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.
Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Anaheim for 2019:
- Commerce (Photos)
- Cudahy (Photos)
- Rialto (Photos)
- Compton (Photos)
- Colton (Photos)
- Maywood (Photos)
- Huntington Park (Photos)
- Hawaiian Gardens (Photos)
- Jurupa Valley
- Bell 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.
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 2019
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 2013-2017, 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.
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.
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.
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 $39,804 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.
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.
If you live in Compton, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 15th lowest Anaheim suburb when it comes to residents making money.
Not only that, but this is the 2nd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Anaheim. Remember, we looked at 103 cities for this study.
Compton is about 26.9 miles to downtown.
Colton has the distinction of being a Anaheim suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.
All snarkiness aside, Colton has the 4th lowest home values in the metro Anaheim area, where the median price is $212,100. To put that into perspective, in Newport Beach, the median income is $152,527, which is the best in the area.
Colton has an unemployment rate of 8.5% which ranks 24th worst.
Maywood has 27,700 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 26.1%.
Ah, Huntington Park. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Anaheim.
It’s the place with the 14th most out of work residents in the Anaheim metro area (9.2%).
Hawaiian Gardens is a city about 18.1 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. Hawaiian Gardens has the 10th most uninsured people, 3rd worst incomes, and has the 7th highest unemployment rate (10.3%) in the entire Anaheim metro area.
Homes only cost $307,100 for a reason. That’s cheap for Anaheim standards.
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 7)
Median Income: $63,286 (39th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $308,900 (13th lowest)
More on Jurupa Valley: Data
If you absolutely have to live near Anaheim, then Jurupa Valley might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Anaheim suburb.
About 10.3% of residents are out of work.
Rounding out the ten worst Anaheim suburbs to call home is Bell Gardens.
Located 23.8 miles outside the city, Bell Gardenss is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 17th highest unemployment rate (8.9%), and poverty is far above the area average.
The areas around Anaheim where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2019
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
- San Marino
- Aliso Viejo
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Detailed List Of The Worst Anaheim Suburbs
|18||South El Monte||20,712|
|38||Santa Fe Springs||17,669|
|60||San Juan Capistrano||35,948|
|92||La Habra Heights||5,425|
|100||Rancho Santa Margarita||49,078|