Miami is one of America’s most exciting and dynamic cities with a strong cultural heritage. Located on the southeastern tip of Florida, the city has a tropical climate and is one of the popular spots in America for tourists to visit.

Miami

The City

With a total population of 5.5 million, Miami is one of America’s most diverse cities with strong Latin American ties. It has even been labeled the ‘Capital of Latin America” due its large Cuban population and district in the east known as Little Havana. The city is split into many neighborhoods with the center of the city located in Downtown.

Downtown is known for having the largest concentration of international banks in America, which makes Miami an important financial hub in the country. Across from the sea from the main city is the iconic Miami Beach, which is one of America’s hottest tourist destinations (in both senses). Miami has some of America’s most famous beaches and is renowned worldwide for its nightlife and party scene.

Additionally, there is a strong art and culture scene. The city has numerous galleries and exhibitions, and is host to one of the largest and most prestigious art fairs in the world: Art Basal Miami. The Design District is considered the center of Miami’s art scene with galleries, museums and shops. It is also very well known for its pop culture history with shows such as Miami Vice and films including Scarface, making it iconic across the globe.

Neighborhoods

ocean-drive

A lot happens on Ocean Drive…

Miami offers diverse neighborhoods – from the lively hubs downtown to the charming seaside villages. If you are for the beach, then consider Miami Beach, Surfside, Bal Harbour, or Sunny Isles Beach. If it’s the city life that you crave for, then Brickell and Downtown Miami might be right for you. And, if you are seeking the suburban lifestyle, check Doral and Homestead.

Labor and Business Opportunities

Leading private employers include Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami International Airport, Miami Marlins, Sun Life Stadium and PortMiami.

If you’re looking to start your own business, Miami has a very business-friendly climate due to its tax laws – there is no local corporate tax, very low state corporate tax, and no state personal income tax. The Miami-Dade County web and the Small Business Administration both can provide comprehensive information and assistance.

Utilities

Electricity: Florida Power & Light Co.
Water: Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department
Trash & Recycling: Miami Waste Department
Register to Vote: Clerk’s Office

The Move

People move to Miami for very different reasons. Some are looking to retire while others are looking to start a new life. The diverse and economic status of the city makes it ideal for a new start. Miami is the perfect city for young professionals to move to due to its status in entertainment, finance and international trade.

When moving to Miami it is best to find an apartment or house in your price range. It is famous for its luxury condos and mansions with some of the most exclusive ZIP codes in the state. The most expensive places to live are on the beach and in the city center.

If you are moving from a short or long distance consider hiring moving companies to help you. Moving your belongings is one of the most stressful parts of moving a house.

This guide is courtesy of Tamara Carter from Discover Homes Miami.

Reference: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

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