These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Miami, FL For 2018


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

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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 Miami, 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 Miami 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 Miami 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.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Miami for 2018:

  1. North Coconut Grove (Homes)
  2. South Coconut Grove (Homes)
  3. Upper Eastside (Homes)
  4. Downtown (Homes)
  5. Little Haiti (Homes)
  6. Coral Way (Homes)
  7. Wynwood (Homes)
  8. Little Havana (Homes)
  9. West Flagler (Homes)
  10. Flagami (Homes)

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

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Miami for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Miami, 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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 13 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 Miami.’ We’re lookin’ at you, North Coconut Grove.

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

1. North Coconut Grove

Population: 10,098
Median Income: $97,016
Median Home Value: $518,518

More on North Coconut Grove: Real Estate | Data

2. South Coconut Grove

Population: 7,644
Median Income: $86,182
Median Home Value: $505,010

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3. Upper Eastside

Upper Eastside Miami, FL

Population: 8,100
Median Income: $48,772
Median Home Value: $342,033

The Upper Eastside is a neighborhood in Miami, Florida, United States. It is north of Edgewater, east of Little Haiti, south of the village of Miami Shores, and sits on Biscayne Bay. In geographical order from south to north and east to west, it contains the subdivisions of Magnolia Park, Bay Point, Morningside, Bayside, Belle Meade, Shorecrest, and Palm Grove. The MiMo District along Biscayne Boulevard in the area is host to many art galleries, shops and restaurants.
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4. Downtown

Downtown Miami, FL

Population: 27,347
Median Income: $58,249
Median Home Value: $227,639

Downtown Miami is an urban city center, based around the Central Business District of Miami, Florida, United States. In addition to the central business district, the area also consists of the Brickell Financial District, Historic District, Government Center, Omni and Park West. The neighborhood is divided by the Miami River and is bordered by Midtown to the north, Biscayne Bay to the east, Civic Center and Overtown to the west, and Coconut Grove to the south.
More on Downtown: Real Estate | Data

5. Little Haiti

Little Haiti Miami, FL

Population: 32,375
Median Income: $25,699
Median Home Value: $121,093

Little Haiti is a neighborhood of Miami, Florida, United States. It is known historically as Lemon City, Little River and Edison. It is home to many Haitian immigrant residents, as well as many residents from the rest of the Caribbean. The fastest growing group in the area is Hispanic.
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6. Coral Way

Coral Way Miami, FL

Population: 59,005
Median Income: $44,668
Median Home Value: $263,264

Coral Way is a neighborhood within Miami, Florida that is defined by Coral Way, a road established by Coral Gables founder George E. Merrick during the 1920s. It is located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States.
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7. Wynwood

Wynwood Miami, FL

Source: Public domain

Population: 16,519
Median Income: $46,652
Median Home Value: $109,552

Wynwood is a neighborhood in Miami, Florida. Wynwood is best known for being a prominent entertainment district, dotted with artwork, restaurants, breweries, clothing stores, dance venues, among other retail options. Formerly an industrial district, the area is highlighted by colorful murals that cover the walls of many of the buildings. It is north of Downtown Miami and Overtown, and adjacent to Edgewater. The Wynwood Art District is one of the most popular sites to visit in the heart of Miami, Florida. Wynwood has two major sub-districts, the Wynwood Art District in northern Wynwood, and the Wynwood Fashion District along West 5th Avenue. Wynwood is roughly divided by North 20th Street to the south, I-195 to the north, I-95 to the west and the Florida East Coast Railway to the east.
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8. Little Havana

Little Havana Miami, FL

Population: 53,761
Median Income: $24,359
Median Home Value: $125,671

Little Havana is a neighborhood of Miami, Florida, United States. Home to many Cuban exiles, as well as many immigrants from Central and South America, Little Havana is named after Havana, the capital and largest city in Cuba.
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9. West Flagler

West Flagler Miami, FL

Population: 46,764
Median Income: $30,443
Median Home Value: $205,248

West Flagler is a neighborhood in Miami, Florida, United States, bisected by Flagler Street. It is roughly located north of the Tamiami Trail and south of North Seventh Street, between State Road 9 to the east and LeJeune Road to the west.
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10. Flagami

Population: 56,446
Median Income: $29,092
Median Home Value: $134,571

The Flagami is a neighborhood of Miami, Florida, United States, roughly defined as south and east of the Tamiami Canal, north of the Tamiami Trail, and west of Red Road, bisected by Flagler Street.
More on Flagami: Real Estate | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Miami

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

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Miami:

  1. Allapattah
  2. Overtown
  3. Model City

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Miami

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 North Coconut Grove 10,098 $518,518 2,044 4.7%
2 South Coconut Grove 7,644 $505,010 2,044 8.3%
3 Upper Eastside 8,100 $342,033 2,044 6.4%
4 Downtown 27,347 $227,639 2,044 5.4%
5 Little Haiti 32,375 $121,093 6,622 11.6%
6 Coral Way 59,005 $263,264 2,619 7.1%
7 Wynwood 16,519 $109,552 4,984 8.6%
8 Little Havana 53,761 $125,671 6,436 6.2%
9 West Flagler 46,764 $205,248 4,833 7.4%
10 Flagami 56,446 $134,571 6,192 7.2%
11 Model City 23,878 $87,738 7,452 12.5%
12 Overtown 9,673 $85,500 7,100 10.8%
13 Allapattah 48,531 $113,134 6,905 8.4%

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