South Florida is a rapidly growing area in the United States, home to the state capital of Tallahassee. South Florida consists of the three most densely populated areas of Florida, including the Tampa Bay area, Daytona Beach, Miami, and West Palm Beach. It also includes the more densely populated central Florida, including the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Saint Petersburg, Sarasota, Clearwater, and Pensacola. Together, these areas contribute to over 20% of the total population of Florida, making it a diverse and interesting place to live.
The fastest growing community in south Florida, which has seen an exponential increase in its population, is West Palm Beach, which is the second largest city in the Orlando Metro Area. West Palm Beach is home to major medical and law enforcement centers as well as a wide variety of cultural and educational institutions. The city is also renowned for its luxurious resorts, and its highly ranked education and health care communities, which have top notch health care providers and hospitals. In fact, it ranks third among American cities for its high level of healthcare service. A large number of medical colleges, particularly those offering both medical assisting programs as well as allied health degree programs, are located in or near West Palm Beach.
Like many of the cities in south Florida, Daytona is a key tourism center in the area. As such, the city is considered a major tourist destination, both by visitors from within the country as well as those coming from outlying Florida. Its beaches, golf courses, parks, and shopping areas draw in many visitors. There are, however, several reasons why this city, located on a beautiful stretch of beautiful beach, is a popular choice among retirees who relocate to south Florida. Among these reasons are its proximity to Daytona International Airport (Daytona Beach) and its relative closeness to the larger metropolitan areas of Orlando and Jacksonville. Home to a large number of airline companies and major air cargo carriers, it has one of the best access to the major airports of the country.
Just south of Daytona, lies the town of Key West, a small island community just north of Fort Lauderdale, that enjoys good population densities. Home to notable politicians, professional athletes, celebrities, and musical artists, it is a preferred getaway spot for a number of visitors to the larger cities in the south Florida Keys. Its culture is especially diverse, thanks to the influence of the arts, including art, dance, music, and theater. It has a strong cultural and educational reputation. Among the major cities in the area, it is one of the most diverse, thanks to the large number of schools, colleges and universities. Additionally, it is close to the deep sea and other popular vacation spots.
The second largest city in south Florida is Miami, which is on the south coast of the state. Like Key West, it is a well-known tourist destination, particularly for visitors interested in art, culture, history, sport, and natural resources. The southern part of Florida, including the cities of Fort Lauderdale and Miami, is very humid and hot in the summer, while the northern and eastern parts of the state are cooler and arid in the winter. Like many southern Florida cities, it enjoys a low cost of living, although there is a higher cost of living than in many of the neighboring northern states.
Miami, as it is located, offers some good sides and some bad sides to its tourism and population growth potential. The southern part of the state has many beautiful beaches, including those in the city of Miami, as well as those in the southernmost part of the Florida Keys. Unfortunately, due to the high number of visitors, pollution, and noise are some of its drawbacks. In addition, the south Florida Keys suffers from poor water quality, and visitors who are not careful or take special care in their selection of watercraft may be in for a bit of a shock. However, these are issues that will likely be faced by any visitor to this part of the country.
On the other hand, the north part or the Miami-Dade area provides some good sides to Miami as well. This area contains some of the country’s most affluent neighborhoods and some of the best beaches in south Florida. A good side to Miami, perhaps, is the cultural aspect of this region. Miami is the home of the South Beach Diet, a unique diet that restricts calories and saturated fats and promotes plenty of fruits and vegetables in people’s diets. This makes Miami an interesting place to visit, as it allows you to not only see some great beaches, but also to taste different types of foods that may not otherwise be easily available.
Overall, Miami is an interesting place to visit, no matter which side you prefer. One thing is certain, though. Miami offers more than just beaches. It also offers the sun, surf, sand and culture of southern Florida. No matter if you prefer the good side or the bad, you’re sure to have a great time in Miami.