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Miami — The Magic City

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.

Miami is a major center and a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade. In 2012, Miami was classified as an Alpha- World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory. In 2010, Miami ranked seventh in the United States in terms of finance, commerce, culture, entertainment, fashion, education, and other sectors. It ranked thirty-third among global cities.

Ten Current Facts

  • Third largest skyline
  • Most southerly major city in the continental United States
  • Bisected by the Miami River
  • 70% Latino population
  • Over a quarter-million people of Cuban origin live here
  • Tourists generate over 60% of the area's economic activity
  • Serves as the headquarter of Latin American operations
  • Downtown Miami has the largest concentration of international banks in the U.S.
  • Major agricultural region
  • Major seaport for cargo and cruise lines

Ten Historical Facts

  • Name comes from one of the native tribes, Mayaimi
  • Only major U.S. city to be founded by a woman, Julia Tuttle
  • Only U.S. city surrounded by two national parks
  • Home to Benjamin Green, developed one of the world's first sunscreens
  • First Burger King opened in 1954
  • Citibank in Miami Beach was the first to introduce an ATM
  • Has snowed exactly once on January 19, 1977
  • Home to running legend Robert Kraft
  • Edward Leedskalnin, a Latvian immigrant, built the Coral Castle
  • MIA handles the most cargo among U.S. airports

Ten Points of Interest

  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  • Coral Castle
  • Venetian Pool
  • Bayfront Park
  • Miami Children's Museum
  • Freedom Tower
  • Bass Museum of Art
  • Wynwood Walls
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
  • Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation