These Are The 10 Worst Garden Grove Suburbs For 2018


We used science and data to determine which Garden Grove 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 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. So without further ado…

We examined the 105 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 2018:

  1. Commerce (Photos)
  2. Cudahy
  3. Compton (Photos)
  4. Huntington Park (Photos)
  5. Bell Gardens (Photos)
  6. Pomona (Photos)
  7. Bell (Photos)
  8. Hawaiian Gardens (Photos)
  9. Maywood (Photos)
  10. Ontario (Photos)

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.

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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Garden Grove 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 Garden Grove.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 105 suburbs to evaluate around Garden Grove.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 105 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.

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.

1. Commerce

Commerce, California

Population: 12,997
Unemployment Rate: 11.4%
Median Home Price: $343,200
Median Income: $42,235
More on Commerce: Data | Jobs

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 9th worst in the Garden Grove area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 20th 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.

2. Cudahy

Cudahy, California

Population: 24,106
Unemployment Rate: 11.9%
Median Home Price: $285,900
Median Income: $39,058
More on Cudahy: Data | Jobs

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

This city is 18.0 miles to Garden Grove. Income levels here are the 6th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $39,058 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. Compton

Compton, California

Population: 97,740
Unemployment Rate: 13.9%
Median Home Price: $264,300
Median Income: $45,406
More on Compton: Data | Jobs

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

4. Huntington Park

Huntington Park, California

Population: 58,921
Unemployment Rate: 11.1%
Median Home Price: $322,300
Median Income: $35,629
More on Huntington Park: Data | Jobs

If you live in Huntington Park, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 1st 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 105 cities for this study.

Huntington Park is about 20.2 miles to downtown.

5. Bell Gardens

Bell Gardens, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 42,805
Unemployment Rate: 10.6%
Median Home Price: $318,700
Median Income: $37,183
More on Bell Gardens: Data | Jobs

Bell Gardens has the distinction of being a Garden Grove suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Bell Gardens has the 11th lowest home values in the metro Garden Grove area, where the median price is $318,700. To put that into perspective, in Hermosa Beach, the median income is $200,766, which is the best in the area.

Bell Gardens has an unemployment rate of 10.6% which ranks 10th worst.

6. Pomona

Pomona, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 151,807
Unemployment Rate: 11.0%
Median Home Price: $310,100
Median Income: $50,360
More on Pomona: Data | Jobs

Pomona has 151,807 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 21.5%.

7. Bell

Bell, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 35,927
Unemployment Rate: 11.4%
Median Home Price: $322,900
Median Income: $38,823
More on Bell: Data | Jobs

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

It’s the place with the 5th most out of work residents in the Garden Grove metro area (11.4%).

8. Hawaiian Gardens

Hawaiian Gardens, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,468
Unemployment Rate: 10.5%
Median Home Price: $288,200
Median Income: $36,026
More on Hawaiian Gardens: Data | Jobs

Hawaiian Gardens is a city about 7.4 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. Hawaiian Gardens has the 9th most uninsured people, 2nd worst incomes, and has the 11th highest unemployment rate (10.5%) in the entire Garden Grove metro area.

Homes only cost $288,200 for a reason. That’s cheap for Garden Grove standards.

9. Maywood

Maywood, California

Population: 27,672
Unemployment Rate: 9.5%
Median Home Price: $325,600
Median Income: $36,696
More on Maywood: Data | Jobs

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

About 9.5% of residents are out of work.

10. Ontario

Ontario, California

Population: 169,389
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%
Median Home Price: $293,000
Median Income: $54,896
More on Ontario: Data | Jobs

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

Located 27.2 miles outside the city, Ontarios is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 23rd highest unemployment rate (9.3%), and poverty is far above the area average.

