Interesting Facts About Miami

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Apart from the obvious reasons why Miami is known for, like its beaches and wild parties, here are some facts that make this worldwide famous city even more interesting.

#1 fact

The confluence of Flagler Street, which runs east and west, and Miami Avenue, which runs north and south, divides Miami into four sections: northwest, northeast, southwest, and southeast.

#2 fact

Miami-Dade County has a total area of 2,408 square miles (6,237 square km), of which 354 square miles (917 square km) are water. The county's western half is part of the Everglades National Park, one of the country's largest wilderness preserves.

#3 fact

The city center has the greatest foreign bank concentration in the country.

#4 fact

Ethnic groups include 34.1% of Cubans, 19.2% of Africans, 5.7% of Nicaraguans, 5.5% of Haitians, and 3.3% of Hondurans.

Miami Beach, FL. | © Kian Lem.

#5 fact

In and around Miami, there are about a quarter-million people of Cuban descent. This group has grown significantly as a result of an inflow of exiles both when Castro took control in Cuba in 1959 and following Castro's release of anyone wishing to escape Cuba in 1980.

#6 fact

A substantial proportion - around 16 percent of the population - are persons aged 65 or over, many of whom have retired from the north of the US to Florida. Around 16% of people in this age bracket live in Miami Beach.

#7 fact

The biggest concentration of street art in the United States is in Miami. Everything is in the district of Wynwood. There are several murals around the area and especially at the Urban Center at Wynwood Walls.

Wynwood, Miami, FL. | © Francisco Zuniga.

#8 fact

Few places offer such a variety of sports, both professional and nonprofessional, as the Miami area. Waterskiing, water skiing, skin diving, fishing, boating, and golfing opportunities (over 40 courses), tennis, shuffleboard, bowling, and other activities are all available.

#9 fact

The Miami-Dade County Auditorium hosts a professional symphony orchestra and ballet company. Several concert programs include musicians from the United States and around the world.

#10 fact

There are various natural-themed attractions in Miami. The Everglades National Park, as well as Grossman Hammock State Park in Homestead, provide a unique opportunity to view the flora and fauna of an undisturbed environment.

#11 fact

During WWII, Miami played a vital role. Its good location on Florida's southern coast, Miami played a major part in the fight against German submarines during WWII.

#12 fact

In Miami, in 1954 the first Burger King began operation. The business then launched its legendary burger three years later: The Whopper, which sold just under 37 cents.

#13 fact

Miami is an important transportation hub. There are several airports in the vicinity, the most notable of which is Miami International Airport, located on the city's western outskirts, with flights to Latin America and Europe, as well as to places in the United States.

#14 fact

Also, because it is situated on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami is a major seaport for both cargo and cruise lines.