THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Fort Lauderdale For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Fort Lauderdale.
Best Neighborhoods In Fort Lauderdale

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Fort Lauderdale, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to Florida and Fort Lauderdale is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Fort Lauderdale for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Las Olas Isles looks to be the best Fort Lauderdale neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Fort Lauderdale that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Fort Lauderdale

Population: 842
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $750,000 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $106,625 (Third best)
More on Las Olas Isles: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,264
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $467,533 (21st best)
Median Income: $80,084 (20th best)
More on Rio Vista: Homes For Sale | Data

The Rio Vista neighborhood is an affluent community of over 1,000 homes, situated next to downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its name means "River View" in Spanish. It is one of the oldest communities in Fort Lauderdale and features tree-lined streets, sidewalks and unique architecture.

Population: 584
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $487,500 (19th best)
Median Income: $84,167 (16th best)
More on Sunrise Intracoastal: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 449
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $902,800 (Third best)
Median Income: $93,587 (Ninth best)
More on Nurmi Isles: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 291
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $750,000 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $106,625 (Third best)
More on Riviera Isles: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,597
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 20)
Median Home Value: $290,750 (33rd best)
Median Income: $67,358 (28th best)
More on Imperial Point: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,559
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $359,700 (26th best)
Median Income: $85,337 (12th best)
More on Sailboat Bend: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 230
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $750,000 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $106,625 (Third best)
More on Idlewyld: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,806
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 7)
Median Home Value: $531,575 (14th best)
Median Income: $68,749 (26th best)
More on Galt Mile: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 217
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 13)
Median Home Value: $520,500 (17th best)
Median Income: $85,179 (14th best)
More on Harbour Isles: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Fort Lauderdale, FL Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 67 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Fort Lauderdale." We're lookin' at you, Las Olas Isles.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Fort Lauderdale, Florida has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Fort Lauderdale

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale aren't all good. Home Beautiful Park takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Fort Lauderdale.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Fort Lauderdale For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Las Olas Isles 842 $750,000 $106,625
2 Rio Vista 2,264 $467,533 $80,084
3 Sunrise Intracoastal 584 $487,500 $84,167
4 Nurmi Isles 449 $902,800 $93,587
5 Riviera Isles 291 $750,000 $106,625
6 Imperial Point 5,597 $290,750 $67,358
7 Sailboat Bend 2,559 $359,700 $85,337
8 Idlewyld 230 $750,000 $106,625
9 Galt Mile 1,806 $531,575 $68,749
10 Harbour Isles 217 $520,500 $85,179
11 Coral Ridge 5,267 $571,357 $86,435
12 Sunrise Key 310 $673,200 $57,563
13 Harbor Beach 701 $520,500 $85,179
14 Bal Harbour 631 $290,800 $94,375
15 Victoria Park 6,618 $521,022 $79,678
16 Knoll Ridge 2,056 $356,200 $42,308
17 Seven Isles 334 $1,143,300 $154,844
18 Lauderdale Harbours 465 $735,900 $57,542
19 Coral Ridge Country Club 5,176 $478,525 $80,448
20 Poinsettia Heights 2,563 $287,450 $62,863
21 Hendricks And Venice Isles 348 $902,800 $93,587
22 Navarrea Isle 81 $902,800 $93,587
23 Laudergate Isles 404 $290,800 $94,375
24 Colee Hammock 918 $576,200 $77,100
25 Tarpon River 3,287 $251,000 $70,592
26 Boulevard Park Isles 726 $385,500 $65,810
27 Coral Ridge Isles 3,337 $328,133 $58,289
28 Bermuda Riviera 1,442 $207,000 $50,094
29 Central Beach Alliance 1,837 $421,300 $67,128
30 Birch Park 93 $680,600 $80,625
31 Lake Ridge 2,952 $277,050 $40,508
32 Downtown 2,071 $326,100 $82,830
33 Harbour Inlet 339 $520,500 $85,179
34 River Oaks 3,979 $154,233 $56,843
35 Shady Banks 1,039 $248,500 $76,324
36 Beverly Heights 272 $576,200 $77,100
37 Landings 1,647 $230,750 $56,565
38 Dolphin Isles 401 $285,200 $62,800
39 Flamingo Park 1,586 $174,000 $62,500
40 Bay Colony 761 $267,700 $57,955
41 Harbordale 2,067 $419,400 $40,167
42 Riverside Park 4,417 $255,200 $40,600
43 Lauderdale Beach 405 $285,200 $62,800
44 Coral Shores 257 $301,100 $51,875
45 Flagler Heights 3,277 $260,000 $45,126
46 Lake Estates 334 $193,800 $55,175
47 Sunset 4,181 $154,860 $63,172
48 Palm-Aire Village 327 $149,700 $98,125
49 Croissant Park 2,487 $221,567 $53,653
50 Bay Colony Club 266 $267,700 $57,955
51 Middle River Terrace 3,961 $201,500 $33,241
52 Melrose Manors 4,517 $151,520 $34,945
53 South Middle River 9,452 $168,720 $30,640
54 Lauderdale Manors 8,319 $126,250 $32,380
55 Edgewood 2,703 $194,800 $50,786
56 River Run 730 $242,100 $67,822
57 North Golf Estates 398 $193,800 $55,175
58 Lauderdale West 1,065 $73,250 $53,438
59 Poinciana Park 1,929 $406,520 $35,688
60 Progresso Village 739 $273,600 $27,105
61 Dorsey-Riverbend 4,692 $93,400 $24,914
62 Lake Aire Palm View 1,287 $121,000 $35,782
63 Durrs Homeowners 3,367 $84,775 $21,118
64 Dillard Park 1,290 $80,667 $31,199
65 City View Townhome 174 $193,000 $29,583
66 River Garden Sweeting Estate 216 $98,900 $19,375
67 Home Beautiful Park 523 $53,233 $20,448

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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