Miami was ranked the eighth best large city in the United States, according to a recent study by Resonance Consultancy.
The ranking is based upon six main categories: place, product, programming, people, prosperity and promotion, and analyzes 28 different factors within each. The methodology also used ratings and reviews across platforms such as TripAdvisor to rank the cities’ best qualities.
Securing a spot on the short list for Amazon HQ2, Miami is where Amazon founder Jeff Bezos graduated from high school. It is not only a vacation hot spot, but it is a front-runner for the new headquarters thanks to its thriving economy and diverse population.
“We’re not just a fun-in-the-sun city. We move from our ‘vacation spot’ designation and into ‘international business capital’,” said Alyce Robertson, executive director of Miami’s Downtown Development Authority.
Miami is home to more residents born in another country than anywhere else in the U.S., with a high ranking of households that speak a language other than English, according to the latest census.
With a population of nearly 6 million, Miami is also a hub for art and design. It is home to the New World Symphony Center, designed by Frank Gehry. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, unrivaled across the country, also calls the beach city its home.
The thriving artistic culture of Miami facilitates the long-awaited $615-million convention center expansion. Nearly $7 million have been invested in the city’s arts within the convention center, which is one of the largest public art commissions in U.S. history.