Miami Ranks 6 In America For Most Liveable, And What Makes The City Unique

The Economist Intelligence Unit released their annual The Global Liveability Index ranking last week, with 140 cities measured.

Of the American cities ranked, Miami was tied for sixth place with Chicago. Honolulu, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Minneapolis and Boston ranked ahead, while Seattle, San Francisco and Atlanta ranked lower.

Miami’s overall rating was 89.8. The economist gave the city an 80.0 rating for stability, 91.7 for healthcare, 91.7 for culture and environment, 100 for education, and 92.9 for infrastructure. The top ranked city, Vienna, scored a 99.1 overall rating.

What makes Miami unique? Last week, writer Timothy Schmand told Jitney Books “There is a silver luminescence to the light and that light there is as unique to Miami as the Golden Gate is to San Francisco.”

“Miami is the future of the United States and it is happening right now,” Schmand said. “Miami is a place where people come together and influence each other in ways that can only happen here. That’s what makes Miami my home.”

 

(photo: phillip pessar)

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Why do the same people bitch all the time? The heat – it’s not changing. The bridges – we need them. The airport – it beats most of the US major city airports by FAR. The parking – instead of bitching, say thank you for all of the parking that’s being created or you end up like NY, LA and Chicago where $500/mo parking is no unheard of. The mixed culture – we’re light years ahead of the rest of the country – it should be embraced.

The thing that drives me the most nuts – so many people read the (negative) comments and if you’re a business or a family thinking about moving here — you’d think twice if you think these comments were reality. To companies/families thinking about relocating – come visit Miami and do real research – most of the people that bitch about our beautiful and growing city most likely find a reason to complain about everything.

I’m OK with the fact that I travel every week for work, because I get to come back to Miami every weekend.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Tell that to the people who got fed up and said “the hell with this city” and moved out.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Few and far between leaving my friend — look at the population growth. Facts don’t lie and sorry you’re one friend left.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They leave to find out everyone wants to come here.

Anonymous
2 years ago

To them we say thank you for leaving we do not want negative people in our city.

Anonymousg
2 years ago

Same here. Wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the U.S.

ILoveMiami
2 years ago

Same. For the money my wife and I make, this is the place to be. Our lifestyles are still affordable and we get to experience concerts, plays, symphony, sporting events, art shows and lots and lots of great restaurants.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The haters can go. Ba bye or don’t come here.

Luchiano Montero
2 years ago

Beautifully written – I could not have written it better myself!

ILoveMiami
2 years ago

I agree 100%. We are not world-class YET, but we are just over 100 years old. We have to work at getting better, and I think for the most part, we are.

Anonymous
2 years ago

We are already World Class.

Charles
1 year ago

The beautiful Beaches and Bay, Make Miami so nice. Everyplace has it’s ups and downs, But we have a great mix of everthing that makes SoFl wonderful!
Come November, Northerners wish they were here!

Anonymous
2 years ago

We’re a very young city and the future is bright for the 305!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Low wages and high rent coupled with trying to fix transit problems with third world looking trolleys and this city has a “bright future?”

Gtfoh!

Anonymousg
2 years ago

Miami is winning! Suck huh? LOL

Anonymous
2 years ago

Winning what?

Anonymousg
2 years ago

“Miami is the future of the United States and it is happening right now,” explains Schmand. “Miami is a place where people come together and influence each other in ways that can only happen here. That’s what makes Miami my home.”

Anonymous
2 years ago

?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Get an education, you won’t have low wages. Trolleys are just a miniscule part of the transportation system. You know that, but you choose to be idiotic jackass. There are plans in place for light and heavy rail.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You are not worth replying to.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

And yet you did…

Anonymous
2 years ago

You are not worth replying to.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just get a job so that you can pay your way out of here, since you hate Miami so much. Did a cuban lift your girlfriend? You sound like a butthurt that needs a safe space..I hear they have lots of those safe spaces in the streets of SFO and LA. Hit the road Jack.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You gotta work…not whining…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Get the buss back to the shit hole you came from we are not going to miss you and we certainly are not holding you back. The main jerks that bitch about Miami are from NY (all say it is much better there but they are living here for years and never go back)and from the west coast SFO, LA, or San Diego. You guys left those places because the high taxes, the fires, the homeless crapping in the streets, and the home prices are horrendous. Please do not complain about the city leave the same way you got here. We certainly are not holding any of you back actually we think you are taking too long to GTFOH !!! Dale y no paren hasta que lleguen a casa del carajo.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

Meh. Take these list with a grain of salt. One week we are among one of the best, other’s we are ranked along with Detroit.

Gene
2 years ago

Sad but true. Every week a new list comes out with different criteria and different cities coming in first. Makes no sense.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So true….but population growth can tell you a lot.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The population growth to Florida keeps increasing. The population growth in South Florida including Miami is also increasing. Although last year was the first year that there was an increase in people leaving Miami to head North (staying in Florida just heading more North). The cost of living in Miami is an issue, we either have to lower the cost of living or increase wages. Otherwise, the working class will be forced out.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That attraction in Coral Gables is so beautiful, South Florida needs more areas like this.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Miami is the future of the United States and it is happening right now.”

