These Are The 10 Worst Anaheim Suburbs For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth 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.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Anaheim for 2019:

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

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 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.

Commerce, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,998
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $42,734 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.0% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $357,200 (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.

Cudahy, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,146
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $39,804 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $327,500 (17th lowest)
More on Cudahy:  Data | Photos

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.

Rialto, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 102,708
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $54,962 (23rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $260,200 (6th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

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.

Compton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 97,847
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $48,117 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.9% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $287,300 (8th lowest)
More on Compton:  Data | Photos

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, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 54,200
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,256 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (24th highest)
Median Home Value: $212,100 (4th lowest)
More on Colton:  Data | Photos

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, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,700
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Median Income: $37,508 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $350,800 (23rd lowest)
More on Maywood:  Data | Photos

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%.

Huntington Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 58,993
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $38,106 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $357,500 (28th lowest)
More on Huntington Park:  Data | Photos

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, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,465
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $38,553 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $307,100 (12th lowest)
More on Hawaiian Gardens:  Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 102,202
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.

Bell Gardens, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 42,845
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $39,008 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $347,300 (22nd lowest)
More on Bell Gardens:  Data | Photos

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

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Commerce 12,998 $42,734 $357,200
2 Cudahy 24,146 $39,804 $327,500
3 Rialto 102,708 $54,962 $260,200
4 Compton 97,847 $48,117 $287,300
5 Colton 54,200 $47,256 $212,100
6 Maywood 27,700 $37,508 $350,800
7 Huntington Park 58,993 $38,106 $357,500
8 Hawaiian Gardens 14,465 $38,553 $307,100
9 Jurupa Valley 102,202 $63,286 $308,900
10 Bell Gardens 42,845 $39,008 $347,300
11 Pomona 152,366 $53,281 $344,200
12 Lynwood 71,350 $45,839 $345,100
13 South Gate 95,420 $47,281 $351,000
14 Ontario 171,041 $57,544 $320,000
15 Montclair 38,613 $54,192 $304,200
16 Bell 35,942 $39,686 $352,000
17 Lakeland 104,165 $42,033 $119,700
18 South El Monte 20,712 $44,651 $389,400
19 Lake Elsinore 62,229 $66,032 $306,400
20 Paramount 55,020 $49,064 $304,400
21 Riverside 321,570 $62,460 $319,200
22 Fontana 207,086 $68,304 $323,300
23 El Monte 115,958 $43,504 $401,000
24 Stanton 38,648 $50,601 $339,000
25 La Puente 40,451 $60,019 $364,300
26 Azusa 49,029 $57,728 $367,500
27 Santa Ana 334,493 $57,151 $421,600
28 Montebello 63,468 $50,312 $441,500
29 Midway 3,322 $56,458 $130,500
30 Duarte 21,832 $71,260 $422,000
31 Baldwin Park 76,572 $57,209 $357,500
32 Grand Terrace 12,439 $65,422 $275,700
33 Chino 85,609 $75,530 $400,900
34 Rosemead 54,615 $50,074 $489,700
35 Long Beach 470,489 $58,314 $476,400
36 Bellflower 77,852 $52,944 $398,000
37 Pico Rivera 63,750 $61,586 $380,200
38 Santa Fe Springs 17,669 $63,540 $409,200
39 Norwalk 106,404 $63,669 $375,400
40 Carson 92,927 $75,517 $402,500
41 Temple 4,338 $65,375 $108,600
42 Corona 163,585 $73,594 $411,600
43 Garden Grove 174,812 $62,675 $476,300
44 La Habra 61,965 $72,178 $473,200
45 Monterey Park 61,056 $55,117 $566,700
46 Westminster 91,785 $57,575 $546,200
47 San Gabriel 40,315 $55,939 $628,300
48 Signal Hill 11,508 $75,843 $445,700
49 Downey 113,358 $68,162 $479,500
50 Fullerton 139,976 $71,660 $589,600
51 West Covina 107,786 $74,551 $459,500
52 Upland 76,155 $65,349 $465,200
53 Covina 48,601 $68,311 $441,100
54 Monrovia 37,138 $71,373 $606,000
55 Artesia 16,853 $62,702 $437,200
56 Norco 26,711 $91,915 $476,900
57 Glendora 51,891 $86,442 $517,100
58 Alhambra 85,168 $55,401 $553,800
59 Buena Park 83,020 $71,005 $482,300
60 San Juan Capistrano 35,948 $81,730 $635,100
61 Costa Mesa 112,930 $75,109 $671,800
62 Laguna Woods 16,314 $40,837 $246,600
63 Orange 140,289 $83,500 $604,300
64 Whittier 86,852 $69,058 $488,200
65 Tustin 80,007 $73,567 $585,700
66 Rancho Cucamonga 174,573 $83,736 $444,200
67 Seal Beach 24,510 $65,401 $338,100
68 Los Alamitos 11,639 $79,459 $741,100
69 La Verne 32,320 $82,829 $535,900
70 Eastvale 59,733 $110,685 $496,000
71 La Mirada 49,162 $87,400 $478,400
72 San Dimas 34,334 $81,242 $513,300
73 Chino Hills 78,025 $102,746 $567,200
74 Placentia 52,294 $88,501 $585,800
75 Diamond Bar 56,600 $94,531 $614,800
76 Lakewood 81,106 $84,055 $475,800
77 Claremont 35,949 $96,923 $605,700
78 Brea 41,921 $90,214 $610,700
79 Lake Forest 81,812 $96,963 $585,100
80 Irvine 256,877 $95,573 $753,400
81 Walnut 30,062 $98,329 $703,800
82 Laguna Hills 31,235 $99,797 $649,700
83 Fountain Valley 56,640 $86,602 $654,100
84 El Cerrito 24,982 $96,914 $682,300
85 Dana Point 34,028 $90,310 $833,800
86 Cerritos 50,145 $98,953 $638,600
87 Villa Park 5,935 $142,628 $1,077,600
88 Huntington Beach 200,415 $88,079 $688,700
89 Arcadia 58,156 $90,666 $994,400
90 La Palma 15,814 $91,024 $612,200
91 Laguna Beach 23,224 $117,586 $1,570,700
92 La Habra Heights 5,425 $112,273 $871,200
93 San Clemente 65,226 $101,843 $849,300
94 Cypress 49,108 $90,345 $576,500
95 Laguna Niguel 65,429 $99,206 $737,400
96 Sierra Madre 11,061 $98,547 $889,300
97 South Pasadena 25,974 $92,756 $928,500
98 Mission Viejo 96,535 $107,988 $640,800
99 Yorba Linda 67,740 $123,962 $792,700
100 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,078 $106,939 $619,200

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