These Are The 10 Best Miami Suburbs For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth 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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Miami for 2019:

  1. Key Biscayne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Surfside (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Pinecrest (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Coral Gables (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Aventura (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Miami Shores (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Bal Harbour (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Sunny Isles Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Weston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Bay Harbor Islands (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

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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 Miami for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs 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 (2013-2017) 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 47 suburbs to evaluate around Miami.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 47 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.

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

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,074
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $128,563
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
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 $128,563 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Miami region. And only 430.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,137,100 each.

Surfside, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,844
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $73,241
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
More on Surfside: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Surfside is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Miami for 2019.

It ranks 11th for incomes in the area and only 8.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 6th best.

Pinecrest, FL

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7
/10

Population: 19,441
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $152,643
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
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: 50,909
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,887
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Coral Gables: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coral Gables ranks as the 4th best suburb of Miami for 2019.

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.

Aventura, FL

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8.5
/10

Population: 37,875
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $57,388
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
More on Aventura: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Aventura.

Aventura gets kudos for having the 18th most expensive homes in the Miami area, where houses sell for an average of $325,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Miami Shores, FL

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8.5
/10

Population: 10,756
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $117,188
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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 570.0% which is 17th 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.

Bal Harbour, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 2,959
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $70,641
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 17.1%
More on Bal Harbour: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Bal Harbour.

Bal Harbour 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 9.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 22,175
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $52,355
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 12.6%
More on Sunny Isles Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sunny Isles Beach 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 12.5% of people lack insurance, good for 15th in the area.

Weston, FL

Source: City Of Weston
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 69,802
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $96,173
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Weston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Weston?’

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.

Bay Harbor Islands, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,930
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Income: $67,092
Unemployment Rate: 8.9%
Poverty Rate: 11.3%
More on Bay Harbor Islands: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Bay Harbor Islands.

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 Miami ‘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 Miami, 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 Miami Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Key Biscayne 13,074 $128,563
2 Surfside 5,844 $73,241
3 Pinecrest 19,441 $152,643
4 Coral Gables 50,909 $96,887
5 Aventura 37,875 $57,388
6 Miami Shores 10,756 $117,188
7 Bal Harbour 2,959 $70,641
8 Sunny Isles Beach 22,175 $52,355
9 Weston 69,802 $96,173
10 Bay Harbor Islands 5,930 $67,092
11 Palmetto Bay 24,679 $107,612
12 Miami Lakes 31,032 $72,545
13 Islandia 3,352 $90,966
14 Southwest Ranches 7,820 $92,228
15 Florida 2,845 $85,655
16 Wilton Manors 12,407 $57,368
17 Pembroke Pines 166,530 $65,805
18 Doral 56,276 $76,184
19 Miami Springs 14,453 $58,605
20 Miami Beach 92,187 $50,193
21 Cutler Bay 44,721 $70,473
22 West Miami 7,046 $46,233
23 Miramar 136,415 $66,560
24 Davie 101,543 $64,170
25 South Miami 12,255 $62,305
26 Tamarac 64,262 $45,474
27 Virginia Gardens 2,515 $47,361
28 Biscayne Park 3,197 $69,750
29 Sunrise 92,272 $53,237
30 El Portal 2,329 $62,344
31 Fort Lauderdale 177,175 $52,315
32 Hollywood 149,750 $50,019
33 Hialeah Gardens 23,834 $47,282
34 Hallandale Beach 39,285 $36,072
35 Oakland Park 44,085 $48,390
36 Sweetwater 20,989 $36,436
37 North Miami Beach 43,963 $40,316
38 Dania Beach 31,526 $42,936
39 Hialeah 237,523 $31,012
40 Pembroke Park 6,491 $35,680
41 Lauderhill 70,963 $38,805
42 Miami Gardens 113,187 $41,139
43 North Miami 62,308 $39,723
44 West Park 14,960 $40,235
45 Lauderdale Lakes 34,744 $33,754
46 Homestead 67,354 $43,150
47 Florida City 12,149 $34,545

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