The 10 Worst Ontario Suburbs For 2021

We used science and data to determine which Ontario 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 Ontario.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Ontario.

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 Ontario 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Ontario area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Ontario proper, although San Marino certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Ontario are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 75 biggest suburbs of Ontario 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 Ontario in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Ontario for 2021:

  1. San Bernardino
  2. Perris
  3. Hesperia
  4. Rialto
  5. Jurupa Valley
  6. Highland
  7. Moreno Valley
  8. Pomona
  9. Colton
  10. Montclair

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

Read on to see how we determined the places around Ontario 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 Ontario 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 Ontario Suburbs To Live For 2021

San Bernardino, CA

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

We'll get the ball rolling with San Bernardino, the absolute worst place to live around Ontario 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 worst in the Ontario area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 4th 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.

Perris, CA

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Population: 77,290
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $63,829 (17th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $281,600 (6th lowest)
More on Perris:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 27.9 miles to Ontario. Income levels here are the 17th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $63,829 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.

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Population: 94,203
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,561 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $235,700 (3rd lowest)
More on Hesperia:  Data

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

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

Rialto, CA

Source: Public domain
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Population: 103,045
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $61,518 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $313,400 (8th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

If you live in Rialto, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 13th lowest Ontario 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 Ontario. Remember, we looked at 75 cities for this study.

Rialto is about 13.3 miles to downtown.

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Population: 105,653
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $70,642 (29th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $363,000 (13th lowest)
More on Jurupa Valley:  Data

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

All snarkiness aside, Jurupa Valley has the 13th lowest home values in the metro Ontario area, where the median price is $363,000. To put that into perspective, in San Marino, the median income is $166,607, which is the best in the area.

Jurupa Valley has an unemployment rate of 8.7% which ranks 4th worst.

Highland, CA

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Population: 55,049
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $64,868 (19th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $330,200 (10th lowest)
More on Highland:  Data | Photos

Highland has 55,049 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 17.93055732571054%.

Moreno Valley, CA

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Population: 207,289
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $66,134 (2lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $312,000 (7th lowest)
More on Moreno Valley:  Data | Photos

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

It's the place with the 5th most out of work residents in the Ontario metro area (8.36%).

Pomona, CA

Source: Public domain
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Population: 152,209
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $60,598 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $394,500 (19th lowest)
More on Pomona:  Data | Photos

Pomona is a city about 9.1 miles from Ontario, but Ontario 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. Pomona has the 8th most uninsured people, 12th worst incomes, and has the 12th highest unemployment rate (7.1%) in the entire Ontario metro area.

Homes only cost $394,500 for a reason. That's cheap for Ontario standards.

Colton, CA

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Population: 54,580
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $53,838 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $257,500 (5th lowest)
More on Colton:  Data | Photos

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

About 7.09% of residents are out of work.

Montclair, CA

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Population: 39,155
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $62,024 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $354,500 (12th lowest)
More on Montclair:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Ontario suburbs to call home is Montclair.

Located 5.8 miles outside the city, Montclairs is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 9th highest unemployment rate (7.47%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Ontario 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 Ontario.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 75 suburbs to evaluate around Ontario.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 75 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 Ontario." 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 Ontario where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Ontario with San Bernardino casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Ontario aren't all bad. San Marino takes the cake as the best place to live around Ontario.

  • San Marino
  • Yorba Linda
  • La Palma

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Ontario Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 San Bernardino 216,089 $45,834 $249,400
2 Perris 77,290 $63,829 $281,600
3 Hesperia 94,203 $53,561 $235,700
4 Rialto 103,045 $61,518 $313,400
5 Jurupa Valley 105,653 $70,642 $363,000
6 Highland 55,049 $64,868 $330,200
7 Moreno Valley 207,289 $66,134 $312,000
8 Pomona 152,209 $60,598 $394,500
9 Colton 54,580 $53,838 $257,500
10 Montclair 39,155 $62,024 $354,500
11 South El Monte 20,721 $52,204 $445,500
12 Lake Elsinore 65,817 $71,476 $352,600
13 El Monte 115,517 $49,003 $454,900
14 Montebello 62,742 $56,150 $492,300
15 Riverside 326,414 $69,045 $365,300
16 La Puente 40,020 $64,592 $419,800
17 Fontana 210,759 $72,918 $371,700
18 Loma Linda 24,184 $55,607 $367,400
19 Santa Ana 332,794 $66,145 $491,300
20 Baldwin Park 75,892 $65,904 $408,600
21 Azusa 49,753 $68,216 $418,800
22 Stanton 38,377 $57,598 $386,400
23 Duarte 21,559 $75,083 $482,200
24 Temple 4,549 $58,594 $122,100
25 Anaheim 349,964 $71,763 $575,600
26 Chino 89,631 $81,711 $459,100
27 Norwalk 105,304 $70,667 $440,800
28 Midway 3,221 $59,625 $147,700
29 Santa Fe Springs 17,810 $68,685 $447,400
30 Redlands 71,198 $74,839 $390,700
31 Pico Rivera 63,001 $67,636 $440,600
32 La Habra 60,594 $79,325 $539,200
33 Rosemead 54,282 $57,999 $556,600
34 Grand Terrace 12,510 $71,788 $324,400
35 Westminster 91,137 $62,625 $603,700
36 Garden Grove 173,258 $69,278 $554,400
37 Corona 166,972 $83,752 $467,000
38 San Gabriel 40,143 $62,541 $680,700
39 Artesia 16,758 $67,647 $542,200
40 Covina 48,095 $70,780 $509,200
41 Upland 76,596 $72,782 $525,700
42 Buena Park 82,489 $78,932 $579,100
43 Fullerton 139,611 $79,978 $650,000
44 Monrovia 36,816 $77,111 $663,400
45 West Covina 106,589 $82,938 $540,500
46 Glendora 51,801 $96,132 $601,800
47 La Verne 32,211 $88,131 $588,300
48 Orange 139,887 $91,793 $656,100
49 Norco 26,670 $102,817 $544,900
50 Rancho Cucamonga 176,379 $90,953 $495,800
51 Whittier 86,090 $77,270 $574,400
52 Tustin 79,863 $84,697 $647,500
53 San Dimas 34,048 $86,410 $576,800
54 La Mirada 48,764 $95,685 $569,500
55 Brea 42,678 $94,492 $660,400
56 Chino Hills 80,701 $106,347 $622,300
57 Placentia 51,818 $95,757 $630,500
58 Claremont 36,090 $101,420 $672,500
59 Irvine 273,157 $105,126 $838,000
60 Diamond Bar 56,211 $99,083 $664,400
61 La Habra Heights 6,574 $115,762 $928,200
62 Arcadia 58,152 $93,574 $1,097,600
63 Sierra Madre 10,932 $100,988 $969,700
64 Lake Forest 83,974 $109,492 $647,500
65 Walnut 29,903 $108,669 $774,400
66 Cypress 48,893 $93,137 $632,900
67 Cerritos 50,143 $106,190 $685,300
68 Eastvale 62,046 $119,213 $574,500
69 El Cerrito 25,398 $108,298 $804,700
70 Villa Park 5,861 $165,000 $1,184,100
71 Mission Viejo 95,516 $118,477 $693,000
72 Rancho Santa Margarita 48,503 $121,017 $662,200
73 La Palma 15,604 $107,724 $659,100
74 Yorba Linda 67,725 $129,995 $858,300
75 San Marino 13,194 $166,607 $2,000,001

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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.

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


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