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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    D
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Opa-locka is a suburb of Miami with a population of 16,426. Opa-locka is in Miami-Dade County. Living in Opa-locka offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Opa-locka there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Opa-locka and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Opa-locka are above average.
About Opa-locka...
Population
16,426

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$106,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$761
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    71%
  • Own
    29%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,349.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    24
    6.1
  • Rape
    54
    40.7
  • Robbery
    522
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    971.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,953.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    737.9
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    19%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    1%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    6%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    40%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    29%
    13%

Working in Opa-locka

Jobs
D
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$16,271
National
$55,322
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Opa-locka Reviews

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Being that I was raised in this city, I enjoy it more than visitors will. The environment is clean, and diverse. Mostly Haitians and Hispanics are residents. One thing I enjoy about this city is Pepper Park where there are many recreational activities (such as baseball, tennis, football, and basketball) that you can do on your free time. One thing I dislike about Opa Locka are the drivers. The neighborhood is calm in the morning but at night since there are not many cars on the road, some love to speed. If you're a new driver like me you'd want to avoid driving at night! All in all its a friendly place with low crime and many activities you'd enjoy.
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Opa Locka has Moorish architecture and unique street names (ex: Ali Baba Avenue). However, crime rate is still high and drug deals still exist in the area. Despite these problems, it is a decent place to live and is central to all major highways. The city is improving as there are new elected officials. Currently the city is undergoing an federal investigation for several illegal activities, but in due time, it should clear up and be a better place.
My experience in Opa- Locka, FL comes with plenty of trails and tribulations to overcome. Although this is considered a suburb of Miami Florida, for those living under the circumstances it is not the best place to live. The areas of Opa-Locka come with poverty, violence, homelessness, poor education systems, and etc. there is things that I do like about my community. The people in the community value unity so this demonstrates how friendly citizens are to each other. Something I believe could change in my community is getting those who live within the neighborhoods to be more involved in the decisions made to improve it.