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Living in Miami Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 August 2006

Lively place that is charged with the energy of Caribbean waves, Miami is a marriage of city sophistication and alluring beaches. With world class shopping, restaurants that serve gastronomic seafood delights, a colorful arts scene, sports spectacles and loads of family attractions, Miami is considered of the nation’s most versatile metropolitan destinations.  Living in Miami indeed has so much to offer, not to mention the vibrant tropical weather.

If you are led to think that the only way to enjoy all these extraordinary benefits by living in Miami would cost a great deal of fortune, you are wrong. As a matter of fact, the cost of living in Miami is considerably cheaper than that of many other major cities such as New York, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle. In a data set presented by Homefair.com, which lists cities according to the amount of salary you need to make to achieve the same standard of living, Miami fairs well at $51,924 way below than for New York at $96,204. Those that rival the cost of living in Miami such as Atlanta, Seattle, Indianapolis and Phoenix, do not offer the vibrant weather, dynamic business centers, and scenic attractions that Miami does.

Furthermore, Miami’s sales tax is lower the national average. There is no state income tax and no local income tax in Miami—definitely a cost saver. A beautiful home in Miami will cost you less, as will property taxes, car insurance, and electricity. Living in Miami, you will even spend less time commuting than you would in other busy major cities. Overall, you will be spending less on things that aren’t fun if you are living in Miami. Thus, you will have more money and time to spend on things that are.

While Washington, D.C. has the federal government, and Los Angeles has the movie industry, Miami has its beaches. Tourism can rightfully be considered as Miami’s “town company”. Another of the ilk would be Miami’s international business, especially with Latin America. This reflects the wide range of nationalities among people in Miami, many of whom first-generation Americans. Living in Miami is about having all of the excitement of living in an international city. Miami holds more nationalities than one can imagine if you live elsewhere in the United States. Far more people in Miami speak Spanish than English as their primary native language. It is also relatively common to hear people speaking Creole, French or German. Tourism, international banking, and very strong ties with Latin America are what make this city intensely diverse. Living in Miami is like living in a melting pot of cultures, and thus is a very appropriate venue to learn different languages as well as different traditions and ways of doing things.

Living in Miami Beach is highly recommended for young and single professionals. Miami has a superfluity of restaurants, night life, places to hang out and different people to see and meet. For married people who have kids, experts recommend considering places such as Kendall, Coral Gables, and Pinecrest. Pinecrest has a reputation for having the best public schools in the Miami area, and therefore is very conducive for kids who are going to start schooling.

Traffic in Miami is just as busy as traffic in other major cities. Vehicular flow moving downtown can take you about an hour to drive 15 miles or so, yet this is quite typical on rush hours. As a word of advice, long time Miami residents suggest newcomers to try to find a place to live close to your place of work. This is not so difficult to do because quite often one can find less expensive places “nestled between very pricey buildings.”

For the professionals, just because you see people in bathing suits more frequently than in other places in the country does not mean that business attire is informal. The good thing is that special considerations are made for the hot weather. For instance, male attorneys do wear suits, but can take their jackets off when the temperatures rise up.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 April 2010 )
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