Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL



The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metro Area is a 3 county area in south Florida.

Miami is a beautiful port city with good weather, and is major center for finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade. These factors have attracted a wealth of international immigrants from Latin America, the Caribbean, and around the world, and have contributed to it having one of the highest proportion of foreign-born residents of any major city on earth.

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Total Population: 6,012,331

(An increase of 8.05 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 2,263,993
  • Language Spoken at Home - 2,807,726

[Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • A Metro area of immigrants from Latin America and mostly a blend of Latin American and Carribean cultures

  • Miami is nicknamed the "Capital of Latin America.

  • Home to the largest Cuban population outside Cuba.

  • Miami is the second largest U.S. city with a Spanish-speaking majority, and the largest city with a Cuban-American plurality.

  • According to a 2009 UBS study of 73 world cities, Miami was ranked as the richest city in the United States, and the world's fifth-richest city in terms of purchasing power.

  • In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Miami "America's Cleanest City", for its year-round good air quality, vast green spaces, clean drinking water, clean streets and city-wide recycling programs.


Profile

Although people from various parts of Latin America and the Caribbean have gone to Miami in recent decades, the Cubans have had, by far, the greatest impact, radically transforming the city politically, culturally, and economically. The west side of the metro area includes Flagami and Little Havana which is home to many traditional immigrant neighborhoods from Central America and Cuba. Cubans make up the majority of American peoples, followed by Haitian, Colombian, Jamaican, Nicaraguan, Mexican, and Venezuelan respectively.

Known as La Pequeña Havana ("Little Havana") to residents, this bright and colorful enclave is a loud, proud offshoot of Mama Cuba that has bloomed thanks to beneficial conditions in the land of freedom and opportunity. Little Havana has Miami’s highest population density due to the preponderance of apartments.

Overshadowed by Little Havana, Miami’s “La Petite Haiti” is roughly 40 percent smaller and lacks the family-friendly festive vibe of its hispanic neighbor. The area’s reputation had sunk so low, in fact, that it was used as a virtual locale for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Lately though, the enclave has begun a revival based on its proximity to the Miami Design District and the allure of the recently constructed Edgewater community. Many of the Haitian immigrants who built Little Haiti into the southeast’s center for Haitian and francophone culture have left but much traditional flavor remains.

Miami is also home to a number of indigenous peoples from Mexico and Guatemala who have fled their homelands due to economic hardship, violence and war. Among them are Mayans from Guatemala, including Kanjobal, Mam, and Popti, as well as Mixtepec Mixtec from the mountains of Southern Mexico.


People Group Highlights

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StatusPG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism12,119
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism11,586
HaitianHaitiAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity192,139
JamaicanJamaicaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity125,024
TrinidadianTrinidad and TobagoAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity19,867
BahamianBahamasAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity11,900
PanamanianPanamaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity9,797
GuyaneseGuyanaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity10,113
UruguayanUruguayAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity10,623
DanesDenmarkEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity870
Mikasuki SeminoleUnited StatesAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity1,700
Lesser Antillean CreoleAntigua and BarbudaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity - Anglican4,600
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox13,852
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox5,340
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox14,519
ArmenianArmeniaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox1,481
CzechSlovakiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox2,510
RomanianRomaniaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox6,200
DominicanDominican RepublicAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal58,330
SalvadoranEl SalvadorAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal25,057
BrazilianBrazilAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal41,811
BelizeanBelizeAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal2,354
AfrikanerSouth AfricaSub-Saharan African PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant3,754
BarbadianBarbadosAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity - Protestant2,100
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic20,868

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Ethnic Links

Ethnic Festivals in Miami - an article highlighting three ethnic festivals (the Calle Ocho’s Little Havana Festival, the Goombay Festival that celebrates Bahamian culture, and the Broward One Carnival celebrating Caribbean culture).

Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami - Haitian Women of Miami - FANM's mission is to empower Haitian women and their families socially, politically and facilitate their adjustments to South Florida.

Greater Miami Jewish Federation - The Federation works to enrich the quality of Jewish life by bringing comfort and hope to the vulnerable and by investing in programs that build Jewish knowledge, identity and peoplehood.

Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association - CSCCA is a cultural ambassador in the community to preserve their Chinese heritage and language and to promote the cultural traditions practiced by their ancestors.

American Czech-Slovak Cultural Club - An effort to find and promote Czech and Slovak cultural and ethnic entities, such as organizations, restaurants, clubs, etc. that are located in Florida.

West Africans in South Florida - Resources available in South Florida to give you a taste of West Africa.