The 10 Worst Glendale Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Glendale 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 Glendale.

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..

We examined the 81 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 2021:

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

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

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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The 10 Worst Glendale Suburbs To Live For 2021

Commerce, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,830
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,518 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (24th highest)
Median Home Value: $411,200 (12th lowest)
More on Commerce:  Data | Photos

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 6th worst in the Glendale area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 12th 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: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $42,223 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $388,100 (7th 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 15.9 miles to Glendale. 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 (13th lowest)
More on Huntington Park:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Glendale 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 Glendale 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 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $387,000 (6th 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 3rd 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 81 cities for this study.

Maywood is about 13.7 miles to downtown.

Compton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 96,803
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,883 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $355,200 (4th lowest)
More on Compton:  Data | Photos

Compton has the distinction of being a Glendale suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Compton has the 4th lowest home values in the metro Glendale area, where the median price is $355,200. To put that into perspective, in Hermosa Beach, the median income is $194,543, which is the best in the area.

Compton has an unemployment rate of 9.41% which ranks 2nd worst.

Cudahy, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 23,890
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $46,642 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $420,700 (17th lowest)
More on Cudahy:  Data | Photos

Cudahy has 23,890 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 26.16120505181891%.

Palmdale, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 156,293
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $62,865 (28th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $280,000 (2nd lowest)
More on Palmdale:  Data | Photos

Ah, Palmdale. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Glendale.

It's the place with the 7th most out of work residents in the Glendale metro area (7.97%).

Bell, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 35,682
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Income: $44,327 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $413,400 (14th lowest)
More on Bell:  Data | Photos

Bell is a city about 14.4 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. Bell has the 8th most uninsured people, 4th worst incomes, and has the 12th highest unemployment rate (7.35%) in the entire Glendale metro area.

Homes only cost $413,400 for a reason. That's cheap for Glendale standards.

South Gate, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 94,642
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $52,321 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $408,200 (10th lowest)
More on South Gate:  Data | Photos

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

About 9.55% 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 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $399,100 (9th lowest)
More on Lynwood:  Data | Photos

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

Located 18.0 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 Glendale 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 Glendale.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 81 suburbs to evaluate around Glendale.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 81 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. 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 Glendale where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

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.

  • Hermosa Beach
  • Redondo Beach
  • Manhattan Beach

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Detailed List Of The Worst Glendale 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 Compton 96,803 $52,883 $355,200
6 Cudahy 23,890 $46,642 $420,700
7 Palmdale 156,293 $62,865 $280,000
8 Bell 35,682 $44,327 $413,400
9 South Gate 94,642 $52,321 $408,200
10 Lynwood 70,635 $52,213 $399,100
11 Pomona 152,209 $60,598 $394,500
12 South El Monte 20,721 $52,204 $445,500
13 El Monte 115,517 $49,003 $454,900
14 Hawaiian Gardens 14,337 $49,483 $363,500
15 Montebello 62,742 $56,150 $492,300
16 Inglewood 109,613 $54,400 $483,000
17 Paramount 54,513 $55,670 $343,800
18 La Puente 40,020 $64,592 $419,800
19 Azusa 49,753 $68,216 $418,800
20 Los Angeles 3,966,936 $62,142 $636,900
21 Baldwin Park 75,892 $65,904 $408,600
22 Hawthorne 87,107 $54,215 $564,300
23 Duarte 21,559 $75,083 $482,200
24 Long Beach 466,776 $63,017 $556,100
25 Bellflower 77,195 $60,011 $458,600
26 San Fernando 24,535 $58,425 $431,100
27 La Habra 60,594 $79,325 $539,200
28 Temple 4,549 $58,594 $122,100
29 Norwalk 105,304 $70,667 $440,800
30 Pico Rivera 63,001 $67,636 $440,600
31 Santa Fe Springs 17,810 $68,685 $447,400
32 Gardena 59,709 $58,447 $474,700
33 Signal Hill 11,512 $75,508 $505,900
34 Rosemead 54,282 $57,999 $556,600
35 Carson 92,079 $82,305 $462,600
36 Lawndale 32,819 $62,013 $518,000
37 San Gabriel 40,143 $62,541 $680,700
38 Covina 48,095 $70,780 $509,200
39 Monterey Park 60,439 $61,819 $616,000
40 Artesia 16,758 $67,647 $542,200
41 Fullerton 139,611 $79,978 $650,000
42 Downey 112,322 $75,878 $569,300
43 Buena Park 82,489 $78,932 $579,100
44 Monrovia 36,816 $77,111 $663,400
45 West Covina 106,589 $82,938 $540,500
46 Burbank 103,703 $75,827 $730,100
47 Glendora 51,801 $96,132 $601,800
48 La Verne 32,211 $88,131 $588,300
49 Pasadena 141,258 $83,068 $785,700
50 Alhambra 84,647 $61,384 $612,700
51 Whittier 86,090 $77,270 $574,400
52 Santa Clarita 213,411 $99,666 $537,000
53 Los Alamitos 11,534 $88,729 $761,200
54 Lomita 20,514 $71,606 $604,300
55 La Mirada 48,764 $95,685 $569,500
56 San Dimas 34,048 $86,410 $576,800
57 Simi Valley 125,842 $99,151 $584,900
58 Brea 42,678 $94,492 $660,400
59 Diamond Bar 56,211 $99,083 $664,400
60 Lakewood 80,292 $93,432 $568,600
61 West Hollywood 36,450 $74,044 $755,400
62 Sierra Madre 10,932 $100,988 $969,700
63 Arcadia 58,152 $93,574 $1,097,600
64 La Habra Heights 6,574 $115,762 $928,200
65 Cerritos 50,143 $106,190 $685,300
66 Cypress 48,893 $93,137 $632,900
67 El Segundo 16,731 $109,577 $1,094,300
68 Walnut 29,903 $108,669 $774,400
69 Beverly Hills 34,186 $106,936 $2,000,001
70 Santa Monica 91,577 $96,570 $1,382,700
71 Torrance 145,492 $93,492 $762,700
72 Calabasas 23,988 $125,814 $1,076,600
73 Agoura Hills 20,533 $122,998 $815,000
74 La Palma 15,604 $107,724 $659,100
75 Rolling Hills Estates 8,169 $150,135 $1,326,600
76 South Pasadena 25,661 $104,308 $1,071,000
77 San Marino 13,194 $166,607 $2,000,001
78 Palos Verdes Estates 13,434 $194,543 $2,000,000
79 Manhattan Beach 35,500 $153,023 $2,000,001
80 Redondo Beach 67,423 $113,499 $926,500
81 Hermosa Beach 19,539 $136,702 $1,542,900

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