Best Miami Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 47 places around Miami to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami? Key Biscayne ranks as the best suburb of Miami 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 Miami '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 Miami 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 Miami area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Key Biscayne."

Everyone here is rich; families average $133,958 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Miami region. And only 4.4% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,218,200 each.

Surfside, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,817
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $86,088
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Surfside: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Surfside is the second best 'burb we looked at near Miami for 2020.

It ranks 10th for incomes in the area and only 3.73% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Pinecrest, FL

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,446
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $153,417
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Pinecrest: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Pinecrest, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Miami 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 Pinecrest.

Coral Gables, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 50,931
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $100,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Coral Gables: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coral Gables ranks as the 4th best suburb of Miami for 2020.

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

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.

Bal Harbour, FL

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,000
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $71,961
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 14.4%
More on Bal Harbour: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Bal Harbour.

Bal Harbour gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Miami area, where houses sell for an average of $1,017,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Miami Shores, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,676
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $110,536
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Miami Shores: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 4.97% which is 16th best in the area.

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

Bay Harbor Islands, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,938
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $73,639
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Poverty Rate: 12.7%
More on Bay Harbor Islands: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Bay Harbor Islands.

Bay Harbor Islands 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 9.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Miami Lakes, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 31,050
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $73,527
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
More on Miami Lakes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Miami Lakes 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 10.98% of people lack insurance, good for 15th in the area.

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.

Aventura, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 37,780
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Income: $63,131
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
More on Aventura: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 22,171
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $55,209
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 12.7%
More on Sunny Isles Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Sunny Isles Beach.

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 Miami for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Miami 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 Miami.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 48 suburbs to evaluate around Miami.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 48 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 Miami." 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 Miami '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 Miami, 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 Miami Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Key Biscayne, FL 13,054 $133,958
2 Surfside, FL 5,817 $86,088
3 Pinecrest, FL 19,446 $153,417
4 Coral Gables, FL 50,931 $100,000
5 Bal Harbour, FL 3,000 $71,961
6 Miami Shores, FL 10,676 $110,536
7 Bay Harbor Islands, FL 5,938 $73,639
8 Miami Lakes, FL 31,050 $73,527
9 Aventura, FL 37,780 $63,131
10 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 22,171 $55,209
11 Palmetto Bay, FL 24,564 $115,709
12 Weston, FL 70,220 $100,110
13 Florida, FL 2,836 $89,022
14 Southwest Ranches, FL 7,880 $104,083
15 Islandia, FL 3,345 $95,379
16 Wilton Manors, FL 12,534 $64,531
17 Doral, FL 58,265 $77,418
18 Pembroke Pines, FL 168,260 $66,816
19 Miami Springs, FL 14,375 $59,335
20 Cutler Bay, FL 44,801 $72,226
21 Miami Beach, FL 91,826 $53,348
22 El Portal, FL 2,143 $74,643
23 South Miami, FL 12,202 $60,591
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 Sunrise, FL 93,199 $55,043
30 Fort Lauderdale, FL 178,783 $55,269
31 Biscayne Park, FL 3,175 $64,712
32 Hialeah Gardens, FL 23,959 $48,026
33 Hollywood, FL 151,056 $51,917
34 Hallandale Beach, FL 39,472 $38,319
35 Sweetwater, FL 21,027 $36,133
36 Oakland Park, FL 44,339 $50,380
37 Hialeah, FL 237,285 $33,161
38 Lauderhill, FL 71,328 $40,737
39 West Park, FL 14,924 $42,500
40 Dania Beach, FL 31,810 $46,137
41 North Miami Beach, FL 45,069 $40,952
42 Pembroke Park, FL 6,625 $35,236
43 North Miami, FL 61,435 $40,661
44 Miami Gardens, FL 112,913 $42,398
45 Lauderdale Lakes, FL 35,254 $36,372
46 Homestead, FL 68,424 $43,568
47 Opa Locka, FL 16,420 $17,908
48 Florida City, FL 12,096 $35,794

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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.