Looking for culture, adventure, and natural beauty, without all of the glam and glitter? Then Hollywood FLORIDA is where you want to be. You won’t find any emblematic ‘Hollywood’ hills here, but you will find 7 miles of beautiful beaches, 60 nature parks, a vibrant arts and culinary scene, a flourishing job, and housing market, and the world’s first and only guitar-shaped hotel. A city for both the young, and the young–at–heart, Hollywood’s eclectic mix of activities, landscapes, and opportunities make this an ideal South Florida town to call home. Niche.com lists Hollywood, FL #53 out of 380 for ‘Best Suburb for Young Professionals in Florida’, and the Huffington Post included Hollywood in a 2016 Top 10 list for ‘Best Cities to “Worktire” (work + retire) in.’ As you can see, this Hollywood has the best of everything.
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Living in Hollywood, FL: What to Know Before Moving to Hollywood
Hollywood, with a population of around 153,700, is one of the main cities in the Miami metropolitan area which has a population of over 6,100,000. With an overall livability score of 76/100, Areavibes.com ranks Hollywood as #381 out of 412 ‘Best Florida Cities to Live In’. This score is 12 points higher than its neighboring city of Miami. But we know that a decision as big as moving can’t be contingent entirely upon a city’s overall score of livability. As with moving to any city, you need to examine specific factors like the housing market, access to transportation, healthcare availability, and overall cost of living. Fortunately, for prospective Hollywood residents, the city’s status in these categories most often surpasses the status of its surrounding South Florida city competitors.
Pros and Cons of Living in Hollywood
- An abundance of natural amenities, activities, and entertainment – 7 miles of beaches, 60 parks, and plenty of things to do throughout the year.
- Close to several airports and major cities – Miami and Fort Lauderdale, and their respective airports are just a short drive away.
- Good job market – Professionals in healthcare, tourism, education, or technology industries will find plenty of job options.
- Lower cost of living index than Miami and Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood might be 24.2% more expensive to live in than the national average, but it still is lower than Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
- No personal income tax in Florida – Florida residents get to enjoy the benefit of having no personal income tax.
- Cost of living index 24.2% higher than the national average – As mentioned above, the cost of living in Hollywood is slightly higher, but lower than its neighboring cities.
- Median home price is 18% higher than the rest of Florida – You’ll pay a little more for a house here, unfortunately, but at least home appreciation is up 9%.
- Lower walk score – There are plenty of convenient ways of getting around town, but walking may not be the easiest.
- Heavy traffic congestion – Gridlock can make driving during rush hour difficult – Cringe-worthy traffic during rush hour is never fun, and you’ll especially want to avoid it here.
- Property Tax: Compared to the national average of 1.211%, the Broward County Property Tax Rate is 1.336%. So if your home value is $215,000, you’ll be charged about $2,872.00 in property taxes annually.
- Sales Tax: The combined sales tax rate is 7%, a combined rate of 6% Florida state tax, 1% Broward County tax, and 0% city tax. This rate is the same as the rate in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
- State Income Tax: Florida doesn’t charge personal income tax. Hooray!
According to Bestplaces.net, 46.2% of Hollywood residents own their homes and 31.7% rent. You may notice that the percentages don’t add up to 100%. This is because about 20% of housing is vacant for a variety of reasons, some of which are vacant vacation homes and ready to rent or sell properties. The national average of vacant properties is 12%. Home appreciation increased 9% in 2018-19, and 54.2% over the last ten years, so if you choose to buy, it appears your investment will hold its value. As of March 2019, the median home cost was $280,000, and the median rent was $1,779 per month.
Realtor.com lists 4,008 homes, condos, and multi-family properties currently for sale, and Apartments.com lists 3,426 apartments for rent. So while potential Hollywood home-buyers may be making off better than renters when it comes down to the numbers, there are certainly plenty of housing options here to fit all needs and budgets.
