Jax vs. Miami: Downtowns Headed in Opposite Directions?

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Both cities were developed in the era of sunbelt sprawl and both have visions of downtown revitalization. However, one has ambitions of international greatness and the other is still in search of its identity. Today, Metro Jacksonville visits the downtown streets of a Sunbelt city attempting to transform itself into an internationally known walkable community: Miami.

Tale of the Tape

City of Miami highlighted in red.

To help Jaxsons gain a better understanding of the scale of Miami, here are a few statistics of the city in relation to Jacksonville:

Miami's (red) city limits overlayed over Jacksonville's city limits. Jacksonville's pre-consolidated city limits are highlighted in green.


Miami City Population 2014: 430,332 (City); 5,929,819 (Metro 2014) - (incorporated in 1896)

Jacksonville City Population 2014: 853,382 (City); 1,419,127 (Metro 2014) - (incorporated in 1832)

City population 1950: Jacksonville (204,517); Miami (249,276)

City Land Area

Miami: 35.68 square miles
Jacksonville: 757.7 square miles

Metropolitan Area Growth rate (2010-2014)

Miami: +6.56%
Jacksonville: +5.46%

Urban Area Population (2010 census)

Miami: 5,502,379 (ranked 4 nationwide)
Jacksonville: 1,065,219 (ranked 40 nationwide)

Urban Area Population Density (2010 census)

Miami: 4,442.4 people per square mile
Jacksonville: 2,008.5 people per square mile

City Population Growth from 2010 to 2014

Miami: +30,875
Jacksonville: +31,598

Convention Center Exhibition Space:

Miami: Miami Convention Center (1982) - 28,000 square feet*
Jacksonville: Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center (1985) - 78,500 square feet

*-The proposed Marriott Marquis Miami Worldcenter Hotel & Expo will include a 100,000-square-foot exhibition hall when it opens in downtown Miami in 2018. In addition, the Miami Beach Convention center has 500,000 square foot exhibition hall in Miami Beach.

Tallest Building:

Miami: Four Seasons Hotel Miami - 789 feet
Jacksonville: Bank of America Tower - 617 feet

Who's Downtown Is More Walkable?

Miami: 89 out of 100, according to 2015 walkscore.com
Jacksonville: 72 out of 100, according to 2015 walkscore.com

Who's Downtown Is More Bicycle Friendly?

Miami: 60 out of 100, according to 2015 walkscore.com
Jacksonville: 71 out of 100, according to 2015 walkscore.com

Next Page: Downtown Miami Photo Tour

Map of Downtown Miami, including Metrorail and Metromover transit routes and stations.

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