These Are The 10 Worst Miami Suburbs For 2019

We used science to determine which Miami burbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the worst suburbs around Miami.

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Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Miami.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Miami ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Miami area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Miami proper, although Key Biscayne certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Miami are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

We examined the 47 biggest suburbs of Miami to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t necessarily find them on the worst places to live in Florida lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Miami in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Miami for 2019:

  1. Florida City (Photos)
  2. Homestead (Photos)
  3. Lauderdale Lakes (Photos)
  4. West Park (Photos)
  5. North Miami (Photos)
  6. Miami Gardens (Photos)
  7. Lauderhill (Photos)
  8. Pembroke Park (Photos)
  9. Hialeah (Photos)
  10. Dania Beach (Photos)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Miami that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Florida check out the best places in Florida overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Miami too.

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Miami for 2019

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2013-2017, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Miami.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 47 suburbs to evaluate around Miami.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 47 in each category, where 1 was the “worst”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the “Worst Suburb near Miami.” We’re lookin’ at you, Florida City.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

Florida City, FL

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Population: 12,149
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $34,545 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 21.9% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $110,800 (3rd lowest)
More on Florida City:  Data | Photos

We’ll get the ball rolling with Florida City, the absolute worst place to live around Miami according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Florida City beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 3rd worst in the Miami area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 3rd worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it’s cheap to live there. But there’s a reason for that… it’s Florida City.

You won’t feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren’t a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

Homestead, FL

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Population: 67,354
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $43,150 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $166,700 (11th lowest)
More on Homestead:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Homestead. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 25.9 miles to Miami. Income levels here are the 13th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $43,150 a year, which doesn’t go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Lauderdale Lakes, FL

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Population: 34,744
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $33,754 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.5% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $101,600 (2nd lowest)
More on Lauderdale Lakes:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Miami suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Lauderdale Lakes on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that’s an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Miami suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

West Park, FL

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Population: 14,960
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $40,235 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.0% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $155,600 (7th lowest)
More on West Park:  Data | Photos

If you live in West Park, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 9th lowest Miami suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 4th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Miami. Remember, we looked at 47 cities for this study.

West Park is about 14.2 miles to downtown.

North Miami, FL

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Population: 62,308
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $39,723 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $167,700 (12th lowest)
More on North Miami:  Data | Photos

North Miami has the distinction of being a Miami suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, North Miami has the 12th lowest home values in the metro Miami area, where the median price is $167,700. To put that into perspective, in Key Biscayne, the median income is $152,643, which is the best in the area.

North Miami has an unemployment rate of 10.3% which ranks 7th worst.

Miami Gardens, FL

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Population: 113,187
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $41,139 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.0% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $155,700 (8th lowest)
More on Miami Gardens:  Data | Photos

Miami Gardens has 113,187 residents that probably know it’s a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you’ve ever been there, you don’t need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 21.5%.

Lauderhill, FL

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Population: 70,963
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $38,805 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.9% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $114,500 (4th lowest)
More on Lauderhill:  Data | Photos

Ah, Lauderhill. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Miami.

It’s the place with the 6th most out of work residents in the Miami metro area (10.9%).

Pembroke Park, FL

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Population: 6,491
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $35,680 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (47th highest)
Median Home Value: $77,100 (1st lowest)
More on Pembroke Park:  Data | Photos

Pembroke Park is a city about 15.0 miles from Miami, but Miami probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You’d be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Pembroke Park has the 6th most uninsured people, 4th worst incomes, and has the 47th highest unemployment rate (2.2%) in the entire Miami metro area.

Homes only cost $77,100 for a reason. That’s cheap for Miami standards.

Hialeah, FL

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Population: 237,523
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $31,012 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (24th highest)
Median Home Value: $174,300 (14th lowest)
More on Hialeah:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near Miami, then Hialeah might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Miami suburb.

About 7.2% of residents are out of work.

Dania Beach, FL

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Population: 31,526
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $42,936 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $174,700 (16th lowest)
More on Dania Beach:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Miami suburbs to call home is Dania Beach.

Located 19.7 miles outside the city, Dania Beachs is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 9th highest unemployment rate (9.9%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Miami where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2019

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Miami with Florida City casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Miami aren’t all bad. Key Biscayne takes the cake as the best place to live around Miami.

  • Key Biscayne
  • Surfside
  • Pinecrest

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Detailed List Of The Worst Miami Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Florida City 12,149 $34,545 $110,800
2 Homestead 67,354 $43,150 $166,700
3 Lauderdale Lakes 34,744 $33,754 $101,600
4 West Park 14,960 $40,235 $155,600
5 North Miami 62,308 $39,723 $167,700
6 Miami Gardens 113,187 $41,139 $155,700
7 Lauderhill 70,963 $38,805 $114,500
8 Pembroke Park 6,491 $35,680 $77,100
9 Hialeah 237,523 $31,012 $174,300
10 Dania Beach 31,526 $42,936 $174,700
11 North Miami Beach 43,963 $40,316 $170,100
12 Sweetwater 20,989 $36,436 $139,000
13 Oakland Park 44,085 $48,390 $174,900
14 Hallandale Beach 39,285 $36,072 $174,400
15 Fort Lauderdale 177,175 $52,315 $297,200
16 Hollywood 149,750 $50,019 $217,100
17 Hialeah Gardens 23,834 $47,282 $160,500
18 El Portal 2,329 $62,344 $343,200
19 Sunrise 92,272 $53,237 $165,500
20 Biscayne Park 3,197 $69,750 $392,200
21 Virginia Gardens 2,515 $47,361 $267,200
22 Tamarac 64,262 $45,474 $140,100
23 South Miami 12,255 $62,305 $480,700
24 Davie 101,543 $64,170 $240,500
25 Miramar 136,415 $66,560 $264,200
26 West Miami 7,046 $46,233 $267,200
27 Cutler Bay 44,721 $70,473 $235,000
28 Miami Beach 92,187 $50,193 $416,700
29 Miami Springs 14,453 $58,605 $339,500
30 Doral 56,276 $76,184 $349,800
31 Pembroke Pines 166,530 $65,805 $245,900
32 Wilton Manors 12,407 $57,368 $301,900
33 Florida 2,845 $85,655 $257,800
34 Southwest Ranches 7,820 $92,228 $600,800
35 Miami Lakes 31,032 $72,545 $345,400
36 Islandia 3,352 $90,966 $305,300
37 Palmetto Bay 24,679 $107,612 $489,600
38 Bay Harbor Islands 5,930 $67,092 $373,800
39 Weston 69,802 $96,173 $442,600
40 Sunny Isles Beach 22,175 $52,355 $323,700
41 Bal Harbour 2,959 $70,641 $755,500
42 Miami Shores 10,756 $117,188 $482,200
43 Aventura 37,875 $57,388 $325,400
44 Coral Gables 50,909 $96,887 $750,400
45 Pinecrest 19,441 $152,643 $887,700
46 Surfside 5,844 $73,241 $596,800
47 Key Biscayne 13,074 $128,563 $1,137,100

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