Worst Anaheim Suburbs For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst suburbs around Anaheim.

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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 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.

What's the worst suburb of Anaheim? Commerce ranks as the worst suburb of Anaheim for 2020 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.

For more California reading, check out:

The 10 Worst Anaheim Suburbs To Live For 2020

Commerce, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,933
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,083 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.2% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $385,100 (26th 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 9th worst in the Anaheim area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 26th 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: 102,873
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $58,061 (28th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $285,900 (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 28th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $58,061 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.

Huntington Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 58,694
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Income: $40,638 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $377,200 (23rd lowest)
More on Huntington Park:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Anaheim suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Huntington Park 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.

Maywood, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,542
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $39,738 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $375,600 (21st lowest)
More on Maywood:  Data | Photos

If you live in Maywood, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 1st lowest Anaheim suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 6th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Anaheim. Remember, we looked at 103 cities for this study.

Maywood is about 26.2 miles to downtown.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 103,784
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Income: $67,002 (43rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $339,400 (12th lowest)
More on Jurupa Valley:  Data

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

All snarkiness aside, Jurupa Valley has the 12th lowest home values in the metro Anaheim area, where the median price is $339,400. To put that into perspective, in Newport Beach, the median income is $159,509, which is the best in the area.

Jurupa Valley has an unemployment rate of 9.3% which ranks 5th worst.

Colton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,415
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $50,063 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (17th highest)
Median Home Value: $233,000 (4th lowest)
More on Colton:  Data | Photos

Colton has 54,415 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 15.770291021442715%.

Bell Gardens, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 42,641
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Income: $41,355 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $380,100 (24th lowest)
More on Bell Gardens:  Data | Photos

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

It's the place with the 18th most out of work residents in the Anaheim metro area (7.77%).

Compton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 97,301
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Income: $50,507 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $319,800 (8th lowest)
More on Compton:  Data | Photos

Compton is a city about 26.9 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. Compton has the 20th most uninsured people, 15th worst incomes, and has the 4th highest unemployment rate (9.84%) in the entire Anaheim metro area.

Homes only cost $319,800 for a reason. That's cheap for Anaheim standards.

Cudahy, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,016
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 7)
Median Income: $43,381 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $405,400 (30th lowest)
More on Cudahy:  Data | Photos

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

About 9.09% of residents are out of work.

Pomona, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 152,494
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $55,115 (20th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $367,400 (19th lowest)
More on Pomona:  Data | Photos

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

Located 14.0 miles outside the city, Pomonas is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 11th highest unemployment rate (8.73%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Anaheim for 2020

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 2014-2018, 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 2020

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.

