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Best Cities 2010: Miami, FL

City: Miami

State: Florida

Best Cities Overall Rank: 96

About Miami:

Miami Beach is home to one of the largest snow skiing clubs in the United States.

Miami's health care system was highly ranked in our survey, specifically for the number of hospitals and quality pediatricians there.


County: Miami-Dade

Population: 413,201

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Miami Herald

Miami blogs:
A Mom, a Blog and the Life in Between
Mimai: See it Like a Native


Miami's Facebook page: Follow Miami on Facebook

Miami's Twitter page: Follow Miami on Twitter


Education rank:26

High School graduation rate 2008: 66.6%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 7

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.69

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 55

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 13.31

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 264

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.80

Total Expenditures Per Student: $12,998


Health rank: 24

Quality children's hospitals: 3

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.72

Quality Pediatricians: 17

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 4.11

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.33


Safety rank: 95

Violent Crimes, 2008: 5709

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,381.65

Sex Offenders: 1211

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 293.077


Economy rank: 96

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 27.60

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 11.19

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,347.75

Median Home Sale Price: $198,200

5-Year Home Value Index: -6.20%

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 54.62%

Recreation Rank: 94

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 1,198

Parkland per 100,000: 289.93


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