The 10 Worst Fremont Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Fremont 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 Fremont.

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..

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 2021:

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

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

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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The 10 Worst Fremont Suburbs To Live For 2021

Hayward, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 159,293
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $86,744 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $581,200 (lowest)
More on Hayward:  Data | Photos

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 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.

San Leandro, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 90,025
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $78,003 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $590,800 (2nd lowest)
More on San Leandro:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 18.9 miles to Fremont. Income levels here are the 3rd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $78,003 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.

Oakland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 425,097
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $73,692 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (highest)
Median Home Value: $687,400 (3rd lowest)
More on Oakland:  Data | Photos

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

East Palo Alto, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 29,593
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $67,087 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $821,200 (7th lowest)
More on East Palo Alto:  Data | Photos

If you live in East Palo Alto, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the lowest Fremont suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 8th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Fremont. Remember, we looked at 44 cities for this study.

East Palo Alto is about 10.6 miles to downtown.

San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,027,690
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $109,593 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $864,600 (12th lowest)
More on San Jose:  Data | Photos

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 12th lowest home values in the metro Fremont area, where the median price is $864,600. To put that into perspective, in Los Altos, the median income is $250,001, which is the best in the area.

San Jose has an unemployment rate of 4.72% which ranks 4th worst.

Newark, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 47,171
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $116,856 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $742,100 (4th lowest)
More on Newark:  Data | Photos

Newark has 47,171 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 4.765644901078373%.

Morgan Hill, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 44,686
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $124,419 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $855,100 (9th lowest)
More on Morgan Hill:  Data | Photos

Ah, Morgan Hill. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Fremont.

It's the place with the 12th most out of work residents in the Fremont metro area (3.97%).

Alameda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 78,522
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $104,756 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (24th highest)
Median Home Value: $859,900 (11th lowest)
More on Alameda:  Data | Photos

Alameda is a city about 24.4 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. Alameda has the 16th most uninsured people, 5th worst incomes, and has the 24th highest unemployment rate (3.61%) in the entire Fremont metro area.

Homes only cost $859,900 for a reason. That's cheap for Fremont standards.

Milpitas, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 79,517
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $132,320 (19th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (22nd highest)
Median Home Value: $858,600 (10th lowest)
More on Milpitas:  Data | Photos

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

About 3.7% of residents are out of work.

South San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 67,408
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Income: $105,459 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (4highest)
Median Home Value: $844,000 (8th lowest)
More on South San Francisco:  Data | Photos

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 4highest unemployment rate (2.96%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Fremont 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 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. 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 Fremont where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

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.

  • Los Altos
  • Piedmont
  • San Carlos

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Detailed List Of The Worst Fremont Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Hayward 159,293 $86,744 $581,200
2 San Leandro 90,025 $78,003 $590,800
3 Oakland 425,097 $73,692 $687,400
4 East Palo Alto 29,593 $67,087 $821,200
5 San Jose 1,027,690 $109,593 $864,600
6 Newark 47,171 $116,856 $742,100
7 Morgan Hill 44,686 $124,419 $855,100
8 Alameda 78,522 $104,756 $859,900
9 Milpitas 79,517 $132,320 $858,600
10 South San Francisco 67,408 $105,459 $844,000
11 San Bruno 43,083 $109,387 $908,300
12 San Mateo 104,333 $124,842 $1,098,400
13 Half Moon Bay 12,834 $134,177 $999,500
14 Santa Clara 127,721 $126,006 $1,034,000
15 Walnut Creek 69,567 $105,948 $793,100
16 Brisbane 4,697 $112,016 $889,200
17 Sunnyvale 152,770 $140,631 $1,223,600
18 Livermore 89,699 $127,452 $744,200
19 Mountain View 81,656 $139,720 $1,413,500
20 Burlingame 30,576 $128,447 $1,901,900
21 Dublin 61,240 $150,299 $882,200
22 Campbell 42,221 $124,525 $1,079,000
23 Millbrae 22,625 $128,494 $1,403,100
24 Menlo Park 34,138 $160,784 $2,000,001
25 Moraga 17,539 $140,378 $1,140,700
26 Pleasanton 81,717 $156,400 $986,800
27 San Ramon 75,648 $160,783 $958,800
28 Lafayette 26,305 $178,889 $1,428,900
29 Cupertino 60,257 $171,917 $1,711,300
30 Los Gatos 30,729 $155,863 $1,694,000
31 Palo Alto 66,573 $158,271 $2,000,001
32 Woodside 5,542 $250,001 $2,000,001
33 Danville 44,605 $160,808 $1,091,900
34 Atherton 7,168 $250,001 $2,000,001
35 Orinda 19,646 $223,217 $1,464,400
36 Belmont 27,097 $156,052 $1,527,500
37 Saratoga 30,697 $191,677 $2,000,001
38 Monte Sereno 3,479 $250,001 $2,000,001
39 Hillsborough 11,447 $250,001 $2,000,001
40 Los Altos Hills 8,505 $250,001 $2,000,001
41 Portola Valley 4,592 $224,554 $2,000,001
42 San Carlos 30,154 $182,083 $1,625,700
43 Piedmont 11,317 $224,659 $2,000,001
44 Los Altos 30,504 $235,278 $2,000,001

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