The 10 Worst Garden Grove Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Garden Grove 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 Garden Grove.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Garden Grove.

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 Garden Grove 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Garden Grove area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Garden Grove proper, although Hermosa Beach certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Garden Grove are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 107 biggest suburbs of Garden Grove 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 Garden Grove in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Garden Grove for 2021:

  1. Commerce
  2. Bell Gardens
  3. Huntington Park
  4. Maywood
  5. Cudahy
  6. Compton
  7. Pomona
  8. South Gate
  9. Bell
  10. Lynwood

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

Read on to see how we determined the places around Garden Grove 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 Garden Grove 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.

For more California reading, check out:

The 10 Worst Garden Grove Suburbs To Live For 2021

Commerce, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,830
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,518 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (24th highest)
Median Home Value: $411,200 (17th lowest)
More on Commerce:  Data | Photos

We'll get the ball rolling with Commerce, the absolute worst place to live around Garden Grove according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Commerce beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 7th worst in the Garden Grove area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 17th 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 Commerce.

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.

Bell Gardens, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 42,421
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $42,223 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $388,100 (12th lowest)
More on Bell Gardens:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Bell Gardens. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 17.0 miles to Garden Grove. Income levels here are the lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $42,223 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.

Huntington Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 58,353
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $42,447 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $412,600 (18th lowest)
More on Huntington Park:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Garden Grove suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Huntington Park 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 Garden Grove suburbs.

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

Maywood, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,332
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $44,241 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $387,000 (11th lowest)
More on Maywood:  Data | Photos

If you live in Maywood, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 4th lowest Garden Grove 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 Garden Grove. Remember, we looked at 107 cities for this study.

Maywood is about 19.5 miles to downtown.

Cudahy, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 23,890
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $46,642 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $420,700 (22nd lowest)
More on Cudahy:  Data | Photos

Cudahy has the distinction of being a Garden Grove suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Cudahy has the 22nd lowest home values in the metro Garden Grove area, where the median price is $420,700. To put that into perspective, in Hermosa Beach, the median income is $194,543, which is the best in the area.

Cudahy has an unemployment rate of 8.54% which ranks 3rd worst.

Compton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 96,803
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,883 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $355,200 (6th lowest)
More on Compton:  Data | Photos

Compton has 96,803 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 20.473166841031272%.

Pomona, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 152,209
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $60,598 (24th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $394,500 (13th lowest)
More on Pomona:  Data | Photos

Ah, Pomona. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Garden Grove.

It's the place with the 13th most out of work residents in the Garden Grove metro area (7.1%).

South Gate, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 94,642
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,321 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $408,200 (15th lowest)
More on South Gate:  Data | Photos

South Gate is a city about 17.5 miles from Garden Grove, but Garden Grove 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. South Gate has the 8th most uninsured people, 12th worst incomes, and has the highest unemployment rate (9.55%) in the entire Garden Grove metro area.

Homes only cost $408,200 for a reason. That's cheap for Garden Grove standards.

Bell, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 35,682
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Income: $44,327 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $413,400 (19th lowest)
More on Bell:  Data | Photos

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

About 7.35% of residents are out of work.

Lynwood, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 70,635
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $52,213 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $399,100 (14th lowest)
More on Lynwood:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Garden Grove suburbs to call home is Lynwood.

Located 17.1 miles outside the city, Lynwoods is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 4th highest unemployment rate (8.37%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Garden Grove 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 Garden Grove.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 107 suburbs to evaluate around Garden Grove.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 107 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 Garden Grove." We're lookin' at you, Commerce. 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 Garden Grove where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Garden Grove with Commerce casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Garden Grove aren't all bad. Hermosa Beach takes the cake as the best place to live around Garden Grove.

