The 10 Worst Fontana Suburbs For 2023

We used data and Friday Night Science to identify the worst suburbs of Fontana for 2023. The worst Fontana suburbs are Hesperia and Victorville.

The suburbs of Fontana call to all types of people looking to escape city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Fontana to avoid all the hustle and bustle.

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 Saturday Night Science to determine which Fontana ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Fontana area if you will. Realistically, you can only expect some of 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.

Now don’t freak out.

What’s the worst suburb of Fontana? Hesperia ranks as the worst suburb of Fontana for 2023 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.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

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The 10 Worst Fontana Suburbs To Live For 2023

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Population: 99,287
Median Income: $58,578 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $279,600 (3rd lowest)
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We’ll get the ball rolling with Hesperia, the absolute worst place to live around Fontana according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Hesperia beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 2nd worst in the Fontana area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 3rd 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 Hesperia.

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.

Victorville, CA

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Population: 132,924
Median Income: $61,206 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $257,400 (lowest)
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Welcome to Victorville. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 29.6 miles to Fontana. Income levels here are the 4th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $61,206 a year, which only goes so far even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

San Bernardino, CA

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Population: 220,821
Median Income: $55,372 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $293,000 (4th lowest)
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Back up the highway we go for the third worst Fontana suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see San Bernardino 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 dropout rate is poor compared to other Fontana suburbs.

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

Perris, CA

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Population: 78,106
Median Income: $70,910 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $333,900 (6th lowest)
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If you live in Perris, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 11th lowest Fontana suburb for median household incomes.

Not only that, but this is the 13th 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: 103,799
Median Income: $69,934 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $350,000 (7th lowest)
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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 7th lowest home values in the metro Fontana area, where the median price is $350,000. The median income is $181,591.

Rialto has an unemployment rate of 10.09% which ranks 2nd worst.

Colton, CA

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Population: 53,894
Median Income: $60,874 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $325,800 (5th lowest)
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Colton has 53,894 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 14.780156150771415%.

Montclair, CA

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Population: 37,871
Median Income: $67,483 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $423,300 (15th lowest)
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Ah, Montclair. 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 (7.76%).

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Population: 104,684
Median Income: $83,430 (23rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $416,300 (12th lowest)
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Jurupa Valley is a city about 7.3 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. Jurupa Valley has the most uninsured people, 23rd worst incomes, and has the 12th highest unemployment rate (7.21%) in the entire Fontana metro area.

Homes only cost $416,300 for a reason. That’s cheap for Fontana standards.

Highland, CA

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Population: 56,733
Median Income: $69,225 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (23rd highest)
Median Home Value: $356,700 (9th lowest)
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If you absolutely have to live near Fontana, then Highland might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Fontana suburb.

About 6.3% of residents are out of work.

Moreno Valley, CA

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Population: 208,371
Median Income: $73,635 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $353,400 (8th lowest)
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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 (8.04%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Fontana for 2023

To figure out how bad a Fontana suburb is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what suburbs have the least amount of those things.

It’s Saturday Night Science.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2017-2021, 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 dropouts
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

We defined a suburb as any town within 30 miles of Fontana.

We also limited the analysis to places with 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 looking at you, Hesperia.

We updated this article for 2023, which reflects our tenth time ranking the worst suburbs around Fontana.

Summary: The areas around Fontana where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2023

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Fontana with Hesperia 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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Fontana Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Hesperia 99,287 $58,578 $279,600
2 Victorville 132,924 $61,206 $257,400
3 San Bernardino 220,821 $55,372 $293,000
4 Perris 78,106 $70,910 $333,900
5 Rialto 103,799 $69,934 $350,000
6 Colton 53,894 $60,874 $325,800
7 Montclair 37,871 $67,483 $423,300
8 Jurupa Valley 104,684 $83,430 $416,300
9 Highland 56,733 $69,225 $356,700
10 Moreno Valley 208,371 $73,635 $353,400
11 Pomona 151,592 $67,549 $446,300
12 Loma Linda 24,712 $63,272 $416,300
13 Ontario 175,223 $71,908 $438,300
14 Yucaipa 54,312 $75,456 $364,600
15 La Puente 38,447 $73,827 $467,200
16 Baldwin Park 72,813 $72,554 $464,800
17 Riverside 314,858 $76,755 $418,000
18 Azusa 49,457 $74,043 $477,300
19 Grand Terrace 13,079 $76,791 $378,100
20 Calimesa 10,053 $67,835 $279,200
21 Anaheim 348,204 $81,806 $623,300
22 Duarte 21,723 $86,903 $575,500
23 Chino 90,279 $91,107 $503,800
24 Redlands 72,649 $87,184 $455,700
25 Covina 51,061 $81,570 $575,500
26 Corona 157,844 $95,268 $530,100
27 Upland 78,624 $82,259 $571,600
28 West Covina 109,396 $89,834 $602,400
29 La Verne 31,423 $95,957 $625,000
30 Glendora 52,458 $103,159 $662,400
31 San Dimas 34,775 $101,144 $626,000
32 Norco 26,176 $115,619 $594,800
33 Chino Hills 78,229 $109,285 $677,000
34 Rancho Cucamonga 173,946 $97,046 $551,700
35 Placentia 51,951 $103,041 $697,900
36 Brea 46,912 $108,721 $727,500
37 Diamond Bar 55,339 $100,776 $702,600
38 Claremont 36,312 $111,937 $711,800
39 Walnut 28,641 $121,882 $827,700
40 La Habra Heights 5,651 $181,591 $945,800
41 Eastvale 68,539 $141,827 $615,300
42 El Cerrito 25,898 $116,875 $894,600
43 Villa Park 5,864 $172,375 $1,287,100
44 Yorba Linda 68,319 $137,011 $884,900
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

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