Worst Long Beach Suburbs For 2020


We used science and data to determine which Long 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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst suburbs around Long Beach.

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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 97 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.

What's the worst suburb of Long Beach? Commerce ranks as the worst suburb of Long Beach for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

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.

For more California reading, check out:

The 10 Worst Long Beach Suburbs To Live For 2020

Commerce, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,933
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,083 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.2% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $385,100 (16th lowest)
More on Commerce:  Data | Photos

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 8th worst in the Long Beach 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.

Huntington Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 58,694
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Income: $40,638 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $377,200 (13th lowest)
More on Huntington Park:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Huntington Park. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 12.3 miles to Long Beach. Income levels here are the 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $40,638 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.

Maywood, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,542
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $39,738 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $375,600 (11th lowest)
More on Maywood:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Long Beach suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Maywood 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.

Pomona, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 152,494
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $55,115 (20th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $367,400 (9th lowest)
More on Pomona:  Data | Photos

If you live in Pomona, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 20th 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 97 cities for this study.

Pomona is about 28.4 miles to downtown.

Bell Gardens, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 42,641
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $41,355 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $380,100 (14th lowest)
More on Bell Gardens:  Data | Photos

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 14th lowest home values in the metro Long Beach area, where the median price is $380,100. To put that into perspective, in Hermosa Beach, the median income is $175,000, which is the best in the area.

Bell Gardens has an unemployment rate of 7.77% which ranks 13th worst.

Compton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 97,301
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Income: $50,507 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $319,800 (4th lowest)
More on Compton:  Data | Photos

Compton has 97,301 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 21.949608282325734%.

Cudahy, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,016
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Median Income: $43,381 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $405,400 (20th lowest)
More on Cudahy:  Data | Photos

Ah, Cudahy. 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 (9.09%).

South Gate, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 95,103
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $50,246 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.4% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $375,900 (12th lowest)
More on South Gate:  Data | Photos

South Gate is a city about 9.6 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. South Gate has the 8th most uninsured people, 12th worst incomes, and has the 1st highest unemployment rate (10.36%) in the entire Long Beach metro area.

Homes only cost $375,900 for a reason. That's cheap for Long Beach standards.

Lynwood, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 71,022
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $49,684 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $371,800 (10th lowest)
More on Lynwood:  Data | Photos

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

About 9.0% of residents are out of work.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,727
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $48,944 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (29th highest)
Median Home Value: $428,200 (24th lowest)
More on South El Monte:  Data

Rounding out the ten worst Long Beach suburbs to call home is South El Monte.

Located 17.7 miles outside the city, South El Montes is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 29th highest unemployment rate (6.63%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Long Beach for 2020

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 2014-2018, 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 97 suburbs to evaluate around Long Beach.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 97 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. 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 Long Beach where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2020

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.

  • Hermosa Beach
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Redondo Beach

