The City of the Future

Miami-Dade County has a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural population. More than half of Miami-Dade’s residents were born outside the U.S. Spanish, English and Creole are the most common languages spoken, along with French and Portuguese. From our schools to our startups to our corporate boardrooms, we’re one of the most diverse cities in America, and that shapes our talent pipeline, too.

We’re diverse and international like no other American city; more than half our population was born outside the United States. Newcomers are an essential part of Miami. They come for many reasons, but they stay for opportunity — for an open landscape they can help shape and call their own.

Age Distribution (2018)

Sex (2018)

Male1,318,627
48.56%
Female1,403,76051.44%

Ethnicity Distribution (2019)

Race Distribution (2018)

Language Spoken at Home for the Population 5 Years and Over

Spanish1,722,749
Haitian123,600
Portuguese19,415
French15,033
Chinese9,885
Russian7,031
Italian5,940
Tagalog5,552
Arabic4,714
Other and unspecified languages:
4,348
Hebrew6,122
German4,001
Other Indo-European languages:
2,919
Hindi2,188
Yiddish, Pennsylvania Dutch or other West Germanic languages:
2,010
Urdu:
1,974
Ukrainian or other Slavic languages:
1,608
Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, or other languages of Western Africa:
1,511
Malayalam, Kannada, or other Dravidian languages:
1,510
Khmer:
1,319
Korean:
1,251
Thai, Lao, or other Tai-Kadai languages:
1,242
Other languages of Asia:
1,230
Bengali:
1,134
Vietnamese1,111
Punjabi:
1,083
Persian (incl. Farsi, Dari):
1,020
Japanese966
Greek957
Polish703
Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or other Austronesian languages:
682
Nepali, Marathi, or other Indic languages:
393
Telugu:
325
Gujarati:
305
Tamil:
224
Amharic, Somali, or other Afro-Asiatic languages:
141
Swahili or other languages of Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa:
116
Serbo-Croatian101

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Language Spoken at Home for the Population 5 Years and Over

Most cities will look like ours a few decades from now. We’re encountering and solving the challenges every city will face, from climate change to international business, years before the rest of the country. The trends that begin here later become the norm in other parts of the country. The diverse nature of our community gives the rest of the country a glimpse at want the US will look like in 20 years. This diversity makes Miami a magnet for international businesses and creates a vibrant spirit for commerce.

Foreign Born Population in Miami-Dade County (2017)

  • Region
  • Caribbean 
  • South America 

  • Central America 
  • Europe 
  • Asia 
  • North America 
  • Africa 
  • Oceania 
  • Population 
  • 897,973 
  • 293,737 
  • 169,633 
  • 45,165 
  • 40,062 
  • 34,238 
  • 8,407 
  • 206 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 ACS 1-Year Estimates

This essence of openness is what drives us. It’s the reason we were ranked #1 in startup activity in the U.S. by Kauffman Foundation. It’s how we’ve simultaneously built a global reputation as a vibrant getaway and a great place for business. It’s how we’ve created the most functionally and experientially diverse city in the world, where cultural collision is not merely acknowledged but is celebrated.

Miami: City of the Future author T.D. Allman wrote: “It is the most fascinating city in America right now…Miami has a strength of character, a gritty resourcefulness and ability to rebound from the worst kinds of crises, which is one of the city’s most attractive qualities. It’s the combination of both grit and glitter that makes Miami both irresistible and important to the rest of America.”

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