These Are The 10 Worst Long Beach Suburbs For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth 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.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Long Beach for 2019:

  1. Commerce (Photos)
  2. Cudahy (Photos)
  3. Compton (Photos)
  4. Pomona (Photos)
  5. Bell Gardens (Photos)
  6. Maywood (Photos)
  7. Huntington Park (Photos)
  8. Hawaiian Gardens (Photos)
  9. Lynwood (Photos)
  10. Bell (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 2019

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 2013-2017, 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.

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.

Commerce, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,998
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $42,734 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.0% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $357,200 (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.

Cudahy, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,146
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $39,804 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $327,500 (7th lowest)
More on Cudahy:  Data | Photos

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 $39,804 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.

Compton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 97,847
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $48,117 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.9% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $287,300 (4th lowest)
More on Compton:  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 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.

Pomona, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 152,366
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $53,281 (22nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $344,200 (10th 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 22nd 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 97 cities for this study.

Pomona is about 28.4 miles to downtown.

Bell Gardens, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 42,845
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $39,008 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $347,300 (12th 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 12th lowest home values in the metro Long Beach area, where the median price is $347,300. To put that into perspective, in Hermosa Beach, the median income is $180,815, which is the best in the area.

Bell Gardens has an unemployment rate of 8.9% which ranks 13th worst.

Maywood, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,700
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Income: $37,508 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $350,800 (13th lowest)
More on Maywood:  Data | Photos

Maywood has 27,700 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 26.1%.

Huntington Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 58,993
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $38,106 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $357,500 (18th lowest)
More on Huntington Park:  Data | Photos

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

It’s the place with the 11th most out of work residents in the Long Beach metro area (9.2%).

Hawaiian Gardens, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,465
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $38,553 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $307,100 (6th lowest)
More on Hawaiian Gardens:  Data | Photos

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 10th most uninsured people, 3rd worst incomes, and has the 6th highest unemployment rate (10.3%) in the entire Long Beach metro area.

Homes only cost $307,100 for a reason. That’s cheap for Long Beach standards.

Lynwood, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 71,350
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $45,839 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $345,100 (11th 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 9.4% of residents are out of work.

Bell, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 35,942
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $39,686 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $352,000 (15th lowest)
More on Bell:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Long Beach suburbs to call home is Bell.

Located 11.9 miles outside the city, Bells is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 15th highest unemployment rate (8.8%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Long Beach where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2019

