Tell friends that you’re moving to Miami, and expect to hear amazement and excitement (perhaps tinged with a hint of envy) in their response. There is no doubt that The Magic City entrances young and old, men and women, and Americans and foreigners alike.
From its amazing cultural spots and breathtaking beaches, to its varied cuisine and wide assortment of nightlife and entertainment options, everyone’s bound to have several reasons for relocating to this city. Below are just 12 of the many reasons why people are packing their suitcase and moving to the beautiful seaport city of Miami.
Money is often the number one factor that people consider in choosing a place to settle at. For instance, in places like San Francisco and New York, $2000 may be enough to rent a well-situated, but cramped or run-down place. Not in Miami.
If you spare just $1600, you can live right across the American Airlines Arena in a condo with 15-feet- high ceilings. Add $200 and you can get a place in the Midtown area with an outstanding ocean view and floor-to- ceiling windows.
If you wish to take home more of your earnings (don’t we all?), Miami is a great place to be at. Florida does not impose taxes on income, estate, and inheritance. If you work in San Francisco and move to Miami, you might be appalled to discover that the difference in taxes between California and Florida can pay a McDonald’s employee for a year.
So if you’re looking for a place where you can stretch the dollars you earn, or a retirement spot where you can maximize the fruits of your decades of labor, Miami’s the answer.
Moving to Miami is perfect for those who want a fresh start in life or are simply looking for the next great adventure. Everyone will find it easy to fit in Miami. Unlike other cities, there are no snobs in the city who claim that they’re a true-blue Miamian.
After all, no one’s actually from Miami, and once you’ve been staying in the area long enough to experience even just half of what’s listed in this article, you’re ready to call yourself a real Miamian.
The biggest city in the retirement hotbed that’s called Florida, the city of Miami is known throughout the world for its tropical climate. It registers an average low of just 16 Celsius, and an average high of still a comfortable 27 Celsius.
Miami has the warmest winter climate among all major U.S. cities. This makes the city a great residence for people who hate winters as well as retirees who suffer from various joint disorders.
Speaking of retirees, another factor why Miami is a mecca for many people in their golden years is its ease of travel. Thanks to Miami International Airport (MIA) – one of the world’s busiest airports – you can easily go in and out of the country to spend your birthday in the Bahamas, Maldives, or Palau.
In fact, MIA is the biggest international gateway for American Airlines and welcomes more than 35 million passengers every year. From MIA, you or your visiting loved ones can book a non-stop flight to over 70 major cities in America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Still talking about retirees, Miami is also home to dozens of Active Adult Communities (AACs) that are quite popular throughout Florida. If you miss your loved ones who still couldn’t move with you to Miami, or simply wish to socialize with those more similar to your age, AACs would welcome you with open doors.
AACs offer outstanding amenities and services such as state-of- the-art fitness centers, hobby rooms, and community-wide events.
The city of Miami is considered extremely walkable, consistently being in the top 10 of Walk Score’s annual rankings of America’s most walkable cities since the year 2011. In 2015, Miami city proper was awarded as the fifth most walkable city in America.
This means that despite having a population of over 300,000, the city’s roads and neighborhoods are friendly to pedestrians of all ages. So make sure you pack your sneakers before you move to Miami.
Miami was recognized by Forbes magazine as as the Cleanest City in America in 2008. Several years later, Livability.com listed Miami as America’s fourth healthiest city.
This ranking was based on a number of criteria including healthcare quality and affordability; lifestyle choices such as the statistics on smokers, alcoholics, obese, and daily-exercisers; and availability of food and amenities that promote a healthy lifestyle. You can expect live well and hopefully, live long, in Miami.
As one of the leading retirement places in the United States, it comes as no surprise that Miami’s health care is one of the best in the world. More importantly, it has adapted to cater to those with more advanced age. Dozens of well-known health care providers have established clinics throughout the city, so there is not shortage of options where one can choose to receive due care.
Well-trained specialists are also in good supply, so it is easy to get a second opinion or referral. Miami is home to a handful of highly-respected medical institutions such as Jackson Memorial Hospital, the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami VA Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, and Holtz Children’s Hospital. The famous Cleveland Clinic Florida and Mayo Clinic are also within short driving distance.
A list of reasons why people move to Miami cannot be complete without mentioning its beaches. Miami’s shorelines welcome not just swimmers and sunbathers, but sand castle-builders and even just people-watchers.
The more popular beaches include the Miami Beach, South Beach, Virginia Key Beach, Haulover Beach, and Homestead Bayfront Park and Marina. Less populated beaches include 85th Street Beach, Virginia Key, and Matheson Hammock Park Beach.
Miami’s beaches are not just for the young and adventurous. For those who wish to commune with nature, there’s the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, with its nature trails and historic lighthouse.
And if you’re bringing your small children or grandchildren with you, there’s the Bal Harbour Beach, where you can bond together while hunting shells of different colors.
Boredom is practically unheard of in Miami. If you’re moving from the concrete jungle that is New York, you won’t have to worry because Miami can offer just as much fun – and way more varied, too (not to mention, cheaper). You can jog, run, or bike along Miami’s paved paths and visit more than 800 parks (Miami is the only U.S. city that is surrounded by two national parks: Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park).
The city also has a handful of charming neighborhoods like Coral Gables and the Art Deco District in South Beach. Finally, you can take part in hundreds of exciting events, such as the Art Basel, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Winter Music Conference, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami, and Carnaval on the Mile.