Miami Ranked One of the Least Sprawled Metros in America

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While you wouldn't know it from rush hour traffic on the Palmetto and Dolphin Expressways, Miami is apparently one of the least sprawled out metro areas in America. According to a new study by Smart Growth America and the Metropolitan Research Center, Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall is the eighth most compact metro in the country. It's also the third most compact major metro area, behind only New York City and the San Francisco Bay area.

The study looked at four major factors, and areas were ranked on a scale on which a score of 100 represents the average. So areas that score more than 100 are more compact than those below 100.

Here's how Miami did:

Development Density: That includes six factors: "1) total density of the urban and suburban census tracts; 2) percent of the population living in low-density suburban areas; 3) percent of the population living in medium- to high-density areas; 4) urban density within total built-upon land; 5) the relative concentration of density around the center of the MSA; and 6) employment density."

Miami scored 160.18.

Land Use Mix: "The balance of jobs to total population and mix of job types within one mile of census block groups, plus the WalkScore of the center of each census tract."

Miami scored 136.41.

Activity centering:"The proportion of people and businesses located near each other is also a key variable to define an area."

Miami scored 117.91.

Street Accessibility: "Measured by combining a number of factors regarding the MSA's street network. The factors are average length of street block; average block size; percent of blocks that are urban in size; density of street intersections; and percent of four-way or more intersections, which serves as a measure of street connectivity."

Miami scored 166.90.

Averaging those scores together, Miami got a final score of 144.12.

That was best for eight overall behind Trenton, New Jersey; Santa Cruz, California; Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; Santa Barbra, California; Atlantic City, New Jersey; San Francisco; and New York.

In case you're wondering, other Florida metros didn't do as well. Ft. Lauderdale came in 38th with a score of 121.41. Gainesville was 76th with a score of 111.36. Tampa was 124th with a score of 98.49. West Palm Beach was 125th with a score of 98.81. Orlando was 156th with a score of 83.97. Jacksonville was 165th with a score of 80.85.

So Florida's reputation for unchecked suburban sprawl is well deserved overall, it's just that Miami isn't contributing to the problem.

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njaa
njaa

Miami/Miami Beach/Kendall? Why exclude the west (Hialeah, Miami Lakes, Doral), north (Miami Gardens, North Miami, Aventura), and south (Cutler Bay, Homestead)?

Justin Miller
Justin Miller

Love it! Have lived all over the globe and am moving myself and my advertising agency to Miami this fall.

Alison Mahoney
Alison Mahoney

Zero lot line residential zoning is allowed in many Dade municipalities. The majority of homes don't have the bigger yards that are evident in other large cities like some that Craig mentioned above.

Jorge Garcia Jr
Jorge Garcia Jr

Oh and Mr.Roger Smith, majority aren't rich at all, they act like it! Lol trust me I know!

Jorge Garcia Jr
Jorge Garcia Jr

Prob is everyone in Miami is compacted into an efficiency somewhere! Lol I'm born & raised in Miami till I was 16 and I wouldn't live in that hell-hole if you paid me too! What a miserable fukn place! Lol

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

too bad no one speaks English and everyone is rich and into fancy crap.

Eddy Gugliotta
Eddy Gugliotta

It's getting pretty heavy, but still acceptable.

Roberto Alba-Bustamante
Roberto Alba-Bustamante

To those of you wondering, they are taking about the metro area - not just the city proper.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Well, let's look at the geography. WHERE THE HELL is Miami going to 'sprawl" to? We got the ocean on the right, the FEDERAL Everglades on the left, a bunch of Keys on the South Side, and to the North? We got Ft Lauderdale. Miami CAN"T Sprawl, now or ever, unless we start building on water, and anybody who's lived through a hurricane is not gonna touch that one. Matter of fact, the next big one is gonna take care of Old Cutler Road all the way to US 1. All them houses Lennar has built on top of Mt Trashmore or the Golf course development up the road? Say bye bye. So, if we rate 'high" on the no-sprawl zone it is only because we aint got nowhere to go :)

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

how big is your illegal problem ?

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

Also, in the 'sprawling' areas of Miami-Dade county, lot sizes are still relatively small compared to sprawling areas in Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, etc. Because these areas are both dense AND car-dependent, it creates tremendous traffic problems. Even the 'sprawl of Miami-Dade county is denser than many parts of Atlanta proper!

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

We have the density but not the walkability. When you consider how much is packed into a relatively small sliver of land between the Everglades and Biscayne Bay, it is amongst one of the densest regions in the USA. With better investment in transit and more mixed-use development, Miami would not just be 'dense' but walkable and more connected as well.

Patrick Garcia
Patrick Garcia

Yeah right..... miami is so spread out.... impossible to live here without a car

Chris Cvnt
Chris Cvnt

LMAO yea DOWNTOWN miami is very compact. This is a BS study.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

When they say "MIAMI", is actually about the metro area.

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

Horribly flawed study. They don't even state what makes up the Metro Area.

EzƦă VɅǹ
EzƦă VɅǹ

Yeah I've lived in 18 cities; and Miami, for all the bitching the locals give, is actually pretty condensed with very reasonable commutes and traffic isn't that bad. I know that sounds hard to believe because I'm sure it was much less when you were growing up here but most major cities are way worse in terms of commutes and traffic.

Rogelio Madan
Rogelio Madan

3rd major metro. 4 through 7 are small metros.

Jo Braga
Jo Braga

Build up not out? Um have you lived through a hurricane? That's a very dumb idea

Rene Flores
Rene Flores

why would you bother to show the Micoussoukee Golf course and West Kendall adn say its Miami!?!?!? OH YEAH...CUZ IT LOOKS FULL!!! Post a Google Map of Little Habana

Rod Sprayberry
Rod Sprayberry

I lived in downtown Los Angeles and have been telling people this for years!

Rene Flores
Rene Flores

Depends what they call MIAMI. City of Miami is TINY...and that is Kendall...idiots

Meli Misley
Meli Misley

The map picture is of Kendall. Not downtown.

Everett Hill
Everett Hill

...so we're in the ghetto category. Big deal!

Sean Weir'd
Sean Weir'd

I did not approve you too post my house

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

The Dolphins have an expressway named after them?


Way to tear apart those numbers. YEA!

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