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The Miami Metropolitan Area

The Miami metropolitan area, otherwise known as the South Florida Metropolitan area, is the most populated urban area in the Southeast United States. The area encompasses Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, which are also the three most populous counties in Florida. The major cities include Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Homestead, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and Hialeah.

The population of South Florida is largely confined to the area of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Everglades which is less than 20 miles wide. Therefore, except for New York, the South Florida Metropolitan Area is the longest urbanized area in the United States. According to the 2000 census, it was the eighth-most densely populated urbanized area in the United States.

The South Florida area has a population of almost five million people and was ranked the fifth-largest urban area in the census conducted in 2000 The area consists of numerous municipalities including those outside the urban center such as Belle Glade, Key Biscayne, Redland, and others. There are also several unincorporated areas in all counties.

Because of its closeness to Latin America and the Caribbean, the Miami area is a diverse community with a high number of foreign-born inhabitants. Another aspect is the influx of inhabitants who were previously snowbirds from the Northeast and, to a lesser extent, nations such as Canada.

In 2005, in the Miami metro region, 63 percent of individuals were born in the United States (including 30 percent born in Florida), while 37 percent were foreign-born. In 2005, 52 percent of individuals over the age of five who lived in the region spoke English at home, while 48 percent spoke another language at home. 78 percent of individuals who spoke a language other than English at home spoke Spanish, and 22 percent spoke another language (mainly Haitian Creole, but also French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Yiddish).

A distinct dialect is known as the "Miami dialect" is extensively spoken in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and surrounding areas. The dialect arose among second- or third-generation Hispanics, particularly Cuban-Americans, who spoke English as their first language (despite this, some non-Hispanic white, black, and other races born and reared in Miami-Dade County adopt it as well.) It is based on a pretty typical American accent, but with certain modifications that are extremely close to Mid-Atlantic accents (especially the New York area dialect, Northern New Jersey English, and New York Latino English.)

If you or someone you care about has been injured in the Miami metropolitan area, contact the Law Office of Ruth E. Johnson immediately.

Our office handles all accident and personal injury cases including auto accidents, slip, and fall injuries, workers compensation claims, wrongful death claims, and other injury claims in the Miami metropolitan area.

Remember when injured you get to choose your legal counsel, so have an experienced, aggressive, knowledgeable l team that aims to get you the most compensation for your losses. Choose the Law Office of Ruth E. Johnson.