The 10 Worst Anaheim Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Anaheim suburbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Anaheim.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Anaheim.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Anaheim 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Anaheim area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Anaheim proper, although San Marino certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Anaheim are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 103 biggest suburbs of Anaheim to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in california lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Anaheim in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Anaheim for 2021:

  1. Commerce
  2. Rialto
  3. Jurupa Valley
  4. Bell Gardens
  5. Huntington Park
  6. Maywood
  7. Cudahy
  8. Lakeland
  9. Compton
  10. Bell

What's the worst suburb of Anaheim? Commerce ranks as the worst suburb of Anaheim for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Anaheim that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in california check out the best places in california overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Anaheim too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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The 10 Worst Anaheim Suburbs To Live For 2021

Commerce, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,830
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,518 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (30th highest)
Median Home Value: $411,200 (25th lowest)
More on Commerce:  Data | Photos

We'll get the ball rolling with Commerce, the absolute worst place to live around Anaheim according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Commerce beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 8th worst in the Anaheim area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 25th worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it's cheap to live there. But there's a reason for that... it's Commerce.

You won't feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren't a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

Rialto, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 103,045
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $61,518 (25th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $313,400 (6th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Rialto. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 27.7 miles to Anaheim. Income levels here are the 25th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $61,518 a year, which doesn't go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 105,653
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $70,642 (42nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $363,000 (12th lowest)
More on Jurupa Valley:  Data

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Anaheim suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Jurupa Valley on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that's an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it's in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Anaheim suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

Bell Gardens, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 42,421
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $42,223 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $388,100 (20th lowest)
More on Bell Gardens:  Data | Photos

If you live in Bell Gardens, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the lowest Anaheim suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 13th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Anaheim. Remember, we looked at 103 cities for this study.

Bell Gardens is about 23.8 miles to downtown.

Huntington Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 58,353
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $42,447 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $412,600 (26th lowest)
More on Huntington Park:  Data | Photos

Huntington Park has the distinction of being a Anaheim suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Huntington Park has the 26th lowest home values in the metro Anaheim area, where the median price is $412,600. To put that into perspective, in San Marino, the median income is $166,607, which is the best in the area.

Huntington Park has an unemployment rate of 8.3% which ranks 7th worst.

Maywood, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,332
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $44,241 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $387,000 (19th lowest)
More on Maywood:  Data | Photos

Maywood has 27,332 residents that probably know it's a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you've ever been there, you don't need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 23.966881324747014%.

Cudahy, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 23,890
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $46,642 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $420,700 (30th lowest)
More on Cudahy:  Data | Photos

Ah, Cudahy. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Anaheim.

It's the place with the 5th most out of work residents in the Anaheim metro area (8.54%).

8. Lakeland

Lakeland Location In Florida

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 107,922
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Income: $47,511 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (24th highest)
Median Home Value: $149,500 (3rd lowest)
More on Lakeland:

Lakeland is a city about 26.7 miles from Anaheim, but Anaheim probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You'd be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Lakeland has the 28th most uninsured people, 7th worst incomes, and has the 24th highest unemployment rate (6.41%) in the entire Anaheim metro area.

Homes only cost $149,500 for a reason. That's cheap for Anaheim standards.

Compton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 96,803
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $52,883 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $355,200 (11th lowest)
More on Compton:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near Anaheim, then Compton might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst Anaheim suburb.

About 9.41% of residents are out of work.

Bell, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 35,682
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 8)
Median Income: $44,327 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $413,400 (27th lowest)
More on Bell:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Anaheim suburbs to call home is Bell.

Located 25.5 miles outside the city, Bells is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 14th highest unemployment rate (7.35%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Anaheim for 2021

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2015-2019, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Anaheim.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 103 suburbs to evaluate around Anaheim.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 103 in each category, where 1 was the "worst".

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the "Worst Suburb near Anaheim." We're lookin' at you, Commerce. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

The areas around Anaheim where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Anaheim with Commerce casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Anaheim aren't all bad. San Marino takes the cake as the best place to live around Anaheim.