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
  • Palos Verdes Estates

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Detailed List Of The Worst Long Beach Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Commerce 12,998 $42,734 $357,200
2 Cudahy 24,146 $39,804 $327,500
3 Compton 97,847 $48,117 $287,300
4 Pomona 152,366 $53,281 $344,200
5 Bell Gardens 42,845 $39,008 $347,300
6 Maywood 27,700 $37,508 $350,800
7 Huntington Park 58,993 $38,106 $357,500
8 Hawaiian Gardens 14,465 $38,553 $307,100
9 Lynwood 71,350 $45,839 $345,100
10 Bell 35,942 $39,686 $352,000
11 South Gate 95,420 $47,281 $351,000
12 South El Monte 20,712 $44,651 $389,400
13 Paramount 55,020 $49,064 $304,400
14 Inglewood 111,006 $46,389 $389,600
15 El Monte 115,958 $43,504 $401,000
16 Stanton 38,648 $50,601 $339,000
17 Azusa 49,029 $57,728 $367,500
18 La Puente 40,451 $60,019 $364,300
19 Montebello 63,468 $50,312 $441,500
20 Hawthorne 87,425 $47,636 $461,400
21 Santa Ana 334,493 $57,151 $421,600
22 Los Angeles 3,949,776 $54,501 $549,800
23 Midway 3,322 $56,458 $130,500
24 Duarte 21,832 $71,260 $422,000
25 Baldwin Park 76,572 $57,209 $357,500
26 Gardena 60,096 $50,807 $407,000
27 Rosemead 54,615 $50,074 $489,700
28 Anaheim 349,007 $65,313 $491,400
29 Pico Rivera 63,750 $61,586 $380,200
30 Bellflower 77,852 $52,944 $398,000
31 Norwalk 106,404 $63,669 $375,400
32 Carson 92,927 $75,517 $402,500
33 Santa Fe Springs 17,669 $63,540 $409,200
34 Lawndale 33,191 $54,862 $417,600
35 Garden Grove 174,812 $62,675 $476,300
36 Temple 4,338 $65,375 $108,600
37 La Habra 61,965 $72,178 $473,200
38 Glendale 199,750 $58,657 $675,300
39 Westminster 91,785 $57,575 $546,200
40 Monterey Park 61,056 $55,117 $566,700
41 Signal Hill 11,508 $75,843 $445,700
42 San Gabriel 40,315 $55,939 $628,300
43 Fullerton 139,976 $71,660 $589,600
44 West Covina 107,786 $74,551 $459,500
45 Downey 113,358 $68,162 $479,500
46 Covina 48,601 $68,311 $441,100
47 Monrovia 37,138 $71,373 $606,000
48 Glendora 51,891 $86,442 $517,100
49 Buena Park 83,020 $71,005 $482,300
50 Artesia 16,853 $62,702 $437,200
51 Alhambra 85,168 $55,401 $553,800
52 Burbank 104,765 $69,118 $646,000
53 Lomita 20,707 $62,353 $561,500
54 Orange 140,289 $83,500 $604,300
55 Whittier 86,852 $69,058 $488,200
56 Laguna Woods 16,314 $40,837 $246,600
57 Costa Mesa 112,930 $75,109 $671,800
58 Tustin 80,007 $73,567 $585,700
59 Seal Beach 24,510 $65,401 $338,100
60 Pasadena 141,231 $76,264 $689,700
61 Los Alamitos 11,639 $79,459 $741,100
62 La Mirada 49,162 $87,400 $478,400
63 San Dimas 34,334 $81,242 $513,300
64 Chino Hills 78,025 $102,746 $567,200
65 Lakewood 81,106 $84,055 $475,800
66 Diamond Bar 56,600 $94,531 $614,800
67 Placentia 52,294 $88,501 $585,800
68 Lake Forest 81,812 $96,963 $585,100
69 Brea 41,921 $90,214 $610,700
70 Irvine 256,877 $95,573 $753,400
71 Fountain Valley 56,640 $86,602 $654,100
72 El Segundo 16,929 $92,942 $875,600
73 Cerritos 50,145 $98,953 $638,600
74 West Hollywood 36,148 $66,458 $684,200
75 Walnut 30,062 $98,329 $703,800
76 Santa Monica 92,495 $86,084 $1,168,500
77 Villa Park 5,935 $142,628 $1,077,600
78 Arcadia 58,156 $90,666 $994,400
79 Huntington Beach 200,415 $88,079 $688,700
80 Torrance 147,190 $85,070 $687,900
81 La Palma 15,814 $91,024 $612,200
82 Laguna Beach 23,224 $117,586 $1,570,700
83 Cypress 49,108 $90,345 $576,500
84 La Habra Heights 5,425 $112,273 $871,200
85 Beverly Hills 34,506 $103,698 $2,000,000
86 South Pasadena 25,974 $92,756 $928,500
87 Sierra Madre 11,061 $98,547 $889,300
88 Yorba Linda 67,740 $123,962 $792,700
89 Aliso Viejo 50,691 $106,353 $582,300
90 Rolling Hills Estates 8,229 $131,471 $1,153,700
91 Newport Beach 86,793 $119,379 $1,695,700
92 Rancho Palos Verdes 42,463 $124,552 $1,051,000
93 San Marino 13,331 $152,527 $1,550,100
94 Redondo Beach 67,950 $104,548 $817,300
95 Palos Verdes Estates 13,591 $180,815 $1,637,600
96 Manhattan Beach 35,698 $148,899 $1,694,900
97 Hermosa Beach 19,750 $124,849 $1,220,500

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