The city of Miami is the center of the South Florida metropolitan area. Located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida, Miami is the county seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida, and the eighth-most populous county in the United States. Miami is a major center, one of the most important and leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, fashion, education, film, print media, entertainment, the arts and international trade. Known as The Gateway to the Americas, Miami is a major international center, one of the most important hubs in entertainment, education, media, music, fashion, film, culture, print media, and the performing arts. In 2008, Miami was ranked as “America’s Cleanest City” according to Forbes Magazine for its year-round good air quality, vast green spaces, clean drinking water, clean streets and city-wide recycling programs. In 2010, Miami ranked as the United States’ seventh top global city among all the cities in the country, and ranked as the thirty-third top global city in the world.
Our city is home to many entertainment venues, theaters, museums, parks and performing arts centers. The city is home to numerous museums as well, many of which are in Downtown. Miami is also a major fashion center, home to models and some of the top modeling agencies in the world.
Miami has a tropical monsoon climate with hot and humid summers and short, warm winters, with a marked drier season in the winter. Miami’s temperate weather allow for year-round outdoors activities. The city has numerous marinas, rivers, bays, canals, and the Atlantic Ocean, which make boating, sailing, and fishing popular outdoors activities. Area Miami beaches have been recognized as top picks for recreation and families, and have been ranked among the best beaches by USA Today, Travel Channel and Surfrider Foundation.
Miami is the great setting of major professional teams: the Miami Dolphins, the NFL team, Miami Heat, the NBA team, Florida Marlins, the MLB team, and the Florida Panthers.
Miami is strongly influenced by cultural diversity. In 2004, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) ranked Miami first in terms of percentage of residents born outside of the country at (59%). As of 2000, speakers of Spanish as their first language accounted for 66.75% of residents.
Public schools in Miami are governed by Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the largest school district in Florida and the fourth-largest in the United States. Miami is home to some of the nation’s best high schools, such as Design and Architecture High School, ranked the nation’s best magnet school, MAST Academy, Coral Reef High School, ranked 20th-best public high school in the U.S., Miami Palmetto High School, and the New World School of the Arts. Furthermore, Miami is the home of many excellent private schools and prestigious universities.