Miami City is the cultural, economic and financial centre of Florida in the United States. A 2019 estimate of the population of the city makes it the sixth most densely populated city in the United States. Miami’s metro area has the largest urban economy in Florida with a GDP of $344.9 billion as of 2017.
In terms of human capital, information exchange, business activity, cultural experience and political engagement, Miami ranks 31st among the global cities. In a 2018 UBS Study of 77 global cities, Miami was the third-richest city in terms of the purchasing power.
Before we know more about the culture of the city, let us find out more about the geography, topography and demography of the city.
The Cityscape –
The city of Miami is roughly divided into four parts, the north, south, west and the Downtown Area. Downtown Miami forms the heart of the city and is on the eastern side with neighborhoods such as Brickell, Virginia Key, Watson Island and PortMiami.
Downtown Miami counts for Florida’s largest and the most influential central business districts. It houses many major banks, courthouses, financial headquarters, cultural and tourist attractions, schools, parks etc. Northwest of the Downtown is Miami’s Health District. It is the city’s center of hospitals, research centers and biotechnology. Some of the famous hospitals like the Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami‘s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine are located here.
The southern side of the city has neighborhoods like the Coral Way, The Roads and Coconut Grove. Built in the year 1922, Coral Way is a historic residential neighborhood. Coconut Grove, established in the year 1825, is another historic neighborhood with narrow, winding roads and a heavy tree canopy. Apart from that, it also has many nightclubs, bars, restaurants, bohemian shops etc.
Economy of Miami –
Being a centre of commerce and finance, the city of Miami boasts a strong international business community. Considering the level of presence of global corporate service organizations, Miami is considered as an Alpha World City. Its Gross Metropolitan Product is $257 billion, which ranks it 11th in the States and 20th in the world.
Many of the large companies are headquartered in Miami. Akerman LLP, Alienware, Arquitectonica, Brightstar Corporation, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Corporation, Duany Plater-Zyberk, Element Solutions, Greenberg Traurig, Inktel Direct, Lennar Corporation, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, OPKO Health, Parkjockey, RCTV International, Royal Caribbean International, Sitel, Southern Wine & Spirits, Telefónica USA, Telemundo, Vector Group, Watsco and World Fuel Services count to just the some of them.
Since Miami is close to Latin America, it also serves as the headquarters of Latin American operations for as much as 1400 multinational corporations. These include AIG, American Airlines, Cisco Systems, Disney, ExxonMobil, FedEx, Kraft Foods, LEO Pharma Americas, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Oracle, Sony, Symantec, Visa, and Walmart.
Miami is well-known for its vibrant culture. Because of its young age and massive growth, Miami is also called as the Magic City.
The city of Miami houses many entertainment venues, theatres, museums, parks and performing arts centers. The newest addition to Miami’s many entertainment venues is the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Florida Grand Opera.
Miami International Film Festival is a celebrated event, which is held in the first week of March for 10 days. Independent international and American films are screened across the city and celebrated for the artiste. The city also attracts a number of musicians, singers, actors, dancers and also orchestral players for which the city has orchestras, symphonies and performing arts conservatories.
The city is also a fashion enthusiast, and a home to several models and some top modeling agencies of the world. It hosts a number of fashion shows including the Miami Fashion Week and the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami.
The diverse population of Miami reflects in the cuisine of the city; although it has a heavy influence from the Caribbean and Latin American cuisines. By combining these two cuisines with the American cuisine, the city has formed its own style of cooking popularly known as Floribbean cuisine.
The people of Miami are quite fond of sports. The city has five main teams that include, Miami Dolphins of the National Football League, the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association, the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball, the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League, and Inter Miami CF of Major League Soccer.
One of the major bowl games in the College Football Playoff of the NCAA is the Orange Bowl. It is played at the Hard Rock Stadium every year, which also hosted the Super Bowl.
When you talk about Miami the Magic city, how can you not talk about the beautiful beaches and tropical weather? The weather allows for year-round outdoor activities. Boating, sailing and fishing are among the famous outdoor activities because of the marinas, rivers, bays, canals and the Atlantic Ocean. Biscayne Bay is a hot spot for snorkeling and scuba diving because of the presence of coral reefs.
The largest and most popular parks are Bayfront Park and Museum Park (located in the heart of Downtown and the location of the American Airlines Arena and Bayside Marketplace), Tropical Park, Peacock Park, Virginia Key, and Watson Island.
Other popular cultural destinations in or near Miami include Zoo Miami, Jungle Island, the Miami Seaquarium, Monkey Jungle, Coral Castle, Charles Deering Estate, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and Key Biscayne.
With beautiful beaches, a rocking nightlife and also a few historic buildings, Miami sure can be your next travel destination!