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 101 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. Jurupa Valley
  3. Cudahy
  4. Rialto (Photos)
  5. Colton (Photos)
  6. Huntington Park (Photos)
  7. Compton (Photos)
  8. Bell Gardens (Photos)
  9. Bell (Photos)
  10. Pomona (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 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 101 suburbs to evaluate around Anaheim.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 101 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.

1. Commerce

Commerce, California

Population: 12,997
Unemployment Rate: 11.4%
Median Home Price: $343,200
Median Income: $42,235
More on Commerce: Data | Jobs

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 28th 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. Jurupa Valley


Population: 100,737
Unemployment Rate: 12.7%
Median Home Price: $270,700
Median Income: $58,849
More on Jurupa Valley: Data | Jobs

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

This city is 19.6 miles to Anaheim. Income levels here are the 37th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $58,849 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. Cudahy


Population: 24,106
Unemployment Rate: 11.9%
Median Home Price: $285,900
Median Income: $39,058
More on Cudahy: Data | Jobs

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

Rialto, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 102,418
Unemployment Rate: 13.8%
Median Home Price: $236,100
Median Income: $52,347
More on Rialto: Data | Jobs

If you live in Rialto, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 23rd 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 101 cities for this study.

Rialto is about 27.7 miles to downtown.

5. Colton

Colton, California

Population: 53,856
Unemployment Rate: 9.8%
Median Home Price: $189,500
Median Income: $43,966
More on Colton: Data | Jobs

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 2nd lowest home values in the metro Anaheim area, where the median price is $189,500. To put that into perspective, in Newport Beach, the median income is $139,792, which is the best in the area.

Colton has an unemployment rate of 9.8% which ranks 21st worst.

6. Huntington Park

Huntington Park, California

Population: 58,921
Unemployment Rate: 11.1%
Median Home Price: $322,300
Median Income: $35,629
More on Huntington Park: Data | Jobs

Huntington Park has 58,921 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 28.9%.

7. Compton

Compton, California

Population: 97,740
Unemployment Rate: 13.9%
Median Home Price: $264,300
Median Income: $45,406
More on Compton: Data | Jobs

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

It’s the place with the 1st most out of work residents in the Anaheim metro area (13.9%).

8. Bell Gardens

Bell Gardens, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 42,805
Unemployment Rate: 10.6%
Median Home Price: $318,700
Median Income: $37,183
More on Bell Gardens: Data | Jobs

Bell Gardens is a city about 23.8 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 Gardens has the 3rd most uninsured people, 4th worst incomes, and has the 13th highest unemployment rate (10.6%) in the entire Anaheim metro area.

Homes only cost $318,700 for a reason. That’s cheap for Anaheim standards.

9. Bell

Bell, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 35,927
Unemployment Rate: 11.4%
Median Home Price: $322,900
Median Income: $38,823
More on Bell: Data | Jobs

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

About 11.4% of residents are out of work.

10. Pomona

Pomona, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 151,807
Unemployment Rate: 11.0%
Median Home Price: $310,100
Median Income: $50,360
More on Pomona: Data | Jobs

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 10th highest unemployment rate (11.0%), 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

