These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Florida (2022)

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There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But which of Florida’s largest cities are the most ghetto of all?

How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as:

“urban; of or relating to (inner) city life” and “poor; of or relating to the poor life.”

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist in a state and then put out a list.

After analyzing all cities with 50,000 people or more, we came up with this list as the most ghetto places in Florida:

Read on below to see where your home town ranked and why.

Note: We’re aware that there are more ‘ghetto’ cities that are smaller than 50,000. We wanted to rank only the largest cities here for a more clear indication of which major city centers are ghettos. Therefore, it’s assumed that the cities above (and their suburbs) are more ghetto than the smaller cities not listed here.

In order to rank the most ghetto places in Florida, we had to determine what criteria defines a ghetto city or neighborhood.

Since a ghetto is defined as a poor area, we used income levels, crime and education levels as a guide to determine where the most broke citizens of a state live.

Additionally, the staples of inner city life include cheap and discounted retail outlets.

Sanford (Photos)

‘>every place in Florida with more than 50,000 people based on the 2013 American Community Survey. That left us with 50 places in the Sunshine State.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Yelp and Area Vibes, this is the criteria we used:

  • Household income levels
  • High school graduation rates
  • Number of convenience stores
  • Number of drug stores
  • Number of discount stores
  • Crime
  • Geo-located mentions of #ghetto on Twitter

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis. Meaning number of stores per person in a state. Additionally, high school graduation rates are determined by looking at the total number of people who live in a city, not the current graduation rate of an area’s high schools.

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1. Daytona Beach

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Source: wikipedia

Income: $28,983
Drop out rate: 20%
Crime: 2nd highest

We’ve had this discussion before with Daytona Beach when we ranked it as one of the most dangerous cities in Florida. Yes, we’re aware that much of the crime that occurs here is aimed at the tourists that pack the area in the warmer months.

Still, if you spent a year in Daytona Beach, statistically, you’d have a 1 in 15 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Other factors that make Daytona Beach ghetto include a low median income (a lot of the population barely makes ends meet), and a lot of convenience and discount stores per capita.

Sociologists have indicated that these types of stores are a staple of inner city life.

2. North Miami

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Income: $37,000
Drop out rate: 28.4%
Crime: 12th highest

Nearly 3 in 10 residents of North Miami don’t have a basic high school education, which is the 4th highest number of Florida’s largest cities. Partially due to that fact, income levels are the 9th lowest here, and the unemployment rate is 7.1%.

If you spent a year here, you or 21 of your neighbors would be the victim of a property crime each year. That’s a lot of stolen laptops and cell phones.

Like Daytona Beach, Twitter had lots to say about the matter. North Miami was one of the leading cities with mentions of the word ghetto. Example:

“I feel weird blasting country music in my hood because north miami is literally the ghetto.”

3. Fort Myers

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Income: $37,322
Drop out rate: 24.2%
Crime: 20th highest

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A lot of the advice on sites such as City Data indicated that as long as you stay out of the hood at night, and aren’t attempting to buy drugs or solicit a prostitute, you won’t be killed in Fort Myers. That’s saying a lot about how ghetto this place really is.

The numbers back it up. It’s a poor place where 1 in 4 people doesn’t have a basic education. Additionally, Fort Myers has the 5th highest number of discount stores within its borders. These types of stores are notoriously connected to inner cities.

4. Lauderhill

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Income: $37,149
Drop out rate: 21%
Crime: 22nd highest

This Broward County city, just outside of the Miami-Fort-Lauderdale area, has the 7th lowest income levels of all major cities. Almost 1 in 4 people here lives below the poverty level. That’s a really bad sign of a ghetto city.

Lauderhill has a large foreign-born population, and according to Wikipedia, a noticeable proportion of the city is from the West Indies. Lauderhill has the highest percentage of Jamaican ancestry in America, and one of the highest concentrations of Haitians as well.

There were quite a few mentions on Twitter regarding Lauderhill: “Lauderhill is mad ghetto. I gotta move.”

5. Miami

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Income: $29,762
Drop out rate: 32.4%
Crime: 5th highest

Miami is the 2nd poorest city we measured. Only Daytona Beach has a lower income, per family.

In Miami, the average family earns less than $30,000. And there are some really high incomes here, which means that there are tens of thousands of families living in Miami under the poverty line. In fact, 3 in 10 members of the Miami community earns less than what the government defines as a livable income: $25,000 for a family of 4.

