Hispanic Culture: Miami, Tampa, and Orlando


To understand the differences in Hispanic cultures in Florida: Miami vs. Tampa vs. Orlando.

Early Findings

Miami: Hispanic Demographics

  • About 68.3% of the population is Hispanic.
  • A Hispanic person in Miami is more likely to be aged between 30-64 years.

Miami: Hispanic Culture

  • Miami is a melting pot of different racial groups and cultures.
  • In this cultural melting pot, it is clear that the city is affected by increasingly significant Latino influence over the years. "These 238,351 persons of Hispanic origin both have and continue to influence the community politically, socially, and economically."
  • Miami is often recognized for its large Cuban population: 52% of all Cubans live in Miami-Dade County.
  • With the Hispanic population being the largest in the city, conflict and tensions were surrounding the different growing populations in the city. "In the 1980s there was some opposition to the widespread use of Spanish, known as the “English Only” movement. Interestingly enough, Miami had the first public bilingual education problem in 1963. Today Miami is still a very political place as it explores various political, educational and social reforms. Due to its unique population and mix of languages and cultures, Miami is still at the center of themes such as biculturalism and multiculturalism."
  • Miami has changed due to the influences of Hispanic culture, especially from Cuba. About 21.22% of the Miami population was Catholic which is the religion most associated with Spanish, the Hispanic population's main language.
  • Food in Miami is also heavily influenced by Hispanic culture.

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