When I think of Miami and South Beach, Florida, my home for over 15 years, I think of the swaying palm trees, warm cool breezes, hot sandy beaches, great outdoor sports, plenty of nightlife, music and entertainment, great culture and art deco, all mixed in with a surge of seasonal tourism here and there. Last year alone there were over 14 million visitors who came to greater Miami.
Tourism pumped a record $23.8 billion into Miami-Dade alone. Over 2 million domestic travelers swarmed to Miami last year. 80% of those travelers headed to South Beach. Miami may have the tourism, but believe it or not, it’s not ranked high on places to live. In fact, I was suprised to find it was recently ranked “WORST city to live in” by some.
From The Washington Times:
It is a city said to be glamorous, historic, scenic, vibrant and charming. Nonetheless, Miami has been named the absolute “worst city to live in,” according to a meticulous new analysis of demographics and other data.
Researchers from 24/7 Wall Street, a consumer and financial advisory site, based their conclusions on U.S. Census Bureau statistics from 550 American cities with populations over 65,000. They collected numbers on categories such as crime, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure, and leisure to make their judgments.
“While people love and hate cities for any number of reasons, there are some objective measures by which all cities can be compared,” wrote Thomas Frolich and Samuel Stebbins, who led the research. “Based on a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants and attractions, educational attainment, and housing affordability, 24/7 Wall Street identified America’s 50 worst cities to live.”
The Florida showplace landed at the top of the roster.
“No city in the United States is worse to live in than Miami. The city’s median home value of $245,000 is well above the national median of $181,200. However, with a median household income of only $31,917 a year, well below the national median of $53,657, most of these homes are either out of reach or a financial burden on most Miami residents,” the authors noted in their rationale. “Like most of the worst cities to live in, more than one in every four people in Miami live in poverty.”
They also cited “citywide violence” along with rates of incarceration, unstable employment, lower cognitive functioning among children, and “anxiety.”
That certainly doesn’t make me feel good about the beach or the city. The beach that I still visit from time to time. The city where my son still lives. Well, like other towns that Democrats control – crime, education and jobs have been destroyed. Now, most will say…”it’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there”. But I can still dream of the past and cherish the memories of Miami and South Beach, and hope for a better tomorrow.
Afterall, I still have this view…
Enjoy your Fourth of July weekend and your summer!