The 10 Worst Anaheim Suburbs For 2022


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 South Pasadena 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 2022:

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

What's the worst suburb of Anaheim? Rialto ranks as the worst suburb of Anaheim for 2022 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 2022

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

And in the world of worst rankings, Rialto beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 24th worst in the Anaheim area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 6th 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 Rialto.

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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 103,549
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $65,538 (24th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $330,000 (6th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

Rialto, CA

Source: Public domain

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

This city is 27.6 miles to Anaheim. Income levels here are the 4th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $46,738 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

4
/10

Population: 57,761
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $46,738 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $426,700 (2lowest)
More on Huntington Park:  Data | Photos

Huntington Park, CA

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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 23,606
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Income: $46,279 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $422,700 (20th lowest)
More on Cudahy:  Data | Photos

Cudahy, CA

If you live in Compton, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 16th lowest Anaheim suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 4th 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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 95,804
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Income: $58,703 (16th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $383,500 (9th lowest)
More on Compton:  Data | Photos

Compton, CA

5. Lakeland

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

All snarkiness aside, Lakeland has the 2nd lowest home values in the metro Anaheim area, where the median price is $160,400. To put that into perspective, in South Pasadena, the median income is $164,476, which is the best in the area.

Lakeland has an unemployment rate of 6.21% which ranks 35th worst.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 110,335
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $50,136 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (35th highest)
Median Home Value: $160,400 (2nd lowest)
More on Lakeland:

Commerce has 12,738 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 11.439904799682665%.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,738
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 5)
Median Income: $54,639 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (44th highest)
Median Home Value: $429,800 (24th lowest)
More on Commerce:  Data | Photos

Commerce, CA

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

It's the place with the 29th most out of work residents in the Anaheim metro area (6.47%).

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 41,770
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $45,289 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (29th highest)
Median Home Value: $402,600 (15th lowest)
More on Bell Gardens:  Data | Photos

Bell Gardens, CA

Source: Public domain

Lynwood is a city about 25.7 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. Lynwood has the 4th most uninsured people, 14th worst incomes, and has the 3rd highest unemployment rate (9.68%) in the entire Anaheim metro area.

Homes only cost $422,200 for a reason. That's cheap for Anaheim standards.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 69,625
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $57,063 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $422,200 (19th lowest)
More on Lynwood:  Data | Photos

Lynwood, CA

Source: Public domain

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

About 6.75% of residents are out of work.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,215
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $56,762 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (23rd highest)
Median Home Value: $292,300 (4th lowest)
More on Colton:  Data | Photos

Colton, CA

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 10th highest unemployment rate (7.63%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 35,301
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,740 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $436,400 (26th lowest)
More on Bell:  Data | Photos

Bell, CA

Source: Public domain

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Anaheim for 2022

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 2016-2020, 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, Rialto. 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.

Summary: The areas around Anaheim where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2022

