Miami was nicknamed "The Magic City" in the early 1900s because it seems as though it spontaneously became a city without ever being a town. This magic city had a very humble beginning: it was officially incorporated as a city on July 28, 1896 with a voting population of a little over 300. Since then it has grown into a thriving metropolis. According to the 2000 Census, its population is 362,470 and by 2010 it is projected that 390,191 people will call this city their home.
The city's 2000 Census demographic data is as follows:
White Non-Hispanic11.8%Median Age38
Other Non-Hispanic0.1%Median Household Income$23,400
Miami is a valuable asset to Florida, the United States, and the world. The following facts provide a glimpse of what makes Miami a great city.
The city is known as the "Gateway to Latin America." As evidenced by its demographic data, it attracts a significant number of foreign-born people, resulting in a large Latin American population that includes Cuban, Nicaraguans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Puerto Ricans, Argentineans, Ecuadorians, Brazilians, Dominicans, Haitians, and Mexicans.
It is recognized throughout the world as an international hub. For instance, the city hosted the 4th Annual Latin Grammy awards show; Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's visit to the U.S.; the celebration of the Free Trade of the Americas Conference; and the MTV music awards.
It is one of the country's most important financial centers. It also serves as the headquarters of Latin American operations for many global companies, including American Airlines, Cisco, Disney, Exxon, FedEX, and Microsoft. Of course, tourism is a vital component of the city's economy. For instance, the beaches in Greater Miami attract visitors throughout the world. In addition to these industries, the city is also an industrial center.
Miami International Airport, one of the largest, serves over 35 million passengers annually. Miami International Airport is the largest international gateway for American Airlines.
The aura of the place and subtropical climate make Miami a great setting for television and film. Many shows such as CSI: Miami, Nip/Tuck, Miami Animal Police, 8th and Ocean, and The Real World: Miami are recent shows that were taped in the city. It is also the center for producing Latin television shows and movies.
The magic city of Miami seemingly became a thriving metropolis overnight. Whether a place to call home or a place to visit, Miami offers people a great experience.