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MIAMI'S BIRTHDAY:
Miami was founded on July 28, 1896.

GEOGRAPHY:
Miami-Dade County total area is 1,955 square miles. Elevation is at 12 feet. And we have more than 15 miles of beaches.

CLIMATE:
Our subtropical annual average daily temperature is 76 degrees, with year-round sunshine.

RECREATION:
Miami offers more than 800 parks, including Crandon Beach county park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, consistently in Dr. Beach’s top 10 Best Beaches in the U.S. Miami is also home to two unique national parks, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park. Award-winning tennis and golf are popular here, as well as water sports, such as parasailing, windsurfing, wave-running and jet-skiing.

DEMOGRAPHICS:
The Miami-Dade County population is over 2.4 million people, with an ethnic breakdown of 69.7% White, 57.3% Hispanic, and 20.3% Black. The median household income is $31,531.

GOVERNMENT:
Miami is made up of 35 municipalities, including Miami-Dade County, City of Miami, City of Miami Beach and Bal Harbour Village.

LODGING:
Miami is home to more than 460 hotels and motels with nearly 50,000 rooms.

TRANSPORTATION:
Miami International Airport ranks 3rd in the U.S. for international passenger traffic, with 33.5 million travelers. The Port of Miami is the Cruise Capital of the World, with 3.5 million annual passengers. Miami has 36 taxi companies, owning 1,827 taxi cabs. Metrorail mass transit includes 21-miles of elevated track. The Metromover is a 4.4-mile urban loop. We have SuperShuttle airport transportation, and Amtrak and Tri-Rail passenger rails.

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS:
Miami is home to Florida Marlins Baseball, Miami Dolphins Football, and Miami Heat Basketball.

OTHER FUN FACTS:

  • Miami Beach’s Art Deco District contains the world’s largest collection of Art Deco Architecture (800+ buildings)
  • Miami Beach is home to one of the largest snow skiing clubs in the United States
  • Miami is the Wreckreational Diving Capital of the World, containing Miami over 50 diveable wreck sites—such as ships, oil platforms, army tanks and the Spirit of Miami Boeing 727 jet-- sunken to provide artificial reefs for marine life.
  • Miami Beach was dubbed the Sun and Fun Capital by Jackie Gleason when he broadcast his show here in the 1960s. Today Miami Beach is known as America’s Riviera and the Latin Hollywood.
  • Miami Beach is a man-made island that was once a Coconut Grove Plantation.
  • Julia Tuttle, -- the "Mother of Miami" -- convinced Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler to extend his railroad from central Florida to Miami, build a luxury hotel, and lay out a new town. She did so by sending him perfect Miami orange blossoms during a crop freeze north of Miami. The railroad arrived in 1896. The City of Miami was incorporated on July 28 that same year.
  • Miami is home to the world’s only Everglades eco-system, made famous in Marjorie Stoneman Douglas’ book The River of Grass.
  • Miami is home to 150+ ethnicities and 60+ languages
  • The popular television series “Miami Vice” made its debut in 1984. On July 28, 2006, “Miami Vice: The Movie” was released in theaters nationwide. The film stars Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx.
  • Memorable films made in Miami include: “Something About Mary,” “The Birdcage,” “Goldfinger,” “Scarface,” “True Lies,” “2 Fast 2Furious,” “Bad Boys,” “Bad Boys 2” and “Out of Sight.”
  • Miami’s unique sport of Jai-Alai features pelotas which are recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as traveling up to 75 mph.

SOURCE: Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. Learn more at http://www.miamiandbeaches.com

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