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Things You Should Know Before Moving to Miramar, FL

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Named after the Miramar district of Havana, Cuba, Miramar is comfortably part of the South Florida metropolitan area. With sunny skies and streets lined with palm trees, this city offers a tropical lifestyle that is alluring and exciting.

Thinking about becoming a South Florida resident in the city of Miramar? Take a look at the following guide for some helpful information about your potential move.

Miramar Climate

Break out your sunglasses and shorts, new Miramar resident, because this South Florida city is characterized by a tropical rainforest-like climate. Summers are hot, and humid with average temperatures ranging from 80 to 90 degrees, with some lows in the 70s. You'll also experience on and off thundershowers in the afternoon quite often.

Winter months are pleasant and warm with temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees, occasional cold fronts and very rare winter freezes. The average precipitation per year is approximately 65-inches. The winter months typically have less rain than in the summer.

Hurricanes and tropical storms are a threat to this area, being so close to the coast. If hurricanes hit, they generally hit between September and October, but hurricane season runs from June through November.

Miramar Neighborhoods

Miramar is mostly residential as it serves as an area for commuters to live in while they travel to the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area for business and other work. If you're working in Miramar, some neighboring areas that are complete with both townhouses and apartments are: Pembroke Pines, Hollywood and West Park.

If you're eager for a taste of city life, you'll have to venture outside of Miramar to Fort Lauderdale or Miami, where you can experience old historic districts as well as modern storefronts and art deco inspired architecture.

Registering Your Car

If you're making a permanent move to Florida, you have 10 days to register your car from the date you begin working in the state, or register a child in a Florida school. You must have proof of ownership of your vehicle, verification of your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), and proof of Florida insurance requirements.

You have 30 days to transfer your existing out of state driver's license to a Florida driver's license. To do so, you will need your primary identification, proof of Social Security Number and two documents verifying your Florida address. The Florida DMV issues over 400,000 new resident licenses per year, and advises you to know your requirements and have your documents ready prior to going to the office.

Miramar Schools

Broward County Public Schools, the sixth largest public school system in the nation and the largest fully accredited school system in the country, serves the Miramar area and the rest of Broward County. The district has over a dozen elementary schools in the city, four middle schools and two high schools.

You will mostly find trade schools located directly in Miramar, but there are plenty of options for higher education nearby. Some notable universities include: Barry University, Broward College, Florida International University and the University of Miami. Pembroke Pines also has a Keiser University campus.

Miramar Employment

As of early 2013, the unemployment rate in Miramar was approximately 5.8 percent - significantly lower than the national average. Depending on what type of job you're looking for, it may be wise to consider booming sectors in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, such as tourism and the health care sector. The median household income is approximately $60,000 in the area.

Some of the city's top employers are: City of Miramar, Broward County School District, Premier Beverage, Comcast, Humana, Quest Diagnostics and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Living Costs in the City

The cost of living in South Florida in general is slightly higher than the national average, mainly when it comes to groceries, fuel and utilities depending on the time of year. Sales tax in the city is 6 percent. The current median list price for single-family homes in the area is approximately $220,000, while the median sales price is slightly lower at approximately $200,000. The price to rent an apartment is slightly high, with one-bedrooms averaging around $1,000 per month not including utilities.

Miramar Moving Resources

Moving and storage companies want to help you with your move to Miramar, whether you're moving from out of state or from another county in Florida. Make sure you get estimates from multiple moving services before you commit to hiring any (at least three estimates). Check back to our guides for tips on how to choose your moving service wisely with important questions to ask, differentiating between types of estimates, and mistakes to avoid. Visit the following pages at Movers.com to get quotes for the following services:

Miramar Transportation

If you live in Miramar, there are a few options for public transportation. Broward County Transit provides the bus system throughout the county, and has connections to the Miami-Dade County Metrobus and the Palm Beach County Palm Train. For air travel, the closest airports are Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport.

Broward County has three major interstates used by those with personal vehicles: I-75, I-95 and I-595, as well as Florida's Turnpike, Highway 869 (Sawgrass Expressway), US 1 and US 441. Traffic is known to be heavy during the morning and evening hours on these major highways.

Culture & Contemporary Life

You'll find an abundance of shopping close by the city, along with hotels and swimming pools, but you will have to travel outside of Miramar to experience the culture of Broward and Miami-Dade County, which is heavily influenced by Cuban culture. Neighboring Fort Lauderdale's entertainment district (Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District) is along Las Olas Boulevard from the beach to downtown, and features Broward County Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Fort Lauderdale, shopping opportunities and restaurants. Head a little further south to Miami, and the sky's the limit with glittering beaches, upscale nightlife and a myriad of sporting events. You will also find authentic Cuban cuisine in almost every corner of the city, including places like Havana Harry's and Versailles Restaurant.

South Florida residents generally cheer on the local teams in Miami. These teams include: Miami Marlins (MLB), the Miami Dolphins (NFL) the Miami Heat (NBA) and the Florida Panthers (NHL). The FIU Panthers and University of Miami Hurricanes are popular college teams in the area.

Miramar Relocation Tips

  • Be prepared for potential tropical storms and hurricanes when living here, or anywhere else in South Florida. Stock up on water, blankets, flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food items and rain gear.

     

  • Traffic in this area is usually heavy. Much of the workforce commutes to and from Miami-Dade County or other areas of Broward County, so leave some extra time for any traveling you do.

     

  • Get a Sun Pass if you're commuting long distances. It cuts down your travel time and you won't have to worry about rummaging for change at toll plazas.

Jenna Farmer  Posted by Jenna Farmer on June 21, 2013

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