Miami, at Florida’s southeastern tip, is a vibrant city whose Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Miami Beach, on barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay, is home to glamorous South Beach, famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs.
The Miami metropolitan area anchors a region commonly referred to by local inhabitants as South Florida; it is the metropolitan area comprising Miami, Florida, and nearby communities.
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget designates the area as the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area. With about 6 million inhabitants as of 2014, the Miami metropolitan area is the most populous in Florida and second largest in the Southeastern United States behind Greater Washington and the eighth-most populous in the United States. This area is also known as the “Gold Coast”.
Metrorail, colloquially called the Metro, is the heavy rail rapid transit system of Miami and Miami-Dade County, Florida. Metrorail is operated by Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), a departmental agency of Miami-Dade County. Opened in 1984, it is Florida’s only rapid transit metro system, and is currently composed of two lines of 23 stations on 24.4 miles (39.3 km) of standard gauge track.
Moving to Miami
Unlike other cities there’s none of the snobby attitude over who is “a real Miamian.” No one’s actually from here, and if you’ve been here long enough to get at least half of this list we’ll consider you one of our own. The clubs and bars are open later than pretty much anywhere else, and even if you don’t stay out til 5 AM, it’s nice to know you won’t be hassled home until you’re good and ready.
Florida is known for being a state where you can keep your home no matter what legal troubles occurred in another state.
When moving to a coastal region, you may have more flexibility as the breezes coming in from the water can cut through the oppressive heat and offer some relief.
Moving to Miami requires careful planning. Lots of people decide to relocate here to spend their retirement. If you want to calculate your budget required for moving, check our this moving cost guide. Another option is to use an app to coordinate your relocation efforts. Try MoveAdvisor’s smartphone app to keep your household items organized at all times.
While it’s not one of the 10 most expensive states, Florida has a higher cost of living than the average for the country. According to the US Census Bureau, Florida’s average 2007 rent of $925 per month was over 15 percent higher than the country’s average. However, in 2010, the average home price of $175,700 was slightly less than the country’s average.
A real estate agent can act as a neighborhood guide, as well as facilitate buying or renting your new home. If it’s beach living that you long for consider Miami Beach, Surfside, Bal Harbour, or Sunny Isles Beach. If it’s the excitement of the city then Brickell and Downtown Miami might be for you. Charming residential neighborhoods include Coconut Grove and Coral Gables. And for a suburban lifestyle Doral and Homestead can’t be beat.
Miami-Dade County lists government employment opportunities at miamidade.gov.