These Are The 10 Worst Fremont Suburbs For 2018


We used science and data to determine which Fremont 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 Fremont.

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 Fremont ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Fremont area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Fremont proper, although Los Altos certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Fremont are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

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

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Fremont for 2018:

  1. Hayward (Photos)
  2. Oakland (Photos)
  3. East Palo Alto (Photos)
  4. San Leandro (Photos)
  5. San Jose (Photos)
  6. Newark (Photos)
  7. Morgan Hill (Photos)
  8. Milpitas (Photos)
  9. Alameda (Photos)
  10. South San Francisco (Photos)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Fremont 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 Fremont 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 Fremont for 2018

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, 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 Fremont.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 44 suburbs to evaluate around Fremont.

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 Fremont.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Hayward.

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.

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1. Hayward

Hayward, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 154,507
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%
Median Home Price: $404,500
Median Income: $68,138
We’ll get the ball rolling with Hayward, the absolute worst place to live around Fremont according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Hayward beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 4th worst in the Fremont area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 1st 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 Hayward.

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.

2. Oakland

Oakland, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 412,040
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%
Median Home Price: $500,500
Median Income: $57,778
Welcome to Oakland. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 24.6 miles to Fremont. Income levels here are the 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $57,778 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.

3. East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,353
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
Median Home Price: $515,900
Median Income: $55,170
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Fremont suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see East Palo Alto 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 Fremont suburbs.

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

4. San Leandro

San Leandro, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 89,039
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $426,900
Median Income: $64,065
If you live in San Leandro, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 3rd lowest Fremont suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 7th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Fremont. Remember, we looked at 44 cities for this study.

San Leandro is about 18.9 miles to downtown.

5. San Jose

San Jose, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,009,363
Unemployment Rate: 7.4%
Median Home Price: $658,000
Median Income: $90,303
San Jose has the distinction of being a Fremont suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, San Jose has the 10th lowest home values in the metro Fremont area, where the median price is $658,000. To put that into perspective, in Los Altos, the median income is $250,000, which is the best in the area.

San Jose has an unemployment rate of 7.4% which ranks 4th worst.

6. Newark

Newark, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,677
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Median Home Price: $547,800
Median Income: $91,965
Newark has 44,677 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 6.9%.

7. Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,839
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Median Home Price: $678,900
Median Income: $100,900
Ah, Morgan Hill. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Fremont.

It’s the place with the 11th most out of work residents in the Fremont metro area (6.4%).

8. Milpitas

Milpitas, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 73,447
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Median Home Price: $635,300
Median Income: $103,623
Milpitas is a city about 5.1 miles from Fremont, but Fremont 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. Milpitas has the 15th most uninsured people, 17th worst incomes, and has the 5th highest unemployment rate (7.3%) in the entire Fremont metro area.

Homes only cost $635,300 for a reason. That’s cheap for Fremont standards.

9. Alameda

Alameda, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,409
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Median Home Price: $677,000
Median Income: $83,048
If you absolutely have to live near Fremont, then Alameda might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Fremont suburb.

About 6.4% of residents are out of work.

10. South San Francisco

South San Francisco, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,587
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Median Home Price: $644,500
Median Income: $85,076
Rounding out the ten worst Fremont suburbs to call home is South San Francisco.

Located 26.3 miles outside the city, South San Franciscos is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 10th highest unemployment rate (6.6%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Fremont where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Fremont with Hayward casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Fremont aren’t all bad. Los Altos takes the cake as the best place to live around Fremont.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Fremont Suburbs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Hayward 1 154,507 8.0% $404,500 $68,138
Oakland 2 412,040 9.3% $500,500 $57,778
East Palo Alto 3 29,353 8.1% $515,900 $55,170
San Leandro 4 89,039 6.8% $426,900 $64,065
San Jose 5 1,009,363 7.4% $658,000 $90,303
Newark 6 44,677 5.7% $547,800 $91,965
Morgan Hill 7 41,839 6.4% $678,900 $100,900
Milpitas 8 73,447 7.3% $635,300 $103,623
Alameda 9 77,409 6.4% $677,000 $83,048
South San Francisco 10 66,587 6.6% $644,500 $85,076
Brisbane 11 4,568 5.4% $699,800 $91,127
San Bruno 12 42,736 5.4% $668,700 $89,000
Walnut Creek 13 67,568 6.7% $647,400 $82,848
Santa Clara 14 122,725 5.2% $734,500 $102,533
San Mateo 15 102,224 5.3% $850,200 $95,667
Livermore 16 86,493 4.6% $595,500 $104,223
Sunnyvale 17 149,596 6.0% $859,100 $109,799
Half Moon Bay 18 12,281 4.9% $774,000 $106,211
Mountain View 19 78,827 4.7% $973,000 $109,249
Millbrae 20 22,522 5.0% $1,037,400 $98,533
Campbell 21 40,788 3.9% $804,500 $103,704
Los Gatos 22 30,491 5.0% $1,338,400 $127,278
Moraga 23 16,977 6.0% $971,700 $136,336
Menlo Park 24 33,319 3.6% $1,581,700 $126,045
Burlingame 25 30,118 4.5% $1,447,400 $102,443
Belmont 26 26,918 5.0% $1,074,600 $120,169
Dublin 27 54,523 4.0% $693,900 $128,403
Pleasanton 28 77,046 4.3% $828,900 $130,170
Cupertino 29 60,297 6.8% $1,214,300 $147,929
Palo Alto 30 66,649 4.8% $1,702,100 $137,043
Lafayette 31 25,381 5.0% $1,127,400 $142,977
San Carlos 32 29,596 5.8% $1,107,600 $135,220
Portola Valley 33 4,550 6.8% $2,000,000 $232,981
Saratoga 34 30,830 5.5% $1,742,900 $169,579
Atherton 35 7,127 6.1% $2,000,000 $250,000
Danville 36 43,758 5.1% $919,500 $146,603
San Ramon 37 74,366 3.9% $810,700 $134,188
Woodside 38 5,496 3.4% $2,000,000 $223,934
Orinda 39 18,936 4.6% $1,125,000 $178,704
Hillsborough 40 11,312 5.4% $2,000,000 $216,292
Monte Sereno 41 3,514 4.6% $2,000,000 $202,321
Los Altos Hills 42 8,376 3.5% $2,000,000 $243,701
Piedmont 43 11,201 3.7% $1,572,700 $202,083
Los Altos 44 30,238 3.2% $2,000,000 $187,656

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