My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty and that’s the law.
Best Part About Hialeah
Commitment to Local
Hialeah is a true community. Here, everyone fights for small, locally owned shops over the big chains. Because of its high Hispanic population and the history of the city being a hub for Cuban emigration after the Cuban Revolution of 1959. Locals prefer to eat and mom and pop restaurants over large franchises because, in doing so, they’re supporting the very foundation of their community. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at Publix, a Florida-based grocery chain, who decided it was better to modify one of their existing stores to appeal more to residents. They opened a “Publix Sabor” which caters specifically to Latin American and Hispanic clientele, even changing what they carry and what services they offer.
A note from a local on Hialeah:
Hialeah is the New Gold Rush, people 10 years from now will be crying they didn’t buy Proerty now in Hialeah which is dirt cheap. Why, it’s not too far west or South Like Doral or Kendall which are commuter Hellholes and traffic nightmares. It’s not anywhere near as Over Priced as Miami SW8th ST, or Brickell MidTown, The Beach Etc.
Worst Part About Hialeah
The Bad Reputation
It’s nearly impossible to outlive a bad reputation and Hialeah is no exception. You can attribute it to racism, a lack of understanding, or just plain ignorance, but Hialeah does not deserve the rap it gets. You’ll hear from other Miami metro-area residents that Hialeah isn’t a place you want to be, that people are unfriendly, or that they’d never move there in their wildest dreams. While harsh, it’s also a completely undeserving way of looking at a city with a rich culture and history.
Here's a local's note about the reputation issue:
My view of Hialeah:
—Hard working, first generation Americans. Good people. God bless them! Welcome to the U.S.
—Concrete front yards.
—Looked down upon by earlier arrivals, who likely now live in Pembroke Pines or Coral Gables.
Other than that, seems like a nice, middle class place.
Lifestyle of Hialeah
The thing you need to know about Hialeah is that it has a long history of residents immigrating to the US from Cuba and other Latin American countries. Because of this, the Spanish language is a vital part of daily life in Hialeah. Hialeah is often referred to as the second least diverse city in the US, due to its high Hispanic population. Cuban refugees, especially, are credited with shaping the culture and daily life in the city. There are tributes to Cuban culture everywhere including statues, local events, and more.
Workstyle of Hialeah
Hialeah residents see a slightly higher unemployment rate than the US average. Attributing to the unemployment rates rising over the past year is the fact that the top industry, by job, in Hialeah is retail and, arguably, a good amount of people were laid off due to the pandemic. On a higher note, the future job growth in Hialeah is expected to be slightly higher than the US average and it’s likely Hialeah will continue to see both population and job growth over the next decade. The top industries behind retail are healthcare and social services as well as manufacturing.
Why You Should Move Here Now?
Hialeah is a quiet, slower town and the residents like it that way. Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the Keys are all close enough for when you feel a bit restless, but locals love coming back from a week of craziness to Miami’s best kept secret. Hialeah is a bit of a hidden gem and if you’re looking to relocate to the Miami-Dade area and don’t snag yourself a place in Hialeah, you might be kicking yourself in 10 years.