Cost of Living
The overall cost of living index is 124.2, almost 25% higher than the national average index of 100. The Hollywood, Florida cost of living is lower than Fort Lauderdale 129.6/100 and Miami 137.1/100, and MUCH lower than cities like Boston 181.6/100, San Diego 177.5/100 and Denver 144.2/100. Here, food and grocery expenses are slightly more expensive at 102.7/100, utilities are below average at 96.7/100, and housing is slightly higher at 138.8. According to the EPI Family Budget Calculator, to live a moderate lifestyle in Hollywood, a family of four will need to earn about $86,896 per year.
Weather & Natural Disasters
Hollywood, FL is within the tropical rainforest climate zone where summers are hot and humid; winters are warm and dry. The city upholds its reputation of having a sunny climate most of the year. The warmest months are July, with an average high/low of 89 and 76, and August, with an average high/low of 90 and 76. Fortunately, Floridians get a little heat relief during the winter months, with temperatures cooling down the most in January at an average high/low of 76 and 58, and February, with an average high/low of 77 and 60.
Cooler temperatures transition again in the spring, leading into Florida’s rainy season and hurricane season. Hurricane season officially runs from June 1st to Nov. 30th, but the majority of rain and storms occur from mid-August to late October. Be sure to pack your umbrella, because Hollywood sees an average annual rainfall of 64.37 inches. The majority of this rain comes in between June and September, with an average of 7 inches of rain or more per month.
And what about the hurricanes? While of course, Florida is susceptible to hurricanes every summer, only one or two hurricanes make landfall on the east coast each year, and on average, only 40% of those affect Florida. You can visit Hollywood’s hurricane preparedness website for more information, and download the Red Cross Disaster Alert Mobile App to stay prepared and informed.
Economy & Job Market
Good news for new residents! Hollywood has a strong economic status shaped by its competitive industrial market, steadily growing retail market, and reliable tourism market. Tourist flock to the city’s desirable amenities – 7 miles of beaches, vibrant culture and culinary scene, exciting entertainment – and location, according to choosehollywoodfl.org.
If you’re a professional in the healthcare, tourism, aerospace, technology, education, or business services industries, then you’ll have plenty of employment options to consider since these are the major job markets in Hollywood. Many who live in or near Hollywood work for major employers Heico Corporation, Memorial Healthcare System, Diplomat Beach Resort, Brandsmart, or Chewy.com.
Jobseekers shouldn’t have any trouble finding a job in Hollywood. Just make sure you’ve buffed up your resume and are ready to put your best foot forward when you schedule interviews.
Traffic & Transportation
Having a strong mix of public transportation options is becoming increasingly important as travelers, residents, and employees are choosing to rely on public transportation more to cut down on travel time, reduce expenses, and live more healthfully. If you’re considering a move to Hollywood, FL, you won’t be disappointed in the transportation options available to you.
The three main modes of public transportation include the Tri-Rail – Hollywood is home to two different tri–rails, maximizing travel convenience; Broward County Transit, with a total of 9 bus routes and a dedicated commuter bus; and the Sun Shuttle, a completely free and environmentally-friendly electric shuttle.
Of course, plenty of rideshare options through apps like Uber and Lyft can get you around town. However, if you prefer sitting in the driver’s seat, you’ll find convenient major thoroughfares that include 1–95 and A1A running north-south through the middle and eastern parts of Hollywood, and Routes 822 and 820 running east-west in the northern and southern parts of the city.
Walkscore.com rates Hollywood with a walk score of 55/100, which categorizes it as ‘somewhat walkable,’ a transit score of 34/100, and a bike score of 54/100. If relying on public transportation or your own two feet is a priority, you’ll want to research which Hollywood neighborhoods meet your specific needs the best. To avoid getting stuck in South Florida’s cringe-worthy congested traffic, avoid taking I–95 south between 7 and 9 am or north between 3 and 7:30 pm. These are peak commuting times, especially near the Miami area.
