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Fun Facts

Interesting Miami-Dade County Facts

County Profile

  • Miami-Dade County has 2.5 million people living on more than 2,000 square miles;
  • County has 32 municipalities; largest is City of Miami, next is Hialeah;
  • Unincorporated Miami-Dade is largest local government in Southeast USA;
  • Budget of $5 billion;
    Fourth largest school district in nation.

Polyglot Community

  • Residents come from more than 121 countries;
  • Speak 68 languages;
  • Students are taught in 16 languages.

Gateway to the Americas - and the World

  • Miami-Dade County has a workforce of more than one million multi-lingual, multi-skilled men and women;
  • More than 100 financial institutions;
  • Largest number of custom brokers and freight forwarders in US;
  • Florida is number one trading partner of all regional countries, except Mexico;
  • More than 300 Fortune 500 multinational corporations have regional and worldwide headquarters in Miami-Dade County;
  • 100 foreign consular offices and foreign trade offices;
  • Bidding for the site of the Permanent FTAA Secretariat  -- Home of Temporary FTAA Secretariat;
  • Hosted first Summit of the Americas in 1994;
  • Sister City and Sister Port agreements with 26 cities in Latin America, Africa and Europe;
  • Two-way trade figures with Latin American / Caribbean more than $40 billion in first half of year;
  • More tropical vegetables grown than any US county;
  • Live flowers importing capital of the US.

Port of Miami

  • Busiest passenger cruise port in world;
  • One of busiest deep-water container ports in nation -- largest in Florida;
  • More than half the cargo from Latin American and the Caribbean flows through the Port;
  • Port has more than 40 shipping lines, sailing to 132 countries and calling on 362 ports;
  • Last year, port moved more than 4 million tons of cargo.

Miami International Airport

  • MIA moves more cargo to and from hemisphere countries than any US airport;
  • More international cargo flights than any the US airport;
  • More scheduled non-stop cargo flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than Orlando, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Tampa, and JFK airports combined;
  • Constructing $4 billion airport improvement project - including 4th runway.

Good Neighbor

  • Fire Rescue assist at disasters throughout world - including World Trade Center.

Safe Community

  • Invested additional $50 million in Operation Safe Streets, Robbery Intervention Details, Tactical Narcotics Teams, Warrants Bureau and Truancy Sweeps, Citizens’ Watch, Victim Services;
  • Violent crime down by 5 percent. 
  • Robberies, burglaries and auto thefts down.

Arts and Culture

  • Performing Arts Center with two major auditoriums -2,500 seat theater for opera and ballet, and 2,200-seat concert hall - under construction;
  • World-class Children’s Museum, Miami Museum of Science and the Miami Art Museum;
  • Jackie Gleason Theater, Coconut Grove Playhouse and hundreds others attract major international performers;
  • Florida Grand Opera at Miami-Dade County Auditorium;
  • New World Symphony - one-of-a-kind orchestra-training program;
  • World-famous Miami City Ballet -- fastest-growing ballet company in US.

Tourism, Sports and Recreation

  • More than 10 million overnight guests annually;
  • South Beach rivals Riviera as international tourist attraction
  • Great gourmet restaurants;
  • Many of the grandest hotels in the world;
  • Famous attractions: Parrot Jungle, Monkey Jungle, Fairchild Gardens, and many, many more;
  • Home of Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins, Miami Heat, Florida Panthers; the University of Miami Hurricanes, and the Orange Bowl Classic;
  • Finest golf courses in the world;
  • Endless tennis courts, magnificent beaches.


  • County has eight colleges and universities -- including Miami-Dade Community College, nation's largest community college. 

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