Population: 2.62 million (includes Miami-Dade County)
Median household income: $43,464
Median home price: $221,900
College graduates: 26.3%
Miami's population is pegged to grow at least 6 percent by 2018, and tourism numbers have increased every year for the last four. (Some 14.2 million tourists spent at least one night in the city last year, and all had to eat somewhere.) Those figures alone should make any restaurateur's mouth water, but it's the locals' love of dining out that seals the deal.
According to a 2013 Zagat Guides study, residents eat dinner out 2.7 times each week vs. the national average of 2.3--and they're slightly ahead on the lunch numbers, too (2.2 vs. 2.1 nationally). And when they go out, they spend an average of $43.82 on dinner, vs. the national average of $40.53.
Those attractive stats have one of the kings of upscale dining concepts, chef Tom Colicchio of Craft steakhouse fame, trying out his yet-to-be-named farm-to-table restaurant at the 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach instead of in New York, where he built his reputation.
Need seconds? Miami took this year's top spot on the Growth 40 list of the best markets for expansion compiled by the NPD Group and QSR magazine, which covers quick-service and fast-casual restaurants.
Did you know? Though known for its Cuban residents, Miami-Dade also has America's largest populations of Colombians, Hondurans and Peruvians.