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:
- North Coconut Grove (Homes)
- South Coconut Grove (Homes)
- Upper Eastside (Homes)
- Downtown (Homes)
- Little Haiti (Homes)
- Coral Way (Homes)
- Wynwood (Homes)
- Little Havana (Homes)
- West Flagler (Homes)
- 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.
If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Florida check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Florida
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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
Median Income: $97,016
Median Home Value: $518,518
2. South Coconut Grove
Median Income: $86,182
Median Home Value: $505,010
3. Upper Eastside
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.
More on Upper Eastside: Real Estate | Data
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
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.
More on Little Haiti: Real Estate | Data
6. Coral Way
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.
More on Coral Way: Real Estate | Data
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.
More on Wynwood: Real Estate | Data
8. Little Havana
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.
More on Little Havana: Real Estate | Data
9. West Flagler
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.
More on West Flagler: Real Estate | Data
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:
- Model City
For more reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Florida
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Florida
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Florida
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Miami
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|2||South Coconut Grove||7,644|