The 10 Worst Fontana Suburbs For 2021

We used science and data to determine which Fontana 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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Fontana.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Fontana.

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 Fontana 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Fontana area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Fontana proper, although Yorba Linda certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Fontana are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 44 biggest suburbs of Fontana 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 Fontana in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Fontana for 2021:

  1. San Bernardino
  2. Hesperia
  3. Victorville
  4. Perris
  5. Rialto
  6. Jurupa Valley
  7. Highland
  8. Colton
  9. Pomona
  10. Moreno Valley

What's the worst suburb of Fontana? San Bernardino ranks as the worst suburb of Fontana for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Fontana 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 Fontana 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 Fontana Suburbs To Live For 2021

San Bernardino, CA

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Population: 216,089
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $45,834 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $249,400 (4th lowest)
More on San Bernardino:  Data | Photos

We'll get the ball rolling with San Bernardino, the absolute worst place to live around Fontana according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, San Bernardino beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the worst in the Fontana area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 4th 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 San Bernardino.

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.

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Population: 94,203
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $53,561 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $235,700 (3rd lowest)
More on Hesperia:  Data

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

This city is 21.6 miles to Fontana. Income levels here are the 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $53,561 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.

Victorville, CA

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Population: 121,902
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,957 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.9% (highest)
Median Home Value: $221,200 (2nd lowest)
More on Victorville:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Fontana suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Victorville 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 Fontana suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

Perris, CA

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Population: 77,290
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Income: $63,829 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $281,600 (6th lowest)
More on Perris:  Data | Photos

If you live in Perris, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 10th lowest Fontana suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 10th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Fontana. Remember, we looked at 44 cities for this study.

Perris is about 26.0 miles to downtown.

Rialto, CA

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Population: 103,045
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $61,518 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $313,400 (8th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

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

All snarkiness aside, Rialto has the 8th lowest home values in the metro Fontana area, where the median price is $313,400. To put that into perspective, in Yorba Linda, the median income is $165,000, which is the best in the area.

Rialto has an unemployment rate of 10.62% which ranks 2nd worst.

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Population: 105,653
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $70,642 (19th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $363,000 (13th lowest)
More on Jurupa Valley:  Data

Jurupa Valley has 105,653 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 13.932423403646084%.

Highland, CA

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Population: 55,049
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $64,868 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $330,200 (11th lowest)
More on Highland:  Data | Photos

Ah, Highland. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Fontana.

It's the place with the 7th most out of work residents in the Fontana metro area (8.32%).

Colton, CA

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Population: 54,580
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,838 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $257,500 (5th lowest)
More on Colton:  Data | Photos

Colton is a city about 8.7 miles from Fontana, but Fontana 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. Colton has the 17th most uninsured people, 3rd worst incomes, and has the 12th highest unemployment rate (7.09%) in the entire Fontana metro area.

Homes only cost $257,500 for a reason. That's cheap for Fontana standards.

Pomona, CA

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Population: 152,209
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $60,598 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $394,500 (18th lowest)
More on Pomona:  Data | Photos

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

About 7.1% of residents are out of work.

Moreno Valley, CA

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Population: 207,289
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $66,134 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $312,000 (7th lowest)
More on Moreno Valley:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Fontana suburbs to call home is Moreno Valley.

Located 19.5 miles outside the city, Moreno Valleys is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 6th highest unemployment rate (8.36%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Fontana for 2021

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 2015-2019, 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 Fontana.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 44 suburbs to evaluate around Fontana.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 44 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 Fontana." We're lookin' at you, San Bernardino. 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 Fontana where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Fontana with San Bernardino casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Fontana aren't all bad. Yorba Linda takes the cake as the best place to live around Fontana.

  • Yorba Linda
  • Villa Park
  • El Cerrito

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Fontana Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 San Bernardino 216,089 $45,834 $249,400
2 Hesperia 94,203 $53,561 $235,700
3 Victorville 121,902 $53,957 $221,200
4 Perris 77,290 $63,829 $281,600
5 Rialto 103,045 $61,518 $313,400
6 Jurupa Valley 105,653 $70,642 $363,000
7 Highland 55,049 $64,868 $330,200
8 Colton 54,580 $53,838 $257,500
9 Pomona 152,209 $60,598 $394,500
10 Moreno Valley 207,289 $66,134 $312,000
11 Montclair 39,155 $62,024 $354,500
12 Ontario 176,760 $65,046 $375,000
13 Calimesa 8,814 $56,903 $217,500
14 La Puente 40,020 $64,592 $419,800
15 Riverside 326,414 $69,045 $365,300
16 Loma Linda 24,184 $55,607 $367,400
17 Baldwin Park 75,892 $65,904 $408,600
18 Azusa 49,753 $68,216 $418,800
19 Duarte 21,559 $75,083 $482,200
20 Chino 89,631 $81,711 $459,100
21 Anaheim 349,964 $71,763 $575,600
22 Yucaipa 53,416 $69,104 $327,400
23 Redlands 71,198 $74,839 $390,700
24 Grand Terrace 12,510 $71,788 $324,400
25 Corona 166,972 $83,752 $467,000
26 Covina 48,095 $70,780 $509,200
27 Upland 76,596 $72,782 $525,700
28 West Covina 106,589 $82,938 $540,500
29 Glendora 51,801 $96,132 $601,800
30 Norco 26,670 $102,817 $544,900
31 La Verne 32,211 $88,131 $588,300
32 Rancho Cucamonga 176,379 $90,953 $495,800
33 San Dimas 34,048 $86,410 $576,800
34 Brea 42,678 $94,492 $660,400
35 Placentia 51,818 $95,757 $630,500
36 La Habra Heights 6,574 $115,762 $928,200
37 Chino Hills 80,701 $106,347 $622,300
38 Claremont 36,090 $101,420 $672,500
39 Diamond Bar 56,211 $99,083 $664,400
40 Walnut 29,903 $108,669 $774,400
41 Eastvale 62,046 $119,213 $574,500
42 El Cerrito 25,398 $108,298 $804,700
43 Villa Park 5,861 $165,000 $1,184,100
44 Yorba Linda 67,725 $129,995 $858,300

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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