These Are The 10 Worst Places In Florida To Work

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by Chris Kolmar
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Everyone hates going to work.

And I mean that literally, people in the US consistently rank their commute to and from work as the least enjoyable part of their day.

So when it came to determining which places in Florida were the worst to work, we knew we had a solid starting point — places with the longest commute time.

We then added several other criteria to the mix and were left with this set of the ten worst places to work in Florida:

  1. Florida City
  2. Miami
  3. North Miami
  4. Miami Gardens
  5. Homestead
  6. North Miami Beach
  7. Sweetwater
  8. Lake Worth
  9. West Park
  10. Pompano Beach

Read on to see why these places will make your wallet feel a bit empty on your long commute home.

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How We Determined The Worst Places In Florida To Work

There are certain things that everybody dislikes about work, not the least of which is the time it takes to get there.

So after some research into what people identify as the worst parts of their day, we decided upon the follow set of criteria to determine places that don’t provide the ideal working conditions:

  • Commute time (Longer is worse)
  • Cost of living (Higher is worse)
  • Crime (Higher index is worse)
  • % of adults without a college degree (Lower is worse)

Basically, if it takes forever to get to work, your lunch costs more than you want to pay, conversion is boring, and someone might take your lunch money, then it’s not an ideal place to work.

We then ranked each place from one to 151 for each criteria, with one being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score “earning” the title “Worst Place In Florida To Work”.

Our data comes from Sperling’s Best Places.

Read on to learn the specifics of how the ten worst places in the Heart of Dixie could improve their working conditions.

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1. Florida City

Worst Places To Work In Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,313

Florida City took the top spot in our list of the worst cities to work in Florida and it wasn’t particularly close.

The city ranks as having the fewest college educated adults and the worst crime rates in Florida. Mix in the fifth worst commute times in Florida with an above average cost of living and it’s not hard to see how Florida City took the top spot.

To put it differently, you might get you lunch money stolen while stuck in traffic trying to get an overpriced sandwich.

2. Miami

Worst Places To Work In Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 401,927

The second worst city to go to work each day is Miami.

The city seems to be plagued by a relatively high crime and an undereducated populus. That makes for some boring lunch conversation when you step away from the office.

3. North Miami

Worst Places To Work In Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,362

North Miami finds itself on the list of the worst places to work in Florida thanks to long commutes and high crime.

The average commute takes about 31 minutes each day. That’s an hour a day that your stuck doing basically the worst thing in life each day.

4. Miami Gardens

Worst Places To Work In Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 107,884

The seeds to a quality work environment were not sown in Miami Gardens — it ranks fourth in our analysis.

Much like the other Miami area metros, it ranks poorly for crime, commute times, and a relative lack of college educated adults.

In Miami Gardens case, it’s slightly lower cost of living allowed it to beat out Miami and North Miami. However, it’s still not the best place to go to work each day.

5. Homestead

Worst Places To Work In Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,866

Breaking the string of Miami metro cities, Homestead places as the fifth worst place to work in Florida.

The city has the worst commute times of any place in the top 10 and the second worst overall in Florida at nearly 33 minutes each way.

If you work 200 days a year, that’s about 3 days per year more than the best places in Florida you spend just getting to and from work each day.

6. North Miami Beach

Worst Places To Work In Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,938

Rounding out the cities with Miami in their name, North Miami Beach ranks as the sixth worst place to work in Florida.

Commute times are still a problem as the city has the tenth longest in Florida. Additionally, the crime rate ranks in the bottom 20% of Florida cities.

7. Sweetwater

Worst Places To Work In Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,600

According to the data, Sweetwater ranks as the seventh worst place to work in Florida. There’s actually a pretty sizable gap between the quality of Sweetwater for working and the previous place, North Miami Beach.

The city lays claim to having the third highest percent of adults without a college degree and fourth longest commute in the Sunshine State.

On the plus side, Sweetwater is the first city on the list with an above average crime rate, so at least your lunch money won’t be stolen.

8. Lake Worth

Worst Places To Work In Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,246

The eighth worst place to go to work is Lake Worth.

The city of over 35,000 people has the tenth highest crime rate and percentage of adults without a college degree.

However, it’s a pretty cheap place to live which means you should buy your gas and lunch in town. Just make sure to watch out around you.

9. West Park

Worst Places To Work In Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,306

Proving West Park is not necessarily the best park, it finished ninth in our analysis of the worst places to go to work in Florida.

The city has the 8th highest percentage of adults without a college degree, so there’s probably not a lot of philosophy being discussed at the local lunch place.

However, the crime rate is the second best of any place in the top ten and the cost of living is pretty low, so at least the coffee is cheap.

10. Pompano Beach

Worst Places To Work In Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 100,819

And finally, Pompano Beach just cracked the top ten worst places to work in Florida.

While the city had below average scores for every criteria, it didn’t stick out like a sore thumb in any particular category. The worst performing criteria for the city was crime rate for which it finished 21st overall.