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Miami is located at the southeastern tip of the state of Florida. It is one of the southernmost most points of the continental United States, set on the peninsula of Florida that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The city is located in Dade County and is the county seat. It is the fourth largest city in the United States. Its location also makes it an important port city for cruise ships and cargo from the Caribbean and South America.

Miami, Florida's weather patterns are classified as a tropical monsoon climate. The city's location on the southern coast of the United States leaves it exposed to conditions ruled by the Gulf Stream weather patterns. Summers are hot and humid, with temperatures from the mid-70s to the low 90s. The hurricane season begins in June and ends in late November. Winters in Miami are mild, with temperatures that range from 50 degrees Fahrenheit to 80 degrees. Periods of temperatures in the 30s and 40 occur briefly. Little rain falls from November to June.

Miami's history began with a settlement of paleo-Indians that lived along Biscayne Bay. In the 1500s, European explorers came to the area bringing with them diseases and violence that decimated the native inhabitants of the area. Spain held the area until 1821 when it was sold to the United States for five million dollars in damage claims against the U.S. government. Henry M. Flagler built the first railroad to Miami and the city flourished with new businesses and visitors. In the early 1900s, Miami saw its first land boom, which brought thousands of new inhabitants to the area. During World War II, Miami was used a submarine chasing area and training school for the military. During the late 20th century, Miami saw the influx of many new immigrants who sparked new building and businesses in the city. Today, Miami is a city of skyscrapers and bustling businesses. It continues to offer many opportunities to people coming to the area from other states and from other countries.

Miami has grown to a population of 388,000. The city is 66 percent Hispanic and 38 percent non-Hispanic, with 20 percent of African-Americans and a small percentage of groups. The median value of homes in Miami is $169,000. Median income is $33,000.

Miami has a broad range of industries, including finance, construction, agriculture, manufacturing, retail, tourism, education, and governmental agencies. These industries provide a wide range of employment opportunities for the city's inhabitants.

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