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Old 01-03-2012, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Default Best place to raise a multicultural family in Miami

I am a white American originally from NYC, but I lived in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for 8 years and was my two kids have a Dominican father. I speak Spanish well. My current husband is from India (we met in Santo Domingo…long story). I am a graphic designer who works with clients in the US and Latin America. My husband has a business importing and selling human hair extensions from India (Hispanics are a huge market).

For all the reasons above, we are very interested in relocating to the Miami/South Florida area. Right we live in North Florida and I miss speaking Spanish and all the other cultural attributes of a Latin country. I've been trying to learn more about the best areas to live with kids but the posts seemed to be skewed toward people that are looking for white neighborhoods or don't speak Spanish, neither of which are issues for us.

I want a safe, affordable area, good for kids, and accepting of a multicultural/bi-racial family. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:47 PM
 
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Opa Locka, Liberty City, Little Haiti, Miami Gardens, Overtown; these are great areas for you to reside in and really embrace the mulitcultural feel that Miami has to offer.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: West Kendall
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Overtown might be to hip... you'll feel too "not so multicultural" in that place.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Miami
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With 65% of Miami-Dade being hispanic, 20% being black and 15% being white there really aren't many "white" neighborhoods. Most of Miami is pretty mixed. There really aren't any "white" areas left with 15% whites in Miami-Dade being sprinkled throughout the county . There are a few "black" areas like the above members have mentioned Overtown, Little Haiti, Miami Gardens, Liberty City, Opa Locka and Goulds (all areas I wouldn't suggest raising children). And a few hispanic areas where you will only here spanish i.e. Hialeah.

So I wouldn't worry about not find a multi cultural area. What is your price range?
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:52 PM
 
Location: West Kendall
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Overlooking what the person above said, most of Miami is multicultural. Your current relationship and family shouldn't stand out before the eyes of most Miamians. Unless you go to pure black neighborhoods, where the race matters are actually an everyday talk.

Here in Miami, most families are very mixed. Mosst of the time the father is of a different race or ethnic background than the wife and the kids are usually also different from each other. Like, one kid might have black curly hair, and the brother might be blond blue eyed, and the younger sister with a more far-oriental look. In other family you have the Caribbean father with an Andenean mother, etc...

All of them are of course "hispanics" under American demographics, but universally they are still very different from each other. Don't take those numbers mentioned above seriously as they don't work here in Miami at all.

In other words, your relationship won't stand out visually.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Anywhere, in Miami-Dade is diverse and multicultured with people from all over the world. Of course you will find hispanics in almost any neighborhood besides for Little Haiti and the predominately African American neighborhoods.

Any place will be what I think you are looking for, at least coming from North Florida. But price range would help a lot. I do not know if I should say Coral Gables and Miami Beach, or Miami Lakes and Miami Shores or Kendall etc..

From your post now that I read "affordable" I would suggest Miami Lakes. Also Miami Shores is a nice area but it is one of the more "white areas" but still it is diverse compared to North Florida at least.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:29 AM
 
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Miami is divided along ethnic lines and it's not a MULTICULTURAL CITY.
White Hispanics and Jews dominate the city and live in the best neighbourhoods.
"Anglos" are a residual population, only very rich ones prevail in the city during long periods..
Europeans and White Hispanics from Latin Americans areguzzling all the properties they can, buying entire areas left after the last bubble burst.
The city is not MULTICULTURAL at all.
You've got White Hispanics, Jews and MINORITIES.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Miami
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Kendall would probably be your best bet. Seems to be pretty mixed here.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:06 AM
 
Location: West Kendall
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Creative

Miami is divided along ethnic lines and it's not a MULTICULTURAL CITY.
White Hispanics and Jews dominate the city and live in the best neighbourhoods.
"Anglos" are a residual population, only very rich ones prevail in the city during long periods..
Europeans and White Hispanics from Latin Americans areguzzling all the properties they can, buying entire areas left after the last bubble burst.
The city is not MULTICULTURAL at all.
You've got White Hispanics, Jews and MINORITIES.
Well, you are always saying there is no such thing as multiculturalism, not even in NYC.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:10 PM
 
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Overtown might be to hip... you'll feel too "not so multicultural" in that place.
More like Multi-dead.
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