  • San Marino
  • Yorba Linda
  • Newport Beach

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Detailed List Of The Worst Anaheim Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Commerce 12,830 $47,518 $411,200
2 Rialto 103,045 $61,518 $313,400
3 Jurupa Valley 105,653 $70,642 $363,000
4 Bell Gardens 42,421 $42,223 $388,100
5 Huntington Park 58,353 $42,447 $412,600
6 Maywood 27,332 $44,241 $387,000
7 Cudahy 23,890 $46,642 $420,700
8 Lakeland 107,922 $47,511 $149,500
9 Compton 96,803 $52,883 $355,200
10 Bell 35,682 $44,327 $413,400
11 Colton 54,580 $53,838 $257,500
12 South Gate 94,642 $52,321 $408,200
13 Lynwood 70,635 $52,213 $399,100
14 Pomona 152,209 $60,598 $394,500
15 Lake Elsinore 65,817 $71,476 $352,600
16 Montclair 39,155 $62,024 $354,500
17 Ontario 176,760 $65,046 $375,000
18 South El Monte 20,721 $52,204 $445,500
19 El Monte 115,517 $49,003 $454,900
20 Hawaiian Gardens 14,337 $49,483 $363,500
21 Riverside 326,414 $69,045 $365,300
22 Paramount 54,513 $55,670 $343,800
23 Fontana 210,759 $72,918 $371,700
24 Montebello 62,742 $56,150 $492,300
25 La Puente 40,020 $64,592 $419,800
26 Azusa 49,753 $68,216 $418,800
27 Baldwin Park 75,892 $65,904 $408,600
28 Santa Ana 332,794 $66,145 $491,300
29 Stanton 38,377 $57,598 $386,400
30 Duarte 21,559 $75,083 $482,200
31 Bellflower 77,195 $60,011 $458,600
32 Long Beach 466,776 $63,017 $556,100
33 Chino 89,631 $81,711 $459,100
34 Temple 4,549 $58,594 $122,100
35 La Habra 60,594 $79,325 $539,200
36 Santa Fe Springs 17,810 $68,685 $447,400
37 Pico Rivera 63,001 $67,636 $440,600
38 Norwalk 105,304 $70,667 $440,800
39 Midway 3,221 $59,625 $147,700
40 Grand Terrace 12,510 $71,788 $324,400
41 Signal Hill 11,512 $75,508 $505,900
42 Rosemead 54,282 $57,999 $556,600
43 Carson 92,079 $82,305 $462,600
44 Westminster 91,137 $62,625 $603,700
45 Corona 166,972 $83,752 $467,000
46 Garden Grove 173,258 $69,278 $554,400
47 San Gabriel 40,143 $62,541 $680,700
48 Monterey Park 60,439 $61,819 $616,000
49 Artesia 16,758 $67,647 $542,200
50 Covina 48,095 $70,780 $509,200
51 Downey 112,322 $75,878 $569,300
52 Upland 76,596 $72,782 $525,700
53 Fullerton 139,611 $79,978 $650,000
54 Buena Park 82,489 $78,932 $579,100
55 Monrovia 36,816 $77,111 $663,400
56 West Covina 106,589 $82,938 $540,500
57 Glendora 51,801 $96,132 $601,800
58 La Verne 32,211 $88,131 $588,300
59 Alhambra 84,647 $61,384 $612,700
60 Laguna Woods 16,053 $44,020 $288,400
61 Costa Mesa 113,159 $84,138 $749,400
62 Orange 139,887 $91,793 $656,100
63 Rancho Cucamonga 176,379 $90,953 $495,800
64 San Juan Capistrano 35,922 $91,600 $720,200
65 Whittier 86,090 $77,270 $574,400
66 Norco 26,670 $102,817 $544,900
67 Seal Beach 24,204 $68,852 $371,600
68 Los Alamitos 11,534 $88,729 $761,200
69 Tustin 79,863 $84,697 $647,500
70 San Dimas 34,048 $86,410 $576,800
71 La Mirada 48,764 $95,685 $569,500
72 Brea 42,678 $94,492 $660,400
73 Placentia 51,818 $95,757 $630,500
74 Claremont 36,090 $101,420 $672,500
75 Chino Hills 80,701 $106,347 $622,300
76 Diamond Bar 56,211 $99,083 $664,400
77 Irvine 273,157 $105,126 $838,000
78 Laguna Hills 31,617 $100,985 $707,700
79 Lakewood 80,292 $93,432 $568,600
80 Fountain Valley 56,026 $93,075 $734,800
81 La Habra Heights 6,574 $115,762 $928,200
82 Arcadia 58,152 $93,574 $1,097,600
83 Sierra Madre 10,932 $100,988 $969,700
84 Lake Forest 83,974 $109,492 $647,500
85 Walnut 29,903 $108,669 $774,400
86 Cypress 48,893 $93,137 $632,900
87 Huntington Beach 200,259 $95,046 $771,100
88 Cerritos 50,143 $106,190 $685,300
89 Laguna Beach 23,036 $129,983 $1,771,600
90 Eastvale 62,046 $119,213 $574,500
91 El Cerrito 25,398 $108,298 $804,700
92 Dana Point 33,769 $99,409 $878,300
93 San Clemente 64,878 $110,434 $906,100
94 Laguna Niguel 65,808 $108,537 $827,100
95 Mission Viejo 95,516 $118,477 $693,000
96 Villa Park 5,861 $165,000 $1,184,100
97 La Palma 15,604 $107,724 $659,100
98 Rancho Santa Margarita 48,503 $121,017 $662,200
99 South Pasadena 25,661 $104,308 $1,071,000
100 Aliso Viejo 50,663 $112,689 $632,900

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