Lake Worth

Population: 36,838Median home value: $151,500 63 Ranks better than 28% of areas
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A+ Lake Worth Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Lake Worth Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than Florida
Lake Worth
991% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lake Worth cost of living
F Lake Worth Crime Total crime is 79% higher than Florida
Total crime
5,22690% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2090% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-20%Year over year crime is down
Lake Worth crime
F Lake Worth Employment Household income is 26% lower than Florida
Median household income
$36,03935% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,70734% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%55% higher than the US average
Lake Worth employment
F Lake Worth Housing Home value is 9% lower than Florida
Median home value
$151,50018% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$951equal to the US average
Home ownership
48%25% lower than the US average
Lake Worth real estate or Lake Worth rentals
D- Lake Worth Schools HS graduation rate is 20% lower than Florida
High school grad. rates
67%20% lower than the US average
School test scores
48%2% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:12% lower than the US average
Lake Worth K-12 schools or Lake Worth colleges

Living in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth is a mid-sized city located in the state of Florida. The city has a population of 36,838 residents. In Lake Worth, there are 6,303 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. The majority of Lake Worth residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Lake Worth are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 35% of the population also speak Spanish.

Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Lake Worth could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Florida if you know where to look. With useful information like crime, cost of living, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Lake Worth and in the areas around Lake Worth is a much easier task.

With a livability score of 62 out of 100, Lake Worth is ranked #20,832 in the United States and #814 in Florida. Based on the grades for each individual category, Lake Worth has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (A). There are some categories that Lake Worth does not rank well for, including: crime (F), education (D-), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Lake Worth, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Lake Worth: Lake Worth Beach, Downtown Lake Worth, and Palm Beach National Golf Course.

Assuming that Lake Worth meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Lake Worth. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Lake Worth are simply unattainable. The median home price for Lake Worth homes is $151,500, which is 9.2% lower than the Florida average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Lake Worth, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.2, which is 23.5% higher than the Florida average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Lake Worth area were 11.8% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 18.7%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Lake Worth, FL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Lake Worth, FL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Side, West Palm Beach812.86,777
Flamingo Park, West Palm Beach795.2998
El Cid, West Palm Beach785728
Sunshine Park, West Palm Beach775348
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
River Walk, West Palm Beach769.1916
Northwood Pines, West Palm Beach758.4978
Downtown, West Palm Beach756.11,486
Southland Park, West Palm Beach744.5942

Best Cities Near Lake Worth, FL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cabana Colony, FL8616.42,578
Lake Clarke Shores, FL852.13,517
Coconut Creek, FL8524.857,731
South Palm Beach, FL852.31,309
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Jupiter, FL852160,597
Hillsboro Beach, FL8423.41,467
North Palm Beach, FL8413.912,581
Lazy Lake, FL8432.534
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Rising Costs and Rampant Crime

Lake Worth is becoming less livable, as local government works hand-in-hand with their developer chums to "gentrify" the city, driving many locals out due to rising rents and unsustainable living costs.Meanwhile, the illegal/homeless/criminal elements of the city thrive. The Palm Beach County Sheriffs circle overhead in helicopters on a nightly basis, gunshots can be heard at all hours of the night, hypodermic needles and trash fill the streets, which are occupied 24/7 by prostitutes and vagrants.Despite a lot of parades, events, festivals and attempts to "Keep Lake Worth Weird" (which incidentally, predominantly take place on only two heavily-patrolled streets), the city seems to be unable to figure out that you don't start renovating the house until after you've rid it of it's pests.Did I mention all the shops on those two streets are packing up because they can't pay rent? The cost of living is starting to outpace the income levels of the people who live there, and entire rows of historical homes are being demolished to make parking lots for a faux condo culture that cannot sustain itself long-term.Welcome to Lake Worthless.
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Bread and Circuses... and Crime. Lots and Lots of Crime

Lake Worth represents what happens when you attempt to solve a problem by throwing money and flash at it, without addressing the real issue at hand.Much like trying to fix an overflowing toilet by installing an artsy sink fixture and painting the walls, the City of Lake Worth overlooks the massive illegal population (and with it, organized crime such as MS13), the roving bands of bums and "stab you for five bucks" rehab washouts, prostitution and scores of sexual assaults by painting buildings, throwing in a condo and adding a new parade or two.If you're perpetually drinking booze, gorging on food and engaging in hipster fare, you'll love Lake and Lucerne Avenues (known locally as LuLa, much in the uncreative tradition of 21st-century gentrification). Step over past Dixie or Federal, however (especially at night), and you run a 1/70 chance of being robbed, raped or attacked on any given evening, whether you realize it or not.The area can be a bit misleading: charming homes on one block, slums on the next. Your typical South Florida townhouses for fifty yards followed by wild chickens and heroin needles littering a barrio-esque scene for the following fifty. You never know what you'll get and you'll likely pay out the wazoo for both. Housing is getting more expensive, yet the criminal elements have no issues footing the bill, especially with all the stolen items changing hands in the area.Helicopters fly over almost nightly, with their spotlights searching for suspects. Gunshots ring out in the night and early mornings. The utilities get power outages often enough to be annoying and, during bad weather, looting and 7-10 day blackouts are a thing. Don't roll in the grass in Bryant Park before checking for needles. Hell, don't roll around in your yard before checking. The town is soft on its population of bums, many of whom more or less make a living out of being, well, bums. For the sake of being "progressive," many a blind eye is turned to many an inconvenient truth.Wanna go to the beach? Go ahead! Will you be able to swim in the water? That depends on the day, it seems.LW tries real hard to pretend it is moving up in the world like the heavily-gentrified towns of Delray or Boynton beach, but it'll never be much more than Riviera Beach's slightly more attractive sister.
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Lake Worth, A Forgettable Miami Suburb

I was living in Lake Worth a while back but eventually moved out of state. Lake Worth itself has some attractive areas and beautiful weather, but there are a few things the city needs to improve to really win over people looking to move there.

Houses prices in Lake Worth are cheap, but that's because the crime is very high and the jobs don't pay well. Naturally, that drives down demand. The school system also leaves a lot to be desired to keep that in mind if you have children or will soon.

What Lake Worth does have though, is a lot of places to go shopping. There are more cafes and bars than I can shake a stick at and most of them are pretty good. There's no shortage of grocery stores and other little boutique stores either. The best area in Lake Worth is undoubtedly the beach though. Even in the winter, it's warm enough to go for a swim, and the summers are just perfect.
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Source: The Lake Worth, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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