What in the world does it mean to live in Unincorporated Dade County?

So, I was thinking today on one of my day dreaming tangents and I was wondering.  What the heck does it mean to live in Unincorporated Dade County. So I let my fingers do the walking and hit the internet trail to see what I could find.

So first off, I found that:

[Miami-Dade] county is home to 35 incorporated cities and many unincorporated areas
source: WikipediaMiami Dade County

So being that we are in an unincorporated area means that:

In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation which is instead administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country.
source: WikipediaUnincorporated area

Then, according to this MIAMI-DADE COUNTY MUNICIPALITIES Map there are a lot of areas  in Miami-Dade that are considered ‘unincorporated’.

[ Unincorporated areas are in white

My question is: So what does that mean to me?

So far from what I can find it means: (please correct me if any of these are vague or wrong)

  • taxes can either be higher or lower depending on the area
  • you don’t pay city taxes
  • the area is served by a local police force, not the county
  • Businesses that are located in unincorporated don’t pay business License Tax or Occupational License
Did I miss anything?  Anything I should add or that is plainly wrong?  
Please comment and I will update the post đŸ™‚

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