What to Do
Like it’s neighboring cities, Hollywood is a mecca for outdoor and cultural activities. Whether you love immersing yourself in nature, participating in water sports, visiting the beach and boardwalk, shopping at farmers’ markets, or attending festivals, Hollywood always has something going on.
If you like sports, you can catch a Florida Panthers or Miami Dolphins game in the Miami Metro area. Contemporary visual and performing arts lovers will enjoy a visit to the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood. Music lovers can see their favorite performers at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Casino (which is guitar-shaped, by the way!). Plus, countless art, history, film, and food festivals are always on the calendar, so there’s always something new and exciting to check out. But these are just some of your options. You can go to visitflorida.com for a complete directory of things to do and see in Hollywood.
Schools & Universities
If you have children in school or if you’re a student yourself, you have plenty of school and university options in and near Hollywood. Part of the Broward County School District, this city is home to 133 preschools, 51 elementary schools, 35 middle schools, 18 high schools, 131 private schools, and 47 colleges and universities within 50 miles.
Out of 74 school districts in Florida, Broward County ranked #24 for ‘Best School District.’ This ranking, published on niche.com, was calculated by state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, educator quality, and more. Some of the highest-ranking schools in Hollywood include South Broward High School, ranked #20 ‘Best High School in Broward County’; Hollywood Academy of Arts & Science, ranked #47 out of 339 ‘Best Charter Elementary and Middle Schools in Florida’; and the Beachside Montessori Village School ranked #3 ‘Best Pre–K School in Broward County’.
Is post-secondary education in your sights? There are 47 four–year colleges within 50 miles of Hollywood, the best of which include Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Jose Maria Vargas University in Pembroke Pines, and Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, all only 6 miles from Hollywood. For community and technical schools, there are Florida Career College 6 miles away in Pembroke Pines, Future Tech Institute 22 miles away in Miami, and Keiser University, which has a location 14 miles away in Fort Lauderdale.
Crime is an unfortunate reality anywhere you go. The best action you can take is to research and stay informed. According to bestplaces.net, which collects all of its information from FBI data, the national average on a scale of 100 (1 indicating low crime, 100 indicating high crime) for property crime is 35.4 and for violent crime is 22.7. For Hollywood, the ranking for property crime is 52.8 (17.4% higher than the national average) and for violent crime is 26.2 (3.5% higher than the national average.) The property and violent crime index on the Crime Map for Hollywood shows no specific areas within the city that have higher or lower crime rates than any other part.
- Gas Service – You can get your home or business set up with energy-efficient natural gas with Florida City Gas. Click here to get your gas service started.
- Electric Service – The Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has all of your electricity needs covered. Click here to get started with your account.
- Water Service – The Hollywood Department of Public Utilities provides water to Hollywood residents. To connect your water service and view the city’s water rate schedule, click here.
- Trash Pick–Up/Recycling Service – The Hollywood Department of Public Works Environmental Services Division oversees the collection of trash and recycling from Hollywood city residents. To set up your utility account and learn more about pick-up times and guidelines, click here.
- Internet & Cable Service – Get your cable and internet service all squared away with Comcast/Xfinity. Click here to sign in or create an account to get started.
Best Neighborhoods in Hollywood, FL
This affluent Hollywood neighborhood was built in the 1970s and is just 4 miles northwest of downtown and Hollywood Blvd. Featuring large single-family homes and condos, this neighborhood represents a mixed collection of periods, tastes and styles, with prices landing between $135,000 and $2,100,100, and a median sale price of $340,000. For renters, the median rent is $2,375 for a home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms on a ¼ acre lot.
Emerald Hills, with a population of 14,166, is bordered by Stirling Rd. to the north and Sheridan St. to the south, and is conveniently located just 15 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 17 minutes from Hollywood Beach. Residents of Emerald Hills can easily go for a walk, run, or enjoy the field and water park of Topeekeegee Yugnee Park, one of Hollywood’s best parks less than two miles away. If a nature park isn’t quite your style, then perhaps a membership with The Club of Emerald Hills, a renowned championship golf club just a couple minutes north, might be what you’re looking for.
