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20 Facts About Miami To Motivate Your Move To The 305

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Miami is basically the Latin American capital of the U.S., from the Spanglish street signs to the food. It’s named after it’s founder, Miami’s history is as complex as it’s residents today. Here are 20 little-known facts about Miami (except this first one because duh)

1. The heart of Miami is 70% Latino.

Greater Miami is mostly white, but the city proper is 70 percent Latinos of any race with only 11 percent non-Hispanic white people calling the city home. If you’re from Miami, you remember the day you left and realized that you stick out like a sore thumb in the rest of the world.

2. 1 in 3 Miamians are Cuban.

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More than 250,000 Cubans live in Miami, most of whom came after Fidel Castro came to power in 1959 and then again in 1980 when he let people leave the island.

3. It has brought you stars like Camila Cabello.

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A true princesa Cubana, all our favorite Camilas, including Camila Cabello and Camila Mendes identify as Miamian. If I was back in high school, I’d be wondering which Camila in my class is next.

4. And croquetas on croquetas.

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You truly haven’t experienced Miami until you’ve tried the croquetas. Need to know what you’re missing out on? Here are a couple dozen croqueta recipes to choose from.

5. The city of Miami gets its name from the native tribe Mayaimi, which lived around Lake Okeechobee.

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The Miami River, named after the Mayaimis, flows from Lake Okeechobee into Miami proper. The conquistadores sold this tribe for slaves, many of whom wound up back in Cuba, but their population has been decimated.

6. Miami is the only major U.S. city founded by a woman.

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Meet La Madre de Miami. Local businesswoman, Julia Tuttle, convinced oil mogul Henry Flagler to build a hotel and extend his railroad to the area in 1896.

7. It’s literally just a sandbar.

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Which means that the city had to transport soil to make for steadier ground and why you see so many sand trucks heading to the beaches. Crossing my fingers that the sand doesn’t run out, as rumored.

8. Miami is the only city surrounded by two national parks.

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Can you tell it’s hella man-made? On either side, Miami is surrounded by tiny islands or a giant swamp, and for a party city, they each make for a pretty sweet vacation getaway.

9. Meet Key Biscayne…

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Ever heard of the Keys? Ok, well this isn’t part of them, but think of it as a tiny island off the coast of Miami. It’s a little more untouched but still has all the beachside margaritas you could dream of. If you’re from Miami, you probably feel hella guilty for ever going to Miami Seaquarium and are just waiting for that place to shut down already. #FreeLolita

10. …and the Everglades.

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Meanwhile, to Miami’s west is the giant swamp known as The Everglades. There is literally no other ecosystem like it in the entire world, and it’s actually far more casual than this guy makes it out to be to run into an alligator. They show up in your pools more often.

11. It’s so sunny there, it’s where the first sunscreen was ever invented.

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A pharmacist who had just come home from WWII needed Miami staples (coconut oil and cocoa butter) to perfect his formula in 1944. He eventually called it Coppertone.

12. The average temperature is 75 degrees.

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Which is why we Miamians have such a sunny disposition. 😉 It also explains why it’s a top destination for the rest of the country while the snowpocalypse happens everywhere else.

13. 22,000 New Yorkers move to Florida every year.

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It is the story of many of our families’ history. New-Yoricans are my lifeline but Miami is in my blood. Miami is also a destination spot for many Caribbean Latinos because of how similar the climate is, how close it is to their home countries and how diverse and welcoming Miami already is.

14. There’s a lot of old people.

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One day, I will too have leathery loggerhead turtle skin and a matching swimsuit with my partner, but we’ll be dabbing in this pic. #iconic

15. It’s home to the iconic Cuban sandwich.

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IDGAF what Tampa says, mayo and salami have no place in a cubano americano. And we press our tortas like Dios intended.

16. You can buy anything from the inner igloo of your A/C car.

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Need a bouquet of roses? Just a single massive sunflower? Mamoncillos, churros, mangos, sugarcane, orchids, you name it. Someone’s selling and we, in Miami, support entrepreneurs.

17. Statistically, every single child in Miami has been to Santa’s Enchanted Forest.

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Ok, we can’t corroborate that, but if you’re snowbirding, you have to visit this magical Santa-themed amusement park. I don’t care how old you are.

18. The Vizcaya Museum welcomes 170k visitors every year.

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Including every Miami student at least 3 times in their lifetimes. It has a ridiculous orchid collection and Spanish artwork that is very old. Next phase in life: watch all your friends get engaged and married here.

19. Actual pirates preferred Miami beaches to hide their treasure.

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I’m not even kidding. Some pirates like Gasparilla, Blackbeard and Lafitte buried treasure that has been uncovered off the coast. This is why scuba diving is so popular here–it’s the modern day treasure hunt.

20. It’s metaphysically impossible to talk about Miami without talking about daddy Pitbull.

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He reps the 305 in almost every song, and if you’re from Miami, you know someone who knows someone who is best friends with him. ‘Nuff said.

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