THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Miami, FL For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Miami 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 Miami.
Best Neighborhoods In Miami

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.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Miami for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Coral Way looks to be the best Miami neighborhood to live in.

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.

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 Miami

Coral Way Miami, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 59,189
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $311,115 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $49,574 (Seventh best)
More on Coral Way: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 10,440
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $592,500 (First best)
Median Income: $99,136 (Second best)
More on North Coconut Grove: Homes For Sale | Data

Downtown Miami, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 30,065
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $273,208 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $71,374 (Fourth best)
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 59,021
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $151,929 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $30,687 (Ninth best)
More on Flagami: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

West Flagler Miami, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 49,734
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $229,267 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $31,236 (Eighth best)
More on West Flagler: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 112
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $393,433 (Third best)
Median Income: $163,112 (First best)
More on Islands: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,956
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $538,740 (Second best)
Median Income: $83,666 (Third best)
More on South Coconut Grove: Homes For Sale | Data

Little Havana Miami, FL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 56,682
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $116,936 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $24,491 (11th best)
More on Little Havana: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Upper Eastside Miami, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,725
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $341,260 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $51,180 (Sixth best)
More on Upper Eastside: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Wynwood Miami, FL

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 17,923
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $156,805 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $53,417 (Fifth best)
More on Wynwood: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

How We Determined The Best Miami, FL Neighborhoods In 2020

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 14 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, Coral Way.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Miami, 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 Miami

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Miami aren't all good. Overtown takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Miami.

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 Miami For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Coral Way 59,189 $311,115 $49,574
2 North Coconut Grove 10,440 $592,500 $99,136
3 Downtown 30,065 $273,208 $71,374
4 Flagami 59,021 $151,929 $30,687
5 West Flagler 49,734 $229,267 $31,236
6 Islands 112 $393,433 $163,112
7 South Coconut Grove 7,956 $538,740 $83,666
8 Little Havana 56,682 $116,936 $24,491
9 Upper Eastside 7,725 $341,260 $51,180
10 Wynwood 17,923 $156,805 $53,417
11 Allapattah 48,321 $107,909 $23,663
12 Little Haiti 33,229 $88,621 $26,753
13 Model City 25,023 $94,396 $24,443
14 Overtown 9,640 $103,747 $19,558

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.

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