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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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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%.
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 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.
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.
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
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