We don’t have to tell you how dangerous Miami is. And it probably wouldn’t surprise you to hear that 1 in 3 people living here never completed high school.

6. Pompano Beach

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Income: $39,656
Drop out rate: 22.8%
Crime: 8th highest

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Pompano Beach is in this general area surrounding Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Therefore, it’s probably not a surprise to see it listed here along with Miami.

There were seven murders in Pompano Beach in 2013, and every year, people face a 1 in 20 chance of being the victim of a property crime. The western part of the city is the worst area of Pompano Beach.

Fort Lauderdale itself was 14th on this list.

7. Miami Gardens

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Income: $42,742
Drop out rate: 25.3%
Crime: 18th highest

Miami Gardens has the 2nd highest dropout rate in the state of Florida. And as a result, crime is bad, and the unemployment rate is one of the highest you’ll see for a large city in Florida.

Lots of people online commented about how uncomfortable they felt going to watch the Miami Dolphins play in Sun Life Stadium, which is located here. That, and there were a lot of people calling the Walmart in Miami Gardens ghetto.

In 2007, the mayor of Miami Gardens announced that the city wouldn’t allow low income housing developments, as many residents blamed them for the spreading crime and drug use. And in 2012, it was announced that a Community Redevelopment Agency would remove the ‘slum and blight’ from the city.

8. Homestead

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Income: $39,279
Drop out rate: 32.7%
Crime: 4th highest

By definition, Homestead is one of the most ghetto cities in Florida. A third of the population is uneducated, and it’s the 4th most dangerous large city in the Sunshine State.

1 in 3 people who live here are below the poverty line, including 44% of kids below the age of 18. That’s just a shame.

Here’s but one example of what a resident of Homestead had to say on City Data:

“Homestead is hell. Do NOT move to Homestead. Not only will you have to commute about an hour and a half to FIU, but you live in a crime filled, rude, and depressing city.”

9. Kissimmee

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Income: $35,764
Drop out rate: 23%
Crime: 14th highest

In 2013, there were almost 3,000 property crimes, and three murders here. And twice a day, someone was attacked, robbed, or raped here. That’s not good.

Kissimmee, Daytona Beach and Sanford (below) are the only cities on this list that aren’t in the greater Miami area.

1 in 5 people in Kissimmee lives below the poverty level, and it was 5th in terms of ghetto Tweets. Here’s an example:

“I’m in a ghetto part of Kissimmee & I’m most likely gonna die (:”

10. Sanford

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Source: wikipedia

Income: $43,514
Drop out rate: 21.6%
Crime: 11th highest

This Orlando suburb just missed the top 10 in terms of crime levels. There were 5 murders here two years ago, and more than 3,500 reported property crimes.

More than 1 in 5 residents never completed high school, and 1 in 5 lives below the poverty line. There is a far higher than average concentration of drug stores and discount stores in Sanford as well.

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Florida where there are a high number of poor and uneducated residents, and where there are a high number of discounted shopping stores, this is an accurate list.

Additionally, here are the least ghetto places in Florida (big cities only):

  1. Weston (Pop. 65,233)
  2. Jupiter (Pop. 55,133)
  3. Boca Raton (Pop. 85,694)
  4. Wellington (Pop. 56,343)
  5. Cape Coral (Pop. 155,506)

We also wrote about the 10 Snobbiest Cities in Florida if you didn’t happen to see it.

Or, if you live in Florida, this will be the most gut-busting laugh you have all day. Guaranteed.

Desktop users, below is a ghetto ranking chart of all large cities in Florida, along with their crime rates. Lowest is worse.

CityCrimeRank
Daytona Beach181
North Miami52.52
Fort Myers723
Lauderhill794
Miami30.55
Pompano Beach406
Miami Gardens657
Homestead27.58
Kissimmee549
Sanford4510
Ocala64.511
Orlando2412
West Palm Beach5813
Fort Lauderdale3214
Tallahassee6514
Boynton Beach9116
Lakeland78.517
Bradenton86.518
Deerfield Beach13619
Miami Beach15.520
St. Petersburg3421
Gainesville8822
Hialeah152.523
Tampa133.524
Pensacola4424
Jacksonville9126
Sarasota4126
Delray Beach5326
Largo112.526
Melbourne5830
Sunrise14531
Hollywood87.532
Margate205.533
Tamarac186.534
Palm Bay16635
Clearwater9436
Miramar163.537
Port St. Lucie22438
Plantation132.539
Pembroke Pines203.540
Davie13541
Port Orange21742
Coconut Creek19643
North Port21843
Coral Springs213.543
Cape Coral231.546
Wellington198.546
Boca Raton18948
Jupiter211.548
Weston273.550

FAQs

What is the highest crime rate in Florida? ›

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in 2019 Bay County had the highest crime rate out of all counties in Florida with 9,472.0 arrests per 100,000 people. With a population of 167,283 residents, Bay County made 15,845 arrests in total for the year.

