For much of Miami's history the measure of its economic vitality depended almost exclusively on the tourist trade, but today Miami-Dade County is enjoying its position as a leader in international trade and commerce. In fact, according to an economic study from 2012 by Strategic Information Analysis, Inc., international trade supported more than 105,000 local jobs.
With its proximity to Latin America, Miami is also home to more than 1400 multinational corporations, many of whom have located their regional headquarters there, including the highest density of international banks in the country. Miami's International Airport, the country's top airport for international trade and freight, along with the port of Miami, contribute more than $8 billion to the local economy.
Located in the city's Downtown region, the Digital Realty data centre in Miami, was specifically designed to withstand Category 5 Hurricanes, a type of tropical storm familiar to Florida residents.