Miami, FL, City and Education Info

Miami, Florida, is the anchor of the South Florida metropolitan region, an area with approximately 5.8 million residents abutting the Atlantic Ocean as of 2013. One of America's most important financial and business centers, Miami also boasts nearly two dozen nonprofit institutions of higher learning, including Miami Dade College and Florida International University.

Information about Miami

The city of Miami, located between the Everglades and Atlantic Ocean in southeast Florida's Miami-Dade County, is likely the first thing that comes to mind for people all over the world when they think of Florida. Renowned for its diverse culture, Miami's 2010 census figures show that 70% of its residents were Hispanic or Latino and another 19% African-American. Since that census, the city is estimated to have grown to nearly 430,332 residents, as of 2014.

Miami is blessed with a year-round subtropical climate featuring an average annual temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Water sports account for a high percentage of recreational activities around the city, and virtually every beach offers the opportunity to rent jet skis, try surfing or go parasailing. In addition, the sparkling clear water around Miami provides some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. Waterways within the city provide scenic canoe excursions, and the Florida Everglades are just a short drive away. Other popular attractions in Miami include the Seaquarium, Monkey Jungle and the Metro Zoo.

Education in Miami

Downtown Miami is home to the main campus of Miami Dade College, the largest school in the Florida College System. As of Fall 2014, the main campus of this public college had about 66,000 students pursuing associate's or bachelor's degrees or undergraduate certificates.

Other notable schools in Miami include Barry University, Florida International University, South Florida Institute of Technology, St. Thomas University and Keiser Universitiy. Perhaps the school most readily associated with the city, the University of Miami, is located not in Miami itself but in the nearby suburb of Coral Gables. This private school of nearly 17,000 students was ranked No. 51 among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Miami Employment

With over 14 million people visiting the city annually, the tourism and service industries supply many of the employment opportunities in Miami. Several cruise lines, including Carnival Corporation, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Royal Caribbean International, are headquartered in Miami, and the city serves as the headquarters of Latin American operations for well over 1,000 multinational corporations. Other major industries in the city include banking and finance, creative design and information technology.

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