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Introduction
South Florida encompasses a three-county area of the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Florida. The metropolitan area covers the counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. The three counties are the three most populous in Florida. The term "South Florida" is roughly synonymous with the Gold Coast. The Principal Cities include Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. The Florida Keys are also included in the Metropolitan Area at times. Because the population of South Florida is largely confined to a strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Everglades, the Miami urbanized area (that is, the area of contiguous urban development) is about 110 miles (180 km) long (north to south), but never more than twenty miles (32 km) wide, and in some areas only five miles wide (east to west). South Florida is longer than any other urbanized area in the United States except for the New York metropolitan area. It was the eighth most densely populated urbanized area in the United States in the 2000 census. As of the 2000 census, the urbanized area had a land area of 1,116 square miles ( 2,890.7 square kilometers), with a population density of 4,407.4 per square mile (1,701.7 per square kilometer). Miami and Hialeah (the second largest city in the metropolitan area) had population densities of more than 10,000 per square mile (more than 3,800 per square kilometer). The Miami Urbanized Area was the fifth largest Urbanized Area (but 7th largest metropolitan area) in the United States in the 2000 census. Miami is a global city in southeastern Florida, in the United States. Miami is the county seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida. The United Nations estimated that in 2007, Miami had become the fourth largest urbanized area in the country, behind New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Miami is ranked as a global city for its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts and international trade. The city is home to many company headquarters, banks, and television studios. It is an international center for popular entertainment in television, music, fashion, film, and the performing arts. The city's Port of Miami is known for accommodating the largest volume of cruise ships in the world and is home to many cruise line headquarters. Miami is also home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States. As of 2008, Miami is undergoing a large building boom with 24 skyscrapers that are expected to rise over 400 feet (122 m) currently under construction in the city. Miami's skyline ranks third in the U.S., behind New York City and Chicago, and 18th in the world according to the Almanac of Architecture and Design. The city currently has nine of the ten tallest skyscrapers in the state of Florida, with the tallest being the 789-foot (240 m) Four Seasons Hotel & Tower. In 2008, Miami was ranked as "America's Cleanest City" according to Forbes Magazine for its year-round good air quality, vast green spaces, clean drinking water, clean streets and city-wide recycling programs. In 2008, Miami was also ranked the 3rd-richest city in the United States and the world's 22nd-richest city in a UBS study. Miami is one of the country's most important financial centers. It is a major center of commerce, finances, corporate headquarters, and boasts a strong international business community. According to the ranking of world cities undertaken by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network (GaWC) and based on the level of presence of global corporate service organizations, Miami is considered a "Gamma World City". Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami are among the nation's busiest ports of entry, especially for cargo from South America and the Caribbean. Additionally, Downtown has the largest concentration of international banks in the country located mostly in Brickell, Miami's financial district. Miami was also the host city of the 2003 Free Trade Area of the Americas negotiations, and is one of the leading candidates to become the trading bloc's headquarters. Tourism is also an important industry in Miami. The beaches, conventions, festivals and events draw over 12 million visitors annually from across the country and around the world, spending $17.1 billion. The historical Art Deco district in South Beach, is widely regarded as one of the most glamorous in the world for its world-famous nightclubs, beaches, historical buildings, and shopping. However, it is important to note that Miami Beach is a separate city from the City of Miami.

Miami is the home to the National Hurricane Center and the headquarters of the United States Southern Command, responsible for military operations in Central and South America. In addition to these roles, Miami is also an industrial center, especially for stone quarrying and warehousing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2004, Miami had the third highest incidence of family incomes below the federal poverty line in the United States, making it the third poorest city in the USA, behind only Detroit, Michigan (ranked #1) and El Paso, Texas (ranked #2.) Miami is also one of the very few cities where its local government went bankrupt, in 2001. In 2005, the Miami area witnessed its largest real estate boom since the 1920s. Midtown, having well over a hundred approved construction projects, is an example of this. As of 2007, however, the housing market has crashed and more than 23,000 condos are for sale and/or foreclosed. The Miami area ranks 8th in the nation in foreclosures. Miami is also one of the least affordable places to live, with the median percentage of housing costs as a percentage of income was 42.8%; the national average was 27%. Miami ranks twelfth among least affordable cities for home ownership.

Basic Demographics
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami-Fort_Lauderdale-Pompano_Beach,_FL_MSA

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Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach Miami-Hialeah-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach-Miami BeachHollywood South Florida, Gold Coast, Miami metro FL 5,413,212 5,007,988 +8.09%

Job Postings, Temp Agencies, Job Fairs
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Craigslist http://miami.craigslist.org/ Employ Florida https://www.employflorida.com/ Employment Guide
http://miami.employmentguide.com/searchresults.php?q=&l=Miami,%20FL&radius=50&sort=date:D:S:d1&switchsite=miami Florida Jobs http://www.floridajobs.com/ Job Hunt http://www.job-hunt.org/jobs/florida.shtml

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Jobing http://miamidade.jobing.com/ Preferred Jobs http://chicago.preferredjobs.com/jobsbystate/florida/Miami_Florida_Jobs.htm Preferred Jobs http://chicago.preferredjobs.com/jobsbystate/florida/West_Palm_Beach_Florida_Jobs.htm Preferred Jobs http://chicago.preferredjobs.com/jobsbystate/florida/Hollywood_Florida_Jobs.htm

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Economic Initiatives http://www.ci.miami.fl.us/economicdevelopment/pages/ Florida Institute of CPA’s http://www1.ficpa.org/ficpa/Home Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce http://www.greatermiami.com/ Internet Coast http://www.internetcoast.com/index.php?src=gendocs&link=Networking IT Women of South Florida http://www.itwomen.org/home.asp North Miami Jaycees http://northmiamijaycees.com/ Rotary Club of Miami http://miamirotary.org/ South Florida Project Management Institute http://www.southfloridapmi.org/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/ South Florida Women in Technology http://www.witi.com/southflorida/ Toastmasters International
http://www.toastmasters.org/websiteApps/searchresults.asp?Country=United%20States&State=Florida

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Boca Raton News http://www.bocaratonnews.com/ City Guide http://cityguide.aol.com/miami/ City Search http://miami.citysearch.com/ Convention and Visitors Center http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/Index.asp Diario Las Americas http://www.diariolasamericas.com/ El Nuevo Herald http://www.elnuevoherald.com/ El Sentinel http://southflorida.elsentinel.com/ Frommer’s Guide to Miami http://www.frommers.com/destinations/miami/

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La Palma http://www.lapalmainteractivo.com/ Miami Herald (daily newspaper) http://www.miamiherald.com/ Miami Monthly http://www.miamimonthlymagazine.com/ Miami New Times http://www.miaminewtimes.com/ Miami Sun Post http://www.miamisunpost.com/ Miami Times http://www.miamitimesonline.com/ Miami Today http://www.miamitodaynews.com/ Ocean Drive http://www.oceandrive.com/hybrid/archives/2006_11/magic/index.html Palm Beach Post http://www.palmbeachpost.com/ South Florida Business Journal http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/ South Florida Business Journal Book of Lists
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South Florida Business Leader http://southflorida.businessleader.com/Index.aspx?page=ui.impact&PID=1693 South Florida Sun-Sentinel http://www.sun-sentinel.com/ Time Out http://www.timeout.com/miami/

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America Housing http://www.miamihousing.com/ Apartments.com http://www.apartments.com/Florida/SoutheasternFlorida/MiamiBeachArea Broward County Transit http://www.broward.org/bct/ Cost of Living http://www.datamasters.com/  Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) http://www.broward.org/airport/ Meetup http://www.meetup.com/cities/us/fl/miami/ Miami International Airport (MIA) http://www.miami-airport.com/ Miami Police Department http://www.miami-police.org Miami-Dade Transit http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/ Official city website http://www.ci.miami.fl.us/cms/ Open Table Restaurant Reservations http://www.opentable.com/start.aspx?m=17&n=58 Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) http://www.pbia.org/ Palm Tran http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/palmtran/ Roommate Access http://www.roommateaccess.com/geo.asp?state=Florida&rid=RaSignup South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) http://www.tri-rail.com/ Transit Miami http://www.transitmiami.com/ Zagat Ratings http://www.zagat.com/miami

Fastest Growing Companies
Inc Magazine 2008 List • Brightstar • Intcomex • Preferred Care Partners • Stiles Corp • Liberty Power

Best Companies to Work For
Fortune 2008 List • American Express • Baptist Health South Florida • Publix Super Markets

Largest Companies
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Benihana  Brightstar Corporation  Burger King Holdings  Carnival Corporation  Carnival Cruise Lines  Celebrity Cruises  Cisco  CompUSA  Crispin Porter + Bogusky  Disney  Espírito Santo Financial Group  Exxon  FedEx  Fizber.com  Greenberg Traurig  Interval International  Kraft Foods  Lennar  Microsoft  Norwegian Cruise Lines  Oracle  Perry Ellis International  RCTV International  Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines  Ryder Systems  SBC Communications  Seabourn Cruise Line  Sony  Spherion  Telefónica USA  TeleFutura  Telemundo  U.S. Century Bank  Univision  Visa International World Fuel Services