These Are The 10 Worst Anaheim Suburbs For 2018


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

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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 Newport Beach certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Anaheim are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

We examined the 102 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 2018:

  1. Commerce (Photos)
  2. Cudahy
  3. Rialto (Photos)
  4. Colton (Photos)
  5. Huntington Park (Photos)
  6. Compton (Photos)
  7. Bell Gardens
  8. Bell (Photos)
  9. Pomona (Photos)
  10. Hawaiian Gardens (Photos)

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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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Anaheim for 2018

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, 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 102 suburbs to evaluate around Anaheim.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 102 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.

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.

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1. Commerce

Commerce, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,997
Unemployment Rate: 11.4%
Median Home Price: $343,200
Median Income: $42,235
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 10th worst in the Anaheim area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 29th 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.

2. Cudahy


Population: 24,106
Unemployment Rate: 11.9%
Median Home Price: $285,900
Median Income: $39,058
Welcome to Cudahy. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 25.3 miles to Anaheim. Income levels here are the 6th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $39,058 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.

3. Rialto

Rialto, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 102,418
Unemployment Rate: 13.8%
Median Home Price: $236,100
Median Income: $52,347
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Anaheim suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Rialto 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.

4. Colton

Colton, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,856
Unemployment Rate: 9.8%
Median Home Price: $189,500
Median Income: $43,966
If you live in Colton, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 13th lowest Anaheim suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 21st worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Anaheim. Remember, we looked at 102 cities for this study.

Colton is about 28.5 miles to downtown.

5. Huntington Park

Huntington Park, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,921
Unemployment Rate: 11.1%
Median Home Price: $322,300
Median Income: $35,629
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 22nd lowest home values in the metro Anaheim area, where the median price is $322,300. To put that into perspective, in Newport Beach, the median income is $139,792, which is the best in the area.

Huntington Park has an unemployment rate of 11.1% which ranks 9th worst.

6. Compton

Compton, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 97,740
Unemployment Rate: 13.9%
Median Home Price: $264,300
Median Income: $45,406
Compton has 97,740 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 25.5%.

7. Bell Gardens

Bell Gardens, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,805
Unemployment Rate: 10.6%
Median Home Price: $318,700
Median Income: $37,183
Ah, Bell Gardens. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Anaheim.

It’s the place with the 13th most out of work residents in the Anaheim metro area (10.6%).

8. Bell

Bell, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,927
Unemployment Rate: 11.4%
Median Home Price: $322,900
Median Income: $38,823
Bell is a city about 25.5 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. Bell has the 7th most uninsured people, 5th worst incomes, and has the 7th highest unemployment rate (11.4%) in the entire Anaheim metro area.

Homes only cost $322,900 for a reason. That’s cheap for Anaheim standards.

9. Pomona

Pomona, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 151,807
Unemployment Rate: 11.0%
Median Home Price: $310,100
Median Income: $50,360
If you absolutely have to live near Anaheim, then Pomona might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Anaheim suburb.

About 11.0% of residents are out of work.

10. Hawaiian Gardens

Hawaiian Gardens, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,468
Unemployment Rate: 10.5%
Median Home Price: $288,200
Median Income: $36,026
Rounding out the ten worst Anaheim suburbs to call home is Hawaiian Gardens.

Located 18.1 miles outside the city, Hawaiian Gardenss is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 14th highest unemployment rate (10.5%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Anaheim where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018

