Welcome to Miami-Dade – Businesses, Education, Healthcare, Culture & Diversity
Miami – An international city
Miami is the center of banking, commerce and culture of South Florida. Miami-Dade County, which includes all of Miami, has a population of over 2 million and offers a diverse racial/ethnic mix. The City of Miami is the largest of 28 municipalities within Miami-Dade County. The median age of residents in Miami-Dade County is 34. Greater Miami’s greatest population groups are the 25 to 34 and the 35 to 44 age bands.
Although the city is only 100 years old, it is the most popular city in Florida. Miami-Dade County is expected to sustain growth into the next decade, with over 2.5 million estimated by the year 2010.
Because Miami is a relatively young city, residents interested in becoming actively involved in the future direction of the city and its community affairs can easily do so.
A culturally and recreationally diverse community
Rand McNally ranks Greater Miami the number one place for leisure. Cultural, recreational and sports facilities are abundant in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County has 16 museums devoted to art, history, and science; a symphony orchestra; opera and ballet, year-round theater; and a sophisticated ballet nightlife, including nightclubs and award winning restaurants. Sports lovers can enjoy professional baseball (Florida Marlins), football (Miami Dolphins), basketball (Miami Heat), hockey (Florida Panthers), and Sony Ericsson Open annual tennis matches.
In 2006 the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Center opened it’s doors with a world class symphony hall, dance/drama hall, and opera and ballet house. All located just five minutes from the SAO main office and South Beach’s dining and clubs.
Spanning 84 miles of Atlantic coastline, Miami offers excellent recreational opportunities, including 22 miles of beaches, 67 square miles of inland waterways, 9,000 acres of parkland, and over 300 miles of bike trails, 18 public golf courses, 504 public tennis courts and 181 public handball/racquetball courts. Everglades National Park and the Big Cypress Natural Preserve provide extensive wilderness areas adjacent to Miami. Surrounding waters provide some of the finest scuba diving and sailing in the continental United States. Biscayne National Park and John Pennekamp State Park, underwater parks within 1/2 to one hour drive from Miami, offer year-round scuba diving, snorkeling and boating. Miami has an excellent climate with summers averaging 82 degrees and winters averaging 68 degrees.
Miami means business
The business community of Greater Miami is alive, flourishing and well diversified. Its key elements include trade, finance, insurance, transportation, manufacturing and construction. Miami is one of the largest financial centers in the United States.
In addition, Miami is the financial, commercial and travel gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean. There are more than 50 multinational firms with regional headquarters in Miami. Miami’s Free Zone is the largest privately owned foreign trade zone in the world.
Quality of life – education / healthcare / transportation
Known as one of the most innovative school systems in the U.S., the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System is the nation’s 4th largest school district. Miami-Dade County has the highest paid teachers in Florida. Five colleges and universities and three law schools are located in Miami-Dade County.
There are 33 hospitals in Miami-Dade County, including University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, which is recognized as one of the top 25 hospitals in the United States. Miami Children’s Hospital was recently rated the top pediatric hospital in the United States.
Metro-Rail, a modern rail system, carries over 48,000 riders per day on its 21 mile circuit. The Tri-Rail System moves commuters quickly through Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Ranked high in the nation for total passenger services, Miami International Airport is served by over 130 domestic and international airlines and provides direct service to over 160 U.S. and international cities. The Port of Miami is the number one cruise capital of the world.