Several schools are near Emerald Hills, which makes this a great neighborhood for families. These schools and their greatschools.com rankings include Hollywood Hills Elementary School 8/10, Broward County Public School 6/10, Attucks Middle School 4/10, and Hollywood Hills High School 4/10.
A more traditional Hollywood neighborhood, Highland Gardens is less than a mile south of Hollywood Blvd and has a population of roughly 8,336. Unlike Emerald Hills, Highland Gardens features a nice mix of both rental properties and owner-occupied properties at a more affordable price, with a median home cost of $250,000 and a median monthly rent of $1,899.
Highland Gardens is bordered by I–95 to the west and Dixie Highway to the east. Residents here enjoy the convenience of a short 10 to 15 minute or less walk to Hollywood Blvd where there are countless restaurants, several retail stores, a few cafes, and a few fitness studios. It’s also a short 15-minute drive to Hollywood Beach.
Several schools are near Highland Gardens including Ben Gamla Charter School, an elementary and middle school 9/10, Ben Gamla Preparatory Charter High School 6/10, Alpha International Academy, an elementary school 6/10, and South Broward High School 4/10. If a safe neighborhood within walking distance to stores and activities is what you’re looking for, then Highland Gardens is a good choice to consider.
As the name implies, this residential neighborhood sits right on the beachfront. With a population of 14,956, and located east of A1A, this neighborhood is within walking distance to the beach, boardwalk, restaurants, and nightlife. For that reason, it’s no surprise that living here comes at a higher price tag. Hollywood Beach homes are mostly condos, townhouses, and lofts, with a smaller number of single-family homes. Prices range from $65,000 – $7,950,000, with a median sale price of $320,000, and a median rent of $2,000 per month.
The average age of residents here is 50 with 91% working white-collar jobs earning over $110,000 per year, and more than half of all residents are in non-family households, so this neighborhood may not be best suited for young families with children.
But for families unscathed by the demographics, we’re happy to include that there are several schools around that serve this neighborhood. These schools, and their greatschools.com rankings, include Dania Elementary School 6/10, Hollywood Central Elementary School 3/10, Olsen Middle School 4/10, and South Broward High School 4/10.
Hollywood Beach is directly east of downtown Hollywood by two miles and runs parallel with A1A/S Ocean Drive. If a posh beach neighborhood is what you’re dreaming of, then look no further than Hollywood Beach.
South Central Beach
The South Central Beach neighborhood is similar in many ways to Hollywood Beach, except much smaller. With a population of only 652 and nestled just below Hollywood Beach on A1A/S Ocean Dr, this neighborhood features condos and townhouses that sell for an average price of $375,000 and rent for a median price of $2,000.
Of course, residents here enjoy the easy access to the beach and boardwalk, but its more southern placement on the map puts residents much closer to activities in the Miami Metro area. You can bike 10 miles of trails at Oleta River State Park in North Miami Beach, just 18 minutes away, go shopping at the upscale Aventura Mall 15 minutes away, or hit the slots at the Gulfstream Park Racing Casino in Hallandale Beach 12 minutes away.
Nearby schools and their greatschools.com rankings include Dania Elementary 6/10, Hollywood Central Elementary School 3/10, Olsen Middle School 4/10, and South Broward High School 4/10. If the iconic beach vibe is what you’re looking for, but with a little more privacy, you’ll love South Central Beach.
Families – these are the hills you’ll want to run for. Comprised of mostly competitively priced mid-sized single-family homes, and surrounded by dog-friendly sidewalks and street parking, this neighborhood is a great choice for families or couples new to Hollywood.
