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Miami is a city in Miami-Dade County.

It is the county seat.

One tradition has it named after the river, which is derived from Indian term for "very large," while another translates the term as "sweet water."

The latitude of Miami is 25.773N. The longitude is -80.193W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 7 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 376,815.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Miami demographic reports
Miami is on Biscayne Bay.
Henry Flagler, an oil and railroad magnate who was a partner of John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil, built the first rail lines here in 1896.

Castro's ascension to power in 1959 brought thousands of Cubans to Miami.

Public transportation: Miami-Dade Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 7,157. The number of murders and homicides was 74. The violent crime rate was 18.8 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 among Best Cities for Singles, Forbes magazine, 2002
Miami - Fort Lauderdale was named the nation's fourth most dangerous metro area for pedestrians, in a 2004 study by the Surface Transportation Policy Project
Miami received national attention for 1999-2000 custody battle over Elian Gonzalez, a 6-year-old boy rescued from the Atlantic in an attempt to flee Cuba. The boy's mother and nine other refugees died during the trip. U.S. immigration officials ultimately decided to return the boy to his father in Cuba.
Filming location for:
· 1996 movie, "The Birdcage"
· 2007 movie, "Reno 911!: Miami"
· 1974 movie, "The Godfather: Part II"
Census 2000 highlights: Among major American cities, ranked No. 7 in percentage population age 65 or older (17%); Among major American cities, ranks No. 9 in percentage Hispanic population (65.8%)
Well-known residents have included:
· Steve Carlton, baseball player
· Sidney Poitier, actor
· Sylvester Stallone, actor
· Ben Vereen, actor, dancer
· Gloria Estefan, singer
Local bands (past and present) have included 2 Live Crew, Sam and Dave, Mavericks
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Orange Bowl - Jan. 3, 2008
  • Jewish Film Festival - Jan. 19-27, 2008
  • Lebanese Festival - Jan. 26-27, 2007
  • Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition - March 27-April 13, 2008
  • Miami International Film Festival - Feb. 28-March 9, 2008
Dates often change. Check Miami web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, Miami Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Oleta River State Recreation Area, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park
Miami attractions: Miami Seaquarium
Sports teams: Florida Marlins (NL), Dolphins (NFL), Heat (NBA), Miami FC (USL soccer)
Historic sites and museums: Historical Museum of Southern Florida, Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art, Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Miami Museum of Science & Space Transit Planetarium, Miami Art Museum, Frost Art Museum, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Colleges and universities: Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, St. Thomas University, Miami-Dade Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 154
Miami seemed not a city at all but a tale, a romance of the tropics, a kind of waking dream in which any possibility could and would be accommodated.
-- Miami
Joan Didion
· "Moon Over Miami"
· "Miami"

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Neighborhoods in Miami include Allapattah, Bunche Park ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Miami demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Miami-Dade County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Miami area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 33125 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

1% of Miami residents report German ancestry, and 1% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Miami ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Miami was $15,128, compared with $21,587 nationally.


16% of Miami residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Fairs, festivals & other events
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Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Historical societies

Historic districts in Miami include Downtown Miami Commercial Historic District, Lummus Park Historic District, South River Drive Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Miami, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $473.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,163.


Libraries in Miami include Allapattah Branch Library, Coconut Grove Branch, Coral Reef Branch Library, Culmer/Overtown Branch, Dade County Talking Book Library, Doral Early Childhood Library, Edison Center Branch Library, Fairlawn Branch Library, Grapeland Heights Branch, Hispanic Branch Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Miami include Miami El Nuevo Herald, Miami Herald, Miami New Times

TV stations in Miami include WBFS, WBZL, WFOR, WHFT, WLRN, WLTV, WPBT, WPLG, WPXM, WSVN, WTVJ.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WLRN-FM.

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Miami-Dade County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Miami political report.

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Miami restaurants taking online reservations include BALEENmiami, Capital Grille - Miami, Graziano's Miami, Mendoza Miami Restaurant, Morton's, the Steakhouse - Miami, Novecento - Brickell, Social at Sagamore, SouthWest NY - Miami, The River Oyster Bar ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Miami workers is 28 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 161 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Miami between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.


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~ Miami
Joan Didion

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