The 10 Worst Hialeah Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Hialeah suburbs 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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Hialeah.

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

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 Hialeah 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Hialeah area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Hialeah proper, although Key Biscayne certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Hialeah are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 50 biggest suburbs of Hialeah 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 Hialeah in terms of quality of life.

What's the worst suburb of Hialeah? Opa Locka ranks as the worst suburb of Hialeah for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Hialeah 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 Hialeah 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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The 10 Worst Hialeah Suburbs To Live For 2021

Opa Locka, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 16,149
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $21,523 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $154,300 (3rd lowest)
More on Opa Locka:  Data | Photos

We'll get the ball rolling with Opa Locka, the absolute worst place to live around Hialeah according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Opa Locka beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the worst in the Hialeah 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 Opa Locka.

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.

Pembroke Park, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,677
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $38,119 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (3highest)
Median Home Value: $84,400 (lowest)
More on Pembroke Park:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 11.4 miles to Hialeah. Income levels here are the 3rd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $38,119 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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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 35,606
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $35,532 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $119,800 (2nd lowest)
More on Lauderdale Lakes:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Hialeah 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 Hialeah suburbs.

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

Homestead, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 68,438
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $47,508 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $222,300 (20th lowest)
More on Homestead:  Data | Photos

If you live in Homestead, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 15th lowest Hialeah suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 15th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Hialeah. Remember, we looked at 50 cities for this study.

Homestead is about 29.2 miles to downtown.

Miami Gardens, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 111,363
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $44,064 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $190,200 (10th lowest)
More on Miami Gardens:  Data | Photos

Miami Gardens has the distinction of being a Hialeah suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Miami Gardens has the 10th lowest home values in the metro Hialeah area, where the median price is $190,200. To put that into perspective, in Key Biscayne, the median income is $156,875, which is the best in the area.

Miami Gardens has an unemployment rate of 7.73% which ranks 7th worst.

Pompano Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 110,062
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $49,518 (17th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $213,700 (17th lowest)
More on Pompano Beach:  Data | Photos

Pompano Beach has 110,062 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 19.246459830976363%.

North Miami, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 62,489
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $41,611 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $202,600 (14th lowest)
More on North Miami:  Data | Photos

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

It's the place with the 10th most out of work residents in the Hialeah metro area (7.59%).

North Lauderdale, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 44,020
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $43,759 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $167,100 (5th lowest)
More on North Lauderdale:  Data | Photos

North Lauderdale is a city about 24.2 miles from Hialeah, but Hialeah 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. North Lauderdale has the 6th most uninsured people, 9th worst incomes, and has the 6th highest unemployment rate (8.07%) in the entire Hialeah metro area.

Homes only cost $167,100 for a reason. That's cheap for Hialeah standards.

West Park, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,012
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $46,765 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (2highest)
Median Home Value: $174,800 (7th lowest)
More on West Park:  Data | Photos

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

About 6.63% of residents are out of work.

Lauderhill, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 71,625
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $41,723 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $154,400 (4th lowest)
More on Lauderhill:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Hialeah suburbs to call home is Lauderhill.

Located 20.7 miles outside the city, Lauderhills is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 5th highest unemployment rate (8.12%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Hialeah for 2021

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 2015-2019, 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 Hialeah.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 50 suburbs to evaluate around Hialeah.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 50 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 Hialeah." We're lookin' at you, Opa Locka. You can download the data here.

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.

The areas around Hialeah where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Hialeah with Opa Locka casting itself ahead of the pack.

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

  • Key Biscayne
  • Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
  • Pinecrest

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Detailed List Of The Worst Hialeah Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Opa Locka 16,149 $21,523 $154,300
2 Pembroke Park 6,677 $38,119 $84,400
3 Lauderdale Lakes 35,606 $35,532 $119,800
4 Homestead 68,438 $47,508 $222,300
5 Miami Gardens 111,363 $44,064 $190,200
6 Pompano Beach 110,062 $49,518 $213,700
7 North Miami 62,489 $41,611 $202,600
8 North Lauderdale 44,020 $43,759 $167,100
9 West Park 15,012 $46,765 $174,800
10 Lauderhill 71,625 $41,723 $154,400
11 North Miami Beach 42,971 $43,788 $194,300
12 Dania Beach 32,008 $47,135 $194,700
13 Oakland Park 44,699 $51,377 $214,600
14 Miami 454,279 $39,049 $317,700
15 Hallandale Beach 39,656 $39,184 $215,600
16 Sweetwater 20,865 $39,920 $178,700
17 Margate 58,023 $45,594 $183,800
18 Fort Lauderdale 180,124 $59,450 $334,000
19 Virginia Gardens 2,311 $50,417 $311,200
20 Hollywood 152,511 $54,251 $254,000
21 Hialeah Gardens 23,709 $53,423 $208,900
22 Sunrise 94,060 $54,744 $205,100
23 Tamarac 65,874 $48,930 $168,900
24 South Miami 12,046 $62,067 $569,300
25 Biscayne Park 3,124 $87,712 $457,300
26 Davie 104,399 $71,780 $309,600
27 Coconut Creek 60,490 $62,973 $192,500
28 Miramar 139,468 $70,669 $299,900
29 Doral 59,972 $77,493 $394,900
30 West Miami 7,788 $49,942 $335,800
31 Miami Beach 90,108 $53,971 $459,000
32 Coral Springs 132,568 $77,360 $354,100
33 Cutler Bay 44,222 $75,101 $287,000
34 Pembroke Pines 170,072 $68,745 $288,700
35 Miami Springs 14,146 $61,795 $410,400
36 Wilton Manors 12,630 $70,465 $326,600
37 Bal Harbour 3,004 $76,962 $1,267,600
38 Southwest Ranches 7,921 $124,591 $641,800
39 Bay Harbor Islands 5,861 $78,169 $362,300
40 Miami Shores 10,459 $123,478 $558,700
41 Miami Lakes 30,864 $75,762 $386,900
42 Palmetto Bay 24,333 $123,477 $562,300
43 Weston 70,614 $107,908 $481,800
44 Sunny Isles Beach 21,942 $55,350 $359,900
45 Aventura 37,303 $63,892 $355,200
46 Surfside 5,725 $69,063 $625,500
47 Coral Gables 50,226 $100,843 $846,100
48 Pinecrest 19,244 $156,875 $949,400
49 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 6,626 $72,537 $441,000
50 Key Biscayne 12,915 $151,310 $1,211,000

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