Located between I–95 and State Rd 7, just one and a half miles west of downtown Hollywood, and with Hollywood Hills offers a quiet and friendly vibe that anyone can enjoy. There are roughly 15,309 residents and homes range in price from $155,000 to $750,000, with a median price of $379,000. If you’re renting, you can expect to pay an average of $1,400 per month for a two-bedroom apartment.
Being so close to downtown Hollywood provides a wealth of options, from dining to shopping and entertainment. For those who seek a break from the hustle and bustle, the Sal Oliveri Veterans Park provides a nice natural respite with a picnic area, benches, a walking path, and a playground. This neighborhood is also home to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Memorial Medical Office Centre, so anyone who works in the medical field or needs medical access will appreciate having these amenities nearby.
Nine schools surround this neighborhood, the best of which include Hollywood Hills Elementary 8/10, Broward County Public School 6/10, Attucks Middle School 4,/10, and Hollywood Hills High School 4/10.
Hollywood Lakes is similar to Hollywood Hills in that it contains mostly single-family homes, but this smaller community, built in the 1940s, is closer to the coast and comes with a higher price tag. With a population of 18,278 and set right in between US–1 and S Ocean Dr, the median price of the large homes here is $592,500, and the median rent is $1,500.
Located exactly 1 mile east of Downtown Hollywood and 1 mile west of Hollywood Beach, the options of things to do are nearly endless. Residents of Hollywood Lakes can easily go west and discover downtown restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and fitness studios. Or they can go east and enjoy Hollywood Beach, the boardwalk, and the various activities happening along A1A. Fans of golf will enjoy the Hollywood Beach Golf Club and the Eco Golf Club, which are also in this neighborhood, and nature–seekers will appreciate West Lake Park, which offers a scenic marina with canoe rentals and a picnic area.
Residents with children can take advantage of the nearby schools including Broward County Public School 6/10, Olsen Middle School 4/10, and South Broward High School 4/10. One of the highest rated schools in Hollywood is the Hollywood Academy of Arts & Science 9/10.
Perhaps one of the more reasonably-priced neighborhoods in Hollywood, Liberia is another fantastic choice for families or younger residents. With a population of 18,278 and a median age of 32, this young community is located right between US–1 and I–95, three miles north of downtown Hollywood. Cozy single-family homes range from $230,000 to $299,000, with a median price of $257,000. Renters can expect to pay an average of $1,850 per month.
While the cost of living here is a plus, there are limited entertainment options in the neighborhood. Fortunately, this neighborhood is close to major attractions, shopping, and restaurants within just a short drive. Some of the bigger attractions include the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, five miles west; Topeekeegee Yugnee Park, just over two miles west; the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, a little over a mile east; and Hollywood North Beach Park just three short miles east.
Liberia is close to several schools as well, including Hollywood Hills Elementary School 8/10, Broward County Public School 6/10, Attucks Middle School 4/10, and South Broward High School 4/10. If a younger community with affordable housing located a short drive from entertainment is what you’re looking for, then Liberia is a good choice for you.
Last on our list is the neighborhood of North Central. This older family-oriented neighborhood is one to consider because of its affordability and easy access to schools, the downtown district, and two major highways. Being sandwiched between I-95 and N Dixie Hwy isn’t always a desirable feature. However, the perk of being only a mile northeast of downtown allows many North Central residents to overlook its location between two chief thoroughfares. North Central’s population is about 7,502, and homes here sell for an average of $275,000. Renters can expect to pay around $1,800 per month.
One of the main draws in this part of town is the ArtsPark at Young Circle in the downtown district. ArtsPark is a large city park with ongoing arts events, activities for kids, an outdoor amphitheater with concerts, and field space for sports.
For families with children, the nearby schools include Beachside Montessori Village 10/10, Sunshine Elementary School 5/10, Attucks and Olsen Middle School (both ranked 4/10, and South Broward High School 4/10. If you’re looking for a family-friendly neighborhood that’s close to downtown activities, then North Central is the neighborhood for you.
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