Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Glendale.
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 Glendale ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Glendale area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Glendale proper, although Hermosa Beach certainly tries.
Of course, not all suburbs of Glendale are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…
We examined the 79 biggest suburbs of Glendale 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 Glendale in terms of quality of life.
Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Glendale for 2018:
- Commerce (Photos)
- Compton (Photos)
- Huntington Park (Photos)
- Bell Gardens (Photos)
- Palmdale (Photos)
- Bell (Photos)
- Pomona (Photos)
- Hawaiian Gardens (Photos)
- Maywood (Photos)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Glendale that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.
And remember, there are some good places to live around Glendale 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 Glendale 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 Glendale.
Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 79 suburbs to evaluate around Glendale.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 79 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 Glendale.” 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.
We’ll get the ball rolling with Commerce, the absolute worst place to live around Glendale 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 8th worst in the Glendale area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 16th 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.
Welcome to Cudahy. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.
This city is 15.4 miles to Glendale. 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.
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Glendale 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 Glendale suburbs.
But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.
4. Huntington Park
If you live in Huntington Park, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 1st lowest Glendale 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 Glendale. Remember, we looked at 79 cities for this study.
Huntington Park is about 14.1 miles to downtown.
5. Bell Gardens
Bell Gardens has the distinction of being a Glendale suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.
All snarkiness aside, Bell Gardens has the 8th lowest home values in the metro Glendale 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 11th worst.
Palmdale has 156,823 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 20.6%.
Ah, Bell. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Glendale.
It’s the place with the 6th most out of work residents in the Glendale metro area (11.4%).
Pomona is a city about 29.0 miles from Glendale, but Glendale 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. Pomona has the 15th most uninsured people, 19th worst incomes, and has the 9th highest unemployment rate (11.0%) in the entire Glendale metro area.
Homes only cost $310,100 for a reason. That’s cheap for Glendale standards.
9. Hawaiian Gardens
If you absolutely have to live near Glendale, then Hawaiian Gardens might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Glendale suburb.
About 10.5% of residents are out of work.
Rounding out the ten worst Glendale suburbs to call home is Maywood.
Located 13.7 miles outside the city, Maywoods is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 21st highest unemployment rate (9.5%), and poverty is far above the area average.
The areas around Glendale where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018
Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Glendale with Commerce casting itself ahead of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Glendale aren’t all bad. Hermosa Beach takes the cake as the best place to live around Glendale.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Glendale Suburbs
|14||South El Monte||20,566|
|35||Santa Fe Springs||17,436|
|71||La Habra Heights||5,406|
|75||Rolling Hills Estates||8,206|
|76||Palos Verdes Estates||13,582|