The 10 Best Fort Lauderdale Suburbs To Live For 2021

We analyzed over 52 places around Fort Lauderdale to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Fort Lauderdale suburbs.

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

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Fort Lauderdale for 2021:

  1. Highland Beach
  2. Parkland
  3. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
  4. Lighthouse Point
  5. Surfside
  6. Sunny Isles Beach
  7. Aventura
  8. Weston
  9. Miami Lakes
  10. Miami Shores

What's the best suburb of Fort Lauderdale? Highland Beach ranks as the best suburb of Fort Lauderdale for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Highland Beach, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Fort Lauderdale '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.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Florida:

The 10 Best Fort Lauderdale Suburbs To Live For 2021

Highland Beach, FL

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Population: 3,885
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $115,219
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
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Highland Beach is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Fort Lauderdale area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Highland Beach."

Everyone here is rich; families average $115,219 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Fort Lauderdale region. And only 4.5% are out of work. Homes average more than $591,500 each.

Parkland, FL

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Population: 31,454
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $154,844
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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Parkland is the second best 'burb we looked at near Fort Lauderdale for 2021.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 4.44% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL

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Population: 6,626
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $72,537
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
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Here in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Fort Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

Lighthouse Point, FL

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Population: 11,195
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $81,445
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
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Lighthouse Point ranks as the 4th best suburb of Fort Lauderdale for 2021.

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.

Surfside, FL

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Population: 5,725
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $69,063
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Surfside.

Surfside gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Fort Lauderdale area, where houses sell for an average of $625,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Sunny Isles Beach, FL

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Population: 21,942
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Income: $55,350
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 11.7%
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Sunny Isles Beach 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 3.42% which is 5th best in the area.

According to online reports, Sunny Isles Beach is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Fort Lauderdale area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Aventura, FL

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Population: 37,303
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $63,892
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
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 12.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Weston, FL

Source: City Of Weston
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Population: 70,614
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $107,908
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
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Weston 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 6.68% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

Miami Lakes, FL

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Population: 30,864
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $75,762
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
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Is 'Everything Better In Miami Lakes?'


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.

Miami Shores, FL

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Population: 10,459
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $123,478
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Miami Shores.

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 Fort Lauderdale for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Fort Lauderdale 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 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Fort Lauderdale.

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 Fort Lauderdale.

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 Fort Lauderdale." We're lookin' at you, Highland Beach. 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 Fort Lauderdale 'Burbs of 2021

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 Fort Lauderdale, 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 Fort Lauderdale Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Highland Beach, FL 3,885 $115,219
2 Parkland, FL 31,454 $154,844
3 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 6,626 $72,537
4 Lighthouse Point, FL 11,195 $81,445
5 Surfside, FL 5,725 $69,063
6 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 21,942 $55,350
7 Aventura, FL 37,303 $63,892
8 Weston, FL 70,614 $107,908
9 Miami Lakes, FL 30,864 $75,762
10 Miami Shores, FL 10,459 $123,478
11 Hypoluxo, FL 2,781 $72,679
12 Boca Raton, FL 97,468 $83,114
13 Bay Harbor Islands, FL 5,861 $78,169
14 Southwest Ranches, FL 7,921 $124,591
15 Wilton Manors, FL 12,630 $70,465
16 Bal Harbour, FL 3,004 $76,962
17 Miami Springs, FL 14,146 $61,795
18 Pembroke Pines, FL 170,072 $68,745
19 Coral Springs, FL 132,568 $77,360
20 Miami Beach, FL 90,108 $53,971
21 Doral, FL 59,972 $77,493
22 West Miami, FL 7,788 $49,942
23 Miramar, FL 139,468 $70,669
24 Davie, FL 104,399 $71,780
25 Coconut Creek, FL 60,490 $62,973
26 Biscayne Park, FL 3,124 $87,712
27 Tamarac, FL 65,874 $48,930
28 Delray Beach, FL 68,217 $60,746
29 Sunrise, FL 94,060 $54,744
30 Hialeah Gardens, FL 23,709 $53,423
31 Hollywood, FL 152,511 $54,251
32 Virginia Gardens, FL 2,311 $50,417
33 Margate, FL 58,023 $45,594
34 Sweetwater, FL 20,865 $39,920
35 Boynton Beach, FL 76,832 $57,563
36 Hallandale Beach, FL 39,656 $39,184
37 Miami, FL 454,279 $39,049
38 Hialeah, FL 234,539 $35,068
39 Deerfield Beach, FL 80,312 $48,124
40 Oakland Park, FL 44,699 $51,377
41 Dania Beach, FL 32,008 $47,135
42 North Miami Beach, FL 42,971 $43,788
43 Lauderhill, FL 71,625 $41,723
44 North Lauderdale, FL 44,020 $43,759
45 West Park, FL 15,012 $46,765
46 North Miami, FL 62,489 $41,611
47 Pompano Beach, FL 110,062 $49,518
48 Miami Gardens, FL 111,363 $44,064
49 Lauderdale Lakes, FL 35,606 $35,532
50 Pembroke Park, FL 6,677 $38,119
51 Opa Locka, FL 16,149 $21,523

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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.

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