Known to be the most populous county in Florida, Miami-Dade County was formerly called Dade County and is now referred to as only Miami by most. It is located in the southeastern part of Florida and has a population of more than 2,400,000 making it occupy more than half of the South Florida metropolitan area. The city of Miami is its county seat. The eastern portion of the county is greatly urbanized with several towering structures and the eastern part is still underdeveloped and consists of the Everglades National Park. Miami-Dade County was created on January 18, 1836 and was named after Major Francis Dade, a soldier who was killed in the Second Seminole War.
The total area of Miami Dade County is around 2,400 square miles. It is bordered by Broward County to the north, Collier County to the northwest and Monroe County to the south and west. A decade ago the population density was about 1,150 per square mile. In the last few years though the state of affairs has improved much and is expected to get better with time. Real Estate prices have more than double in recent years. Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Miami Lakes, Hialeah, Bal Harbour, Homestead, Doral are part of Miami Dade County.
Infrastructural facilities in this county are extremely advanced and the proof of this can be had if one looks at the education and transportation systems. In Florida each county also acts as a school district and in the county of Miami-Dade is served by several schools. Higher education is served by various colleges and universities including University of Miami, Miami Dade College, Florida Memorial University and St. Thomas University. In terms of transportation, the number of expressways Miami-Dade County has, very few counties have and this factor leads to heightened connectivity with the other states. Apart from this, a street grid stretches from downtown Miami throughout the country. Since World War I this grid has been there.
Miami Dade County Real Estate has grown tremendously. As an economy, this place is severely dependant on the agricultural sector. Proof to this fact can be found in the massive amounts of traditional and tropical vegetables the county produces along with tropical fruits and other greenhouse products. In the domestic market local produce competes with imports from other countries in Central America, South America and Europe.
With all modern amenities acting to people's benefit, the county of Miami Dade has a thriving real estate market. Most of the constructions are extremely picturesque and is one of the reasons why people want to settle here. There are currently 16,185 single family homes and 25,537 condos and townhouses listed in the MLS in Miami Dade County. This record high of homes available for sale is unprecedented and is a clear opportunity to purchase now a home or condo at the right price before this buyer's market is over in 2008.