Florida is the southernmost state in the United States after Hawaii and has a reputation for being a retirees’ paradise. Wrongly. Because the state and especially the metropolis of Miami have so much more to offer. Cuban serenity meets American hustle and bustle and no matter whether you want to experience a little culture or party in the nightclubs, lie on the beach or go shopping, Miami is the place for you.
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The second largest city in the state after Jacksonville is located in southern Florida on its east coast. Amusement park fanatics’ El Dorado, Orlando, is 360 kilometers away. Miami Beach, on the other hand, lies upstream in the Atlantic Ocean and must not be confused with Miami itself.
Numbers, dates, facts about Miami
- State: Florida
- County: Miami-Dade
- Population: 467,963 (July 1, 2019, estimated)
- Area: 143.15 square kilometers (of which 92.42 square kilometers land)
- Population density: 13,512 people / square mile
- Year of foundation: 1896
- Elevation gain: 2 meters
- Time zone: Eastern (UTC -5 / -4)
- Postal codes: 33109, 33122, 33125-38, 33140-47, 33149-50, 33154-58, 33160-62, 33165-70, 33172-87, 33189-90, 33193-94, 33196
- Area code: +1 305, 786
- Mayor: Francis Suarez (Republican)
- Nicknames: The Magic City, Gateway to the Americas, Capital of Latin America
Where did the name Miami come from?
The Mayaimi Indian tribe of the same name lived in the past in the area around Lake Okeechobee, which was once called Lake Mayaimi. Miami was named after the Miami River, but its name goes back to Lake Mayaimi, so it can be said that the city indirectly owes its name to the Indian tribe, which died out around 1750.
Weather and climate in Miami
Miami has a tropical climate, which is shaped by the influence of the local monsoon climate and the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic. In the summer there is a hot, humid climate, while in the winters it is rather warm and dry. Hurricanes can be expected in autumn. The rainy season from May to October also has the most precipitation and there are more or less regular thunderstorms. Otherwise, Miami is one of the largest cities in the US with the most rainfall, with most falling in September. Then there are also most of the rainy days.
The warmest months are July and August with average temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius, while January is coolest, with average temperatures still being around 21 degrees Celsius. However, you have to expect cold fronts during the winter months or between October and March in this travel destination. However, the Gulf Stream helps in this area to prevent extreme heat waves and strong cold waves.
The highest temperature ever measured in Miami was 40 degrees Celsius, the lowest was -1 degrees Celsius. Snowfall is very rare in the metropolis even during the winter months and has only occurred twice in the history of weather records.
The best time to travel depends on your own preferences. The months between February and April in Miami are all about the spring break. At this time, there is a lot of hustle and bustle when numerous students travel to the city by the sea. If you would like to explore Miami more calmly, it is best to travel to Florida in May. Then the temperatures in Florida are pleasant and there are relatively few tourists there.
Miami hurricane season
The hurricane season in the city on Biscayne Bay runs from the beginning of June to the end of November. However, cyclones can also occur outside of the official hurricane season. Even in these times, you don’t necessarily have to be afraid of visiting the metropolis. It often happens that the hurricanes flatten over the sea and only thunderstorms, precipitation and slightly lower temperatures occur.
And otherwise there is strict surveillance in Florida and there is a reliable early warning system to protect residents and vacationers. In the event of a hurricane, be sure to follow the instructions given!
Population of Miami
Miami is predominantly white, with the majority (over 70%) of Hispanic descent with roots in Latin America. African Americans account for around 16 percent, and people with Caucasian roots around 11 percent. Asians make up around one percent of the population of Miami. The age group of 25 to 45 year olds is the largest group.
In terms of religion, Miami is the Baptist most represented. Catholics make up 27 percent of the metropolitan area of Miami. About 10 percent belong to the Jewish religion and 9 percent are Muslim. All in all, there are 500 churches from 32 denominations in Miami.
One of the largest international airports in the world
With the Miami International Airport, Miami has one of the largest international airports in the world. In 2016 alone, 44.6 million (million) passengers were handled there in international air traffic and the airport is served by numerous international airlines. In mid-2019, it was announced that Miami will be investing $ 5 billion in its airport.
The Port of Miami is at least as important. It is one of the largest ports in the world for cruise ships. Various cruise lines such as Carnival Cruise and others head for Miami or have their starting point here. In addition, the city is also essential as a freight transshipment point. In public transport, the Miami Airport Station is the most important transfer point. This is where not only the Amtrak long-distance trains from New York City end, but also the regional and suburban trains of the Tri-Rail. If you want, you can change to the elevated railway or city and long-distance buses.
The Miami-Dade Metromover connects many office buildings and public facilities in the city. The ride on the Metromover, which connects office buildings in downtown Miami, among other places, is free.
The main road link is Interstate 95, which is intersected by Interstates 195 and 395. In addition, Highways 1, 27, 41 and 441 as well as several state roads run through the metropolis.
The city of Miami is part of the Miami-Dade Country school district, which includes a total of 39 high schools. Of particular importance are the Florida International University and the Miami-Dade Community College.