Many people are drawn to Miami by the sun and sand, however, it has a lot more than that to offer. Miami is the most international city in the United States, Truly, it is unlike any other U.S. city. About 57 percent of its residents are foreign-born, and 70 percent are Hispanic. Anyone who is thinking of relocating to this southeastern tip of Florida can look forward to sea, sand, sun, national parks, sports, great neighborhoods to live in and a strong labor market. If you are considering moving to Miami, the list was created below to help you make an informed decision on what costs are involved when moving and living in this part of Florida especially South Florida.
1. Miami traffic is horrible; expect to be stuck in it constantly.
We don’t use turn signals or horns… We just go
What they say about Miami drivers is that everyone drives according to the rules of where he or she came from. If that were true, we’d probably drive better. You have to drive defensively here because someone will cut in front of you to turn left from the right lane without using a signal. Warning to Miami pedestrians: You may have the right of way, but don’t count on drivers to stop. If you relocate to Miami from another state, you have 30 days to get a Florida driver’s license, and your best strategy is to make an appointment rather than just show up unless of course, you’re going to the Oakland DMV.
2. Cost of housing is insane…
Many young people with good incomes are finding it difficult to buy homes in good areas in Miami in South Florida in general but the cost prices are so high. So that only means the rental industry is booming and this is reflected in high rentals across the city.
Monthly Rental home Prices in Miami:
1 bedroom apartment in City Centre: $1,400+
1 bedroom apartment outside the City Centre: $1,000+
3 bedroom apartment in City Centre: $2,000+
3 bedroom apartment outside the City Centre: $1,650+
Miami Housing Cost Comparison to 3 other major cities:
This is how rents in Miami compare with other cities around the globe.
New York is 59.65% more expensive
Los Angeles is 7.75% more expensive
Toronto is 35.91% cheaper
So make sure your pockets are ready for this move…
3. In Miami We don’t wear shorts and sneakers to dinner we like to keep it blingy and upscale
People dress up in Miami, and its a bit overwhelming but they always say you can never be too overdressed. Enjoy the spectacle. A little black dress is always safe, but save your shorts and sneakers for the gym. If you’re a woman, you will need a selection of strappy sandals, the blingier the better. Sandals and socks for men? Uh, no. But you don’t have to wear a tie. Here in South Florida its always summer so be prepared for the winter to wear summer attire.
4. Hurricane season is an actual thing.
And that runs from June to November. The city watches the tropics with a sharp eye and locals start stocking up on their hurricane supply canned foods, bottled water, batteries, rum, flashlights, etc. The natives get a jump on this early because they know that those who wait for an actual hurricane warning usually end up with the rogue cans of pickled pig snout left over in the grocery store. Also, prepare yourself for the hurricane parties most locals get party ready others get prepared for the storm
5. Most importantly late is considered early.
Miami’s general attitude toward time is, to put it kindly, relaxed. Early is not “on time” here—it’s actually considered rude. Chances are, the host of your event or meeting is still in the beginning stages of setting up because everyone knows to add the standard 30 minutes (and if you’re erring on the side of caution, an hour) to any invitation. Arriving early or on time is a quick way to annoy them.
If you’re the one planning the party or even a one-on-one with a friend or co-worker, expect to wait at least 15 minutes for them show up. And it’s not just the citizens here. The movie theater starts its films a few minutes late. Construction of buildings and major projects never meet deadlines. To accomplish tasks in Miami, you must call-then-re-call, then recall-to-confirm, and it might get done.”
That said, it’s nice to not worry about getting caught in traffic and arriving a few minutes late. Everyone understands.