Even as a native Miamian, I hope not! We have a lot of work to do, mainly transit and walkability before being truly livable.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nobody wants to walk in this heat. You people need to move on with this walkability nonsense.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um… trees and good sidewalks, you know, good urban design not focused only on eight-lane highways and parking lots?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Trees and good sidewalks won’t do anything when this city is constantly being ranked as one of the least affordable cities in the United States.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Move out of your parent’s house and rent in St. Lucie County.

Anonymous
2 years ago

From there you can join the anti-Brighline movement!

Anonymous
2 years ago

The population keeps growing. The housing prices keep growing.
What is happening is the workers worth less are leaving and the workers who are worth more appreciate how great Miami is and the workers who provide value are coming.
Simple economics, as someone posted before.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, good to see a lot more Chinese and other Asians moving to the city.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes this is a problem…

Anonymous
2 years ago

We are moving in this direction… the new developments being built now have “good urban design” being implemented. Even in the suburbs, you are starting to see better urban designs for the new communities.

Gene
2 years ago

If Miami dictated that new downtown developments had street overhangs to protect against sun and rain, maybe more people would walk. Second; expand the Metromover and more people will use it. Third; bring more commercial/business development downtown so that we have an integrated mix of uses. People will walk. It’s better for your health.?

Anonymous
2 years ago

One solution is to permit arcades.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It is happening right now. What the hell does “truly livable” mean??
They ranked 140 cities and Miami is 6th….but not “truly livable”??
Man, if someone will chip in with me, I’ll buy a plane ticket and a hotel room in Flint, Michigan.
Come on back and report what “truly livable” means…how’s their transit. Make sure to take the Duck Boat and visit all of Flint’s sites, Universities, cultural institutions, and models partaking in the sidewalk photoshoots.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I would replace Flint with something less atrocious.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s happening. Doral is a great example of creating neighborhoods that offer the Live, Work, Play concept. I think this is the best approach to reducing traffic for the time being until we can figure out better transportation methods. It will take time but I agree, I think Miami is the future of the US. We will be a major city like NY, LA, Washington DC, etc. We have a lot of work to do, but we also have some of the best developers in the nation with offices here in Miami, and they are pouring in a lot of money into South Florida. And not just South Florida, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, St. Pete all are seeing big money flowing into their cities with new developments. Rome was not built in a day… have patience!

Polo
2 years ago

92.9 for infrastructure? Apparently, they never went to the airport, with its central terminal dating back to 1959, or try to move around Miami without a car, and if they did, stuck in traffic with no other option.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The terminal’s age is irrelevant, considering the mess the south terminal is all the time.

Anon
2 years ago

Nice publicity for the City, but “100” for education says it all about the credibility of this survey.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is due to our world class mass transit, high paying broad job market and middle class, excellent accessible and clean parks, high quality public schools, lack of traffic problems, and low rents.

Anonymous
2 years ago

If people can’t read the sarcasm in your comment, then they’re dumber than they realize.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Right, so absurd, Miami more liveable than SF and Seattle.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Exactly.. and don’t stop with those two cities, include Denver, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Portland Ore, Phoenix, etc, etc, etc……

This Economist Intelligence Unit index ranking can be looked at as being specious at best.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Apparently most people with false ignorant negative comments about miami haven’t been out of the state or country.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

Exactly! People act as if traffic, corruption, and crime are unique to Miami. Like get out more, it’s everywhere!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Anyone who really travels extensively spends one to two weeks per year in Miami, if they spend any time here at all. That tells you all you need to know.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

Did you just pull those numbers outta your ass? Or do you have sources?

Anonymous
2 years ago

EXACTLY. I just got back from living in Atlanta for two years. Heck, a million times worse than Miami. Traffic is horrible. The crime rate is one of the highest in the nation. Over the summer they had the largest car heist with about 30 cars stolen from a car dealership in ONE night! Trust me Miami is definitely one of the most livable cities in the nation. I have lived in NY (Manhattan and Queens), Alabama, Boston, Chicago, Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Atlanta.

Anonymousg
2 years ago

Weather, culture, access to Latin American and the Caribbean. Great food and Nightlife.

Variety of destinations such as Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Midtown, Wynwood, Key Biscayne.

5 Major sports teams + leading Universities.

Beautiful people.

Anonymousg
2 years ago

Etc… Etc… Etc…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Live in Miami and complain about it every day? Then just leave. You won’t be missed because no one knows you’re here anyway.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Love this City for all the things mentioned and for is accessibility to environment and all things Mother Earth. Miami has so much to offer and much more accessibility to it all much easier then in places like NY, Boston or DC. She keeps surprising me at every turn as Miami continues to grow and diversify so many new neighborhoods popping up and changing along side her!. I ❤️ Miami!