  • Hermosa Beach
  • Redondo Beach
  • Manhattan Beach

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Detailed List Of The Worst Garden Grove Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Commerce 12,830 $47,518 $411,200
2 Bell Gardens 42,421 $42,223 $388,100
3 Huntington Park 58,353 $42,447 $412,600
4 Maywood 27,332 $44,241 $387,000
5 Cudahy 23,890 $46,642 $420,700
6 Compton 96,803 $52,883 $355,200
7 Pomona 152,209 $60,598 $394,500
8 South Gate 94,642 $52,321 $408,200
9 Bell 35,682 $44,327 $413,400
10 Lynwood 70,635 $52,213 $399,100
11 Montclair 39,155 $62,024 $354,500
12 South El Monte 20,721 $52,204 $445,500
13 Ontario 176,760 $65,046 $375,000
14 El Monte 115,517 $49,003 $454,900
15 Hawaiian Gardens 14,337 $49,483 $363,500
16 Montebello 62,742 $56,150 $492,300
17 Paramount 54,513 $55,670 $343,800
18 Inglewood 109,613 $54,400 $483,000
19 La Puente 40,020 $64,592 $419,800
20 Azusa 49,753 $68,216 $418,800
21 Baldwin Park 75,892 $65,904 $408,600
22 Santa Ana 332,794 $66,145 $491,300
23 Stanton 38,377 $57,598 $386,400
24 Duarte 21,559 $75,083 $482,200
25 Hawthorne 87,107 $54,215 $564,300
26 Chino 89,631 $81,711 $459,100
27 Long Beach 466,776 $63,017 $556,100
28 Anaheim 349,964 $71,763 $575,600
29 Bellflower 77,195 $60,011 $458,600
30 La Habra 60,594 $79,325 $539,200
31 Pico Rivera 63,001 $67,636 $440,600
32 Norwalk 105,304 $70,667 $440,800
33 Signal Hill 11,512 $75,508 $505,900
34 Gardena 59,709 $58,447 $474,700
35 Santa Fe Springs 17,810 $68,685 $447,400
36 Carson 92,079 $82,305 $462,600
37 Midway 3,221 $59,625 $147,700
38 Temple 4,549 $58,594 $122,100
39 Lawndale 32,819 $62,013 $518,000
40 Rosemead 54,282 $57,999 $556,600
41 Corona 166,972 $83,752 $467,000
42 Westminster 91,137 $62,625 $603,700
43 San Gabriel 40,143 $62,541 $680,700
44 Covina 48,095 $70,780 $509,200
45 Monterey Park 60,439 $61,819 $616,000
46 Artesia 16,758 $67,647 $542,200
47 Upland 76,596 $72,782 $525,700
48 Downey 112,322 $75,878 $569,300
49 Fullerton 139,611 $79,978 $650,000
50 Buena Park 82,489 $78,932 $579,100
51 Monrovia 36,816 $77,111 $663,400
52 West Covina 106,589 $82,938 $540,500
53 Glendora 51,801 $96,132 $601,800
54 La Verne 32,211 $88,131 $588,300
55 Alhambra 84,647 $61,384 $612,700
56 Orange 139,887 $91,793 $656,100
57 Costa Mesa 113,159 $84,138 $749,400
58 Laguna Woods 16,053 $44,020 $288,400
59 Pasadena 141,258 $83,068 $785,700
60 Whittier 86,090 $77,270 $574,400
61 San Juan Capistrano 35,922 $91,600 $720,200
62 Norco 26,670 $102,817 $544,900
63 Los Alamitos 11,534 $88,729 $761,200
64 Seal Beach 24,204 $68,852 $371,600
65 Tustin 79,863 $84,697 $647,500
66 Lomita 20,514 $71,606 $604,300
67 La Mirada 48,764 $95,685 $569,500
68 San Dimas 34,048 $86,410 $576,800
69 Brea 42,678 $94,492 $660,400
70 Claremont 36,090 $101,420 $672,500
71 Chino Hills 80,701 $106,347 $622,300
72 Placentia 51,818 $95,757 $630,500
73 Diamond Bar 56,211 $99,083 $664,400
74 Laguna Hills 31,617 $100,985 $707,700
75 Lakewood 80,292 $93,432 $568,600
76 Irvine 273,157 $105,126 $838,000
77 Fountain Valley 56,026 $93,075 $734,800
78 Arcadia 58,152 $93,574 $1,097,600
79 La Habra Heights 6,574 $115,762 $928,200
80 Lake Forest 83,974 $109,492 $647,500
81 Sierra Madre 10,932 $100,988 $969,700
82 Cerritos 50,143 $106,190 $685,300
83 Walnut 29,903 $108,669 $774,400
84 Cypress 48,893 $93,137 $632,900
85 Huntington Beach 200,259 $95,046 $771,100
86 El Segundo 16,731 $109,577 $1,094,300
87 Laguna Beach 23,036 $129,983 $1,771,600
88 Eastvale 62,046 $119,213 $574,500
89 El Cerrito 25,398 $108,298 $804,700
90 Torrance 145,492 $93,492 $762,700
91 Dana Point 33,769 $99,409 $878,300
92 Laguna Niguel 65,808 $108,537 $827,100
93 Mission Viejo 95,516 $118,477 $693,000
94 La Palma 15,604 $107,724 $659,100
95 Rolling Hills Estates 8,169 $150,135 $1,326,600
96 Villa Park 5,861 $165,000 $1,184,100
97 Rancho Santa Margarita 48,503 $121,017 $662,200
98 South Pasadena 25,661 $104,308 $1,071,000
99 Aliso Viejo 50,663 $112,689 $632,900
100 Yorba Linda 67,725 $129,995 $858,300

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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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