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Miramar, FL 33027
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South Florida is becoming the nation’s worst place to rent


“The wages that are being paid have little bearing on a worker’s ability to pay that monthly rent, “said Dr. Edward Murray, associate director with the Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University.

Evictions Coming Fast and Furious


Murray said affordable housing has become so scarce that rents are rising in places like Homestead. What’s worse, the county’s economy still hasn’t recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent Metropolitan Center report showed that Miami-Dade lost 134,459 jobs between February 2020 and June 2021, the majority in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

South Florida apartment crunch: Locals squeezed out, as demand from newcomers leads to record rents


No hard data shows newcomers are better positioned to afford higher rents than locals. Yet, while some out-of-staters are getting local jobs at income levels that have long lagged states like New York and California, it is likely not a majority, said Nika Zyryanova, research specialist at FIU’s Metropolitan Center.

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COVID-19 Economic Recovery Index©
Interact with our newly developed COVID-19 Economic Recovery Index© where we track the local economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

View recent reports published by the Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center.

Using infographics, our staff prepares a brief analysis of issues of interest to the community.

Policy Briefs
As part of our commitment to providing local and state public and private decision-makers with relevant information on issues affecting South Florida, the FIU Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center is proud to present Policy Briefings.

Find recent webinars and highlights of our research projects on our YouTube page!