These Are The 10 Best Fort Lauderdale Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 52 places around Fort Lauderdale to identify the most kickass place to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Fort Lauderdale suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Fort Lauderdale are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Highland Beach, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Fort Lauderdale ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best 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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Fort Lauderdale for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Fort Lauderdale was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Fort Lauderdale.

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 Fort Lauderdale.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 50 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Fort Lauderdale.” We’re lookin’ at you, Highland Beach.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Highland Beach, FL

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Population: 3,720
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $102,601
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
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Highland Beach is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Fort Lauderdale area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Highland Beach.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $102,601 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Fort Lauderdale region. And only 4.6% are out of work. Homes average more than $534,200 each.

Surfside, FL

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Population: 5,844
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $73,241
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
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Surfside is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Fort Lauderdale for 2019.

It ranks 9th for incomes in the area and only 8.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

Lighthouse Point, FL

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Population: 11,042
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $80,604
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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Here in Lighthouse Point, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Fort Lauderdale metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Lighthouse Point.

Parkland, FL

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Population: 28,901
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $131,525
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
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Parkland ranks as the 4th best suburb of Fort Lauderdale for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Parkland and the schools are some of the best around.

Aventura, FL

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Population: 37,875
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $57,388
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Aventura.

Aventura gets kudos for having the 17th most expensive homes in the Fort Lauderdale area, where houses sell for an average of $325,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Miami Shores, FL

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Population: 10,756
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $117,188
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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Miami Shores is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 5.7% which is 17th best in the area.

According to online reports, Miami Shores is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Fort Lauderdale area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Bal Harbour, FL

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Population: 2,959
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $70,641
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 17.1%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Bal Harbour.

Bal Harbour schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 17.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Sunny Isles Beach, FL

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Population: 22,175
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,355
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 12.6%
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Sunny Isles Beach is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 12.5% of people lack insurance, good for 14th in the area.

Weston, FL

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Population: 69,802
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,173
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Weston?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Boca Raton, FL

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Population: 93,964
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $76,218
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.4%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Boca Raton.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Fort Lauderdale ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Fort Lauderdale, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Fort Lauderdale Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Highland Beach 3,720 $102,601
2 Surfside 5,844 $73,241
3 Lighthouse Point 11,042 $80,604
4 Parkland 28,901 $131,525
5 Aventura 37,875 $57,388
6 Miami Shores 10,756 $117,188
7 Bal Harbour 2,959 $70,641
8 Sunny Isles Beach 22,175 $52,355
9 Weston 69,802 $96,173
10 Boca Raton 93,964 $76,218
11 Bay Harbor Islands 5,930 $67,092
12 Miami Lakes 31,032 $72,545
13 Southwest Ranches 7,820 $92,228
14 Wilton Manors 12,407 $57,368
15 Pembroke Pines 166,530 $65,805
16 Miami Springs 14,453 $58,605
17 Miami Beach 92,187 $50,193
18 Hypoluxo 2,733 $61,950
19 Coral Springs 130,110 $70,768
20 Doral 56,276 $76,184
21 West Miami 7,046 $46,233
22 Miramar 136,415 $66,560
23 Coconut Creek 59,154 $56,556
24 Davie 101,543 $64,170
25 Tamarac 64,262 $45,474
26 Virginia Gardens 2,515 $47,361
27 Biscayne Park 3,197 $69,750
28 Sunrise 92,272 $53,237
29 El Portal 2,329 $62,344
30 Hollywood 149,750 $50,019
31 Hialeah Gardens 23,834 $47,282
32 Margate 57,045 $43,782
33 Delray Beach 66,453 $53,233
34 Hallandale Beach 39,285 $36,072
35 Boynton Beach 74,483 $50,561
36 Oakland Park 44,085 $48,390
37 Sweetwater 20,989 $36,436
38 Deerfield Beach 79,468 $44,142
39 Miami 443,007 $33,999
40 North Miami Beach 43,963 $40,316
41 Hialeah 237,523 $31,012
42 Pompano Beach 107,542 $44,756
43 Dania Beach 31,526 $42,936
44 North Lauderdale 43,574 $41,841
45 Lauderhill 70,963 $38,805
46 Pembroke Park 6,491 $35,680
47 Miami Gardens 113,187 $41,139
48 North Miami 62,308 $39,723
49 Lauderdale Lakes 34,744 $33,754
50 West Park 14,960 $40,235

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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