Miami | World’s Best Cities


Miami’s natural attributes—turquoise Biscayne Bay lapping gleaming sand while sun-kissed bodies frolic everywhere—have always captured the world’s imagination and crystallized the city’s hedonistic brand. But it’s the city’s openness to immigrants (and, more recently, the LGBTQ community) that ranks it #4 in the country in our People category, including being the city with the most foreign-born residents. Indeed, the city boasts more than 100 languages spoken at home, according to the latest census. Miami’s historic embrace of a crossroads of the Americas has also meant a business advantage few other cities claim. It’s home to one of the largest concentrations of international banks in the U.S., as well as the largest hub—outside of Mexico City, New York and L.A.—of Spanish-language media. Set at the crossroads of Latin America both in geography and in culture, Miami intends to promote its connectivity and globalism, and the region’s selection as a host city candidate for the 2026 World Cup will go a long way in showcasing these qualities. The city is also continuing its aggressive pursuit of events and conferences, and last year it approved the hotel design for the new Miami Beach Convention Center—a 185-foot, 17-story structure to be completed by 2022.