Facts About Miami

Facts and general information about the city of Miami Florida.

History
Miami was Founded on July 28, 1896

Geography
- Miami-Dade County area: 1,955 square miles (3,145 square kilometers)
- Elevation: 12 feet (3.6 meters)
- Miles of Beaches: 15+

Climate:
- Subtropical climate with year-round sunshine
- Annual average daily temperature: 76 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius)

Recreation:
- More then 800 parks
- Biscayne National Park
- Everglades National Park.
- Crandon Beach County Park
- Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
- Consistently in Dr. Beach's top 10 Best Beaches in the U.S.
- Award-winning tennis and golf
- Water sports (parasailing, windsurfing, wave-running, jet-skiing)

Demographics
- Miami-Dade County population: 2.4 million+
- Ethnic breakdown: White Non Hispanic 16%, Hispanic 64%, Black 20%
- Median household income: $31,531

Government:
- 35 municipalities including Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, the City of Miami Beach and Bal Harbour Village.

Lodging
- 460+ hotels and motels and nearly 50,000 rooms

Transpoertation
- Miami International Airport: 33.5 million travelers, 3rd in U.S. for international passenger traffic
- Port of Miami (Cruise Capital of the World): 3.5 million annual passengers
- 36 taxi companies, 1,827 taxi cabs
- 21-mile elevated Metrorail mass transit
- Metromover 4.4-mile urban loop
- SuperShuttle airport transportation
- Passenger rails: Amtrak and Tri-Rail

Professional Sports Teams
- Florida Marlins Baseball
- Miami Dolphins Football
- Miami Heat Basketball

More Facts About Miami:

Miami Beach's Art Deco District contains the world's largest collection of Art Deco Architecture (800+ buildings)

Miami Beach is home to one of the largest snow skiing clubs in the United States

Miami is the Wreckreational Diving Capital of the World, containing Miami over 50 diveable wreck sites - such as ships, oil platforms, army tanks and the Spirit of Miami Boeing 727 jet - sunken to provide artificial reefs for marine life.

Miami Beach was dubbed the Sun and Fun Capital by Jackie Gleason when he broadcast his show here in the 1960s. Today Miami Beach is known as America's Riviera and the Latin Hollywood.

Miami Beach is a man-made island that was once a Coconut Grove Plantation.

Julia Tuttle, -- the "Mother of Miami" -- convinced Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler to extend his railroad from central Florida to Miami, build a luxury hotel, and lay out a new town. She did so by sending him perfect Miami orange blossoms during a crop freeze north of Miami. The railroad arrived in 1896. The City of Miami was incorporated on July 28 that same year.

Miami is home to the world's only Everglades eco-system, made famous in Marjorie Stoneman Douglas' book The River of Grass.

Miami is home to 150+ ethnicities and 60+ languages

The popular television series "Miami Vice" made its debut in 1984. On July 28, 2006, "Miami Vice: The Movie" will be released in theaters nationwide. The film stars Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. Memorable films made in Miami include: "Something About Mary," "The Birdcage," "Goldfinger," "Scarface," "True Lies," "2 Fast 2Furious," "Bad Boys," "Bad Boys 2" and "Out of Sight."

Miami's unique sport of Jai-Alai features pelotas which are recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as traveling up to 75 mph.

What the Media is Saying About Miami
The global press love Miami, ranking it as a top hotspot for romance, great beaches, nightlife, shopping and recreation/fitness. Here are only a few recent accolades:

American Express Travel agents ranked Miami as #3 destination in U.S. for families (2006)

Miami's Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne ranked #8 in USA Today's Dr. Beach Top 10 Beaches list in 2005 (also rated a Top 10 U.S. Beach by Citysearch.com in 2004).

Self magazine named Miami #3 Fittest City in U.S. in 2005

MovieMaker Magazine ranked Miami #7 best place in U.S. to film

AOL/Travel readers ranked Miami in 2004 as: #1 for Meeting Someone New, #3 for Clubbing, #5 for Romance and Outdoor Recreation/Exercise, #7 Ideal Hotels & Resorts, #7 for People-watching, #8 for Shopping and #9 for Places to Take in Views.

Modern Bride ranked Miami #10 in U.S. for Best Honeymoons in 2004

USA Today ranked South Beach #1 for Best Beaches for Nightlife and Haulover Beach as #1 for Best Clothing-optional Beaches in 2004

Travel Channel ranked South Beach as one of Top 10 Best Beaches in the World.

Miami ranked #1 Best City for Doing Business in Latin America by America Economia magazine in 2002.

Miami No. 7 in ranking of movie-friendly cities by MovieMaker magazine 2005.

More Information for Miami Visitors
- Contact the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) by mail at GMCVB, Visitor Services, 701 Brickell Ave., Suite 2700, Miami, FL 33131, on the web at miamiandbeaches.com, at GMCVB.com, or by phone at 305-539-3000 or (in the U.S. and Canada only) at 800-933-8448.

Above facts provided courtesy of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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See also:
Florida Travel Guide
United States Travel Guide
Pan America Travel Guide


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