area in extreme
southeast Florida; the most populated urban area in the state, it stretches roughly 100 miles from Palm Beach
County in the north to Miami-Dade County in the south, with about
5.4 million year-round residents. All 3 counties are incredibly
densely populated because
development is limited to a thin strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Everglades. Miami
is the largest city in South Florida; other important cities include Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Boca Raton, and West
Palm Beach. Generally
disliked/hated on by the rest
of the state for a variety of reasons, some logical (crime, high
housing costs, bad schools, sprawl, rude drivers) and others
not so logical (high
levels of racial diversity, blend of cultures, pro-growth attitude, general wealth/prosperity). Demographically not that much different from a city of the Northeast (except for Miami-Dade, which
has majority foreign influences), it is the most "northern" of the state's metro areas and basically
the entire opposite of the Florida Panhandle. Major center for tourism, trade, finance, business, and international commerce.
Spring Break in South Florida. Wanna come?
(Typical Panhandle resident): South Florida is a wicked, atheist-filled garbage dump.
(Weather announcer) Today's January
forecast for the greater South Florida area calls
for cloudy skies
and high temperatures in the 80's.