Where is the safest place in Florida to live? ›

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Florida for 2022
  • Niceville.
  • Weston.
  • Parkland.
  • Sebastian.
  • Marco Island.
  • North Palm Beach.
  • Oviedo.
  • Wellington.
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What are the worst cities in Florida? ›

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  • Miami. Miami, FL, USA. ...
  • Miami Beach. Miami Beach, FL, USA.
9 Jun 2022

Which city in Florida has the most crime? ›

Florida's Cities with Highest Total of Violent Crimes
  • Orlando: 860.4 violent crimes per 100,000 people. ( 2,524 total)
  • Tallahassee: 773 violent crimes per 100,000 people (1,516 total total) in last reported year.
  • Gainesville: 771 violent crimes per 100,000 (1,042 total) in last reported year.

What part of Florida has less crime? ›

1. Satellite Beach. With a population of 10,873, Satellite Beach is located in the county of Brevard and is ranked among the safest and best cities in Florida. The violent crime rate in Satellite Beach is 0.3 per 1000 population, which is 92% lower than the average rate in Florida.

What is the cheapest and safest place to live in Florida? ›

The cheapest city to live in florida, and safest, is Cape Coral. It has a low crime rate and a population of roughly 183,942. According to Neighborhood Scout, their crime rate is only 12 per 1,000 residents.

Which beach is the safest in Florida? ›

2. Satellite Beach. Home to pristine blue waters of the Atlantic ocean and beautiful sandy beaches, Satellite Beach is a coastal city in Brevard County. With the lowest crime rate, Satelite Beach tops the list of safest cities in Florida.

What are the top 10 cities with the highest crime rate? ›

These are the ones that came out on top.
  • Monroe, Louisiana. Violent crime rate: 29.4 per 1,000 residents. ...
  • Memphis, Tennessee. Violent crime rate: 24.2 per 1,000 residents. ...
  • Saginaw, Michigan. Violent crime rate: 23.8 per 1,000 residents. ...
  • Detroit, Michigan. Violent crime rate: 22.6 per 1,000 residents. ...
  • St. ...
  • Alexandria, Louisiana.
12 Aug 2022

What state has the most hoods? ›

The Most Dangerous States
RankStateMurders
1New Mexico8
2Missouri9
3Nevada6
3Tennessee7
37 more rows
12 Jun 2020

What is the safest city in the US 2022? ›

Frisco, Texas

First up on our list of Safest Cities in the US is Frisco Texas. We begin our list by looking at Frisco, Texas. This city is just north of Dallas and is home to over 200,000 people.

What is the cheapest city in Florida to live in? ›

Check out these five most affordable places to live in Florida!
  • Cape Coral.
  • Dunedin.
  • Fort Walton Beach.
  • Lakeland.
  • Vero Beach.
3 Aug 2022

What should I avoid in Florida? ›

This list will show you a few of the things you should try to avoid (and more importantly how badass we are for living here anyway.)
...
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  • Hurricanes. ...
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  • Palmetto Bugs. ...
  • Parking in direct sunlight.
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How safe is Florida? ›

The crime rate in Florida is only slightly higher than the national average of about 47.70 per 100,000 people. With that being said, Florida still has its share of safety concerns.

Is Orlando a safe place to live? ›

Orlando has a violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) rate of 8.28 per 1,000 residents. This is higher than the national average for violent crimes. Keep in mind that these numbers of violent crimes include the dangerous neighborhoods in Orlando that are not visited by most tourists.

Is Tampa Safe? ›

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Overall, there isn't much to worry about in Tampa, when compared to other cities in America, though it does have some rough neighborhoods. It's best to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

What is crime rate in Florida? ›

Florida Annual Crimes
ViolentTotal
Number of Crimes83,368467,924
Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents)3.8721.73

What part of Florida has no hurricanes? ›

If you want to stay as safe as possible from hurricanes but still want to reap the benefits of being a Florida citizen, inland Florida near the northern border of Georgia is the best place to live. It is the least hurricane-prone area in Florida.

