These Are The 10 Best Hollywood Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 55 places around Hollywood 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 Hollywood 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 Hollywood 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 Key Biscayne, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

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

Or feel free to check out some more reading about Florida:

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 Hollywood for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Hollywood 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 Hollywood.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 53 suburbs to evaluate around Hollywood.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 53 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 Hollywood.” We’re lookin’ at you, Key Biscayne.

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.

Key Biscayne, FL

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Population: 13,074
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $128,563
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
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Key Biscayne is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Hollywood area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Key Biscayne.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $128,563 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Hollywood region. And only 4.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,137,100 each.

Highland Beach, FL

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Population: 3,720
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $102,601
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
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Highland Beach is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Hollywood for 2019.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 2.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Surfside, FL

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Population: 5,844
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $73,241
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
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Here in Surfside, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Hollywood 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 Surfside.

Pinecrest, FL

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Population: 19,441
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $152,643
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
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Pinecrest ranks as the 4th best suburb of Hollywood for 2019.

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

Parkland, FL

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Population: 28,901
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $131,525
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Parkland.

Parkland gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the Hollywood area, where houses sell for an average of $548,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Lighthouse Point, FL

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Population: 11,042
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $80,604
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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Lighthouse Point 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 3.8% which is 6th best in the area.

According to online reports, Lighthouse Point is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Hollywood area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Coral Gables, FL

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Population: 50,909
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $96,887
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Coral Gables.

Coral Gables 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 24.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Review Of Coral Gables by HomeSnacks User

Coral Gables is a world-class neighborhood. The school system is one of the best in the nation and crime is almost non-existent. Aside from high real estate prices, definitely the place to be.

Miracle mile is definitely the highlight of Coral Gables. A fun place to walk around, shop and dine to your heart’s content.

Aventura, FL

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Population: 37,875
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $57,388
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
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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 8.9% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

Miami Shores, FL

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Population: 10,756
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $117,188
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Miami Shores?’


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.

Bal Harbour, FL

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Population: 2,959
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $70,641
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 17.1%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Bal Harbour.

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 Hollywood ‘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 Hollywood, 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 Hollywood Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Key Biscayne 13,074 $128,563
2 Highland Beach 3,720 $102,601
3 Surfside 5,844 $73,241
4 Pinecrest 19,441 $152,643
5 Parkland 28,901 $131,525
6 Lighthouse Point 11,042 $80,604
7 Coral Gables 50,909 $96,887
8 Aventura 37,875 $57,388
9 Miami Shores 10,756 $117,188
10 Bal Harbour 2,959 $70,641
11 Sunny Isles Beach 22,175 $52,355
12 Weston 69,802 $96,173
13 Boca Raton 93,964 $76,218
14 Bay Harbor Islands 5,930 $67,092
15 Palmetto Bay 24,679 $107,612
16 Miami Lakes 31,032 $72,545
17 Southwest Ranches 7,820 $92,228
18 Wilton Manors 12,407 $57,368
19 Pembroke Pines 166,530 $65,805
20 Miami Springs 14,453 $58,605
21 Coral Springs 130,110 $70,768
22 Miami Beach 92,187 $50,193
23 Doral 56,276 $76,184
24 West Miami 7,046 $46,233
25 Coconut Creek 59,154 $56,556
26 Miramar 136,415 $66,560
27 Davie 101,543 $64,170
28 South Miami 12,255 $62,305
29 Tamarac 64,262 $45,474
30 Virginia Gardens 2,515 $47,361
31 Biscayne Park 3,197 $69,750
32 Sunrise 92,272 $53,237
33 El Portal 2,329 $62,344
34 Hialeah Gardens 23,834 $47,282
35 Fort Lauderdale 177,175 $52,315
36 Margate 57,045 $43,782
37 Delray Beach 66,453 $53,233
38 Hallandale Beach 39,285 $36,072
39 Oakland Park 44,085 $48,390
40 Sweetwater 20,989 $36,436
41 Deerfield Beach 79,468 $44,142
42 Miami 443,007 $33,999
43 North Miami Beach 43,963 $40,316
44 Hialeah 237,523 $31,012
45 Pompano Beach 107,542 $44,756
46 Dania Beach 31,526 $42,936
47 North Lauderdale 43,574 $41,841
48 Pembroke Park 6,491 $35,680
49 Lauderhill 70,963 $38,805
50 Miami Gardens 113,187 $41,139
51 North Miami 62,308 $39,723
52 West Park 14,960 $40,235
53 Lauderdale Lakes 34,744 $33,754

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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