There are 7,395 people per square mile in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro area, higher than the national population density of 6,321 Americans per square mile across all U.S. metro areas. Miami also has the highest population density of any Florida metro area.

Population density can have a meaningful impact on home prices in an area. There tends to be more demand for available real estate in more densely populated areas, and home prices are often higher as a result. In Miami a typical home is worth $241,700, more than the national median home value of $194,500. Miami has the third highest median home value of any metro area in the state.

Dense metropolitan areas are often the most congested, with the average worker spending up to 38 minutes commuting to work in some cities. The average commute in Miami lasts 28.1 minutes, longer than the average commute time for Florida as a whole of 27.0 minutes and the highest of any metro area in the state.

One of the most effective deterrents to crime is other people. In denser cities there is often more people and more streetlight to act as natural surveillance that can in some cases prevent petty crime. In the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro area, there were 3,286 property crimes per 100,000 people in 2015, higher than the national property crime rate of 2,487 incidents per 100,000 Americans and higher than the statewide rate of 2,813 property crimes reported per 100,000 residents.

Rank Metro Area Population Density
10 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 6,920.5
9 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 7,395.3
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 7,773.2
7 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 7,980.1
6 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,417.7
5 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI 8,613.4
4 Honolulu, HI 11,548.2
3 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 12,113.9
2 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 12,144.9
1 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 31,251.4