These Are The 10 Worst Long Beach Suburbs For 2018


We used science and data to determine which Long Beach 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 Long 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 Long Beach ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Long Beach area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Long Beach proper, although Hermosa Beach certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Long Beach are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

We examined the 96 biggest suburbs of Long 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 Long Beach in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Long Beach for 2018:

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

Read on to see how we determined the places around Long 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 Long 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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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Long Beach 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 Long Beach.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 96 suburbs to evaluate around Long Beach.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 96 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 Long Beach.’ 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.

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1. Commerce

Commerce, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,997
Unemployment Rate: 11.4%
Median Home Price: $343,200
Median Income: $42,235
We’ll get the ball rolling with Commerce, the absolute worst place to live around Long 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 9th worst in the Long Beach 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


Population: 24,106
Unemployment Rate: 11.9%
Median Home Price: $285,900
Median Income: $39,058
Welcome to Cudahy. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 10.8 miles to Long Beach. 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 97,740
Unemployment Rate: 13.9%
Median Home Price: $264,300
Median Income: $45,406
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Long Beach 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 Long Beach suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

4. Huntington Park

Huntington Park, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,921
Unemployment Rate: 11.1%
Median Home Price: $322,300
Median Income: $35,629
If you live in Huntington Park, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 1st lowest Long Beach 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 Long Beach. Remember, we looked at 96 cities for this study.

Huntington Park is about 12.3 miles to downtown.

5. Bell Gardens

Bell Gardens, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,805
Unemployment Rate: 10.6%
Median Home Price: $318,700
Median Income: $37,183
Bell Gardens has the distinction of being a Long Beach 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 Long Beach 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. Pomona

Pomona, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 151,807
Unemployment Rate: 11.0%
Median Home Price: $310,100
Median Income: $50,360
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: Wikipedia

Population: 35,927
Unemployment Rate: 11.4%
Median Home Price: $322,900
Median Income: $38,823
Ah, Bell. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Long Beach.

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

8. Hawaiian Gardens

Hawaiian Gardens, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,468
Unemployment Rate: 10.5%
Median Home Price: $288,200
Median Income: $36,026
Hawaiian Gardens is a city about 4.9 miles from Long Beach, but Long 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. Hawaiian Gardens has the 9th most uninsured people, 2nd worst incomes, and has the 12th highest unemployment rate (10.5%) in the entire Long Beach metro area.

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

9. Maywood

Maywood, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,672
Unemployment Rate: 9.5%
Median Home Price: $325,600
Median Income: $36,696
If you absolutely have to live near Long Beach, then Maywood might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Long Beach suburb.

About 9.5% of residents are out of work.

10. Lynwood

Lynwood, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,233
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%
Median Home Price: $312,100
Median Income: $43,848
Rounding out the ten worst Long Beach suburbs to call home is Lynwood.

