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Miami is one of the most exciting cities in the world, but there’s a dark side, survey says

The Miami skyline seen from the Port of Miami.
The Miami skyline seen from the Port of Miami. Miami Herald file | 2015

On Monday, lifestyle experts at global entertainment magazine Time Out released its Time Out City Life Index, tracking 32 of the most exciting cities in the world.

Of course, Miami made the list. We were graded on dining, drinking, culture, nightlife, neighborhoods, friendliness, affordability, happiness, and general pride.

No. 1? Chicago.

Where did we rank? Out of 32 amazing jet setter destinations, including London, Istanbul and Madrid, we are at 27.

Hmmm. We can do better. We should do better. Especially since the No. 1 city on TO’s list is frosty, windy Chicago. OK so this Midwestern hub has “an outstanding food and bar scene,” but we do, too.

The poll of 15,000 anonymous people discovered 92 percent of those surveyed are satisfied with our culinary situation; 85 percent of the people polled ate out at least once a week even though that endeavor is pricey. An average night out in Miami is about $120 for two, the survey averaged. No wonder over half of those asked said they were hungover in the last week alone. Sixty one percent agree that the city is a money suck. According to a November study by the online marketplace Apartment List, Miami-Dade County has the biggest percentage of cost-burdened renters of any major city in the U.S.

SO are we a happy bunch? Eighty percent said yes — and we are optimistic about our future and the city’s. Maybe because we’re having so much sex: 84 percent of participants said hooking up is a breeze in our town. Blame it on the alcohol?

Meanwhile, though Miami may be OK, the state of Florida came in dead last in Thrillist’s Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States.

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