What's it like to live in Miami, FL?

Isaac Zapata

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Isaac Zapata

Dubbed "The Magic City," Miami is one of the most vibrant metro areas in the U.S., and it's well on its way to becoming one of the largest international business hubs in the world. In Miami, each neighborhood reflects its diverse communities and adds to the character of the area and Miami-Dade County.

Miami proper draws young professionals with a multitude of trade and banking careers, while Miami Beach still has a party-hard atmosphere. Meanwhile, suburbs such as Key Biscayne, Coral Gables and Doral are popular locations for raising families. Miami's population is very accepting of nontraditional families as well, and plays host to large pride celebrations. 

When they're not partying, Miami residents can be found taking advantage of their coveted weather by relaxing on the beach or enjoying nearby natural areas, including Biscayne National Park and the Everglades.

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U.S. News analyzed 150 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Miami, Florida is ranked:

#127 in Best Places to Live

#9 in Best Places to Retire

#2 in Most Expensive Places to Live

#14 in Best Places to Live in Florida




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Miami, FL Quick Stats

  • 6,070,944

    Metro Population

  • $48,240

    Average Annual Salary

  • 84.3° / 70.0°

    Avg High/Low Temps

  • 40.8

    Median Age

  • $247,112

    Median Home Price

  • 61.9 inches

    AVG Annual Rainfall

  • 2.8%

    Unemployment Rate

  • $1,295

    Median Monthly Rent

  • 29.5 minutes

    Avg Commute Time

What is there to do in Miami, FL?

Residents often enjoy many of the same activities as vacationers, including lounging on the beach. Sports fans fill the metro area's stadiums to cheer on professional basketball, baseball and football teams, while active residents pass the time playing golf, deep-sea fishing and scuba diving.

Miami also has an artistic side, which can be experienced at the Art Basel Miami Beach art fair, as well as in the Wynwood and Design districts. These neighborhoods also encompass antiques stores, craft beer bars and vintage sports car dealers.

Come sundown, Miami residents enjoy nightlife all over town, from the rowdy bars of Miami Beach to the dance clubs of Little Havana.

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What's the cost of living in Miami, FL?

The cost of living in Miami is slightly higher than the national average, with the most expensive investment being housing. 

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Value Index

Index Score: 2.9 /10

How we calculate this.

Miami offers a lower value than similarly sized metro areas when you compare housing costs to median household income.

Housing Costs 2017



Housing Costs Over Time

Data sourced from Zillow median home sale price data series. Additional data provided by the Austin Board of Realtors, Houston Association of Realtors, Intermountain MLS, Omaha Area Board of Realtors, San Antonio Board of Realtors, and the Salt Lake Board of Realtors.

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What's the weather like in Miami, FL?

Residents of Miami bask in warm, sunny weather year-round, though occasional rain storms, flooding and hurricanes are a concern.

Seasonal Temperature (Avgs)









Seasonal Rainfall (Avgs)

2.3 in


5.3 in


9.7 in


9.9 in


Monthly High and Low Temperatures (°F)

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center.

What's the best way to get around Miami, FL?

Traffic is one of the most cumbersome aspects of life in Miami. Many people in Miami rely on their cars to get around, and the metro area is often considered one of the worst places to drive in the country thanks to the aggressiveness of local drivers. According to one local, using your turn signal on Miami highways is considered a sign of weakness.

The local public transportation system consists of Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover.

The Tri-Rail train system runs north from Miami International Airport to shore-side communities such as Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. But for commuters living farther inland, coverage is scarce. Ride-share companies such as Uber and Lyft service the area, with great acceptance from the public. 

Miami International Airport is a major hub for both domestic and international travel. 

Commuting in Miami, FL

Means of Transportation
Equal to national average

Equal to national average

Equal to national average

Public Transit
Equal to national average
Average Commute Time

29.5 minutes

2.9 minutes more than national average

Average Commute Times by Zip Code

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

Who lives in Miami, FL?

Despite Miami's reputation as a vibrant party town, the metro area's population skews older than you might expect. The median age is 40, slanting older due to the large number of baby boomers and retirees who live in the region. Perhaps less surprisingly, many singles live in Miami too. 

Miami is known for its large Hispanic community, many members of which hail from Cuba. During the 1960s, more than 150,000 Cubans sought refuge in the U.S., mainly in the Miami area, during the Cuban revolution. By 1980, the Cuban population in the country had grown to exceed 600,000. This strong cultural identity is most visible in the areas of Little Havana and Hialeah and remains prevalent across the entire region. Miami's diverse population also includes people from the Caribbean and Central and South America, each showcasing their own culture through art, music and cuisine.

Age Distribution

Marital Status Breakdown

More single people in Miami than
national average

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.