Best Pembroke Pines Suburbs To Live For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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...

What's the best suburb of Pembroke Pines? Key Biscayne ranks as the best suburb of Pembroke Pines for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Florida:

The 10 Best Pembroke Pines Suburbs To Live For 2020

Key Biscayne, FL

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Population: 13,054
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $133,958
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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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 $133,958 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Pembroke Pines region. And only 4.4% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,218,200 each.

Surfside, FL

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Population: 5,817
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $86,088
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
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Surfside is the second best 'burb we looked at near Pembroke Pines for 2020.

It ranks 9th for incomes in the area and only 3.73% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Parkland, FL

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Population: 30,471
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $146,094
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
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Here in Parkland, 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 Parkland.

Lighthouse Point, FL

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Population: 11,109
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $81,857
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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Lighthouse Point ranks as the 4th best suburb of Pembroke Pines for 2020.

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

Pinecrest, FL

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Population: 19,446
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $153,417
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Pinecrest.

Pinecrest gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Pembroke Pines area, where houses sell for an average of $919,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL

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Population: 6,594
Rank Last Year: -
Median Income: $65,417
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 8.4%
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Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 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 2.12% which is 1st best in the area.

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

Bal Harbour, FL

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Population: 3,000
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $71,961
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 14.4%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Bal Harbour.

Bal Harbour 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 16.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Coral Gables, FL

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Population: 50,931
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $100,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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Coral Gables 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 6.98% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

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.

Miami Shores, FL

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Population: 10,676
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $110,536
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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Is 'Everything Better In Miami Shores?'


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.

Bay Harbor Islands, FL

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Population: 5,938
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Income: $73,639
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Poverty Rate: 12.7%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Bay Harbor Islands.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Pembroke Pines for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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 53 suburbs to evaluate around Pembroke Pines.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 53 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. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Pembroke Pines 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Pembroke Pines Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Key Biscayne, FL 13,054 $133,958
2 Surfside, FL 5,817 $86,088
3 Parkland, FL 30,471 $146,094
4 Lighthouse Point, FL 11,109 $81,857
5 Pinecrest, FL 19,446 $153,417
6 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 6,594 $65,417
7 Bal Harbour, FL 3,000 $71,961
8 Coral Gables, FL 50,931 $100,000
9 Miami Shores, FL 10,676 $110,536
10 Bay Harbor Islands, FL 5,938 $73,639
11 Aventura, FL 37,780 $63,131
12 Miami Lakes, FL 31,050 $73,527
13 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 22,171 $55,209
14 Southwest Ranches, FL 7,880 $104,083
15 Weston, FL 70,220 $100,110
16 Palmetto Bay, FL 24,564 $115,709
17 Boca Raton, FL 95,745 $80,938
18 Wilton Manors, FL 12,534 $64,531
19 Doral, FL 58,265 $77,418
20 Miami Beach, FL 91,826 $53,348
21 Miami Springs, FL 14,375 $59,335
22 Coral Springs, FL 131,151 $74,371
23 El Portal, FL 2,143 $74,643
24 Coconut Creek, FL 59,997 $58,627
25 South Miami, FL 12,202 $60,591
26 Miramar, FL 138,168 $70,005
27 Davie, FL 103,132 $66,951
28 Tamarac, FL 64,748 $49,423
29 West Miami, FL 7,373 $48,418
30 Margate, FL 57,427 $45,667
31 Sunrise, FL 93,199 $55,043
32 Virginia Gardens, FL 2,504 $47,465
33 Hollywood, FL 151,056 $51,917
34 Hialeah Gardens, FL 23,959 $48,026
35 Fort Lauderdale, FL 178,783 $55,269
36 Biscayne Park, FL 3,175 $64,712
37 Hallandale Beach, FL 39,472 $38,319
38 Sweetwater, FL 21,027 $36,133
39 Oakland Park, FL 44,339 $50,380
40 Miami, FL 451,214 $36,638
41 Hialeah, FL 237,285 $33,161
42 Deerfield Beach, FL 79,854 $45,581
43 West Park, FL 14,924 $42,500
44 Dania Beach, FL 31,810 $46,137
45 Lauderhill, FL 71,328 $40,737
46 North Lauderdale, FL 43,829 $42,119
47 North Miami Beach, FL 45,069 $40,952
48 Pompano Beach, FL 108,855 $47,764
49 North Miami, FL 61,435 $40,661
50 Pembroke Park, FL 6,625 $35,236
51 Miami Gardens, FL 112,913 $42,398
52 Lauderdale Lakes, FL 35,254 $36,372
53 Opa Locka, FL 16,420 $17,908

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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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