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. Newport Beach takes the cake as the best place to live around Anaheim.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Anaheim Suburbs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Commerce 1 12,997 11.4% $343,200 $42,235
Cudahy 2 24,106 11.9% $285,900 $39,058
Rialto 3 102,418 13.8% $236,100 $52,347
Colton 4 53,856 9.8% $189,500 $43,966
Huntington Park 5 58,921 11.1% $322,300 $35,629
Compton 6 97,740 13.9% $264,300 $45,406
Bell Gardens 7 42,805 10.6% $318,700 $37,183
Bell 8 35,927 11.4% $322,900 $38,823
Pomona 9 151,807 11.0% $310,100 $50,360
Hawaiian Gardens 10 14,468 10.5% $288,200 $36,026
Maywood 11 27,672 9.5% $325,600 $36,696
Lynwood 12 71,233 10.2% $312,100 $43,848
Temple 13 4,287 11.5% $102,600 $46,680
Ontario 14 169,389 9.3% $293,000 $54,896
South Gate 15 95,219 11.7% $329,000 $45,522
Lakeland 16 102,714 9.5% $109,300 $40,918
Lake Elsinore 17 60,230 12.8% $259,700 $63,306
Paramount 18 54,941 9.1% $283,400 $46,364
Montclair 19 38,294 9.3% $281,100 $50,374
Riverside 20 318,678 11.0% $286,600 $58,979
El Monte 21 115,665 9.2% $374,900 $40,654
South El Monte 22 20,566 7.0% $363,100 $42,460
Fontana 23 205,228 10.2% $289,400 $65,995
Stanton 24 38,594 8.0% $322,200 $48,332
Duarte 25 21,792 10.4% $385,600 $65,571
Baldwin Park 26 76,511 8.8% $333,500 $53,651
Santa Ana 27 333,605 7.1% $383,900 $54,062
La Puente 28 40,384 8.1% $343,000 $57,174
Montebello 29 63,416 8.1% $413,900 $47,518
Azusa 30 48,498 8.1% $342,000 $56,569
Rosemead 31 54,507 8.2% $455,100 $45,510
Pico Rivera 32 63,724 8.6% $351,300 $57,203
Chino 33 83,670 9.0% $365,500 $72,832
Bellflower 34 77,687 8.3% $367,300 $50,704
Long Beach 35 469,793 9.4% $448,800 $55,151
Norwalk 36 106,360 8.0% $350,600 $61,050
Carson 37 92,780 10.8% $366,700 $73,829
Grand Terrace 38 12,393 9.6% $249,700 $64,188
La Habra 39 61,660 10.0% $436,200 $65,799
Garden Grove 40 174,676 7.6% $445,700 $60,522
Santa Fe Springs 41 17,436 4.9% $371,400 $58,147
Signal Hill 42 11,404 7.0% $446,000 $70,286
Midway 43 3,256 4.9% $127,800 $56,367
Westminster 44 91,635 7.4% $499,400 $55,287
Corona 45 161,614 7.8% $378,500 $72,309
Monterey Park 46 61,001 7.5% $532,700 $54,008
San Juan Capistrano 47 36,006 7.1% $590,500 $79,393
West Covina 48 107,634 9.9% $430,800 $71,217
Fullerton 49 139,491 8.6% $551,300 $67,110
Covina 50 48,539 9.7% $415,300 $65,451
Monrovia 51 37,090 9.6% $583,300 $67,167
Downey 52 113,223 6.8% $449,900 $65,332
San Gabriel 53 40,200 6.9% $605,600 $54,015
Glendora 54 51,285 10.1% $481,800 $78,448
Norco 55 26,809 8.5% $445,700 $87,067
Artesia 56 16,789 5.2% $419,500 $58,651
Upland 57 75,851 5.9% $444,200 $62,369
Alhambra 58 84,866 6.0% $518,800 $53,138
Orange 59 139,919 7.3% $565,800 $79,192
Rancho Cucamonga 60 173,309 8.9% $414,200 $79,973
Whittier 61 86,630 6.7% $458,500 $67,431
Buena Park 62 82,771 5.7% $448,900 $70,341
Tustin 63 79,396 6.8% $543,200 $70,822
Seal Beach 64 24,510 6.3% $308,400 $60,222
Laguna Woods 65 16,347 5.1% $228,700 $39,201
Costa Mesa 66 112,439 6.5% $637,200 $70,438
Los Alamitos 67 11,661 7.8% $680,100 $80,926
San Dimas 68 34,109 7.0% $481,000 $79,081
Eastvale 69 58,217 9.6% $460,100 $104,940
La Verne 70 32,078 7.0% $500,300 $78,385
Placentia 71 52,168 6.8% $554,500 $80,668
La Mirada 72 49,130 6.9% $448,400 $81,956
Chino Hills 73 77,266 7.0% $537,800 $97,222
Claremont 74 35,827 6.8% $581,100 $94,005
Diamond Bar 75 56,456 7.3% $593,100 $89,845
Lakewood 76 81,054 6.3% $445,800 $82,175
Brea 77 41,351 6.4% $579,600 $85,555
Laguna Hills 78 31,127 6.2% $628,800 $92,690
La Palma 79 15,834 6.4% $602,000 $83,760
Fountain Valley 80 56,670 6.6% $626,600 $84,763
Walnut 81 30,026 6.6% $679,700 $97,345
Lake Forest 82 80,658 5.2% $550,600 $92,415
Arcadia 83 57,755 6.5% $920,700 $83,958
Dana Point 84 34,009 6.1% $780,300 $83,913
Irvine 85 246,992 6.2% $718,800 $93,823
El Cerrito 86 24,646 6.6% $636,600 $92,670
Cypress 87 48,978 5.2% $540,900 $84,469
Huntington Beach 88 198,724 6.0% $659,700 $85,312
Laguna Beach 89 23,204 6.8% $1,390,500 $100,506
Villa Park 90 5,922 8.7% $1,030,800 $131,386
Cerritos 91 49,797 6.6% $620,500 $95,373
San Clemente 92 65,082 5.5% $801,100 $97,210
South Pasadena 93 25,936 6.2% $876,900 $84,593
La Habra Heights 94 5,406 4.9% $893,200 $110,329
Laguna Niguel 95 64,984 6.4% $712,000 $97,894
Yorba Linda 96 67,362 6.5% $728,300 $119,697
Mission Viejo 97 96,178 6.0% $608,100 $104,886
Rancho Santa Margarita 98 49,038 3.6% $584,000 $104,556
Aliso Viejo 99 50,219 5.9% $539,000 $103,261
San Marino 100 13,324 4.3% $1,518,400 $139,792

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