Population: 65,688Median home value: $141,300 65 Ranks better than 38% of areas
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A+ Homestead Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Homestead Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than Florida
982% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Homestead cost of living
F Homestead Crime Total crime is 56% higher than Florida
Total crime
4,55166% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2266% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-15%Year over year crime is down
Homestead crime
F Homestead Employment Household income is 17% lower than Florida
Median household income
$40,45227% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$17,45441% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%48% higher than the US average
Homestead employment
C- Homestead Housing Home value is 15% lower than Florida
Median home value
$141,30023% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$1,08414% higher than the US average
Home ownership
38%40% lower than the US average
Homestead real estate or Homestead rentals
F Homestead Schools HS graduation rate is 15% lower than Florida
High school grad. rates
70%15% lower than the US average
School test scores
43%12% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:16% higher than the US average
Homestead K-12 schools or Homestead colleges

Living in Homestead, FL

Homestead is a mid-sized city located in the state of Florida. The city has a population of 65,688 inhabitants. With a population density of 4,346 people per square mile, Homestead is well above the nation's average density level. At 69%, the majority of the Homestead population is White; this is followed by 24% Black and 1% Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Homestead are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 54% of the population also speak Spanish. Homestead could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 31 years old is below the nation’s average.

Without the right tools, moving to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Homestead, Florida could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Homestead and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, employment, housing and other important metrics.

The livability score in Homestead is 65/100 and the city is ranked in the 38th percentile of all cities across America. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Homestead ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (A-). There is at least one category that did not score well in Homestead. The following was graded with a concerning score: crime (F), education (F) and employment (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Homestead, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Coral Castle, Schnebly Redland's Winery, and Fruit & Spice Park.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Homestead is real estate affordability. The median home price for Homestead homes is $141,300, which is 15.3% lower than the Florida average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Homestead, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 2.9% higher than the Florida average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Homestead area were 12.5% and 5 year appreciation rates were 17.7%.

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Compare Homestead, FL Livability To Other Cities

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Poor Living Conditions

I am a tenant in the Redland. I also am a member of the Cat Network. My landlord came against me and stole the cats I was taking care of. He and his family further sealed me off and put me on lockdown for taking care of the cats. My landlord denied me access to land I was paying to use. He denied me access to the breaker box, water pump, water spigot and septic system. He is a reason not to live in Homstead Florida as it is not safe for myself nor the cats.
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Come for the cheap housing....

stay because you can't get a good paying job and end up homeless. Homestead is a quagmire which you get stuck in financially and makes it vary hard to leave. I was born and raised in Homestead, it used to be a great town, with awesome people, everyone knew everybody, people looked out for eachother, is the polar opposite, and we can thank the miami morons for coming down and polluting homestead (both figuratively and literally)Now don't get me wrong, there are plenty to see and do here for families and the like, but what really sucks is the people. You can be out on a date with someone, and for no reason, somone will say something threating like "What you looking at..." or someone wanna be gansta is all over Homestead. Every single idiot you see things he is the character Scarface "...say hello to my little friend!". Crime in homestead due to this neaderthal mentallity is probably on par with the likes of chicago, new york, and other cities 5 times the size. Check out the website city -data, put in homestead and compare the crime rates to your town, and that alone will tell you to stay away. I've had tourist run up to me at gas stations and go..."Oh....thank God....I found someone normal...." and then they will lean in to me and say "..what the hell is wrong with these people in homestead". Yes homestead is so bad, tourist fear for their lives stopping for gas because the minute anyone one non-hispanic's gets out of their cars the "local wildlife" make sure to make them feel uninvited.Now about the job market down here, you CAN find a job in homestead, but can you keep a job in homestead is a whole other question. If you are an excellent worker, show up on time, don't give attitude, and treat other people with respect...well're FIRED. No , literally. Homesteadians hate good people who want to make companies grow, don't want to steal from their employers, and help their communities. If you do anything poisitve they WILL try to force you out. Just look at our forcibly jettisoned mayor for corruption a few years ago. Homestead is rife with thugs, pat on the back good ol' boys, and cavemen types who like to control things through "numbers" and force. Homestead does have pluses, are schools are way better than they used to be at least currently, we have a ton of new charter schools too, plenty of churches of every denomination except a mosque, and plenty of stores, restraunts, outdoor activites...etc .etc etc....but it does come back to the small things that make Homestead unbearable. Also the rent hear is insane, I have people I work with who pay 1500 a month for a run down townhouse, with roaches crawling on the walls, in a high crime area, that is barely illuminated at night (which the thieving thug neighbors love, make their job so much easier). If you buy a house, which is lunacy, your price you pay will be inflated and not represent the actual value, so in a few years if you decide to sell, you will definitely lose money. I've seen it over and over again, do NOT buy a house in homestead. "Oh but it's cheaper than miami....blah blah"... NOT buy a house in homestead. Not one person has been happy with outcome that I know.Long story short if you love Miami, stay in miami, homestead is not "little miami" is "little fallujah" and feels like such. Take time do your own statistical research and see if I am lying. Homestead is one of the most dangerous, unlivable, detestable cities in the nation, not just in FL. It used to be the gatway to paradise (entrance to the FL keys), now adays it feels like the 9th level of hell. Oh yeah and it hot and humid as hell in homestead, almost always 80+ huidity and temps rangin normally from 80-90 degrees with "feel like" temp in the 100-110 range....yeah, 9th level of hell seems accurate allright.
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The Sleepy Town of Homestead Florida

I lived in Homestead Florida in the early 1980s. I was stationed at Homestead Air Force Base for three years. The city of Homestead has a flat terrain with suburbs and a very small city presence. The houses are cinder block and generally one level, although there are a few homes that had two stories. For me, there was more of a small town atmosphere. It was clear that the city depended on the revenue from the military personnel. There were no shopping malls but a few strip malls darted the landscape. If you wanted to shop you would have to drive north for about twenty five miles to Kendall for the decent sized Dadeland Mall.

It is close to the Everglades National Park and Key West which is south of the city. This was great for fishing and camping. You are basically at the gateway to the Keys, which consist of a two lane highway to the ‘bottom' of the United States. The drive on the overseas highway has spectacular views especially when you get to the seven mile bridge, which leads you to Key West. You will find the original Jimmy Buffet Restaurant, which is a hole in the wall with a real conch republic feel. The sunsets are everything you have heard. The pace of Homestead is sleepy and there are never traffic jams. There are no memorable restaurants to mention. There is no nightlife, which means you would have to head north to Miami like I did.

I have been back to Homestead since I lived there. Not much has changed except there is no more Homestead Air Force Base since Hurricane Andrew wiped it off the face of the earth. In its place is a field of nothing except a few building relics where it stood. The city is still the same with cinder block homes and strip malls. There is a Wal-Mart now, but if you want to shop you still have to head north to Kendall and the Dadeland Mall.
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