Located 8.4 miles outside the city, Lynwoods is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 14th highest unemployment rate (10.2%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Long Beach where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Long Beach with Commerce casting itself ahead of the pack.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Long Beach Suburbs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Commerce 1 12,997 11.4% $343,200 $42,235
Cudahy 2 24,106 11.9% $285,900 $39,058
Compton 3 97,740 13.9% $264,300 $45,406
Huntington Park 4 58,921 11.1% $322,300 $35,629
Bell Gardens 5 42,805 10.6% $318,700 $37,183
Pomona 6 151,807 11.0% $310,100 $50,360
Bell 7 35,927 11.4% $322,900 $38,823
Hawaiian Gardens 8 14,468 10.5% $288,200 $36,026
Maywood 9 27,672 9.5% $325,600 $36,696
Lynwood 10 71,233 10.2% $312,100 $43,848
South Gate 11 95,219 11.7% $329,000 $45,522
Temple 12 4,287 11.5% $102,600 $46,680
Paramount 13 54,941 9.1% $283,400 $46,364
South El Monte 14 20,566 7.0% $363,100 $42,460
El Monte 15 115,665 9.2% $374,900 $40,654
Inglewood 16 111,012 13.3% $355,300 $44,377
Stanton 17 38,594 8.0% $322,200 $48,332
Baldwin Park 18 76,511 8.8% $333,500 $53,651
La Puente 19 40,384 8.1% $343,000 $57,174
Azusa 20 48,498 8.1% $342,000 $56,569
Montebello 21 63,416 8.1% $413,900 $47,518
Duarte 22 21,792 10.4% $385,600 $65,571
Hawthorne 23 86,938 9.8% $419,600 $45,089
Los Angeles 24 3,918,872 9.2% $496,300 $51,538
Santa Ana 25 333,605 7.1% $383,900 $54,062
Rosemead 26 54,507 8.2% $455,100 $45,510
Pico Rivera 27 63,724 8.6% $351,300 $57,203
Anaheim 28 346,776 8.1% $457,600 $61,826
Bellflower 29 77,687 8.3% $367,300 $50,704
Gardena 30 59,898 8.3% $372,500 $50,137
Norwalk 31 106,360 8.0% $350,600 $61,050
Carson 32 92,780 10.8% $366,700 $73,829
Lawndale 33 33,161 7.0% $401,700 $51,934
Garden Grove 34 174,676 7.6% $445,700 $60,522
Signal Hill 35 11,404 7.0% $446,000 $70,286
La Habra 36 61,660 10.0% $436,200 $65,799
Westminster 37 91,635 7.4% $499,400 $55,287
Santa Fe Springs 38 17,436 4.9% $371,400 $58,147
Monterey Park 39 61,001 7.5% $532,700 $54,008
Midway 40 3,256 4.9% $127,800 $56,367
Glendale 41 197,895 9.2% $639,700 $56,069
Fullerton 42 139,491 8.6% $551,300 $67,110
West Covina 43 107,634 9.9% $430,800 $71,217
Covina 44 48,539 9.7% $415,300 $65,451
Monrovia 45 37,090 9.6% $583,300 $67,167
Glendora 46 51,285 10.1% $481,800 $78,448
Downey 47 113,223 6.8% $449,900 $65,332
San Gabriel 48 40,200 6.9% $605,600 $54,015
Orange 49 139,919 7.3% $565,800 $79,192
Artesia 50 16,789 5.2% $419,500 $58,651
Lomita 51 20,652 8.0% $532,300 $61,580
Alhambra 52 84,866 6.0% $518,800 $53,138
Whittier 53 86,630 6.7% $458,500 $67,431
Pasadena 54 140,268 7.1% $649,800 $73,029
Buena Park 55 82,771 5.7% $448,900 $70,341
Tustin 56 79,396 6.8% $543,200 $70,822
Laguna Woods 57 16,347 5.1% $228,700 $39,201
Costa Mesa 58 112,439 6.5% $637,200 $70,438
Seal Beach 59 24,510 6.3% $308,400 $60,222
Los Alamitos 60 11,661 7.8% $680,100 $80,926
San Dimas 61 34,109 7.0% $481,000 $79,081
La Mirada 62 49,130 6.9% $448,400 $81,956
Placentia 63 52,168 6.8% $554,500 $80,668
Chino Hills 64 77,266 7.0% $537,800 $97,222
Diamond Bar 65 56,456 7.3% $593,100 $89,845
Lakewood 66 81,054 6.3% $445,800 $82,175
West Hollywood 67 35,661 7.3% $642,200 $61,127
Brea 68 41,351 6.4% $579,600 $85,555
Fountain Valley 69 56,670 6.6% $626,600 $84,763
La Palma 70 15,834 6.4% $602,000 $83,760
El Segundo 71 16,901 7.2% $828,300 $91,623
Lake Forest 72 80,658 5.2% $550,600 $92,415
Arcadia 73 57,755 6.5% $920,700 $83,958
Walnut 74 30,026 6.6% $679,700 $97,345
Santa Monica 75 92,247 8.3% $1,086,300 $82,123
Irvine 76 246,992 6.2% $718,800 $93,823
Cypress 77 48,978 5.2% $540,900 $84,469
Huntington Beach 78 198,724 6.0% $659,700 $85,312
Beverly Hills 79 34,627 8.0% $1,900,500 $100,630
Cerritos 80 49,797 6.6% $620,500 $95,373
Villa Park 81 5,922 8.7% $1,030,800 $131,386
Torrance 82 147,307 6.4% $652,600 $80,862
Laguna Beach 83 23,204 6.8% $1,390,500 $100,506
South Pasadena 84 25,936 6.2% $876,900 $84,593
La Habra Heights 85 5,406 4.9% $893,200 $110,329
Yorba Linda 86 67,362 6.5% $728,300 $119,697
Aliso Viejo 87 50,219 5.9% $539,000 $103,261
Sierra Madre 88 11,067 5.3% $861,200 $95,256
Newport Beach 89 86,813 5.4% $1,584,900 $115,845
San Marino 90 13,324 4.3% $1,518,400 $139,792
Rolling Hills Estates 91 8,206 4.4% $1,096,400 $129,728
Rancho Palos Verdes 92 42,412 4.3% $1,003,300 $120,668
Palos Verdes Estates 93 13,582 2.0% $1,609,500 $200,766
Redondo Beach 94 67,664 5.8% $775,300 $103,782
Manhattan Beach 95 35,573 5.1% $1,537,200 $144,868
Hermosa Beach 96 19,726 4.1% $1,166,800 $121,345

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