The 10 Worst Fontana Suburbs For 2022

We used science and data to determine which Fontana suburbs are the real pits.

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 2022:

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

What's the worst suburb of Fontana? Hesperia ranks as the worst suburb of Fontana for 2022 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 2022

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.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 95,163
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $54,149 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $255,500 (3rd lowest)
More on Hesperia:  Data

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

This city is 9.9 miles to Fontana. Income levels here are the lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $49,287 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


Population: 216,784
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $49,287 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $272,600 (4th lowest)
More on San Bernardino:  Data | Photos

San Bernardino, CA

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.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 122,958
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,155 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (highest)
Median Home Value: $235,700 (lowest)
More on Victorville:  Data | Photos

Victorville, CA

If you live in Perris, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 13th lowest Fontana suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 14th 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.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 77,708
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $66,926 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $309,500 (6th lowest)
More on Perris:  Data | Photos

Perris, CA

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 $330,000. To put that into perspective, in Yorba Linda, the median income is $164,476, which is the best in the area.

Rialto has an unemployment rate of 10.63% which ranks 2nd worst.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 103,549
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $65,538 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $330,000 (7th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

Rialto, CA

Source: Public domain

Highland has 55,339 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 16.579206297146605%.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 55,339
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $62,956 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $338,500 (9th lowest)
More on Highland:  Data | Photos

Highland, CA

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

It's the place with the 15th most out of work residents in the Fontana metro area (6.75%).

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 54,215
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $56,762 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $292,300 (5th lowest)
More on Colton:  Data | Photos

Colton, CA

Montclair is a city about 13.7 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. Montclair has the 2nd most uninsured people, 9th worst incomes, and has the 12th highest unemployment rate (7.21%) in the entire Fontana metro area.

Homes only cost $388,100 for a reason. That's cheap for Fontana standards.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 40,041
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $63,245 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $388,100 (13th lowest)
More on Montclair:  Data | Photos

Montclair, CA

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

About 7.43% of residents are out of work.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 106,646
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $77,787 (22nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $393,200 (15th lowest)
More on Jurupa Valley:  Data

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 5th highest unemployment rate (8.27%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 208,751
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $70,385 (17th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $335,700 (8th lowest)
More on Moreno Valley:  Data | Photos

Moreno Valley, CA

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Fontana 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 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, Hesperia. 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 Fontana where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2022

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 95,163 $54,149 $255,500
2 San Bernardino 216,784 $49,287 $272,600
3 Victorville 122,958 $55,155 $235,700
4 Perris 77,708 $66,926 $309,500
5 Rialto 103,549 $65,538 $330,000
6 Highland 55,339 $62,956 $338,500
7 Colton 54,215 $56,762 $292,300
8 Montclair 40,041 $63,245 $388,100
9 Jurupa Valley 106,646 $77,787 $393,200
10 Moreno Valley 208,751 $70,385 $335,700
11 Pomona 151,124 $62,407 $420,600
12 Loma Linda 24,239 $56,021 $381,300
13 Ontario 178,194 $67,357 $408,000
14 La Puente 39,780 $66,132 $446,800
15 Riverside 327,569 $72,738 $389,500
16 Baldwin Park 75,659 $68,741 $436,800
17 Azusa 49,584 $65,912 $438,700
18 Calimesa 9,156 $61,671 $249,300
19 Duarte 21,399 $82,620 $519,700
20 Yucaipa 54,358 $73,196 $345,100
21 Chino 89,170 $85,659 $476,800
22 Anaheim 353,085 $76,723 $602,400
23 Redlands 71,680 $81,265 $424,900
24 Grand Terrace 12,559 $70,200 $355,400
25 Covina 47,787 $77,913 $549,500
26 Corona 168,112 $88,434 $491,000
27 Upland 77,348 $76,259 $547,100
28 West Covina 105,808 $85,626 $578,800
29 Norco 27,021 $106,370 $559,100
30 Glendora 51,087 $99,153 $637,500
31 La Verne 32,346 $93,473 $602,000
32 Rancho Cucamonga 178,060 $92,290 $515,600
33 San Dimas 33,812 $90,234 $604,600
34 Chino Hills 82,800 $104,661 $642,500
35 Claremont 35,610 $101,080 $688,600
36 Placentia 52,049 $100,707 $653,400
37 La Habra Heights 5,318 $163,750 $916,500
38 Walnut 29,764 $108,264 $806,900
39 Brea 44,182 $100,969 $687,700
40 Eastvale 65,766 $127,881 $596,200
41 Diamond Bar 55,870 $100,723 $690,500
42 El Cerrito 25,280 $108,294 $858,000
43 Villa Park 5,883 $164,476 $1,238,800
44 Yorba Linda 68,103 $133,088 $862,900

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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 Fontana.
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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