These Are The 10 Best Pembroke Pines Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 53 places around Pembroke Pines to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Pembroke Pines suburbs.

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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 Pembroke Pines are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

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 Pembroke Pines ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Pembroke Pines for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Pembroke Pines 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
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Pembroke Pines.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 51 suburbs to evaluate around Pembroke Pines.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 51 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 Pembroke Pines.” 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.

Key Biscayne, FL

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Population: 13,074
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $128,563
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
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Key Biscayne is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Pembroke Pines area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Key Biscayne.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $128,563 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Pembroke Pines region. And only 4.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,137,100 each.

Surfside, FL

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Population: 5,844
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $73,241
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
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Surfside is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Pembroke Pines for 2019.

It ranks 12th for incomes in the area and only 8.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

Pinecrest, FL

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Population: 19,441
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $152,643
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
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Here in Pinecrest, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Pembroke Pines metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Pinecrest.

Parkland, FL

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Population: 28,901
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $131,525
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
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Parkland ranks as the 4th best suburb of Pembroke Pines for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Parkland and the schools are some of the best around.

Lighthouse Point, FL

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Population: 11,042
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $80,604
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Lighthouse Point.

Lighthouse Point gets kudos for having the 11th most expensive homes in the Pembroke Pines area, where houses sell for an average of $453,600. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Coral Gables, FL

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Population: 50,909
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $96,887
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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Coral Gables is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.4% which is 3rd best in the area.

According to online reports, Coral Gables is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Pembroke Pines area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Review Of Coral Gables by HomeSnacks User

Coral Gables is a world-class neighborhood. The school system is one of the best in the nation and crime is almost non-existent. Aside from high real estate prices, definitely the place to be.

Miracle mile is definitely the highlight of Coral Gables. A fun place to walk around, shop and dine to your heart’s content.

Aventura, FL

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Population: 37,875
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $57,388
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Aventura.

Aventura schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 13.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Miami Shores, FL

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Population: 10,756
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $117,188
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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Miami Shores is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 9.2% of people lack insurance, good for 11th in the area.

Sunny Isles Beach, FL

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Population: 22,175
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,355
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 12.6%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Sunny Isles Beach?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Bal Harbour, FL

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Population: 2,959
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $70,641
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 17.1%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Bal Harbour.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Pembroke Pines ‘Burbs of 2019

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 Pembroke Pines, 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 Pembroke Pines Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Key Biscayne 13,074 $128,563
2 Surfside 5,844 $73,241
3 Pinecrest 19,441 $152,643
4 Parkland 28,901 $131,525
5 Lighthouse Point 11,042 $80,604
6 Coral Gables 50,909 $96,887
7 Aventura 37,875 $57,388
8 Miami Shores 10,756 $117,188
9 Sunny Isles Beach 22,175 $52,355
10 Bal Harbour 2,959 $70,641
11 Weston 69,802 $96,173
12 Boca Raton 93,964 $76,218
13 Bay Harbor Islands 5,930 $67,092
14 Palmetto Bay 24,679 $107,612
15 Miami Lakes 31,032 $72,545
16 Southwest Ranches 7,820 $92,228
17 Wilton Manors 12,407 $57,368
18 Miami Springs 14,453 $58,605
19 Coral Springs 130,110 $70,768
20 Miami Beach 92,187 $50,193
21 Doral 56,276 $76,184
22 West Miami 7,046 $46,233
23 Coconut Creek 59,154 $56,556
24 Miramar 136,415 $66,560
25 Davie 101,543 $64,170
26 South Miami 12,255 $62,305
27 Tamarac 64,262 $45,474
28 Virginia Gardens 2,515 $47,361
29 Sunrise 92,272 $53,237
30 Hollywood 149,750 $50,019
31 Biscayne Park 3,197 $69,750
32 El Portal 2,329 $62,344
33 Hialeah Gardens 23,834 $47,282
34 Fort Lauderdale 177,175 $52,315
35 Margate 57,045 $43,782
36 Hallandale Beach 39,285 $36,072
37 Oakland Park 44,085 $48,390
38 Sweetwater 20,989 $36,436
39 Deerfield Beach 79,468 $44,142
40 Miami 443,007 $33,999
41 Dania Beach 31,526 $42,936
42 North Miami Beach 43,963 $40,316
43 Hialeah 237,523 $31,012
44 Pompano Beach 107,542 $44,756
45 North Lauderdale 43,574 $41,841
46 Lauderhill 70,963 $38,805
47 Pembroke Park 6,491 $35,680
48 Miami Gardens 113,187 $41,139
49 North Miami 62,308 $39,723
50 West Park 14,960 $40,235
51 Lauderdale Lakes 34,744 $33,754

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