The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Fort Lauderdale For 2021


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale that 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 fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Fort Lauderdale.
Worst Neighborhoods In Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale's neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You've got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there's a neighborhood for everyone in Fort Lauderdale.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it's not all rainbows and sunshine in Fort Lauderdale. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

So the question arises, which Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Fort Lauderdale hoods need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Fort Lauderdale area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Las Olas Isles ranks way above the rest.

We examined 64 of Fort Lauderdale's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Fort Lauderdale's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Fort Lauderdale for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Home Beautiful Park looks to be the worst neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale.

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

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best. Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Fort Lauderdale.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Fort Lauderdale For 2021

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Population: 523
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,233 (worst)
Median Income: $20,448 (2nd worst)
More on Home Beautiful Park:  Data

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Population: 216
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $98,900 (6th worst)
Median Income: $19,375 (worst)
More on River Garden Sweeting Estate:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,290
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $80,667 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $31,199 (8th worst)
More on Dillard Park:  Data

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3
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Population: 3,367
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $84,775 (4th worst)
Median Income: $21,118 (3rd worst)
More on Durrs Homeowners:  Data

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4
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Population: 174
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $193,000 (14th worst)
Median Income: $29,583 (6th worst)
More on City View Townhome:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,287
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $121,000 (7th worst)
Median Income: $35,782 (13th worst)
More on Lake Aire Palm View:  Data

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4
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Population: 4,692
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $93,400 (5th worst)
Median Income: $24,914 (4th worst)
More on Dorsey-Riverbend:  Data

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6
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Population: 1,929
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $406,520 (42nd worst)
Median Income: $35,688 (12th worst)
More on Poinciana Park:  Data

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5
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Population: 739
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $273,600 (28th worst)
Median Income: $27,105 (5th worst)
More on Progresso Village:  Data

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5
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Population: 1,065
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $73,250 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $53,438 (22nd worst)
More on Lauderdale West:  Data

How we determined the worst Fort Lauderdale hoods in 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 places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale:

  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one's willing to pay to live here)
  • High crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a "Worst Score".

The neighborhood with the lowest "Worst Score" ranks as the worst neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Fort Lauderdale to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 64 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

The 'hoods around Fort Lauderdale that are really hoods

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale with Home Beautiful Park landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale aren't all bad. Las Olas Isles takes the cake as the best place to live in Fort Lauderdale.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Fort Lauderdale For 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Home Beautiful Park 523 $53,233 $20,448
2 River Garden Sweeting Estate 216 $98,900 $19,375
3 Dillard Park 1,290 $80,667 $31,199
4 Durrs Homeowners 3,367 $84,775 $21,118
5 City View Townhome 174 $193,000 $29,583
6 Lake Aire Palm View 1,287 $121,000 $35,782
7 Dorsey-Riverbend 4,692 $93,400 $24,914
8 Poinciana Park 1,929 $406,520 $35,688
9 Progresso Village 739 $273,600 $27,105
10 Lauderdale West 1,065 $73,250 $53,438
11 Edgewood 2,703 $194,800 $50,786
12 River Run 730 $242,100 $67,822
13 Lauderdale Manors 8,319 $126,250 $32,380
14 South Middle River 9,452 $168,720 $30,640
15 Melrose Manors 4,517 $151,520 $34,945
16 Bay Colony Club 266 $267,700 $57,955
17 Middle River Terrace 3,961 $201,500 $33,241
18 Croissant Park 2,487 $221,567 $53,653
19 Flagler Heights 3,277 $260,000 $45,126
20 North Golf Estates 398 $193,800 $55,175
21 Sunset 4,181 $154,860 $63,172
22 Lake Estates 334 $193,800 $55,175
23 Harbordale 2,067 $419,400 $40,167
24 Coral Shores 257 $301,100 $51,875
25 Bay Colony 761 $267,700 $57,955
26 Lauderdale Beach 405 $285,200 $62,800
27 Riverside Park 4,417 $255,200 $40,600
28 Dolphin Isles 401 $285,200 $62,800
29 Flamingo Park 1,586 $174,000 $62,500
30 River Oaks 3,979 $154,233 $56,843
31 Beverly Heights 272 $576,200 $77,100
32 Landings 1,647 $230,750 $56,565
33 Harbour Inlet 339 $520,500 $85,179
34 Lake Ridge 2,952 $277,050 $40,508
35 Bermuda Riviera 1,442 $207,000 $50,094
36 Colee Hammock 918 $576,200 $77,100
37 Coral Ridge Isles 3,337 $328,133 $58,289
38 Central Beach Alliance 1,837 $421,300 $67,128
39 Tarpon River 3,287 $251,000 $70,592
40 Boulevard Park Isles 726 $385,500 $65,810
41 Laudergate Isles 404 $290,800 $94,375
42 Hendricks And Venice Isles 348 $902,800 $93,587
43 Navarrea Isle 81 $902,800 $93,587
44 Coral Ridge Country Club 5,176 $478,525 $80,448
45 Poinsettia Heights 2,563 $287,450 $62,863
46 Victoria Park 6,618 $521,022 $79,678
47 Lauderdale Harbours 465 $735,900 $57,542
48 Knoll Ridge 2,056 $356,200 $42,308
49 Bal Harbour 631 $290,800 $94,375
50 Downtown 2,071 $326,100 $82,830
51 Coral Ridge 5,267 $571,357 $86,435
52 Galt Mile 1,806 $531,575 $68,749
53 Harbour Isles 217 $520,500 $85,179
54 Birch Park 93 $680,600 $80,625
55 Sunrise Key 310 $673,200 $57,563
56 Harbor Beach 701 $520,500 $85,179
57 Sunrise Intracoastal 584 $487,500 $84,167
58 Imperial Point 5,597 $290,750 $67,358
59 Rio Vista 2,264 $467,533 $80,084
60 Riviera Isles 291 $750,000 $106,625
61 Idlewyld 230 $750,000 $106,625
62 Sailboat Bend 2,559 $359,700 $85,337
63 Nurmi Isles 449 $902,800 $93,587
64 Las Olas Isles 842 $750,000 $106,625