Best Fort Lauderdale Suburbs To Live For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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...

What's the best suburb of Fort Lauderdale? Highland Beach ranks as the best suburb of Fort Lauderdale for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Florida:

The 10 Best Fort Lauderdale Suburbs To Live For 2020

Highland Beach, FL

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Population: 3,858
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $105,929
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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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 $105,929 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Fort Lauderdale region. And only 4.36% are out of work. Homes average more than $592,800 each.

Surfside, FL

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Population: 5,817
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $86,088
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
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Surfside is the second best 'burb we looked at near Fort Lauderdale for 2020.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 3.73% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Lighthouse Point, FL

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Population: 11,109
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $81,857
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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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: 30,471
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $146,094
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
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Parkland ranks as the 4th best suburb of Fort Lauderdale for 2020.

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.

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL

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Population: 6,594
Rank Last Year: -
Median Income: $65,417
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 8.4%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea gets kudos for having the 10th most expensive homes in the Fort Lauderdale area, where houses sell for an average of $443,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Bal Harbour, FL

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Population: 3,000
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $71,961
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 14.4%
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Bal Harbour 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 2.84% which is 3rd best in the area.

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

Miami Shores, FL

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Population: 10,676
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $110,536
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Miami Shores.

Miami Shores 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 19.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Aventura, FL

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Population: 37,780
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Income: $63,131
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
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Aventura 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 6.68% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

Bay Harbor Islands, FL

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Population: 5,938
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $73,639
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Poverty Rate: 12.7%
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Is 'Everything Better In Bay Harbor Islands?'


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.

Miami Lakes, FL

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Population: 31,050
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $73,527
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Miami Lakes.

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.

Review Of Miami Lakes by HomeSnacks User

I love how Miami lakes is so beautiful and safe also very quiet. They have many markets and places to eat they are a nice people also in Miami lakes.

The area is very good and the people are friendly.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Fort Lauderdale for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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 52 suburbs to evaluate around Fort Lauderdale.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 52 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. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Fort Lauderdale 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Fort Lauderdale Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Highland Beach, FL 3,858 $105,929
2 Surfside, FL 5,817 $86,088
3 Lighthouse Point, FL 11,109 $81,857
4 Parkland, FL 30,471 $146,094
5 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 6,594 $65,417
6 Bal Harbour, FL 3,000 $71,961
7 Miami Shores, FL 10,676 $110,536
8 Aventura, FL 37,780 $63,131
9 Bay Harbor Islands, FL 5,938 $73,639
10 Miami Lakes, FL 31,050 $73,527
11 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 22,171 $55,209
12 Weston, FL 70,220 $100,110
13 Boca Raton, FL 95,745 $80,938
14 Southwest Ranches, FL 7,880 $104,083
15 Wilton Manors, FL 12,534 $64,531
16 Pembroke Pines, FL 168,260 $66,816
17 Hypoluxo, FL 2,742 $62,200
18 Doral, FL 58,265 $77,418
19 Miami Beach, FL 91,826 $53,348
20 Miami Springs, FL 14,375 $59,335
21 Coral Springs, FL 131,151 $74,371
22 El Portal, FL 2,143 $74,643
23 Coconut Creek, FL 59,997 $58,627
24 Miramar, FL 138,168 $70,005
25 Davie, FL 103,132 $66,951
26 Tamarac, FL 64,748 $49,423
27 West Miami, FL 7,373 $48,418
28 Virginia Gardens, FL 2,504 $47,465
29 Margate, FL 57,427 $45,667
30 Sunrise, FL 93,199 $55,043
31 Hollywood, FL 151,056 $51,917
32 Hialeah Gardens, FL 23,959 $48,026
33 Biscayne Park, FL 3,175 $64,712
34 Delray Beach, FL 67,353 $56,532
35 Boynton Beach, FL 75,720 $53,504
36 Hallandale Beach, FL 39,472 $38,319
37 Sweetwater, FL 21,027 $36,133
38 Oakland Park, FL 44,339 $50,380
39 Miami, FL 451,214 $36,638
40 Hialeah, FL 237,285 $33,161
41 Deerfield Beach, FL 79,854 $45,581
42 West Park, FL 14,924 $42,500
43 North Lauderdale, FL 43,829 $42,119
44 Lauderhill, FL 71,328 $40,737
45 Dania Beach, FL 31,810 $46,137
46 North Miami Beach, FL 45,069 $40,952
47 Pompano Beach, FL 108,855 $47,764
48 North Miami, FL 61,435 $40,661
49 Pembroke Park, FL 6,625 $35,236
50 Miami Gardens, FL 112,913 $42,398
51 Lauderdale Lakes, FL 35,254 $36,372
52 Opa Locka, FL 16,420 $17,908

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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.

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