The 10 Worst Huntington Beach Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach.

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

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

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

We examined the 91 biggest suburbs of Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Huntington Beach for 2021:

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

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

Read on to see how we determined the places around Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach 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% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $411,200 (15th lowest)
More on Commerce:  Data | Photos

We'll get the ball rolling with Commerce, the absolute worst place to live around Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 15th 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% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $388,100 (10th 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 20.7 miles to Huntington Beach. 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 (16th lowest)
More on Huntington Park:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach 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 (9th 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 Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach. Remember, we looked at 91 cities for this study.

Maywood is about 23.0 miles to downtown.

Cudahy, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 23,890
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $46,642 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $420,700 (19th lowest)
More on Cudahy:  Data | Photos

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

All snarkiness aside, Cudahy has the 19th lowest home values in the metro Huntington Beach 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 (5th 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: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $60,598 (24th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $394,500 (11th lowest)
More on Pomona:  Data | Photos

Ah, Pomona. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Huntington Beach.

It's the place with the 11th most out of work residents in the Huntington Beach metro area (7.1%).

Bell, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 35,682
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $44,327 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $413,400 (17th lowest)
More on Bell:  Data | Photos

Bell is a city about 22.2 miles from Huntington Beach, but Huntington Beach 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 9th most uninsured people, 5th worst incomes, and has the 10th highest unemployment rate (7.35%) in the entire Huntington Beach metro area.

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

South Gate, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 94,642
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $52,321 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $408,200 (13th lowest)
More on South Gate:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near Huntington Beach, then South Gate might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst Huntington Beach 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 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $399,100 (12th lowest)
More on Lynwood:  Data | Photos

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

Located 19.5 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 Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 91 suburbs to evaluate around Huntington Beach.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 91 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 Huntington Beach." 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 Huntington Beach where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

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

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

  • Hermosa Beach
  • Redondo Beach
  • Manhattan Beach

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Detailed List Of The Worst Huntington Beach 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 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 South El Monte 20,721 $52,204 $445,500
12 El Monte 115,517 $49,003 $454,900
13 Hawaiian Gardens 14,337 $49,483 $363,500
14 Paramount 54,513 $55,670 $343,800
15 Montebello 62,742 $56,150 $492,300
16 Inglewood 109,613 $54,400 $483,000
17 La Puente 40,020 $64,592 $419,800
18 Baldwin Park 75,892 $65,904 $408,600
19 Santa Ana 332,794 $66,145 $491,300
20 Stanton 38,377 $57,598 $386,400
21 Hawthorne 87,107 $54,215 $564,300
22 Anaheim 349,964 $71,763 $575,600
23 Long Beach 466,776 $63,017 $556,100
24 Chino 89,631 $81,711 $459,100
25 Bellflower 77,195 $60,011 $458,600
26 Pico Rivera 63,001 $67,636 $440,600
27 La Habra 60,594 $79,325 $539,200
28 Norwalk 105,304 $70,667 $440,800
29 Signal Hill 11,512 $75,508 $505,900
30 Gardena 59,709 $58,447 $474,700
31 Carson 92,079 $82,305 $462,600
32 Santa Fe Springs 17,810 $68,685 $447,400
33 Temple 4,549 $58,594 $122,100
34 Midway 3,221 $59,625 $147,700
35 Rosemead 54,282 $57,999 $556,600
36 Westminster 91,137 $62,625 $603,700
37 Lawndale 32,819 $62,013 $518,000
38 Corona 166,972 $83,752 $467,000
39 San Gabriel 40,143 $62,541 $680,700
40 Garden Grove 173,258 $69,278 $554,400
41 Covina 48,095 $70,780 $509,200
42 Monterey Park 60,439 $61,819 $616,000
43 Artesia 16,758 $67,647 $542,200
44 Fullerton 139,611 $79,978 $650,000
45 Downey 112,322 $75,878 $569,300
46 Buena Park 82,489 $78,932 $579,100
47 West Covina 106,589 $82,938 $540,500
48 Laguna Woods 16,053 $44,020 $288,400
49 Orange 139,887 $91,793 $656,100
50 Alhambra 84,647 $61,384 $612,700
51 Costa Mesa 113,159 $84,138 $749,400
52 Seal Beach 24,204 $68,852 $371,600
53 Whittier 86,090 $77,270 $574,400
54 San Juan Capistrano 35,922 $91,600 $720,200
55 Los Alamitos 11,534 $88,729 $761,200
56 La Mirada 48,764 $95,685 $569,500
57 Tustin 79,863 $84,697 $647,500
58 Lomita 20,514 $71,606 $604,300
59 Brea 42,678 $94,492 $660,400
60 Diamond Bar 56,211 $99,083 $664,400
61 Chino Hills 80,701 $106,347 $622,300
62 Lakewood 80,292 $93,432 $568,600
63 Placentia 51,818 $95,757 $630,500
64 Laguna Hills 31,617 $100,985 $707,700
65 Irvine 273,157 $105,126 $838,000
66 Cerritos 50,143 $106,190 $685,300
67 Lake Forest 83,974 $109,492 $647,500
68 Fountain Valley 56,026 $93,075 $734,800
69 La Habra Heights 6,574 $115,762 $928,200
70 Walnut 29,903 $108,669 $774,400
71 Cypress 48,893 $93,137 $632,900
72 El Segundo 16,731 $109,577 $1,094,300
73 Laguna Beach 23,036 $129,983 $1,771,600
74 El Cerrito 25,398 $108,298 $804,700
75 Dana Point 33,769 $99,409 $878,300
76 Torrance 145,492 $93,492 $762,700
77 Laguna Niguel 65,808 $108,537 $827,100
78 San Clemente 64,878 $110,434 $906,100
79 Mission Viejo 95,516 $118,477 $693,000
80 La Palma 15,604 $107,724 $659,100
81 Rolling Hills Estates 8,169 $150,135 $1,326,600
82 Villa Park 5,861 $165,000 $1,184,100
83 Aliso Viejo 50,663 $112,689 $632,900
84 Rancho Santa Margarita 48,503 $121,017 $662,200
85 Yorba Linda 67,725 $129,995 $858,300
86 Newport Beach 85,694 $127,223 $1,898,900
87 Rancho Palos Verdes 42,030 $138,557 $1,156,700
88 Palos Verdes Estates 13,434 $194,543 $2,000,000
89 Manhattan Beach 35,500 $153,023 $2,000,001
90 Redondo Beach 67,423 $113,499 $926,500
91 Hermosa Beach 19,539 $136,702 $1,542,900

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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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