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Many Latinos Now Call Miami Home

Many Latinos Now Call Miami Home

Posted by Liliana Castaño on March 12, 2014

After studying medicine in Caracas, Venezuela, Luis Arias packed his bags and headed to Miami for his residency, and later to Boston to complete his fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. But Miami was the city he decided to settle in and call home once he graduated as a rheumatologist.

Arias is engaged to be married to another doctor, Margarita Perez, a cardiologist who is from the Dominican Republic. Arias' sister just married a Cuban, he said, reflecting how Miami’s diversity is intertwining. “I like that I'm surrounded by other Latin people," he said. "You have access to all the things you enjoy in your country while being in the US.”

Miami is a majority Latino city -- 70 percent of its population is Hispanic. And while Cuban-Americans still comprise over half of the city's population -- 54 percent -- the city's Hispanic composition is changing. According to a Pew Hispanic report, about 13 percent of Miami-Dade's Latinos are from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, and 32 percent are from other Central and South American countries such as Guatemala, Colombia, El Salvador, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Honduras and Brazil

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