These Are The 10 Worst Moreno Valley Suburbs For 2018

We used science and data to determine which Moreno Valley 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 Moreno Valley.

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 Moreno Valley ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Moreno Valley area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Moreno Valley proper, although El Cerrito certainly tries.

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

We examined the 34 biggest suburbs of Moreno Valley 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 Moreno Valley in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Moreno Valley for 2018:

  1. San Bernardino (Photos)
  2. Perris (Photos)
  3. Banning (Photos)
  4. Hemet (Photos)
  5. San Jacinto (Photos)
  6. Rialto (Photos)
  7. Colton (Photos)
  8. Jurupa Valley
  9. Calimesa (Photos)
  10. Lakeland

Read on to see how we determined the places around Moreno Valley 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 Moreno Valley 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 Moreno Valley 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 Moreno Valley.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 34 suburbs to evaluate around Moreno Valley.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 34 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 Moreno Valley.” We’re lookin’ at you, San Bernardino.

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. San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

Population: 214,581
Unemployment Rate: 14.1%
Median Home Price: $176,800
Median Income: $38,456
More on San Bernardino: Data | Jobs

We’ll get the ball rolling with San Bernardino, the absolute worst place to live around Moreno Valley according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, San Bernardino beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 2nd worst in the Moreno Valley area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 5th 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 San Bernardino.

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. Perris

Perris, California

Population: 73,718
Unemployment Rate: 14.2%
Median Home Price: $211,400
Median Income: $51,315
More on Perris: Data | Jobs

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

This city is 9.2 miles to Moreno Valley. Income levels here are the 10th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $51,315 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. Banning

Banning, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 30,643
Unemployment Rate: 14.0%
Median Home Price: $177,000
Median Income: $40,627
More on Banning: Data | Jobs

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Moreno Valley suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Banning 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 Moreno Valley suburbs.

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

4. Hemet

Hemet, California

Population: 82,748
Unemployment Rate: 19.0%
Median Home Price: $139,400
Median Income: $35,609
More on Hemet: Data | Jobs

If you live in Hemet, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 1st lowest Moreno Valley suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 1st worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Moreno Valley. Remember, we looked at 34 cities for this study.

Hemet is about 17.8 miles to downtown.

5. San Jacinto

San Jacinto, California

Population: 46,375
Unemployment Rate: 13.2%
Median Home Price: $159,700
Median Income: $48,382
More on San Jacinto: Data | Jobs

San Jacinto has the distinction of being a Moreno Valley suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, San Jacinto has the 3rd lowest home values in the metro Moreno Valley area, where the median price is $159,700. To put that into perspective, in El Cerrito, the median income is $104,940, which is the best in the area.

San Jacinto has an unemployment rate of 13.2% which ranks 7th worst.

6. Rialto

Rialto, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 102,418
Unemployment Rate: 13.8%
Median Home Price: $236,100
Median Income: $52,347
More on Rialto: Data | Jobs

Rialto has 102,418 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 18.8%.

7. Colton

Colton, California

Population: 53,856
Unemployment Rate: 9.8%
Median Home Price: $189,500
Median Income: $43,966
More on Colton: Data | Jobs

Ah, Colton. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Moreno Valley.

It’s the place with the 16th most out of work residents in the Moreno Valley metro area (9.8%).

8. Jurupa Valley

Population: 100,737
Unemployment Rate: 12.7%
Median Home Price: $270,700
Median Income: $58,849
More on Jurupa Valley: Data | Jobs

Jurupa Valley is a city about 16.0 miles from Moreno Valley, but Moreno Valley 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. Jurupa Valley has the 1st most uninsured people, 17th worst incomes, and has the 9th highest unemployment rate (12.7%) in the entire Moreno Valley metro area.

Homes only cost $270,700 for a reason. That’s cheap for Moreno Valley standards.

9. Calimesa

Calimesa, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,379
Unemployment Rate: 13.4%
Median Home Price: $168,700
Median Income: $46,070
More on Calimesa: Data | Jobs

If you absolutely have to live near Moreno Valley, then Calimesa might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Moreno Valley suburb.

About 13.4% of residents are out of work.

10. Lakeland

Population: 102,714
Unemployment Rate: 9.5%
Median Home Price: $109,300
Median Income: $40,918
More on Lakeland: Data | Jobs

Rounding out the ten worst Moreno Valley suburbs to call home is Lakeland.

Located 21.1 miles outside the city, Lakelands is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 19th highest unemployment rate (9.5%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Moreno Valley where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Moreno Valley with San Bernardino casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Moreno Valley aren’t all bad. El Cerrito takes the cake as the best place to live around Moreno Valley.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Moreno Valley Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 San Bernardino 214,581 14.1% $176,800 $38,456
2 Perris 73,718 14.2% $211,400 $51,315
3 Banning 30,643 14.0% $177,000 $40,627
4 Hemet 82,748 19.0% $139,400 $35,609
5 San Jacinto 46,375 13.2% $159,700 $48,382
6 Rialto 102,418 13.8% $236,100 $52,347
7 Colton 53,856 9.8% $189,500 $43,966
8 Jurupa Valley 100,737 12.7% $270,700 $58,849
9 Calimesa 8,379 13.4% $168,700 $46,070
10 Lakeland 102,714 9.5% $109,300 $40,918
11 Highland 54,490 11.4% $269,000 $53,504
12 Lake Elsinore 60,230 12.8% $259,700 $63,306
13 Wildomar 34,775 12.1% $266,900 $62,976
14 Big Bear Lake 5,149 9.4% $384,100 $46,655
15 Montclair 38,294 9.3% $281,100 $50,374
16 Ontario 169,389 9.3% $293,000 $54,896
17 Riverside 318,678 11.0% $286,600 $58,979
18 Yucaipa 52,886 9.2% $241,700 $55,700
19 Fontana 205,228 10.2% $289,400 $65,995
20 Menifee 84,978 11.3% $244,700 $57,598
21 Loma Linda 23,859 6.8% $291,600 $51,390
22 Chino 83,670 9.0% $365,500 $72,832
23 Beaumont 42,191 6.7% $250,500 $68,369
24 Grand Terrace 12,393 9.6% $249,700 $64,188
25 Corona 161,614 7.8% $378,500 $72,309
26 Murrieta 108,583 10.9% $339,800 $76,149
27 Redlands 70,442 7.1% $326,800 $66,514
28 Norco 26,809 8.5% $445,700 $87,067
29 Upland 75,851 5.9% $444,200 $62,369
30 Rancho Cucamonga 173,309 8.9% $414,200 $79,973
31 Eastvale 58,217 9.6% $460,100 $104,940
32 Chino Hills 77,266 7.0% $537,800 $97,222
33 Canyon Lake 10,985 7.4% $379,400 $84,015
34 El Cerrito 24,646 6.6% $636,600 $92,670

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.


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