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About Miami, Florida
With about 5.4 million people, the Miami metropolitan area, which includes neighboring Ft. Lauderdale, is the seventh largest city in the United States. It is located in Miami-Dade County on the southeastern Florida coast.
Miami was officially founded in 1896 with a population of 300. It was originally settled by native American Indians, and later claimed by the Spanish. It prospered initially due to citrus crops, like oranges.
Miami has a large and diverse economy with a strong orientation towards South and Latin America. Nearly 1,400 companies have their Latin American headquarters in Miami. Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami are large ports of entry for goods moving to and from the Caribbean and points further south. Miami is also a leading worldwide financial center.
Tourism and conventions are also huge industries for Miami. The city draws over 12 million visitors annually and the Port of Miami is the world's largest cruise ship port.
Miami has a very warm, tropical climate. Summers are hot and humid. Summer high temperatures are normally in the 90's. The lowest average monthly temperature ever recorded was 64 °F. The city has a wet season that runs from May through October. About 60 in (148 cm) of rain falls annually. The rainy season is also hurricane season and the city is fairly often affected by hurricanes almost every year. However, it has not suffered a direct hit by a hurricane since 1964.
Miami has many scenic attractions and landmarks. In recent years, the city has become well known for it's striking skyline which includes creative, colorful, and tall buildings. Beaches are major attraction in the area. South Beach has become a world famous nightlife and entertainment area. Miami is not far from the Florida Keys, a chain of small islands, or from the Florida Everglades, a huge subtropical wetlands area that covers a large part of south Florida.
Miami is a very international, multi-cultural city with people settling there from all over the world. English is the most widely spoken language, but since nearly two thirds of the population is Hispanic or Latino, Spanish is a very close second.
The main airport serving Miami is Miami International Airport.
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