More than 1,200 multinational corporations conduct business in Florida, and Miami has the second-largest concentration of domestic and international banks on the East Coast after New York City.
Miami-Dade County is situated on the Florida Platform, a carbonate plateau made of limestone and bryozoa. The 2,400-square-mile county extends from the Florida Everglades east to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered to the north by Broward County and to the south by Monroe County. The main portion of the city of Miami lies on the shores of Biscayne Bay and is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by barrier islands, the largest of which holds the city of Miami Beach. Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park are partially located within the county, as is a portion of Big Cypress National Preserve.
The Miami metro, with a population of 2.6 million, is located entirely within Miami-Dade County. The metro includes 35 incorporated towns and cities and many unincorporated areas. Miami is the largest city, with 419,300 residents, followed by Hialeah.
The Miami economy relies heavily on tourism and the county's standing as the gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean. Tourism, trade, international finance, healthcare and entertainment have become major industries in the local business community.
Tourism and trade depend on a large transportation sector, with the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport both major contributors to employment and the economy. With its ties to Latin America and the Caribbean, Miami has attracted a community of businesses dealing with these regions. More than 1,200 multinational corporations conduct business in Florida, and Miami has the second largest concentration of domestic and international banks on the East Coast after New York City.