  • Newport Beach
  • Yorba Linda
  • Aliso Viejo

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Detailed List Of The Worst Anaheim Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Commerce 12,933 $47,083 $385,100
2 Rialto 102,873 $58,061 $285,900
3 Huntington Park 58,694 $40,638 $377,200
4 Maywood 27,542 $39,738 $375,600
5 Jurupa Valley 103,784 $67,002 $339,400
6 Colton 54,415 $50,063 $233,000
7 Bell Gardens 42,641 $41,355 $380,100
8 Compton 97,301 $50,507 $319,800
9 Cudahy 24,016 $43,381 $405,400
10 Pomona 152,494 $55,115 $367,400
11 South Gate 95,103 $50,246 $375,900
12 Lynwood 71,022 $49,684 $371,800
13 Lake Elsinore 64,037 $67,668 $333,600
14 Lakeland 105,958 $44,313 $132,100
15 Hawaiian Gardens 14,411 $44,792 $339,700
16 Ontario 173,580 $61,602 $348,200
17 Montclair 38,865 $58,012 $334,500
18 Bell 35,809 $42,548 $390,100
19 South El Monte 20,727 $48,944 $428,200
20 Riverside 323,935 $65,313 $344,700
21 El Monte 115,669 $47,121 $427,400
22 Paramount 54,776 $53,031 $323,600
23 Fontana 208,943 $70,789 $351,700
24 Midway 3,301 $54,526 $137,600
25 Azusa 49,544 $60,227 $390,100
26 La Puente 40,268 $61,054 $391,200
27 Montebello 63,099 $53,677 $466,700
28 Stanton 38,509 $56,506 $360,800
29 Santa Ana 333,499 $61,774 $455,300
30 Duarte 21,713 $73,429 $455,600
31 Baldwin Park 76,222 $62,227 $380,400
32 Chino 87,735 $79,477 $433,700
33 Long Beach 468,883 $60,551 $519,300
34 Bellflower 77,529 $55,729 $436,200
35 Temple 4,366 $56,294 $117,300
36 Rosemead 54,417 $52,057 $534,200
37 Norwalk 105,886 $66,453 $410,400
38 Carson 92,517 $78,580 $434,000
39 Grand Terrace 12,482 $66,912 $301,300
40 Santa Fe Springs 17,791 $65,518 $430,800
41 Pico Rivera 63,432 $65,666 $415,100
42 Signal Hill 11,538 $75,684 $487,000
43 La Habra 61,910 $76,452 $505,800
44 Garden Grove 174,010 $65,591 $519,600
45 Corona 165,355 $79,081 $444,200
46 Upland 76,382 $68,551 $489,600
47 San Gabriel 40,242 $57,863 $659,500
48 Artesia 16,817 $63,708 $505,300
49 Fullerton 139,866 $73,360 $625,800
50 Downey 112,901 $71,948 $525,500
51 Westminster 91,417 $61,834 $581,900
52 Monterey Park 60,792 $57,265 $593,300
53 West Covina 107,242 $79,140 $490,000
54 Covina 48,403 $69,449 $467,400
55 Monrovia 37,006 $73,170 $634,300
56 Buena Park 82,781 $72,814 $540,200
57 Alhambra 84,974 $57,117 $582,600
58 Glendora 51,773 $92,674 $562,500
59 Norco 26,569 $95,441 $495,200
60 Laguna Woods 16,228 $41,928 $278,300
61 Costa Mesa 113,198 $79,207 $707,600
62 Tustin 80,140 $79,339 $618,500
63 San Juan Capistrano 35,952 $87,353 $678,200
64 Orange 139,873 $86,027 $635,500
65 Rancho Cucamonga 175,679 $86,355 $473,800
66 Whittier 86,523 $73,517 $528,400
67 La Verne 32,358 $85,769 $562,300
68 Los Alamitos 11,628 $84,068 $755,000
69 La Mirada 48,974 $87,778 $516,500
70 Seal Beach 24,364 $67,917 $358,700
71 Placentia 52,049 $89,690 $609,400
72 Diamond Bar 56,434 $96,628 $640,600
73 Chino Hills 79,298 $104,590 $597,400
74 Lakewood 80,771 $89,469 $524,600
75 San Dimas 34,239 $84,749 $547,500
76 Eastvale 61,337 $114,230 $547,800
77 Claremont 36,025 $97,363 $645,400
78 Laguna Hills 31,185 $98,168 $688,200
79 Lake Forest 82,911 $104,449 $621,000
80 Brea 42,330 $93,703 $635,400
81 Irvine 265,502 $100,969 $797,100
82 Fountain Valley 56,372 $85,423 $688,000
83 Cerritos 50,172 $99,528 $660,800
84 Arcadia 58,207 $92,102 $1,068,800
85 Laguna Beach 23,147 $121,474 $1,700,400
86 Sierra Madre 11,006 $96,630 $924,400
87 Huntington Beach 200,606 $91,318 $728,200
88 Walnut 30,008 $104,096 $739,100
89 La Habra Heights 5,383 $111,551 $960,500
90 El Cerrito 25,203 $100,422 $744,600
91 Dana Point 33,913 $97,519 $861,600
92 La Palma 15,733 $98,788 $634,900
93 Cypress 48,955 $92,098 $605,600
94 San Clemente 65,045 $105,812 $881,000
95 Villa Park 5,912 $145,250 $1,156,600
96 Laguna Niguel 65,652 $103,910 $795,300
97 South Pasadena 25,824 $96,579 $985,000
98 Mission Viejo 96,124 $114,688 $668,800
99 Rancho Santa Margarita 48,792 $115,073 $652,400
100 San Marino 13,285 $159,509 $1,886,000

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