Miami Named Second Most Patriotic American City; Florida Ranks Among Most Patriotic States

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You might think that Miami, a city that's home to just about every nationality on the planet, wouldn't have a whole lot of American pride. But you'd be wrong.

Just in time for Independence Day, two separate studies this week have indicated that you, dear Miamian, are living in one of the most patriotic places in the whole U.S.A.

The first study comes from Amazon.com, which ranked American cities with 400,000 residents or more according to their recent "patriotic" purchases of American flags. Between January 1 and June 24 of this year, Miami residents had bought the more American flags than any other city in the country except Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Of course, flag ownership does not a true patriot make. (Especially not in a World Cup year; a good number of the flags purchased in recent months were surely meant to demonstrate their owners' support of U.S. soccer, which is the unique kind of patriotism that only peaks once every four years.)

But the second study, researched by the real estate blog Movoto, used more factors to determine that Florida is among the most patriotic states in the union. Based on its historic landmarks per capita; veterans per capita; money spent to fund veterans; percent of residents who voted in the last presidential election; people who list America as an interest on Facebook; and, yes, people who Googled "American flags," Florida ranked sixth most patriotic. The states above us included South Carolina, Maine, North Carolina, Wyoming, and Virginia.

Movoto notes that more than 4 million Floridians are Facebook-friendly with America, and the Sunshine State is especially good at funding its veterans. And remember last year's presidential election, with wait times stretching on for hours? The high percentage of voters who stuck it out contributed to Florida's ranking in the top ten, too.

So Miami's one of America's most patriotic cities, in one of its most patriotic states. What else would you expect from one of the country's biggest melting pots?

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Marie Annoual
Marie Annoual

@Aythami no strawman here. Your original comment "lots of bigots and xenophobes posting" was preceded by "its a shame that language should be a barrier to patriotism" leads me to believe that your comment was directed at those of us who stated that language is a big part of patriotism. If those sentences are intended for two totally different kinds of people then I merely misconstrued what you were saying. I didnt intentionally try to distort your position.

Andrea Mikels
Andrea Mikels

Born and raised in Miami-this is not accurate.

Will Iam
Will Iam

I call BS. No one here has US pride. Too many idiots waving other country flags.

Gabe Yunes
Gabe Yunes

You mean patriotic about cuba, right? That I would believe for sure lol

Darren Townend
Darren Townend

Your kidding right... It's like being in South America!

David Oves
David Oves

You mean Miami, "the party city by the water" where any occasion/holiday is an excuse to party? Of course MOST flag purchases because we'd have the MOST parties to prepare for lol Virginia as number one? Well...you DO have those big office thingys with those people that are important, and go on tv...

Mike Clark
Mike Clark

Because of all the Good Ole Boys! Yee Haa!

Akuma No Shi
Akuma No Shi

LMAO.... I am from Miami and I love Miami, but this it total BULLSHIT!

Gerry Garcia
Gerry Garcia

David Pitch you can see the Ensign flying on the side of my house in Hialeah. I raise at dawn and I lower at dusk. I fly it at half mast on Memorial Day and Veterans Day; as well as on historical dates such as June 6 and December 7. Yo soy un Catracho Americano who proudly served mi pais in United States Navy so SHUT THE FUCK UP.

David Pitch
David Pitch

BULLSHIT, where do you see American flags flying? The Govt buildings as well as other buildings rarely lower their flags on the required days, Police Memorial Day as well as Memorial Day. You do see people waving South American flags but never American so whomever did this poll probably is somewhere in Antartica and doesn't get out much

Aythami Bencomo Bernal
Aythami Bencomo Bernal

Marie Annoual, I never said anybody was a bigot or xenophobe because they believe people should learn English. Straw man argument doesn't fly.

Negishi Sissies
Negishi Sissies

,,,then I`d say, people are Brainwashed! `your` country,please.

Marie Annoual
Marie Annoual

If thats true why would you call someone a bigot for making that statment? If I moved to a south american country I would be excited at having the opportunity to perfect and practice my spanish. Same goes if I moved to France. I believe language is a big part of culture and if you respect another culture and you want to be a part of it you should try to learn the language. Period.

Aythami Bencomo Bernal
Aythami Bencomo Bernal

Marie Annoual, I too believe it is important to learn English as I believe it is important to learn Spanish in places where English and Spanish are the predominant languages. Ignorance is never good.

Marie Annoual
Marie Annoual

I also find it kind of amusing that the people throwing around phrases like "embrace diversity" are the same people putting down the idea of learning english (another language from another country) hypocrisy at its finest

Marie Annoual
Marie Annoual

@ aythami calling someone a bigot and xenophobe because they believe its important to speak english is a pretty big jump to make lol get a grip

Juan Garza
Juan Garza

Dear God no I hate Miami I would never want to go there.

Marie Annoual
Marie Annoual

So let me get this straight, because english isnt the "official" language of the US and regardless of the fact that it is the MOST spoken language and has been regarded

Carlos A Salazar
Carlos A Salazar

@harold masis haha great point, easy way to end the discussion.

Harold Masis
Harold Masis

When did English become the official language of the US? Some States have official languages. But the United States as a country has no official language. So English isn't needed to be patriotic. Stop being goddamn ignorant.

Carlos A Salazar
Carlos A Salazar

Aythami Bencomo Bernal thank you! it's funny I keep seeing them throw around " American Culture this and that" but it's funny how they forget the American Culture is pretty much a fusion of many different cultures. It's like they don't know their own damn history. This country was created by immigrants smart ones.

Zachary Perez
Zachary Perez

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Marivis Suarez
Marivis Suarez

I'm very happy to hear this, because Cuba always going to be my native country and I love it so much, but USA is my adopted country, where most of my memorable life events have took placed. I love this country! Viva USA! Happy 4th of July!!!

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter




Think of how it all started: America was founded by slave owners who informed us, "All men are created equal." All "men," except Indians, iggers, and women. Remember, the founders were a small group of unelected, white, male, land-holding slave owners who also, by the way, suggested their class be the only one allowed to vote. To my mind, that is what's known as being stunningly--and embarrassingly--full of Shit.“ Rich men didn't think themselves anywhere near the equals of poor men. The idea that rich men and poor men were treated as equals is a falsehood often advocated through historic revisionism. If it were otherwise, rich men would have bled on the battlefield along with poor men.”

Aythami Bencomo Bernal
Aythami Bencomo Bernal

Lot's of bigots and xenophobes posting. No big surprise. It's a shame that Americans don't embrace their diversity more. I don't understand why language should be a barrier to patriotism? All over the world countries host many different languages and nations within the state, yet many of those groups feel a part of one country. In Spain we have many different languages and regions but when the Spanish team won the World Cup, everybody felt Spanish. Smh.

Maria Gandarillas
Maria Gandarillas

Really? (Of course any comment out of Miami has to be followed by the word really)

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