YaTw
2 years ago

That environment is disappearing fast.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Miami is the future of the United States and it is happening right now.”

Read between the lines.

Andres
2 years ago

What is funny is that most of the people leaving a comment on this articles have no idea of real facts or what they are saying… It is like a condo board meeting where a huge special assessment is coming and someone only wants to talk about a dog that pee on the 3rd floor… Get a life and Enjoy Miami this is a beautiful city like NO other!!!!

Anonymousg
2 years ago

Amén.

Gringo
2 years ago

As a Gringo from New Jersey, when I tell ppl that I’m now in Miami, they think it’s Scarface, cocaine cowboys, I actually thought so too until I came here for a cruise and saw the real Miami, and I Love it!!…but , my ole friends back home think differently, so true to stop posting negative reviews to help outsiders really appreciate what this City is .. Amazing..
My Wife doesn’t want to live in Manhattan anymore…after Miami , it’s set the bar….

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

People who think that tend to be uneducated and naive. The Scarface/cocaine cowboys era was done with long ago.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Education, housing costs, and transit. If miami can fix those three it will truly be a place to stay.

Anonymous
2 years ago

We are working on it!!! Although education has gotten so much better. I grew up here in Miami, and public schools were horrible back then. Today you have places like West Kendall, Doral, and Homestead that have excellent public schools. There are still bad schools but nothing like when I was growing up here. And our college/universities are top notch!!! Miami Dade, FIU, UM are three terrific universities. Cost of living and transit is a huge issue.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Timothy Schmand for mayor!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Go Miami!!!

Cali guy
2 years ago

Miami is okay if you’re under 25 and have lots of money. Too expensive too crowded lousy transportation too hot too humid too many chain restaurants. Traffic like LA but with three freeways instead of 20….

Anonymousg
2 years ago

If you have the cash, plenty of good “non-chain” restaurants in South Florida.

Need Air-conditioning down here my friend.. can’t survive without it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Or, you can go and shovel snow.

anony
2 years ago

Traffic is bad, but not nearly as bad as LA. Go spend some time there dude.

Anonymousg
2 years ago

Drive through any Northeast city to see and feel bad traffic.. try I-3 from Plymouth to Boston.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Don’t like it. then leave

Anonymous
2 years ago

Most of friends that move out want to come back b

Anonymous
2 years ago

I love my city is it perfect no but what city can you drive to a bay and walk or run, go to the beach,beautiful skyline, international restaurants, opera, musicals, concerts, sunshine most of the year, have a boat, trendy neighborhoods Wynwood,Midtown, desigh distric, Brickell, Coconut Grove, Coral gables and be so close to the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America, international airport.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Gotta say there’s nothing like Miami heat ??

Anonymous
2 years ago

I love Miami! :)!

Anonymous
2 years ago

BayLink should’ve been operating at least ten years ago and somebody is calling this city “unique?”

Anonymous
2 years ago

NO WAY!!!! You mean that Miami Beach has died and gone bankrupt WITHOUT the Baylink!?!?

Is it possible…even a tinsy winsy bit possible that the taxis, shuttle buses, rental cars, Ubers, are doing the job??
Maybe?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um yeah, keep spewing toxic exhaust fumes into the air with gas guzzling ninety year old technology and view that as “progress.” Miami Beach is already fighting a rising Atlantic Ocean and spending hundreds of millions of dollars in trying to stay above water.

Anonymous
2 years ago

#1. Miami Beach isn’t “fighting a rising Atlantic Ocean”. The Mayor had real estate investments that would benefit from a stupid electorate, and benefit from a tax payer-funded capital improvement in front of HIS development.
#2. My car uses 2017 technology.
#3. Admit it. Miami Beach is doing just fine (and has done just fine since 1992) without Baylink.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’re woefully uneducated about Miami Beach and rising sea tides. I suggest you do some research on past articles in the Miami Herald and other news outlets in MiamiDade concerning what Miami Beach is doing to combat the threat of rising seas.

Now, you say “Miami Beach is doing just fine (and has done just fine since 1992) without Baylink.” Baylink is a mass transit system that should’ve been up and in operation a decade ago and the benefit of it to Miami Beach’s economy up to this point is immeasurable. But we’re witnessing these governmental idiots intent on spending 800 million dollars of our money on a stupid looking overland bridge instead. But it’s funny though, I don’t see you saying “Miami Beach is doing fine with 395 being the way it is.”

Anonymousg
2 years ago

Diversity # 1

Anonymous
2 years ago

LOL.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Amazon HQ is coming

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, so is Microsoft… just hold your breath and keep thinking it.

High Taxes
2 years ago

Too bad elected officials make such bad decisions. For example, why do elected officials and government workers increase taxes and fees seemingly EVERY year?

Anonymous
2 years ago

The best city ever! Miami has all you need to live a good comfortable life 🙂

Anonymous
2 years ago

100 for Education?!?
Miami-Dade Public school System says different!

Anonymous
2 years ago

tied with chiraq wow! that’s bad