South Miami, FL
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Living in South Miami


South Miami is a somewhat small city located in the state of Florida. With a population of 11,911 people and five constituent neighborhoods, South Miami is the 186th largest community in Florida.

South Miami home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but South Miami real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

South Miami is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.53% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, South Miami is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Miami who work in management occupations (16.33%), teaching (10.94%), and sales jobs (10.20%).

Of important note, South Miami is also a city of artists. South Miami has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape South Miami’s character.

Also of interest is that South Miami has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.97% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

South Miami is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in South Miami enrolled in college, South Miami has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

For a small city, there is also a high proportion of single, often educated, people living in South Miami. This is not typical for smaller communities in America, and adds a feeling of vibrancy to South Miami.

One downside of living in South Miami is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In South Miami, the average commute to work is 32.24 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

In South Miami, a lot of people use the subway to get to work every day though South Miami is a relatively small city. Those that ride the subway are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, South Miami is a pretty powerful place. 57.58% of the adults in South Miami have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in South Miami in 2018 was $44,097, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $176,388 for a family of four. However, South Miami contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South Miami is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call South Miami home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in South Miami, accounting for 54.75% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of South Miami residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in South Miami include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of South Miami's cultural character, accounting for 35.19% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in South Miami is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and French.