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Detailed List Of The Worst Long Beach Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Commerce 12,933 $47,083 $385,100
2 Huntington Park 58,694 $40,638 $377,200
3 Maywood 27,542 $39,738 $375,600
4 Pomona 152,494 $55,115 $367,400
5 Bell Gardens 42,641 $41,355 $380,100
6 Compton 97,301 $50,507 $319,800
7 Cudahy 24,016 $43,381 $405,400
8 South Gate 95,103 $50,246 $375,900
9 Lynwood 71,022 $49,684 $371,800
10 South El Monte 20,727 $48,944 $428,200
11 Hawaiian Gardens 14,411 $44,792 $339,700
12 Bell 35,809 $42,548 $390,100
13 El Monte 115,669 $47,121 $427,400
14 Inglewood 110,327 $50,335 $431,400
15 Paramount 54,776 $53,031 $323,600
16 Azusa 49,544 $60,227 $390,100
17 Montebello 63,099 $53,677 $466,700
18 Midway 3,301 $54,526 $137,600
19 La Puente 40,268 $61,054 $391,200
20 Stanton 38,509 $56,506 $360,800
21 Los Angeles 3,959,657 $58,385 $599,700
22 Hawthorne 87,370 $50,948 $499,200
23 Santa Ana 333,499 $61,774 $455,300
24 Duarte 21,713 $73,429 $455,600
25 Baldwin Park 76,222 $62,227 $380,400
26 Anaheim 349,668 $69,443 $538,700
27 Rosemead 54,417 $52,057 $534,200
28 Bellflower 77,529 $55,729 $436,200
29 Carson 92,517 $78,580 $434,000
30 Gardena 59,924 $55,351 $441,900
31 Signal Hill 11,538 $75,684 $487,000
32 Norwalk 105,886 $66,453 $410,400
33 Temple 4,366 $56,294 $117,300
34 Pico Rivera 63,432 $65,666 $415,100
35 Santa Fe Springs 17,791 $65,518 $430,800
36 Lawndale 33,007 $58,447 $476,500
37 Glendale 200,372 $62,531 $724,800
38 La Habra 61,910 $76,452 $505,800
39 Garden Grove 174,010 $65,591 $519,600
40 Fullerton 139,866 $73,360 $625,800
41 San Gabriel 40,242 $57,863 $659,500
42 Westminster 91,417 $61,834 $581,900
43 Downey 112,901 $71,948 $525,500
44 West Covina 107,242 $79,140 $490,000
45 Artesia 16,817 $63,708 $505,300
46 Monterey Park 60,792 $57,265 $593,300
47 Covina 48,403 $69,449 $467,400
48 Monrovia 37,006 $73,170 $634,300
49 Buena Park 82,781 $72,814 $540,200
50 Glendora 51,773 $92,674 $562,500
51 Lomita 20,628 $69,827 $586,200
52 Alhambra 84,974 $57,117 $582,600
53 Laguna Woods 16,228 $41,928 $278,300
54 Burbank 104,275 $73,277 $688,500
55 Tustin 80,140 $79,339 $618,500
56 Orange 139,873 $86,027 $635,500
57 Costa Mesa 113,198 $79,207 $707,600
58 Whittier 86,523 $73,517 $528,400
59 Pasadena 141,246 $78,941 $737,100
60 La Mirada 48,974 $87,778 $516,500
61 Seal Beach 24,364 $67,917 $358,700
62 Los Alamitos 11,628 $84,068 $755,000
63 Chino Hills 79,298 $104,590 $597,400
64 Diamond Bar 56,434 $96,628 $640,600
65 Lakewood 80,771 $89,469 $524,600
66 Placentia 52,049 $89,690 $609,400
67 El Segundo 16,850 $98,813 $969,700
68 San Dimas 34,239 $84,749 $547,500
69 Lake Forest 82,911 $104,449 $621,000
70 Brea 42,330 $93,703 $635,400
71 Cerritos 50,172 $99,528 $660,800
72 Fountain Valley 56,372 $85,423 $688,000
73 West Hollywood 36,384 $69,249 $729,400
74 Irvine 265,502 $100,969 $797,100
75 Arcadia 58,207 $92,102 $1,068,800
76 Santa Monica 92,078 $93,865 $1,242,100
77 Sierra Madre 11,006 $96,630 $924,400
78 Laguna Beach 23,147 $121,474 $1,700,400
79 La Habra Heights 5,383 $111,551 $960,500
80 Walnut 30,008 $104,096 $739,100
81 Huntington Beach 200,606 $91,318 $728,200
82 Beverly Hills 34,362 $103,403 $2,000,001
83 Cypress 48,955 $92,098 $605,600
84 La Palma 15,733 $98,788 $634,900
85 Torrance 146,392 $90,309 $724,700
86 Villa Park 5,912 $145,250 $1,156,600
87 South Pasadena 25,824 $96,579 $985,000
88 Rolling Hills Estates 8,187 $143,873 $1,229,300
89 Aliso Viejo 50,925 $108,558 $610,600
90 Yorba Linda 67,815 $129,391 $829,700
91 Newport Beach 86,280 $122,709 $1,787,300
92 San Marino 13,285 $159,509 $1,886,000
93 Rancho Palos Verdes 42,271 $133,286 $1,114,800
94 Palos Verdes Estates 13,523 $175,000 $1,680,600
95 Redondo Beach 67,700 $112,271 $875,000
96 Manhattan Beach 35,573 $150,083 $1,947,900
97 Hermosa Beach 19,650 $137,188 $1,357,300

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