The 10 Worst Hialeah Suburbs For 2022


We used science and data to determine which Hialeah suburbs are the real pits.

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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 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.

What's the worst suburb of Hialeah? Opa Locka ranks as the worst suburb of Hialeah for 2022 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 2022

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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 16,008
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $22,494 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $169,900 (3rd lowest)
More on Opa Locka:  Data | Photos

Opa Locka, FL

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 $40,024 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.

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Population: 6,716
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $40,024 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (20th highest)
Median Home Value: $47,100 (lowest)
More on Pembroke Park:  Data | Photos

Pembroke Park, FL

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 drop out rate is poor compared to other Hialeah suburbs.

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

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4
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Population: 68,937
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $50,723 (17th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (17th highest)
Median Home Value: $235,800 (19th lowest)
More on Homestead:  Data | Photos

Homestead, FL

If you live in Lauderdale Lakes, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 2nd lowest Hialeah suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 13th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Hialeah. Remember, we looked at 51 cities for this study.

Lauderdale Lakes is about 21.5 miles to downtown.

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4
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Population: 36,063
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $36,103 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $122,300 (2nd lowest)
More on Lauderdale Lakes:  Data | Photos

Lauderdale Lakes, FL

Source: Public domain

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

All snarkiness aside, West Park has the 9th lowest home values in the metro Hialeah area, where the median price is $194,600. To put that into perspective, in Key Biscayne, the median income is $166,667, which is the best in the area.

West Park has an unemployment rate of 9.81% which ranks 2nd worst.

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5
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Population: 15,052
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $47,755 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $194,600 (9th lowest)
More on West Park:  Data | Photos

West Park, FL

Miami Gardens has 110,767 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 17.27413176827652%.

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Population: 110,767
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $46,760 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $216,500 (13th lowest)
More on Miami Gardens:  Data | Photos

Miami Gardens, FL

Ah, Pompano Beach. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Hialeah.

It's the place with the 6th most out of work residents in the Hialeah metro area (7.82%).

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5
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Population: 111,202
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $52,565 (20th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $227,600 (16th lowest)
More on Pompano Beach:  Data | Photos

Pompano Beach, FL

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 3rd most uninsured people, 6th worst incomes, and has the 9th highest unemployment rate (7.47%) in the entire Hialeah metro area.

Homes only cost $232,600 for a reason. That's cheap for Hialeah standards.

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4
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Population: 62,468
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $43,562 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $232,600 (18th lowest)
More on North Miami:  Data | Photos

North Miami, FL

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

About 7.49% of residents are out of work.

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5
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Population: 44,189
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $46,594 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $185,000 (6th lowest)
More on North Lauderdale:  Data | Photos

North Lauderdale, FL

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

Located 15.5 miles outside the city, Dania Beachs is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 10th highest unemployment rate (7.26%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 32,125
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $45,187 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $201,600 (10th lowest)
More on Dania Beach:  Data | Photos

Dania Beach, FL

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Hialeah for 2022

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 2016-2020, 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 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 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.

Summary: The areas around Hialeah where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2022

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
  • Bay Harbor Islands

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Detailed List Of The Worst Hialeah Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Opa Locka 16,008 $22,494 $169,900
2 Pembroke Park 6,716 $40,024 $47,100
3 Homestead 68,937 $50,723 $235,800
4 Lauderdale Lakes 36,063 $36,103 $122,300
5 West Park 15,052 $47,755 $194,600
6 Miami Gardens 110,767 $46,760 $216,500
7 Pompano Beach 111,202 $52,565 $227,600
8 North Miami 62,468 $43,562 $232,600
9 North Lauderdale 44,189 $46,594 $185,000
10 Dania Beach 32,125 $45,187 $201,600
11 Lauderhill 71,827 $43,658 $178,500
12 North Miami Beach 42,824 $46,761 $212,300
13 Hallandale Beach 39,782 $40,237 $229,300
14 Miami 461,080 $44,268 $344,300
15 Sweetwater 20,852 $43,391 $176,200
16 Oakland Park 44,950 $53,744 $243,200
17 Fort Lauderdale 181,818 $64,313 $350,900
18 Hollywood 153,834 $54,317 $281,300
19 Tamarac 66,432 $51,799 $186,600
20 Sunrise 94,657 $54,701 $220,600
21 Hialeah Gardens 23,546 $52,979 $227,400
22 Margate 58,465 $46,460 $215,300
23 Virginia Gardens 2,322 $51,797 $353,500
24 Miramar 140,479 $70,477 $314,200
25 Davie 105,594 $74,523 $322,300
26 Cutler Bay 43,928 $75,699 $304,100
27 Coconut Creek 60,935 $65,578 $192,900
28 South Miami 11,958 $66,769 $569,100
29 West Miami 8,152 $49,212 $347,700
30 Doral 62,367 $75,138 $412,500
31 Miami Beach 89,439 $57,211 $441,300
32 Coral Springs 133,370 $77,488 $370,600
33 Miami Springs 14,041 $65,910 $426,300
34 Pembroke Pines 171,979 $68,683 $302,900
35 Bal Harbour 2,980 $77,005 $1,316,400
36 Sunny Isles Beach 21,853 $50,617 $347,700
37 Wilton Manors 12,582 $72,070 $383,200
38 Miami Lakes 31,021 $77,535 $410,300
39 El Portal 2,066 $108,750 $437,100
40 Palmetto Bay 24,308 $123,235 $585,600
41 Surfside 5,665 $57,775 $619,300
42 Weston 70,965 $113,032 $505,400
43 Southwest Ranches 7,947 $133,750 $670,100
44 Aventura 37,151 $65,893 $354,100
45 Miami Shores 10,372 $125,202 $556,100
46 Biscayne Park 3,089 $76,467 $510,300
47 Pinecrest 19,183 $164,419 $938,600
48 Coral Gables 49,937 $103,999 $856,600
49 Bay Harbor Islands 5,832 $99,063 $466,000
50 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 6,703 $69,860 $449,600
51 Key Biscayne 12,867 $166,667 $1,430,100

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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 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the worst suburbs around Hialeah.
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