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 94 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 (Photos)
  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 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 94 suburbs to evaluate around Long Beach.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 94 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.

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 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 18th 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 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

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 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

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 Long 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 Long Beach. Remember, we looked at 94 cities for this study.

Huntington Park is about 12.3 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 Long Beach suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Bell Gardens has the 9th 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 10th worst.

6. 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 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: 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 Long Beach.

It’s the place with the 5th most out of work residents in the Long Beach metro area (11.4%).

8. 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

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 11th 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

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

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: Public domain

Population: 71,233
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%
Median Home Price: $312,100
Median Income: $43,848
More on Lynwood: Data | Jobs

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 13th 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

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

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