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:
- Hayward (Photos)
- Oakland (Photos)
- East Palo Alto (Photos)
- San Leandro (Photos)
- San Jose (Photos)
- Newark (Photos)
- Morgan Hill (Photos)
- Milpitas (Photos)
- Alameda (Photos)
- 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.
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.
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.
Population: 154,507Unemployment 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.
Population: 412,040Unemployment 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
Population: 29,353Unemployment 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
Population: 89,039Unemployment 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
Population: 1,009,363Unemployment 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.
Population: 44,677Unemployment 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
Population: 41,839Unemployment 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%).
Population: 73,447Unemployment 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.
Population: 77,409Unemployment 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
Population: 66,587Unemployment 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
|East Palo Alto||3|
|South San Francisco||10|
|Half Moon Bay||18|
|Los Altos Hills||42|