Best Hollywood Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 55 places around Hollywood 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 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...

What's the best suburb of Hollywood? Key Biscayne ranks as the best suburb of Hollywood for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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.

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 Hollywood Suburbs To Live For 2020

Key Biscayne, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,054
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $133,958
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Key Biscayne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $133,958 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Hollywood region. And only 4.4% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,218,200 each.

Highland Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,858
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $105,929
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Highland Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Highland Beach is the second best 'burb we looked at near Hollywood for 2020.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 4.12% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Surfside, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,817
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $86,088
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Surfside: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Parkland, FL

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 30,471
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $146,094
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Parkland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Parkland ranks as the 4th best suburb of Hollywood 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.

Pinecrest, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,446
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $153,417
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Pinecrest: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Pinecrest.

Pinecrest gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Hollywood area, where houses sell for an average of $919,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Lighthouse Point, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,109
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $81,857
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Lighthouse Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 3.57% which is 9th 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.

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 6,594
Rank Last Year: -
Median Income: $65,417
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 8.4%
More on Lauderdale-By-The-Sea: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 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 12.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Bal Harbour, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,000
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $71,961
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 14.4%
More on Bal Harbour: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bal Harbour 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 4.97% of people lack insurance, good for 5th in the area.

Coral Gables, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 50,931
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $100,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Coral Gables: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Coral Gables?'

Almost.

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.

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.

Miami Shores, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,676
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $110,536
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Miami Shores: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Miami Shores.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Hollywood for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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 55 suburbs to evaluate around Hollywood.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 55 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. 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 Hollywood '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 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, FL 13,054 $133,958
2 Highland Beach, FL 3,858 $105,929
3 Surfside, FL 5,817 $86,088
4 Parkland, FL 30,471 $146,094
5 Pinecrest, FL 19,446 $153,417
6 Lighthouse Point, FL 11,109 $81,857
7 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 6,594 $65,417
8 Bal Harbour, FL 3,000 $71,961
9 Coral Gables, FL 50,931 $100,000
10 Miami Shores, FL 10,676 $110,536
11 Bay Harbor Islands, FL 5,938 $73,639
12 Aventura, FL 37,780 $63,131
13 Miami Lakes, FL 31,050 $73,527
14 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 22,171 $55,209
15 Palmetto Bay, FL 24,564 $115,709
16 Southwest Ranches, FL 7,880 $104,083
17 Weston, FL 70,220 $100,110
18 Boca Raton, FL 95,745 $80,938
19 Wilton Manors, FL 12,534 $64,531
20 Pembroke Pines, FL 168,260 $66,816
21 Miami Beach, FL 91,826 $53,348
22 Doral, FL 58,265 $77,418
23 Miami Springs, FL 14,375 $59,335
24 Coral Springs, FL 131,151 $74,371
25 El Portal, FL 2,143 $74,643
26 Coconut Creek, FL 59,997 $58,627
27 South Miami, FL 12,202 $60,591
28 Miramar, FL 138,168 $70,005
29 Davie, FL 103,132 $66,951
30 Tamarac, FL 64,748 $49,423
31 West Miami, FL 7,373 $48,418
32 Margate, FL 57,427 $45,667
33 Virginia Gardens, FL 2,504 $47,465
34 Sunrise, FL 93,199 $55,043
35 Hialeah Gardens, FL 23,959 $48,026
36 Biscayne Park, FL 3,175 $64,712
37 Fort Lauderdale, FL 178,783 $55,269
38 Delray Beach, FL 67,353 $56,532
39 Hallandale Beach, FL 39,472 $38,319
40 Sweetwater, FL 21,027 $36,133
41 Oakland Park, FL 44,339 $50,380
42 Miami, FL 451,214 $36,638
43 Hialeah, FL 237,285 $33,161
44 Deerfield Beach, FL 79,854 $45,581
45 West Park, FL 14,924 $42,500
46 North Lauderdale, FL 43,829 $42,119
47 Dania Beach, FL 31,810 $46,137
48 Lauderhill, FL 71,328 $40,737
49 North Miami Beach, FL 45,069 $40,952
50 Pompano Beach, FL 108,855 $47,764
51 North Miami, FL 61,435 $40,661
52 Pembroke Park, FL 6,625 $35,236
53 Miami Gardens, FL 112,913 $42,398
54 Lauderdale Lakes, FL 35,254 $36,372
55 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.

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

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