Where is the safest place to live in the US? ›

Safest Cities In America
  1. Glens Falls, New York. The Glens Falls MSA includes Warren and Washington counties. ...
  2. Midland, Michigan. ...
  3. State College, Pennsylvania. ...
  4. The Villages, Florida. ...
  5. 5. Logan, Utah. ...
  6. Wausau, Wisconsin. ...
  7. Cambridge, Massachusetts. ...
  8. Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
25 Aug 2022

What city in Florida has the cheapest rent? ›

Cheapest Cities to Rent in Florida
  • Lake City.
  • Haines City.
  • Titusville.
  • Green Cove Springs.
  • Panama City.
18 Nov 2021

Where is the cheapest rent to live in Florida? ›

The 25 cheapest places to live in Florida
RankCity1-BR Average Rent
1Lake City$601
2Haines City$748
3Titusville$758
4Green Cove Springs$800
21 more rows
20 Jan 2021

What is the cheapest beach town to live in Florida? ›

Pensacola ranks as the most affordable beach town in Florida.

Where is the prettiest water in Florida? ›

If you're on the hunt for the absolute clearest water beaches in Florida, head nowhere but the Emerald Coast, which is the northern end of the west coast, just next to Alabama beaches like Gulf Shores. This area is known for its absolutely stunning beaches and waters, so the name Emerald Coast is quite fitting.

Is Florida a safe state? ›

As with every other state, safety is just one of the many things to consider when moving to Florida. Nevertheless, Florida provides some of the safest cities to live in in the US. The state recently registered 382.4 violent crimes and 2168.7 property crimes reported per 100,000 people.

What is crime rate in Florida? ›

Florida Annual Crimes
ViolentTotal
Number of Crimes83,368467,924
Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents)3.8721.73

Does Tampa have a high crime rate? ›

Since 2014, Tampa's homicide rate has been about 50 percent higher than the state and national averages, and about twice those rates in 2017 and 2021. The number of homicides in Tampa in 2020 (41) was the highest figure since tying that number in 2003. And the 48 homicides last year were the most since 1994 (62).

Which city in Florida is the cheapest to live? ›

Jacksonville

The cheapest place to live in Flordia is Jacksonville. It's also one of the largest cities in the United States. Jacksonville is located right at the top of the state, close to the border between Florida and Georgia.

What is the cheapest and safest place to live in Florida? ›

The cheapest city to live in florida, and safest, is Cape Coral. It has a low crime rate and a population of roughly 183,942. According to Neighborhood Scout, their crime rate is only 12 per 1,000 residents.

Is Texas safer than Florida? ›

Florida has an overall higher crime rate compared to Texas.

Is it worth moving to Florida? ›

Florida is a great place to retire

If your working days are behind you, the state ranks among the most retirement-friendly in the nation. Not only does Florida forgo state income tax but it also doesn't tax retirement income such as Social Security benefits. And, it doesn't have estate and inheritance taxes.

What state has highest crime rate? ›

District of Columbia. The District of Columbia has the highest crime rate in the United States, with a 999.8 crime rate per 100,000 people. According to me Metropolitan Police Department, homicides increase by 14% compared to 2021, robbery by 24%, burglary by 8%, and 4% in motor vehicle theft.

Is Tampa Safe? ›

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Overall, there isn't much to worry about in Tampa, when compared to other cities in America, though it does have some rough neighborhoods. It's best to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Where is the safest place to live? ›

Safest Cities In America
  1. Glens Falls, New York. The Glens Falls MSA includes Warren and Washington counties. ...
  2. Midland, Michigan. ...
  3. State College, Pennsylvania. ...
  4. The Villages, Florida. ...
  5. 5. Logan, Utah. ...
  6. Wausau, Wisconsin. ...
  7. Cambridge, Massachusetts. ...
  8. Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
25 Aug 2022

What is the safest city in Florida for crime? ›

1. Satellite Beach. Kicking off the list as the number one city in Florida with the lowest crime rate is Satellite Beach.

Is Tampa or Orlando safer? ›

According to the experts, Tampa—in general—is a safer place to live than Orlando. The violent crime rate is half that of Orlando's crime rate. Orlando came in with a whopping 4,800 crimes per 100,000 people. Tampa came in with just 1,600 violent crimes per 100,000.

Is Tampa safer than Miami? ›

According to Alarms.org, the city of Tampa is currently ranked among the top 20 safest cities in Florida. The city of Miami took the 80th spot on the list.

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