The 10 Worst Moreno Valley Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Moreno Valley 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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Moreno Valley.

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..

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 2021:

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

What's the worst suburb of Moreno Valley? San Bernardino ranks as the worst suburb of Moreno Valley for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

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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The 10 Worst Moreno Valley Suburbs To Live For 2021

San Bernardino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 216,089
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $45,834 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $249,400 (6th lowest)
More on San Bernardino:  Data | Photos

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 3rd worst in the Moreno Valley area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 6th 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.

San Jacinto, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 47,989
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,009 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $241,000 (5th lowest)
More on San Jacinto:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 15.1 miles to Moreno Valley. Income levels here are the 6th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $52,009 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.

Banning, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 31,072
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $42,274 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $234,900 (4th lowest)
More on Banning:  Data | Photos

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.

Hemet, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 84,542
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $39,726 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.9% (highest)
Median Home Value: $196,700 (2nd lowest)
More on Hemet:  Data | Photos

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

Not only that, but this is the 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.

Perris, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 77,290
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $63,829 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $281,600 (8th lowest)
More on Perris:  Data | Photos

Perris has the distinction of being a Moreno Valley suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Perris has the 8th lowest home values in the metro Moreno Valley area, where the median price is $281,600. To put that into perspective, in El Cerrito, the median income is $119,213, which is the best in the area.

Perris has an unemployment rate of 7.39% which ranks 12th worst.

Rialto, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 103,045
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $61,518 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $313,400 (9th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

Rialto has 103,045 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 16.150994927818967%.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 105,653
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $70,642 (18th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $363,000 (18th lowest)
More on Jurupa Valley:  Data

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

It's the place with the 6th most out of work residents in the Moreno Valley metro area (8.7%).

Highland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 55,049
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $64,868 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $330,200 (13th lowest)
More on Highland:  Data | Photos

Highland is a city about 13.3 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. Highland has the 11th most uninsured people, 13th worst incomes, and has the 7th highest unemployment rate (8.32%) in the entire Moreno Valley metro area.

Homes only cost $330,200 for a reason. That's cheap for Moreno Valley standards.

9. Lakeland

Lakeland Location In Florida

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 107,922
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $47,511 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (19th highest)
Median Home Value: $149,500 (lowest)
More on Lakeland:

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

About 6.41% of residents are out of work.

Colton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,580
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,838 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $257,500 (7th lowest)
More on Colton:  Data | Photos

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

Located 11.4 miles outside the city, Coltons is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 14th highest unemployment rate (7.09%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Moreno Valley for 2021

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 2015-2019, 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. 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 Moreno Valley where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

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.

  • El Cerrito
  • Eastvale
  • Canyon Lake

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Detailed List Of The Worst Moreno Valley Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 San Bernardino 216,089 $45,834 $249,400
2 San Jacinto 47,989 $52,009 $241,000
3 Banning 31,072 $42,274 $234,900
4 Hemet 84,542 $39,726 $196,700
5 Perris 77,290 $63,829 $281,600
6 Rialto 103,045 $61,518 $313,400
7 Jurupa Valley 105,653 $70,642 $363,000
8 Highland 55,049 $64,868 $330,200
9 Lakeland 107,922 $47,511 $149,500
10 Colton 54,580 $53,838 $257,500
11 Montclair 39,155 $62,024 $354,500
12 Big Bear Lake 5,241 $51,060 $391,000
13 Lake Elsinore 65,817 $71,476 $352,600
14 Ontario 176,760 $65,046 $375,000
15 Wildomar 36,445 $74,991 $356,700
16 Calimesa 8,814 $56,903 $217,500
17 Riverside 326,414 $69,045 $365,300
18 Menifee 90,349 $70,224 $334,600
19 Fontana 210,759 $72,918 $371,700
20 Beaumont 47,144 $84,105 $320,500
21 Loma Linda 24,184 $55,607 $367,400
22 Chino 89,631 $81,711 $459,100
23 Yucaipa 53,416 $69,104 $327,400
24 Redlands 71,198 $74,839 $390,700
25 Grand Terrace 12,510 $71,788 $324,400
26 Corona 166,972 $83,752 $467,000
27 Murrieta 112,941 $90,535 $414,100
28 Upland 76,596 $72,782 $525,700
29 Norco 26,670 $102,817 $544,900
30 Chino Hills 80,701 $106,347 $622,300
31 Rancho Cucamonga 176,379 $90,953 $495,800
32 Canyon Lake 11,170 $100,682 $442,900
33 Eastvale 62,046 $119,213 $574,500
34 El Cerrito 25,398 $108,298 $804,700

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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.

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