These Are The 10 Best Miami Suburbs


We analyzed over 72 places around Miami 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 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:

  1. Key Biscayne (Photos)
  2. Surfside (Photos)
  3. Bay Harbor Islands
  4. Palm Beach (Photos)
  5. Lighthouse Point
  6. Pinecrest (Photos)
  7. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (Photos)
  8. Coral Gables (Photos)
  9. Doral (Photos)
  10. Palmetto Bay (Photos)

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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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Miami

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

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Miami, Fl Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 72 suburbs to evaluate around Miami.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 72 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.

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1. Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,774
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $908,400
Median Income: $121,023

2. Surfside

Surfside, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,927
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Median Home Price: $457,700
Median Income: $70,042

3. Bay Harbor Islands


Population 2014: 5,847
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $230,900
Median Income: $55,196

4. Palm Beach

Palm Beach, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,344
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $931,700
Median Income: $105,700

5. Lighthouse Point


Population 2014: 10,693
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%
Median Home Price: $331,600
Median Income: $74,732

6. Pinecrest

Pinecrest, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,914
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Median Home Price: $716,900
Median Income: $122,235

7. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea


Population 2014: 6,241
Unemployment Rate: 10.4%
Median Home Price: $392,900
Median Income: $54,533

8. Coral Gables

Coral Gables, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,319
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Median Home Price: $621,800
Median Income: $93,590

9. Doral

Doral, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,363
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Median Home Price: $296,400
Median Income: $72,623

10. Palmetto Bay

Palmetto Bay, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,214
Unemployment Rate: 8.6%
Median Home Price: $429,900
Median Income: $108,360

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

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 Burbs To Live Around Miami

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Key Biscayne 1 12,774 4.7% $908,400 $121,023
Surfside 2 5,927 5.6% $457,700 $70,042
Bay Harbor Islands 3 5,847 6.8% $230,900 $55,196
Palm Beach 4 8,344 4.4% $931,700 $105,700
Lighthouse Point 5 10,693 8.4% $331,600 $74,732
Pinecrest 6 18,914 6.4% $716,900 $122,235
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 7 6,241 10.4% $392,900 $54,533
Coral Gables 8 49,319 7.2% $621,800 $93,590
Doral 9 49,363 6.3% $296,400 $72,623
Palmetto Bay 10 24,214 8.6% $429,900 $108,360
Sunny Isles Beach 11 21,583 6.2% $273,300 $45,972
Parkland 12 25,895 6.9% $473,000 $126,905
Cooper City 13 32,058 8.4% $290,900 $91,285
Aventura 14 36,979 8.3% $288,200 $59,657
North Palm Beach 15 12,272 5.2% $229,600 $56,460
Weston 16 67,567 8.5% $382,900 $91,613
North Bay Village 17 7,453 4.3% $222,000 $50,421
Cutler Bay 18 42,573 8.1% $179,700 $62,130
Miami Lakes 19 30,396 7.0% $298,500 $65,269
Wellington 20 59,022 8.3% $293,900 $81,481
Jupiter 21 57,625 5.7% $268,800 $70,240
Miami Springs 22 14,255 11.4% $288,700 $52,021
Southwest Ranches 23 7,583 10.9% $568,900 $101,198
Boca Raton 24 88,187 8.7% $354,800 $71,867
Wilton Manors 25 11,994 12.1% $248,100 $50,618
Miami Beach 26 90,669 5.7% $341,000 $42,547
Miami Shores 27 10,736 11.6% $363,600 $88,977
Coral Springs 28 125,150 11.1% $269,600 $66,271
Palm Beach Gardens 29 50,147 6.9% $284,600 $67,102
Plantation 30 88,486 8.1% $236,900 $66,886
Tequesta 31 5,756 4.9% $287,400 $54,787
Pembroke Pines 32 159,920 9.9% $202,800 $61,539
South Miami 33 12,036 11.9% $354,100 $54,101
West Miami 34 6,197 13.0% $209,400 $37,432
Miramar 35 128,414 11.4% $194,000 $64,987
North Lauderdale 36 42,354 11.2% $102,500 $42,610
Davie 37 95,721 9.1% $200,800 $58,924
Sunrise 38 88,391 9.9% $137,300 $49,370
Fort Lauderdale 39 171,137 12.2% $243,600 $48,898
Hialeah Gardens 40 22,660 12.2% $152,600 $41,967
Royal Palm Beach 41 35,482 8.6% $184,400 $66,620
Margate 42 54,929 11.4% $118,600 $42,599
Hollywood 43 145,128 11.9% $172,800 $46,419
Coconut Creek 44 55,590 9.5% $139,400 $53,316
Tamarac 45 62,478 10.0% $116,600 $43,250
West Park 46 14,604 18.1% $110,000 $40,140
Pembroke Park 47 6,220 9.0% $64,600 $32,364
Delray Beach 48 62,828 12.2% $176,900 $50,833
Greenacres 49 38,444 11.4% $99,800 $43,235
Miami 50 416,432 12.5% $211,400 $30,858
North Miami Beach 51 43,028 14.6% $142,600 $38,130
Oakland Park 52 42,795 12.7% $150,600 $45,137
Lantana 53 10,822 14.1% $116,300 $43,458
Hialeah 54 232,311 13.1% $152,700 $29,959
Sweetwater 55 20,562 10.1% $105,100 $31,858
West Palm Beach 56 102,283 10.3% $173,000 $45,027
Hallandale Beach 57 38,270 14.7% $144,700 $33,838
North Miami 58 60,756 14.1% $146,300 $36,776
Boynton Beach 59 70,355 13.3% $136,900 $44,973
Miami Gardens 60 110,867 16.6% $129,200 $39,545
Deerfield Beach 61 77,341 11.0% $106,100 $38,209
Pompano Beach 62 103,234 13.5% $154,900 $40,534
Lauderhill 63 69,082 16.4% $97,700 $37,691
Lake Park 64 8,317 14.5% $134,100 $33,861
Dania Beach 65 30,531 14.5% $155,600 $40,222
Palm Springs 66 21,302 14.2% $89,400 $34,081
Lake Worth 67 35,903 15.8% $131,600 $37,036
Homestead 68 63,459 12.3% $110,700 $40,250
Lauderdale Lakes 69 33,710 19.4% $87,000 $33,070
Riviera Beach 70 33,123 17.2% $128,900 $38,300
Opa-Locka 71 15,867 13.6% $100,800 $19,243
Florida City 72 11,853 28.7% $104,000 $26,539

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