The 10 Worst Hialeah Suburbs For 2023

We used data and Friday Night Science to identify the worst suburbs of Hialeah for 2023. The worst Hialeah suburbs are Opa Locka and Pembroke Park.

The suburbs of Hialeah call to all types of people looking to escape city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Hialeah to avoid all the hustle and bustle.

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 Saturday Night Science to determine which Hialeah ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Hialeah area if you will. Realistically, you can only expect some of 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 51 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.

Now don’t freak out.

What’s the worst suburb of Hialeah? Opa Locka ranks as the worst suburb of Hialeah for 2023 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.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

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The 10 Worst Hialeah Suburbs To Live For 2023

Opa Locka, FL

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Population: 16,310
Median Income: $27,734 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $197,400 (4th lowest)
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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 4th 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

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Population: 6,269
Median Income: $40,260 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $0 (100th lowest)
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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 $40,260 a year, which only goes so far even on a shoestring budget.

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

Homestead, FL

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Population: 78,885
Median Income: $52,334 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $253,200 (18th lowest)
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Back up the highway we go for the third worst Hialeah suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Homestead 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 dropout rate is poor compared to other Hialeah suburbs.

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

West Park, FL

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Population: 15,074
Median Income: $52,102 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $251,300 (16th lowest)
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If you live in West Park, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 13th lowest Hialeah suburb for median household incomes.

Not only that, but this is the 2nd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Hialeah. Remember, we looked at 51 cities for this study.

West Park is about 10.7 miles to downtown.

Lauderdale Lakes, FL

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Population: 35,898
Median Income: $40,217 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $160,300 (lowest)
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Lauderdale Lakes has the distinction of being a Hialeah suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Lauderdale Lakes has the lowest home values in the metro Hialeah area, where the median price is $160,300. The median income is $167,990.

Lauderdale Lakes has an unemployment rate of 7.76% which ranks 9th worst.

Pompano Beach, FL

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Population: 111,423
Median Income: $56,109 (20th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $245,100 (12th lowest)
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Pompano Beach has 111,423 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 15.621200731315716%.

Dania Beach, FL

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Population: 31,703
Median Income: $44,477 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $217,400 (8th lowest)
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Ah, Dania Beach. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Hialeah.

It’s the place with the 7th most out of work residents in the Hialeah metro area (8.43%).

North Miami, FL

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Population: 60,449
Median Income: $44,283 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $250,200 (15th lowest)
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North Miami is a city about 8.6 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 Miami has the 2nd most uninsured people, 5th worst incomes, and has the 14th highest unemployment rate (6.68%) in the entire Hialeah metro area.

Homes only cost $250,200 for a reason. That’s cheap for Hialeah standards.

Miami Gardens, FL

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Population: 111,706
Median Income: $51,067 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $252,600 (17th lowest)
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If you absolutely have to live near Hialeah, then Miami Gardens might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Hialeah suburb.

About 8.52% of residents are out of work.

Lauderhill, FL

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Population: 73,935
Median Income: $44,634 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $190,800 (2nd lowest)
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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 8th highest unemployment rate (7.96%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Hialeah for 2023

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

It’s Saturday Night Science.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2017-2021, 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 dropouts
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

We defined a suburb as any town within 30 miles of Hialeah.

We also limited the analysis to places with over 1,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 51 suburbs to evaluate around Hialeah.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 51 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 looking at you, Opa Locka.

We updated this article for 2023, which reflects our tenth time ranking the worst suburbs around Hialeah.

Summary: The areas around Hialeah where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2023

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
  • El Portal
  • Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

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Detailed List Of The Worst Hialeah Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Opa Locka 16,310 $27,734 $197,400
2 Pembroke Park 6,269 $40,260 $0
3 Homestead 78,885 $52,334 $253,200
4 West Park 15,074 $52,102 $251,300
5 Lauderdale Lakes 35,898 $40,217 $160,300
6 Pompano Beach 111,423 $56,109 $245,100
7 Dania Beach 31,703 $44,477 $217,400
8 North Miami 60,449 $44,283 $250,200
9 Miami Gardens 111,706 $51,067 $252,600
10 Lauderhill 73,935 $44,634 $190,800
11 Hallandale Beach 41,004 $41,905 $230,300
12 North Lauderdale 44,579 $49,426 $199,700
13 Sweetwater 19,426 $46,224 $202,200
14 Oakland Park 44,092 $55,700 $267,400
15 Miami 440,807 $47,860 $369,100
16 North Miami Beach 43,357 $52,223 $230,800
17 Hollywood 152,597 $56,912 $296,000
18 Fort Lauderdale 182,247 $66,994 $364,100
19 Tamarac 71,140 $54,114 $197,300
20 Sunrise 96,220 $61,830 $249,700
21 Hialeah Gardens 22,917 $55,276 $249,200
22 Margate 58,331 $52,881 $230,900
23 Cutler Bay 44,865 $73,075 $327,400
24 Coconut Creek 57,553 $68,024 $216,900
25 Virginia Gardens 2,229 $64,286 $366,800
26 Davie 104,782 $77,453 $344,800
27 Miami Beach 83,469 $59,162 $450,700
28 Doral 73,126 $77,774 $420,300
29 West Miami 7,090 $59,436 $363,700
30 Miramar 134,306 $75,200 $333,500
31 Bal Harbour 3,037 $81,424 $1,357,500
32 Pembroke Pines 170,346 $73,024 $324,300
33 Coral Springs 133,693 $81,944 $393,300
34 South Miami 11,997 $67,110 $577,500
35 Biscayne Park 3,117 $65,000 $516,200
36 Sunny Isles Beach 22,234 $51,760 $363,400
37 Miami Springs 13,880 $73,991 $436,700
38 Aventura 39,734 $70,257 $347,800
39 Miami Lakes 30,582 $84,504 $443,600
40 Miami Shores 11,551 $127,721 $590,100
41 Weston 68,148 $122,929 $528,800
42 Wilton Manors 11,525 $81,250 $425,000
43 Surfside 5,665 $67,544 $628,800
44 Palmetto Bay 24,327 $131,605 $617,900
45 Southwest Ranches 7,613 $139,980 $698,100
46 Bay Harbor Islands 5,880 $79,824 $386,300
47 Coral Gables 49,269 $113,623 $867,700
48 Pinecrest 18,405 $166,801 $937,600
49 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 6,231 $71,841 $481,500
50 El Portal 1,756 $94,821 $523,700
51 Key Biscayne 14,530 $167,990 $1,246,700
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

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