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

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.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Garden Grove Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Commerce 12,997 11.4% $343,200 $42,235
2 Cudahy 24,106 11.9% $285,900 $39,058
3 Compton 97,740 13.9% $264,300 $45,406
4 Huntington Park 58,921 11.1% $322,300 $35,629
5 Bell Gardens 42,805 10.6% $318,700 $37,183
6 Pomona 151,807 11.0% $310,100 $50,360
7 Bell 35,927 11.4% $322,900 $38,823
8 Hawaiian Gardens 14,468 10.5% $288,200 $36,026
9 Maywood 27,672 9.5% $325,600 $36,696
10 Ontario 169,389 9.3% $293,000 $54,896
11 Lynwood 71,233 10.2% $312,100 $43,848
12 South Gate 95,219 11.7% $329,000 $45,522
13 Paramount 54,941 9.1% $283,400 $46,364
14 Montclair 38,294 9.3% $281,100 $50,374
15 South El Monte 20,566 7.0% $363,100 $42,460
16 El Monte 115,665 9.2% $374,900 $40,654
17 Inglewood 111,012 13.3% $355,300 $44,377
18 Stanton 38,594 8.0% $322,200 $48,332
19 Duarte 21,792 10.4% $385,600 $65,571
20 Baldwin Park 76,511 8.8% $333,500 $53,651
21 La Puente 40,384 8.1% $343,000 $57,174
22 Azusa 48,498 8.1% $342,000 $56,569
23 Hawthorne 86,938 9.8% $419,600 $45,089
24 Santa Ana 333,605 7.1% $383,900 $54,062
25 Montebello 63,416 8.1% $413,900 $47,518
26 Rosemead 54,507 8.2% $455,100 $45,510
27 Pico Rivera 63,724 8.6% $351,300 $57,203
28 Chino 83,670 9.0% $365,500 $72,832
29 Anaheim 346,776 8.1% $457,600 $61,826
30 Bellflower 77,687 8.3% $367,300 $50,704
31 Long Beach 469,793 9.4% $448,800 $55,151
32 Gardena 59,898 8.3% $372,500 $50,137
33 Norwalk 106,360 8.0% $350,600 $61,050
34 Carson 92,780 10.8% $366,700 $73,829
35 Lawndale 33,161 7.0% $401,700 $51,934
36 La Habra 61,660 10.0% $436,200 $65,799
37 Signal Hill 11,404 7.0% $446,000 $70,286
38 Santa Fe Springs 17,436 4.9% $371,400 $58,147
39 Westminster 91,635 7.4% $499,400 $55,287
40 Corona 161,614 7.8% $378,500 $72,309
41 Monterey Park 61,001 7.5% $532,700 $54,008
42 San Juan Capistrano 36,006 7.1% $590,500 $79,393
43 West Covina 107,634 9.9% $430,800 $71,217
44 Fullerton 139,491 8.6% $551,300 $67,110
45 Covina 48,539 9.7% $415,300 $65,451
46 Monrovia 37,090 9.6% $583,300 $67,167
47 Norco 26,809 8.5% $445,700 $87,067
48 Glendora 51,285 10.1% $481,800 $78,448
49 Downey 113,223 6.8% $449,900 $65,332
50 San Gabriel 40,200 6.9% $605,600 $54,015
51 Upland 75,851 5.9% $444,200 $62,369
52 Artesia 16,789 5.2% $419,500 $58,651
53 Orange 139,919 7.3% $565,800 $79,192
54 Lomita 20,652 8.0% $532,300 $61,580
55 Whittier 86,630 6.7% $458,500 $67,431
56 Alhambra 84,866 6.0% $518,800 $53,138
57 Pasadena 140,268 7.1% $649,800 $73,029
58 Tustin 79,396 6.8% $543,200 $70,822
59 Buena Park 82,771 5.7% $448,900 $70,341
60 Seal Beach 24,510 6.3% $308,400 $60,222
61 Costa Mesa 112,439 6.5% $637,200 $70,438
62 Laguna Woods 16,347 5.1% $228,700 $39,201
63 Los Alamitos 11,661 7.8% $680,100 $80,926
64 San Dimas 34,109 7.0% $481,000 $79,081
65 Eastvale 58,217 9.6% $460,100 $104,940
66 La Verne 32,078 7.0% $500,300 $78,385
67 Placentia 52,168 6.8% $554,500 $80,668
68 La Mirada 49,130 6.9% $448,400 $81,956
69 Chino Hills 77,266 7.0% $537,800 $97,222
70 Diamond Bar 56,456 7.3% $593,100 $89,845
71 Claremont 35,827 6.8% $581,100 $94,005
72 Lakewood 81,054 6.3% $445,800 $82,175
73 Brea 41,351 6.4% $579,600 $85,555
74 Laguna Hills 31,127 6.2% $628,800 $92,690
75 El Segundo 16,901 7.2% $828,300 $91,623
76 Fountain Valley 56,670 6.6% $626,600 $84,763
77 La Palma 15,834 6.4% $602,000 $83,760
78 Lake Forest 80,658 5.2% $550,600 $92,415
79 Arcadia 57,755 6.5% $920,700 $83,958
80 Walnut 30,026 6.6% $679,700 $97,345
81 Dana Point 34,009 6.1% $780,300 $83,913
82 El Cerrito 24,646 6.6% $636,600 $92,670
83 Irvine 246,992 6.2% $718,800 $93,823
84 Cypress 48,978 5.2% $540,900 $84,469
85 Huntington Beach 198,724 6.0% $659,700 $85,312
86 Cerritos 49,797 6.6% $620,500 $95,373
87 Laguna Beach 23,204 6.8% $1,390,500 $100,506
88 Villa Park 5,922 8.7% $1,030,800 $131,386
89 Torrance 147,307 6.4% $652,600 $80,862
90 South Pasadena 25,936 6.2% $876,900 $84,593
91 Laguna Niguel 64,984 6.4% $712,000 $97,894
92 La Habra Heights 5,406 4.9% $893,200 $110,329
93 Mission Viejo 96,178 6.0% $608,100 $104,886
94 Yorba Linda 67,362 6.5% $728,300 $119,697
95 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,038 3.6% $584,000 $104,556
96 Aliso Viejo 50,219 5.9% $539,000 $103,261
97 Sierra Madre 11,067 5.3% $861,200 $95,256
98 Newport Beach 86,813 5.4% $1,584,900 $115,845
99 San Marino 13,324 4.3% $1,518,400 $139,792
100 Rolling Hills Estates 8,206 4.4% $1,096,400 $129,728

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