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Miramar, FL (Population: 106,623)

Miramar, with an estimated population of 106,623, was named after a city in Cuba. The name literally means look at the sea. The city is located in Broward County in Southeast Florida. In 2006, Money Magazine named Miramar one of the top 100 places both to live and retire based on criteria including tax and financial costs of living, arts and entertainment, housing, and access to health care.

Miramar was founded as a bedroom community for the cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. As such, the city has retained its small-town feel. With large cities such as Miami such a short distance away, residents have full access to all the culture, cuisine and entertainment that come with big city life while still enjoying the comforts of a family-oriented community.

Miramar has many neighborhood and community parks with a wide variety of sports and recreational activities. Local events include a Cinco de Mayo festival as well as movie nights in the park. Two institutions of higher learning have their campuses in Miramar: DeVry University and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.