These Are The 10 Best Hollywood Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 55 places around Hollywood to identify the most kickass place to live.

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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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Hollywood for 2018:

  1. Key Biscayne (Photos | Homes)
  2. Surfside (Photos | Homes)
  3. Highland Beach (Photos | Homes)
  4. Pinecrest (Photos | Homes)
  5. Coral Gables (Photos | Homes)
  6. Parkland (Photos | Homes)
  7. Lighthouse Point (Photos | Homes)
  8. Miami Shores (Photos | Homes)
  9. Aventura (Photos | Homes)
  10. Bal Harbour (Photos | Homes)

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.

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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 Hollywood for 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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.

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.

1. Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,935
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $1,034,800
Median Income: $124,504
More on Key Biscayne: Real Estate | Data

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 $124,504 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Hollywood region. And only 4.7% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,034,800 each.

2. Surfside

Surfside, Florida

Population: 5,810
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Median Home Price: $561,900
Median Income: $72,266
More on Surfside: Real Estate | Data

Surfside is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Hollywood for 2018.

It ranks 13th for incomes in the area and only 7.8% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

3. Highland Beach

Highland Beach, Florida

Population: 3,689
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $475,200
Median Income: $100,063
More on Highland Beach: Real Estate | Data

Here in Highland Beach, 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 Highland Beach.

4. Pinecrest

Pinecrest, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,272
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $840,900
Median Income: $130,900
More on Pinecrest: Real Estate | Data

Pinecrest ranks as the 4th best suburb of Hollywood for 2018.

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.

5. Coral Gables

Coral Gables, Florida

Population: 50,533
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $696,000
Median Income: $91,452
More on Coral Gables: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Coral Gables.

Coral Gables gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Hollywood area, where houses sell for an average of $696,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Parkland

Parkland, Florida

Population: 28,354
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $490,100
Median Income: $128,292
More on Parkland: Real Estate | Data

Parkland 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 5.8% which is 17th best in the area.

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

7. Lighthouse Point

Lighthouse Point, Florida

Population: 10,946
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Median Home Price: $404,900
Median Income: $77,105
More on Lighthouse Point: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Lighthouse Point.

Lighthouse Point 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 17.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Miami Shores

Miami Shores, Florida

Population: 10,772
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Median Home Price: $442,000
Median Income: $101,047
More on Miami Shores: Real Estate | Data

Miami Shores 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 10.8% of people lack insurance, good for 11th in the area.

9. Aventura

Aventura, Florida

Population: 37,515
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $310,300
Median Income: $55,891
More on Aventura: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Aventura?’

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.

10. Bal Harbour

Bal Harbour, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,917
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Median Home Price: $641,900
Median Income: $49,869
More on Bal Harbour: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 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 2018

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.

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Detailed List Of The Best Hollywood Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Key Biscayne 12,935 4.7% $1,034,800 $124,504
2 Surfside 5,810 3.7% $561,900 $72,266
3 Highland Beach 3,689 4.6% $475,200 $100,063
4 Pinecrest 19,272 4.7% $840,900 $130,900
5 Coral Gables 50,533 3.9% $696,000 $91,452
6 Parkland 28,354 5.8% $490,100 $128,292
7 Lighthouse Point 10,946 5.7% $404,900 $77,105
8 Miami Shores 10,772 5.7% $442,000 $101,047
9 Aventura 37,515 5.9% $310,300 $55,891
10 Bal Harbour 2,917 5.7% $641,900 $49,869
11 Palmetto Bay 24,522 6.8% $467,400 $105,316
12 Sunny Isles Beach 21,937 4.0% $316,100 $52,060
13 Weston 68,893 7.3% $414,100 $93,883
14 Miami Lakes 30,833 3.9% $326,500 $72,225
15 Boca Raton 91,702 6.6% $381,600 $72,970
16 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 6,375 8.3% $417,300 $52,540
17 Bay Harbor Islands 5,885 7.0% $312,800 $61,225
18 Southwest Ranches 7,745 8.6% $585,900 $90,558
19 Wilton Manors 12,270 5.3% $279,900 $53,642
20 Doral 53,426 5.5% $328,600 $74,174
21 Miami Beach 91,784 5.0% $398,600 $47,216
22 Pembroke Pines 164,753 7.3% $225,400 $62,702
23 West Miami 6,652 4.9% $243,700 $43,233
24 Coral Springs 127,673 8.8% $294,300 $67,702
25 Miami Springs 14,430 5.4% $297,200 $54,750
26 Coconut Creek 57,731 8.7% $150,100 $55,451
27 Miramar 133,741 8.4% $228,400 $64,632
28 South Miami 12,207 12.1% $398,100 $60,519
29 Davie 98,717 7.3% $225,500 $61,704
30 Tamarac 63,747 7.0% $127,700 $44,399
31 Virginia Gardens 2,735 7.2% $233,500 $50,789
32 El Portal 2,507 9.1% $303,100 $61,146
33 Sunrise 91,177 8.2% $150,800 $50,297
34 Biscayne Park 3,203 9.7% $354,700 $61,667
35 Fort Lauderdale 175,153 9.1% $273,400 $51,648
36 Margate 56,245 9.4% $135,800 $42,430
37 Delray Beach 65,044 9.5% $207,100 $51,829
38 Hialeah Gardens 23,351 5.8% $148,000 $43,576
39 Hallandale Beach 38,951 10.0% $163,700 $34,400
40 Oakland Park 43,660 10.6% $163,700 $46,447
41 Deerfield Beach 78,642 9.6% $124,900 $42,106
42 Sweetwater 20,718 6.5% $118,100 $33,741
43 Miami 432,622 9.4% $241,200 $31,642
44 Dania Beach 31,046 10.6% $167,300 $43,202
45 North Lauderdale 43,087 9.1% $110,600 $42,035
46 Pompano Beach 106,004 10.8% $165,300 $42,641
47 North Miami Beach 43,722 11.0% $155,500 $38,058
48 Lauderhill 70,452 12.6% $103,700 $37,597
49 Hialeah 235,626 9.1% $163,600 $29,817
50 Pembroke Park 6,259 5.6% $68,600 $35,065
51 West Park 14,884 13.5% $128,800 $39,657
52 Miami Gardens 112,514 13.7% $141,600 $39,012
53 North Miami 62,158 11.3% $157,900 $37,490
54 Lauderdale Lakes 34,321 15.9% $93,400 $32,894
55 Opa-Locka 16,245 10.5% $98,900 $17,933

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