Moving to Miami

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Located in Florida, towards the south east of the state, and featuring one of the most impressive sky lines in the world, Miami, or “The Magic City” as it became known due to its consistently high growth, is a truly global city. Benefiting from a year-round tropical climate, it is not surprising that high numbers of people are still moving to Miami and the surrounding beach areas today.

Moving to Miami

Infrastructure / Job Prospects

If you are considering long distance moving to Miami for work, you will find the local economy, formed from a combination of the industrial, financial and tourism sectors, extremely vibrant. Virtually all major international banks have a presence in the city and it is regarded as one of the US’s key financial centers.

Additionally, the city, being close to South America, provides an ideal base for many US companies who are able to utilise its extensive port and airport infrastructure for cargo from the South American continent, and the nearby Caribbean islands.

The tourism industry in the area, with many moving to Miami to escape the winter (the city benefits from virtually year round sun) is another important aspect of Miami’s economy. The South Beach area for instance is known worldwide for its sun and sand, fun seeking tourists, and its glamorous night-life.

The local economy has had strong links to music for some time, and the Winter Music Conference, held each year in the city in March is now the largest dance music event in the world. It has been one of the most important events on the music industry’s calendar since its launch in the 80s. Many new genres and tracks have made their mark after their first play at the conference and deals are struck each year, with the event bringing in important tourism dollars, as well as re-enforcing Miami’s position on the world stage.

One thing worth considering if you are moving to Florida from outside of the US is that you will need a work visa if you want to work in most businesses. Miami’s large immigrant population means businesses check carefully that you have the right to work. There is one exception, as with most coastal cities, you may find local yachts and cruise ships which are able to hire without a work visa, as they sail in international waters.


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Living cost and Taxes in Miami

Miami is one of the most expensive places in the US to live. You should consider the cost of living if you are moving to Miami in order to ensure that you are not decreasing your overall standard of living.

Sales tax in the city is currently 7%, but on the postive side, there is no personal income tax in the state of Florida.

Ports in Miami

Miami’s ports have been crucial to its success, the backbone of its growth in the past, and will continue to provide it with it with a strong position economically in the future.

The port of Miami is the busiest in the world for cruise ships and the second busiest port for cargo from South America, providing nearly 100,000 jobs and over $10 billion in revenue for the state each year.

Over 4 million passengers pass through the port each year, facilitated by the 8 major cruise lines that operate from there, including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian.

In terms of commercial usage, building materials such as stone and bricks, and containerised cargo, make up large percentages of the goods moving to Miami. Paper products and textiles are some of the largest exports, with the port serving as a major export point to South America, as well as facilitating the import of goods from all over the world, for distribution throughout the continental US.

Major airports

Miami’s largest airport, Miami International Airport (MIA) is one of the busiest airports in the world, allowing Miami residents to travel easily to both South American, and European destinations, in addition to the continental US.

The airport is the third largest in terms of international travellers, and serves a large number of cities in Europe, including London, Madrid, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome and Zurich. Within South America you can travel directly to Panama City, Bogota, Cali, Sao Paulo, San Jose, in addition to virtually all major cities in the Continental US.

The airport is the busiest international cargo hub in the world, and most South American air freight passes through the airport en-route to the US, Europe, and the rest of the world.

A huge project is currently under way in order to turn the airport into a major transport hub and integrating the airport with the local metro rail and bus services, tri-rail and nationwide Amtrak services.

Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL), within 30 minutes drive of Miami is the secondary airport for the city, and is sometimes preferred by residents due to the lower congestion and the prevalence of low cost carriers. These factors mean the airport can often provide travellers with a cheaper and easier option than MIA.

Moving to Miami

Population Density

Miami is a relatively small city in terms of geography, being home to 11,000 people per square mile within an area of around 35 square miles. The entire metropolitan area contains around 5.5 million people, making it one of the south-east’s most populated areas.

State Facts

The city was incorporated in 1896 by Julia Tuttle, and is one of the few US cities to have been formed by a woman.

Miami has three official languages; English, Spanish and Haitian Creole, but these are not the only languages that can be heard on the street, with Portuguese and French being widely spoken.

Although English is used for most business transactions, Spanish is often used in preference to English for day to day communication in certain areas.

Well over 60% of the local population have Latin American ancestry and speak Spanish as their first language, with a third of the population of Miami being of Cuban descent.

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Useful links:

Local Government: http://www.miamigov.com/home/
State Government: www.myflorida.com
Tourism: www.visitflorida.com
Immigration: www.uscis.gov
Jobs: www.miamidade.gov/jobs/
Local Newspaper: www.miamiherald.com
Airports: www.miami-airport.com
Ports: www.miamidade.gov/portofmiami/