2010: 399,457, #44 in U.S., #2 in Florida

1950: 249,276, #42 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 5,564,635, #8 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 495,084, #38 in U.S.


Miami, located on Biscayne Bay on the Atlantic Ocean, was first settled in the 1840s and was incorporated as a city in 1896. Today Bayfront Park is along the shore, and PortMiami is the world’s busiest port for cruise ships.


Tallest building: Panorama Tower (2003), 789 feet

List of tallest buildings


The Macy’s downtown store closed in 2018. Saks Fifth Avenue is in the Brickell City Centre (2016). Bayside Marketplace (1987) is an open-air shopping area along the waterfront. The Omni International Mall was an enclosed shopping center on the north edge of downtown, in existence from 1977 to 1999.


Amtrak has two trains a day (the Silver Star and Silver Meteor) going north to Jacksonville, Washington, D.C., and New York City. The Amtrak station (1998) is located several miles northwest of downtown. The new Miami Central Station is planned to open for Amtrak sometime in the future.

Metrorail, which opened in 1984, is a rapid transit system running north and south from downtown. Most of the system is elevated.

Tri-Rail, a commuter rail system, opened in 1987 and runs north from Miami International Airport to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. It does not directly serve downtown Miami, but has a connection to Metrorail.

Metromover is a people mover system which opened in 1986. It covers about 4 miles in downtown Miami.

The privately funded Virgin Trains USA (formerly Brightline) opened its rail route between Miami (Miami Central Station) and West Palm Beach in 2018, with plans for an expansion north to Orlando.


Miami Skyline
(Photo by Marc Averette)


The Perez Art Museum Miami and the HistoryMiami Museum are located downtown. The Frost Museum of Science is just south of downtown.


The 10-screen CMX movie theater opened downtown in 2017 in the Brickell City Centre. The Olympia Theater (1926) is a renovated movie palace that now has a variety of concerts and other events.

The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (2006) hosts the Florida Grand Opera and touring Broadway shows. The Miami Symphony Orchestra plays at several locations in the Miami area.


The Miami Marlins of the National League play at Marlins Park (2012), about two miles west of downtown. The NFL Miami Dolphins play at Hard Rock Stadium (1987) in Miami Gardens, north of Miami. The NBA Miami Heat play at the American Airlines Arena (1999). The NHL Florida Panthers play in Sunrise, northwest of Miami.

Map of Downtown Miami

Convention and Visitors Bureau