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For other uses, see South Florida (disambiguation).
The Florida peninsula, seen from the International Space Station, with South Florida in the foreground

South Florida is a region of the U.S. state of Florida. As the name implies, it comprises the southernmost part of the state. It is one of Florida's three most common "directional" regions, the others being Central Florida and North Florida. It includes the populous Miami metropolitan area, the Florida Keys, and other localities. South Florida is the only part of the continental United States with a tropical climate.

Area[edit]

As with all vernacular regions, South Florida has no official boundaries or status, and is defined differently by different sources. A 2007 study of Florida's regions by Ary Lamme and Raymond K. Oldakowski found that Floridians surveyed identified "South Florida" as comprising the southernmost sections of peninsular Florida. This area includes the Miami metropolitan area (generally defined as Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties), the Florida Keys, and the interior region known as the Glades. Additionally, South West Florida, representing the state's southern Gulf Coast, has emerged as a directional vernacular region. Some respondents from as far northwest as the southern Tampa Bay area identified their region as being in South Florida rather than South West or Central Florida.[1]

Enterprise Florida, the state's economic development agency, identifies "Southeast Florida" as one of eight economic regions used by the agency and other state and outside entities, including the Florida Department of Transportation. Some entities alternately designate this region "South Florida".[2] Its definition includes much of the same territory as Lamme and Oldakowski's report (minus the Gulf Coast and much of the interior Glades region) plus additional area. It includes Monroe County (the Keys) and the three metropolitan counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach, as well as the three "Treasure Coast" counties of Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin to the north.[3]

Culture and attributes[edit]

Lamme and Oldakowski identify several demographic, political, and cultural elements that characterize South Florida and distinguish it from other areas of the state. Many of its differences appear to be driven by its proportionately higher level of migration from the northern U.S. states and from the Caribbean and Latin America, particularly in the densely populated Miami area.[4] Politically, South Florida is more liberal than the rest of the state. While less than 10% of people in either North or Central Florida felt their area was liberal, over a third of South Floridians described their region as such.[5] 38% characterized the area as conservative; 26% as moderate.[5] This tracks with South Florida's demographics, and Lamme and Oldakowski's findings parallel Barney Warf and Cynthia Waddell's research on Florida's political geography during the 2000 Presidential election.[5][6] The economy in South Florida is very similar to that in Central Florida. Compared to the more diversified economy in North Florida, tourism is by far the most significant industry in South and Central Florida, with a much smaller but vibrant agricultural industry.[7]

Lamme and Oldakowski's survey also found some cultural indicators distinguishing South Florida. South Florida is the only region of the state where ethnic foods are as popular as general American cuisine.[8] Additionally, while there was little geographical variation for most styles of music, there was regional variation for both country and Latin music. Country was significantly less popular in South Florida than in North or Central Florida, while Latin was more popular than in the other regions.[8]

The Anthony J. Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University notes the unusual growth pattern of South Florida. Unlike many areas with centralized cities surrounded by development, most of South Florida is preserved natural area and designated agricultural reserves, with development restricted to a dense, narrow strip along the coast. The developed area is highly urbanized and increasingly continuous and decentralized, with no particular dominant core cities. The center projects this pattern to continue in the future.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lamme & Oldakowsi, p. 329.
  2. ^ "Charting the Course" uses "the term 'Southeast' Florida interchangeably with 'South' Florida" for this region; p. 3.
  3. ^ "Charting the Course", p. 2–3.
  4. ^ Lamme & Oldakowsi, p. 330.
  5. ^ a b c Lamme & Oldakowsi, p. 336.
  6. ^ Warf & Waddell, pp. 88.
  7. ^ Lamme & Oldakowsi, pp. 336–337.
  8. ^ a b Lamme & Oldakowsi, p. 337.
  9. ^ "Charting the Course", p. 3.

References[edit]

  • Lamme, Ary J.; Oldakowski, Raymond K. (2007). "Spinning a New Geography of Vernacular Regional Identity: Florida in the Twenty-First Century". Southeastern Geographer (University of North Carolina Press) 47 (2): 320–340. doi:10.1353/sgo.2007.0029. 
  • Warf, Barney; Waddell, Cynthia Waddell (2002). "Florida in the 2000 Presidential Election: Historical Precedents and Contemporary Landscapes". Political Geography 21: 85–90. doi:10.1016/S0962-6298(01)00063-4. 
  • Anthony J. Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University (2006). Charting the Course: Where is South Florida Heading?. Florida Atlantic University. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 


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