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Commerce 12,997 11.4% $343,200 $42,235
2 Jurupa Valley 100,737 12.7% $270,700 $58,849
3 Cudahy 24,106 11.9% $285,900 $39,058
4 Rialto 102,418 13.8% $236,100 $52,347
5 Colton 53,856 9.8% $189,500 $43,966
6 Huntington Park 58,921 11.1% $322,300 $35,629
7 Compton 97,740 13.9% $264,300 $45,406
8 Bell Gardens 42,805 10.6% $318,700 $37,183
9 Bell 35,927 11.4% $322,900 $38,823
10 Pomona 151,807 11.0% $310,100 $50,360
11 Hawaiian Gardens 14,468 10.5% $288,200 $36,026
12 Maywood 27,672 9.5% $325,600 $36,696
13 Lynwood 71,233 10.2% $312,100 $43,848
14 Ontario 169,389 9.3% $293,000 $54,896
15 Lakeland 102,714 9.5% $109,300 $40,918
16 South Gate 95,219 11.7% $329,000 $45,522
17 Lake Elsinore 60,230 12.8% $259,700 $63,306
18 Paramount 54,941 9.1% $283,400 $46,364
19 Montclair 38,294 9.3% $281,100 $50,374
20 Riverside 318,678 11.0% $286,600 $58,979
21 El Monte 115,665 9.2% $374,900 $40,654
22 South El Monte 20,566 7.0% $363,100 $42,460
23 Fontana 205,228 10.2% $289,400 $65,995
24 Stanton 38,594 8.0% $322,200 $48,332
25 Duarte 21,792 10.4% $385,600 $65,571
26 Baldwin Park 76,511 8.8% $333,500 $53,651
27 Santa Ana 333,605 7.1% $383,900 $54,062
28 La Puente 40,384 8.1% $343,000 $57,174
29 Azusa 48,498 8.1% $342,000 $56,569
30 Montebello 63,416 8.1% $413,900 $47,518
31 Rosemead 54,507 8.2% $455,100 $45,510
32 Pico Rivera 63,724 8.6% $351,300 $57,203
33 Chino 83,670 9.0% $365,500 $72,832
34 Bellflower 77,687 8.3% $367,300 $50,704
35 Long Beach 469,793 9.4% $448,800 $55,151
36 Norwalk 106,360 8.0% $350,600 $61,050
37 Grand Terrace 12,393 9.6% $249,700 $64,188
38 Carson 92,780 10.8% $366,700 $73,829
39 La Habra 61,660 10.0% $436,200 $65,799
40 Santa Fe Springs 17,436 4.9% $371,400 $58,147
41 Garden Grove 174,676 7.6% $445,700 $60,522
42 Signal Hill 11,404 7.0% $446,000 $70,286
43 Westminster 91,635 7.4% $499,400 $55,287
44 Corona 161,614 7.8% $378,500 $72,309
45 Monterey Park 61,001 7.5% $532,700 $54,008
46 San Juan Capistrano 36,006 7.1% $590,500 $79,393
47 West Covina 107,634 9.9% $430,800 $71,217
48 Fullerton 139,491 8.6% $551,300 $67,110
49 Covina 48,539 9.7% $415,300 $65,451
50 Monrovia 37,090 9.6% $583,300 $67,167
51 Downey 113,223 6.8% $449,900 $65,332
52 San Gabriel 40,200 6.9% $605,600 $54,015
53 Glendora 51,285 10.1% $481,800 $78,448
54 Norco 26,809 8.5% $445,700 $87,067
55 Artesia 16,789 5.2% $419,500 $58,651
56 Upland 75,851 5.9% $444,200 $62,369
57 Alhambra 84,866 6.0% $518,800 $53,138
58 Rancho Cucamonga 173,309 8.9% $414,200 $79,973
59 Orange 139,919 7.3% $565,800 $79,192
60 Whittier 86,630 6.7% $458,500 $67,431
61 Buena Park 82,771 5.7% $448,900 $70,341
62 Tustin 79,396 6.8% $543,200 $70,822
63 Seal Beach 24,510 6.3% $308,400 $60,222
64 Laguna Woods 16,347 5.1% $228,700 $39,201
65 Costa Mesa 112,439 6.5% $637,200 $70,438
66 Los Alamitos 11,661 7.8% $680,100 $80,926
67 San Dimas 34,109 7.0% $481,000 $79,081
68 Eastvale 58,217 9.6% $460,100 $104,940
69 La Verne 32,078 7.0% $500,300 $78,385
70 Placentia 52,168 6.8% $554,500 $80,668
71 La Mirada 49,130 6.9% $448,400 $81,956
72 Chino Hills 77,266 7.0% $537,800 $97,222
73 Claremont 35,827 6.8% $581,100 $94,005
74 Diamond Bar 56,456 7.3% $593,100 $89,845
75 Lakewood 81,054 6.3% $445,800 $82,175
76 Brea 41,351 6.4% $579,600 $85,555
77 Laguna Hills 31,127 6.2% $628,800 $92,690
78 La Palma 15,834 6.4% $602,000 $83,760
79 Fountain Valley 56,670 6.6% $626,600 $84,763
80 Walnut 30,026 6.6% $679,700 $97,345
81 Lake Forest 80,658 5.2% $550,600 $92,415
82 Arcadia 57,755 6.5% $920,700 $83,958
83 Dana Point 34,009 6.1% $780,300 $83,913
84 Irvine 246,992 6.2% $718,800 $93,823
85 El Cerrito 24,646 6.6% $636,600 $92,670
86 Cypress 48,978 5.2% $540,900 $84,469
87 Huntington Beach 198,724 6.0% $659,700 $85,312
88 Laguna Beach 23,204 6.8% $1,390,500 $100,506
89 Villa Park 5,922 8.7% $1,030,800 $131,386
90 Cerritos 49,797 6.6% $620,500 $95,373
91 San Clemente 65,082 5.5% $801,100 $97,210
92 South Pasadena 25,936 6.2% $876,900 $84,593
93 La Habra Heights 5,406 4.9% $893,200 $110,329
94 Laguna Niguel 64,984 6.4% $712,000 $97,894
95 Yorba Linda 67,362 6.5% $728,300 $119,697
96 Mission Viejo 96,178 6.0% $608,100 $104,886
97 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,038 3.6% $584,000 $104,556
98 Aliso Viejo 50,219 5.9% $539,000 $103,261
99 San Marino 13,324 4.3% $1,518,400 $139,792
100 Sierra Madre 11,067 5.3% $861,200 $95,256

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