These Are The 10 Worst Glendale Suburbs For 2018


We used science and data to determine which Glendale 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 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:

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

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 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.

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 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.

2. Cudahy


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 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.

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 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

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 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, 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 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.

6. Palmdale

Palmdale, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 156,823
Unemployment Rate: 11.6%
Median Home Price: $207,400
Median Income: $52,801
More on Palmdale: Data | Jobs

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%.

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 Glendale.

It’s the place with the 6th most out of work residents in the Glendale metro area (11.4%).

8. 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 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

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

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.

10. Maywood

Maywood, California

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

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

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 Palmdale 156,823 11.6% $207,400 $52,801
7 Bell 35,927 11.4% $322,900 $38,823
8 Pomona 151,807 11.0% $310,100 $50,360
9 Hawaiian Gardens 14,468 10.5% $288,200 $36,026
10 Maywood 27,672 9.5% $325,600 $36,696
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 South El Monte 20,566 7.0% $363,100 $42,460
15 El Monte 115,665 9.2% $374,900 $40,654
16 Inglewood 111,012 13.3% $355,300 $44,377
17 Baldwin Park 76,511 8.8% $333,500 $53,651
18 San Fernando 24,396 8.6% $343,500 $55,734
19 La Puente 40,384 8.1% $343,000 $57,174
20 Montebello 63,416 8.1% $413,900 $47,518
21 Azusa 48,498 8.1% $342,000 $56,569
22 Hawthorne 86,938 9.8% $419,600 $45,089
23 Los Angeles 3,918,872 9.2% $496,300 $51,538
24 Duarte 21,792 10.4% $385,600 $65,571
25 Pico Rivera 63,724 8.6% $351,300 $57,203
26 Rosemead 54,507 8.2% $455,100 $45,510
27 Bellflower 77,687 8.3% $367,300 $50,704
28 Long Beach 469,793 9.4% $448,800 $55,151
29 Gardena 59,898 8.3% $372,500 $50,137
30 Carson 92,780 10.8% $366,700 $73,829
31 Norwalk 106,360 8.0% $350,600 $61,050
32 Lawndale 33,161 7.0% $401,700 $51,934
33 La Habra 61,660 10.0% $436,200 $65,799
34 Signal Hill 11,404 7.0% $446,000 $70,286
35 Santa Fe Springs 17,436 4.9% $371,400 $58,147
36 Monterey Park 61,001 7.5% $532,700 $54,008
37 Covina 48,539 9.7% $415,300 $65,451
38 West Covina 107,634 9.9% $430,800 $71,217
39 Fullerton 139,491 8.6% $551,300 $67,110
40 Monrovia 37,090 9.6% $583,300 $67,167
41 Downey 113,223 6.8% $449,900 $65,332
42 Glendora 51,285 10.1% $481,800 $78,448
43 San Gabriel 40,200 6.9% $605,600 $54,015
44 Artesia 16,789 5.2% $419,500 $58,651
45 Santa Clarita 180,303 8.1% $417,400 $85,042
46 Lomita 20,652 8.0% $532,300 $61,580
47 Pasadena 140,268 7.1% $649,800 $73,029
48 Whittier 86,630 6.7% $458,500 $67,431
49 Alhambra 84,866 6.0% $518,800 $53,138
50 Buena Park 82,771 5.7% $448,900 $70,341
51 Los Alamitos 11,661 7.8% $680,100 $80,926
52 San Dimas 34,109 7.0% $481,000 $79,081
53 La Mirada 49,130 6.9% $448,400 $81,956
54 La Verne 32,078 7.0% $500,300 $78,385
55 Lakewood 81,054 6.3% $445,800 $82,175
56 Simi Valley 126,126 6.2% $472,700 $91,196
57 Diamond Bar 56,456 7.3% $593,100 $89,845
58 West Hollywood 35,661 7.3% $642,200 $61,127
59 Brea 41,351 6.4% $579,600 $85,555
60 La Palma 15,834 6.4% $602,000 $83,760
61 Arcadia 57,755 6.5% $920,700 $83,958
62 El Segundo 16,901 7.2% $828,300 $91,623
63 Walnut 30,026 6.6% $679,700 $97,345
64 Santa Monica 92,247 8.3% $1,086,300 $82,123
65 Cypress 48,978 5.2% $540,900 $84,469
66 Beverly Hills 34,627 8.0% $1,900,500 $100,630
67 Torrance 147,307 6.4% $652,600 $80,862
68 Cerritos 49,797 6.6% $620,500 $95,373
69 South Pasadena 25,936 6.2% $876,900 $84,593
70 Agoura Hills 20,689 5.3% $699,200 $114,313
71 La Habra Heights 5,406 4.9% $893,200 $110,329
72 Calabasas 24,091 5.2% $926,800 $111,111
73 Sierra Madre 11,067 5.3% $861,200 $95,256
74 San Marino 13,324 4.3% $1,518,400 $139,792
75 Rolling Hills Estates 8,206 4.4% $1,096,400 $129,728
76 Palos Verdes Estates 13,582 2.0% $1,609,500 $200,766
77 Redondo Beach 67,664 5.8% $775,300 $103,782
78 Manhattan Beach 35,573 5.1% $1,537,200 $144,868
79 Hermosa Beach 19,726 4.1% $1,166,800 $121,345

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