Booming economy and lower cost of life
If 30 years ago Florida was synonymous with peaceful life and holidays spent on the best beaches of the country or experiencing the top entertainment attractions, today it has been deeply changing from a humble economy focused on tourism to a strategic trade hub that joins United States to Latin America and Europe. Its $833 billion GDP (20 14) makes Florida the 4th largest economy in the U.S. (and the 18th economy in the world if Florida were a nation) and it is mainly composed by international trade (18,4% of GDP), tourism (7.5% of GDP), manufacturing industry, high tech and ICT sector, biotechnology and pharmaceutics, defense, security and aerospace.
Moreover, Florida 19, 8 million residents and almost 10 million annual visitors benefit of one of the best tax business climate that captures the attention of professionals thanks to several scale and business advantages. Florida is regularly among the top 10 states for venture capital investment and small business support programs are gaining relevance. The ideal environment to start up a business and grow up exploiting all the services provided without excessive pressure.
School and University System, a richer field of choices for International students
Miami is the 4th largest U. S. school district, with 5 colleges and universities and 3 law schools.
The system of education in Miami is overseen by Miami-Dade County Public Schools, one of the USA's largest.
The district has invested heavily in bringing public education into the digital age, with many students and teachers at schools in Miami using computer-driven learning platforms.
Expat parents have a wide spectrum of choices between underfunded inner-city schools and some of the best schools in the USA.
Expats with children who do not speak English as a first language will also be relieved since all schools in Miami have to offer extra English classes to migrant children who need it.
Upscale facilities for health and wellness
There are 3.7 hospital beds per 1,000 Miami-Dade County residents compared to a national average of 2.7 and 47 medical specialists per 100,000 residents, just above the national average of 45. Moreover, the rate of adult obesity, one of the most serious concern about Americans’ health, is only 26.2% in Florida, that occupies the 43rd place in the ranking of America’s fattest States. It also has an above the average life expectancy and one of the lowest death rate.
Miami-Dade County, with 28 hospitals and more than 32,000 licensed healthcare professionals, has the state's largest concentration of medical facilities, which provide comprehensive human and social services through an array of programs. Hundreds of thousands of residents take part in a wide variety of county programs including emergency assistance, mental health care, substance abuse treatment and prevention, homeless shelter, veteran services, and other traditional social services.
Considered one of the best hospitals in the United States, Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) is also one of the nation's largest health care facilities. JMH, Miami-Dade County's only public hospital, is affiliated with the University of Miami School of Medicine and is known for research work in a number of fields, particularly eye and blood diseases, diabetes, and back pain. With the only Level 1 trauma center in South Florida, JMH treats more than 95 percent of the trauma victims in Miami-Dade County. The burn center, spinal cord injury center and organ transplant program are other JMH specialty areas unique to South Florida. Also at the Medical Center, the Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute/Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, Mailman Center for Child Development, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, National Parkinson Foundation, Diabetes Research Institute, and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, among many others, have earned Miami-Dade County high marks nationally and internationally as a center for groundbreaking research and treatment programs.
Baptist Hospital owns several facilities in the area and is highly regarded for the quality of its patient care. Miami Children's Hospital, a 268-bed facility, is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital especially for the treatment of children. The not-for-profit hospital has a medical staff numbering over 650, is the largest freestanding pediatric teaching hospital in the Southeastern United States, and has a tele-education program reaching more than 40 sites in Latin America and the Caribbean. Other Miami-area hospitals are Mount Sinai Medical Center of Greater Miami, Cedars Medical Center, and Mercy Hospital.
Sunny weather and clean air all year round
Florida’s official nickname is the ‘Sunshine State’, and for good reason – it has the sunniest winter climate in the eastern United States and the highest average January temperature in the nation. Surrounded by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean the climate ranges from temperate in the north to tropical in the south.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirms that Miami has an excellent air quality level, especially comparing that with the higher current value achieved by other growing cities, and Florida, as well, ranks at 1th place on the list of U.S. States that take more care of air pollution. Moreover, Miami is one of the few beach cities in the world where you can relax on the beach after work and it is possible to do that all year long. In fact, Miami has an annual average high temperature of 81.5 degrees F (27.5° C) while the annual average low temperature remains a comfortable 71degrees F (22° C).
Vibrant lifestyle, multiculturality and nature
Arts and Culture districts, water activities and sports, golf clubs, trendy shopping, international dining, children friendly activities at the beach and parks, ‘into the wild’ adventures.
Miami-Dade has a vibrant cultural scene, with private and public dollars flowing into the arts. In downtown Miami, the Perez Art Museum Miami and Miami Science Museum are creating a new waterfront cultural hub near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. On Miami Beach, the New World Symphony, America’s orchestra academy, is enjoying its new symphony hall that includes a unique outdoor projection screen for viewing concerts in the park.
Residents of southern Miami-Dade appreciate the varied performance offerings at the multidisciplinary South Dade Cultural Center, and other cultural venues are located in Aventura, Coral Gables, Little Havana and other communities. Miami-Dade is home to a number of impressive art collections, galleries and museums, and hosts Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami International Film Festival, the Miami Book Fair International, Carnival Miami and many other cultural events throughout the year.
Besides its 250 city parks, Miami enjoys the proximity to two amazing national parks: the Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park. From children to seniors, citizens of Miami can easily decide to being active outdoors and significantly reduce stress, depression, decrease risks of common illnesses such as obesity, cardiovascular pathologies all while having fun!