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

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

  • South Pasadena
  • Newport Beach
  • Yorba Linda

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Detailed List Of The Worst Anaheim Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Rialto 103,549 $65,538 $330,000
2 Huntington Park 57,761 $46,738 $426,700
3 Cudahy 23,606 $46,279 $422,700
4 Compton 95,804 $58,703 $383,500
5 Lakeland 110,335 $50,136 $160,400
6 Commerce 12,738 $54,639 $429,800
7 Bell Gardens 41,770 $45,289 $402,600
8 Lynwood 69,625 $57,063 $422,200
9 Colton 54,215 $56,762 $292,300
10 Bell 35,301 $47,740 $436,400
11 Montclair 40,041 $63,245 $388,100
12 Maywood 27,127 $50,996 $427,300
13 Jurupa Valley 106,646 $77,787 $393,200
14 Lake Elsinore 64,201 $74,490 $366,200
15 South Gate 94,905 $55,084 $438,100
16 Ontario 178,194 $67,357 $408,000
17 Pomona 151,124 $62,407 $420,600
18 South El Monte 20,791 $54,208 $452,700
19 Paramount 53,949 $57,313 $388,300
20 El Monte 113,917 $53,874 $480,100
21 Riverside 327,569 $72,738 $389,500
22 Azusa 49,584 $65,912 $438,700
23 Stanton 38,317 $66,017 $432,600
24 La Puente 39,780 $66,132 $446,800
25 Montebello 62,697 $62,781 $519,000
26 Fontana 212,704 $75,681 $393,200
27 Bellflower 76,339 $63,848 $483,100
28 Hawaiian Gardens 14,212 $61,422 $428,300
29 Baldwin Park 75,659 $68,741 $436,800
30 Duarte 21,399 $82,620 $519,700
31 Long Beach 462,081 $66,410 $584,200
32 Santa Ana 332,610 $72,406 $525,900
33 Chino 89,170 $85,659 $476,800
34 Westminster 90,857 $67,142 $624,000
35 Grand Terrace 12,559 $70,200 $355,400
36 Santa Fe Springs 17,643 $69,922 $462,400
37 Carson 91,354 $86,040 $494,800
38 Rosemead 53,850 $60,006 $576,000
39 Norwalk 104,524 $77,425 $461,000
40 Garden Grove 172,800 $73,611 $580,300
41 La Habra 62,787 $83,532 $577,900
42 Covina 47,787 $77,913 $549,500
43 Pico Rivera 62,507 $70,620 $464,700
44 Los Alamitos 11,521 $89,323 $772,300
45 Midway 3,132 $51,005 $162,900
46 Corona 168,112 $88,434 $491,000
47 Monterey Park 60,597 $63,389 $641,700
48 Temple 4,709 $67,628 $123,800
49 Fullerton 141,061 $85,471 $667,300
50 Upland 77,348 $76,259 $547,100
51 Downey 111,263 $75,974 $582,500
52 Artesia 16,456 $74,375 $600,000
53 Laguna Woods 16,056 $46,449 $309,400
54 Signal Hill 11,430 $86,140 $528,300
55 Whittier 84,821 $76,026 $598,000
56 West Covina 105,808 $85,626 $578,800
57 San Gabriel 40,108 $70,892 $712,400
58 Monrovia 37,636 $81,990 $694,700
59 Norco 27,021 $106,370 $559,100
60 La Verne 32,346 $93,473 $602,000
61 Buena Park 82,228 $84,680 $608,800
62 Rancho Cucamonga 178,060 $92,290 $515,600
63 Costa Mesa 112,958 $90,370 $807,000
64 Alhambra 84,509 $66,593 $630,200
65 Glendora 51,087 $99,153 $637,500
66 Orange 139,322 $96,605 $680,300
67 Tustin 80,815 $88,386 $693,000
68 Seal Beach 24,268 $72,596 $417,700
69 San Dimas 33,812 $90,234 $604,600
70 San Juan Capistrano 35,976 $103,922 $760,400
71 Chino Hills 82,800 $104,661 $642,500
72 Fountain Valley 56,118 $89,924 $777,200
73 Irvine 272,694 $108,318 $861,700
74 La Mirada 48,260 $92,493 $606,200
75 Claremont 35,610 $101,080 $688,600
76 Lakewood 79,676 $96,487 $595,200
77 Brea 44,182 $100,969 $687,700
78 Lake Forest 84,666 $112,988 $682,700
79 Placentia 52,049 $100,707 $653,400
80 Laguna Hills 31,613 $102,358 $744,800
81 Huntington Beach 199,778 $97,469 $803,400
82 Diamond Bar 55,870 $100,723 $690,500
83 Walnut 29,764 $108,264 $806,900
84 Arcadia 57,053 $95,736 $1,136,700
85 Laguna Beach 22,991 $128,099 $1,874,400
86 Cypress 49,137 $102,005 $665,100
87 Laguna Niguel 65,048 $119,608 $863,600
88 Eastvale 65,766 $127,881 $596,200
89 El Cerrito 25,280 $108,294 $858,000
90 La Habra Heights 5,318 $163,750 $916,500
91 Sierra Madre 10,829 $106,719 $1,007,800
92 Cerritos 49,388 $109,229 $716,000
93 San Clemente 64,929 $108,183 $931,400
94 Dana Point 33,782 $105,250 $923,100
95 Rancho Santa Margarita 48,280 $125,329 $679,500
96 Villa Park 5,883 $164,476 $1,238,800
97 Aliso Viejo 50,385 $118,540 $656,600
98 San Marino 13,020 $164,423 $2,000,001
99 Mission Viejo 95,638 $121,299 $732,100
100 La Palma 15,657 $108,363 $686,800

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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 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the worst suburbs around Anaheim.
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