $54,397

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Miami Public Libraries

Library
Miami-dade Public Library System
101 WEST FLAGLER ST.
Miami, Florida
(305) 375-2665
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Miami Hospitals

PAN AMERICAN HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
5959 NW 7TH ST
(305) 264-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

MERCY HOSPITAL INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
3663 S MIAMI AVE
(305) 285-2121
Emergency Service: Yes

CEDARS MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1400 NW 12TH AVE
(305) 325-5511
Emergency Service: Yes

JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM
(Government - Local)
1611 NW 12 AVE
(305) 585-5313
Emergency Service: Yes

ANNE BATES LEACH EYE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
900 NW 17TH ST
(305) 326-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

DOUGLAS GARDENS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
5200 NE 2ND AVE
(305) 751-8626
Emergency Service: No

SOUTH MIAMI HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
6200 SW 73RD ST
(786) 662-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

NORTH SHORE MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1100 NW 95TH ST
(305) 835-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

WESTCHESTER GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
2500 SW 75TH AVENUE
(305) 263-9270
Emergency Service: Yes

KENDALL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
11750 BIRD ROAD
(305) 223-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

BAPTIST HOSPITAL OF MIAMI INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
8900 N KENDALL DR
(786) 596-1960
Emergency Service: Yes

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Miami High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

FELIX VARELA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
15255 SW 96 STREET
305-752-7900
Serves 4,655 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26

G. HOLMES BRADDOCK SENIOR HIGH
3601 SW 147TH AVENUE
305-225-9729
Serves 4,598 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

BARBARA GOLEMAN SENIOR HIGH
14100 NW 89TH AVENUE
305-362-0676
Serves 4,417 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

MIAMI CORAL PARK SENIOR HIGH
8865 SW 16TH STREET
305-226-6565
Serves 4,364 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

MIAMI SOUTHRIDGE SENIOR HIGH
19355 SW 114TH AVENUE
305-238-6110
Serves 3,889 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

MIAMI KILLIAN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
10655 SW 97TH AVENUE
305-271-3311
Serves 3,795 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.3

DR MICHAEL M KROP SENIOR HIGH
1410 NE 215 STREET
305-652-6808
Serves 3,626 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.7

MIAMI PALMETTO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
7460 SW 118TH STREET
305-235-1360
Serves 3,425 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

MIAMI SUNSET SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
13125 SW 72ND STREET
305-385-4255
Serves 3,394 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.4

SOUTHWEST MIAMI SENIOR HIGH
8855 SW 50TH TERRACE
305-274-0181
Serves 3,252 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

MIAMI SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
2450 SW 1ST STREET
305-649-9800
A Title I School.
Serves 3,139 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

MIAMI CENTRAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1781 NW 95TH STREET
305-696-4161
Serves 3,044 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.1

SOUTH MIAMI SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
6856 SW 53RD STREET
305-666-5871
Serves 2,919 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.7

MIAMI NORTHWESTERN SENIOR HIGH
1100 NW 71ST STREET
305-836-0991
Serves 2,844 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

CORAL REEF SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
10101 SW 152ND STREET
305-232-2044
Serves 2,788 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.8

MIAMI NORLAND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1050 NW 195TH STREET
305-653-1416
Serves 2,618 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.4

MIAMI JACKSON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1751 NW 36TH STREET
305-634-2621
A Title I School.
Serves 2,002 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

ALTERNATIVE OUTREACH PROGRAM
1500 BISCAYNE BOULEVARD
305-995-1272
A Non-traditional School
Serves 1,961 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

WILLIAM TURNER TECHNICAL ARTS H.S.
10151 NW 19TH AVENUE
305-691-8324
Serves 1,821 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

MIAMI EDISON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
6161 NW 5TH COURT
305-751-7337
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,793 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON SENIOR HIGH
1200 NW 6TH AVENUE
305-324-8900
A Title I School.
Serves 1,484 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

CUTLER RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
19400 GULFSTREAM ROAD
305-235-4761
A Title I School.
Serves 1,419 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

ROBERT MORGAN EDUCATION CENTER
18180 SW 122ND AVENUE
305-253-9920
Serves 1,342 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

BROWNSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
4899 NW 24TH AVENUE
305-633-1481
A Title I School.
Serves 1,194 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

CENTENNIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
8601 SW 212TH STREET
305-235-1581
A Title I School.
Serves 1,115 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

RIVIERA MIDDLE SCHOOL
10301 SW 48TH STREET
305-226-4286
Serves 925 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

THOMAS JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
525 NW 147TH STREET
305-681-7481
A Title I School.
Serves 910 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

DORAL ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL
11100 NW 27TH AVENUE
305-597-9950
A Charter School.
Serves 907 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 33.6

INSTRUCTIONAL CENTER SYSTEMWIDE
11001 SW 76 STREET
305-274-8078
A Special Education School
Serves 857 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.3

MAST ACADEMY
3979 RICKENBACKER CAUSEWA
305-365-6278
Serves 551 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
300 NE 2ND AVENUE
305-237-3135
Serves 478 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

JOHN A. FERGUSON SENIOR HIGH
15900 SW 56TH STREET
305-551-8708
Serves 470 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

DESIGN & ARCHITECTURAL SENIOR HIGH
4001 NE 2ND AVENUE
305-573-7135
Serves 457 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

MIAMI D. MACARTHUR SENIOR HIGH N.
13835 NW 97TH AVENUE
305-826-1989
A Non-traditional School
Serves 315 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

RUTH OWENS KRUSE EDUCATION CENTER
11001 SW 76TH STREET
305-270-8699
A Special Education School
Serves 226 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.9

COPE CENTER NORTH ALTERNATIVE ED
9950 NW 19TH AVENUE
305-836-3300
A Non-traditional School
Serves 222 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.7

JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER ALT ED
3300 NW 27TH AVENUE
305-638-5054
Serves 201 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.7

ICARE - EAST
1500 BISCAYNE BOULEVARD
305-995-1272
Serves 196 students.

SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED STUDIES S.
11011 SW 104TH STREET
305-237-0510
Serves 196 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 32.7

MIAMI DOUGLAS MACARTHUR S.H.S
11035 SW 84TH STREET
305-279-5422
A Non-traditional School
Serves 195 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.6

CORPORATE ACADEMY NORTH
5120 NW 24 AVENUE
305-573-3899
A Non-traditional School
Serves 161 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

D. M. WALLACE C.O.P.E. CENTER ALT
10225 SW 147TH TERRACE
305-233-1044
A Non-traditional School
Serves 147 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.9

SCHOOL FOR APPLIED TECHNOLOGY
225 NE 34TH ST
305-573-5499
Serves 124 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.3

SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
300 NE 2ND AVENUE
305-237-7270
Serves 103 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 34.3

SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED STUDIES N.
11380 NW 27TH AVENUE
305-237-1089
Serves 98 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 32.7

EVERGLADES ACADEMY
1500 BISCAYNE BOULEVARD
305-995-1272
Serves 87 students.

YOUTH TRACK
1500 BISCAYNE BOULEVARD
305-995-1272
Serves 65 students.

PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS
1500 BISCAYNE BOULEVARD
305-995-1272
Serves 52 students.

DADE MARINE INSTITUTE-NORTH
1500 BISCAYNE BOULEVARD
305-995-1272
Serves 51 students.

ICARE - NORTH
1500 BISCAYNE BOULEVARD
305-995-1272
Serves 28 students.

JUVENILE SERVICES
1500 BISCAYNE BOULEVARD
305-995-1272
Serves 24 students.

FLORIDA CITY YOUTH CENTER
1500 BISCAYNE BOULEVARD
305-995-1272
Serves 16 students.

LINDSEY HOPKINS TECHNICAL ED CENTER
750 NW 20TH STREET
305-324-6070
A Vocational School
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.2

EXCEL SHELTER
1500 BISCAYNE BOULEVARD
305-995-1272
A Non-traditional School
Serves 7 students.

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Historic Miami

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Royal Palm Hotel between 1895 and 1910

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Royal Palm Hotel between 1895 and 1910

Miami River and Royal Palm Hotel between 1900 and 1915

Hotel Royal Palm i.e. Royal Palm Hotel c1900.

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