Real Estate

Miami Has the Least Toilets Per Capita of Any Major U.S. City

The internet is constantly ranking cities to the point where we wonder if there's any criteria left to rate cities by. Well, Real Estate firm Redfin has come up with a novel ranking: toilets per capita.

As it turns out, Miami has the least amount of residential toilets per capita of any of the major markets where Redfin does business.

Redfin combed through county recorder data to find out the amount of toilets in each residential property, and then combined that with the latest population statistics. Each city includes the surrounding metro area.

Turns out Miami only has 62 toilets per 100 residents. Fort Lauderdale comes in tied for second-to-last, but even they have nine more toilets per 100 residents with a total of 71. So not only is Miami last, but it's not even close.

Interestingly, our third South Florida-mate, West Palm Beach, came in 7th on the list with a luxurious 93 toilets per 100 residents.

So why is Miami so low on bathroom thrones?

"Miami was one of the first places to have large-scale condos," reports Redfin agent Bohdan Mastykaz. "A lot of our condo stock was built in the 1960s and 1970s -- and with fewer bathrooms than you'd have today. The idea was to build for empty-nesters looking to downsize, and so you'd have a one-bed, one-bath that a couple would share, or even a two-bed, one-bath unit. Builders were selling practicality. As of yet, there's not the urge to tear down or gut these buildings -- we're talking 200 to 400 units in a building, where most people are still reasonably comfortable."

Though he notes with all this new construction will come new toilets. Especially considering most of the high-rises going up in Downtown, Edgewater and the Beach cater to the luxury market, and we all know rich people hate sharing toilets. So Miami's latest condo boom will likely result in a toilet boom as well.

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Kyle Munzenrieder