The 10 Worst Rancho Cucamonga Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga.

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

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

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

We examined the 52 biggest suburbs of Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Rancho Cucamonga for 2021:

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

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

Read on to see how we determined the places around Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga 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 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $249,400 (3rd lowest)
More on San Bernardino:  Data | Photos

We'll get the ball rolling with San Bernardino, the absolute worst place to live around Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 3rd 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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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

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

This city is 23.6 miles to Rancho Cucamonga. Income levels here are the 4th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $53,561 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.

Rialto, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 103,045
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $61,518 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $313,400 (6th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

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

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

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 105,653
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $70,642 (19th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $363,000 (10th lowest)
More on Jurupa Valley:  Data

If you live in Jurupa Valley, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 19th lowest Rancho Cucamonga suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 4th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Rancho Cucamonga. Remember, we looked at 52 cities for this study.

Jurupa Valley is about 10.0 miles to downtown.

Highland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 55,049
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $64,868 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $330,200 (8th lowest)
More on Highland:  Data | Photos

Highland has the distinction of being a Rancho Cucamonga suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Highland has the 8th lowest home values in the metro Rancho Cucamonga area, where the median price is $330,200. To put that into perspective, in Yorba Linda, the median income is $165,000, which is the best in the area.

Highland has an unemployment rate of 8.32% which ranks 6th worst.

Colton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,580
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,838 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $257,500 (4th lowest)
More on Colton:  Data | Photos

Colton has 54,580 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 15.063617923658493%.

Moreno Valley, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 207,289
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $66,134 (16th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $312,000 (5th lowest)
More on Moreno Valley:  Data | Photos

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

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

Pomona, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 152,209
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $60,598 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $394,500 (16th lowest)
More on Pomona:  Data | Photos

Pomona is a city about 12.1 miles from Rancho Cucamonga, but Rancho Cucamonga 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 7th most uninsured people, 9th worst incomes, and has the 10th highest unemployment rate (7.1%) in the entire Rancho Cucamonga metro area.

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

Montclair, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 39,155
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $62,024 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $354,500 (9th lowest)
More on Montclair:  Data | Photos

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

About 7.47% of residents are out of work.

El Monte, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 115,517
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $49,003 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (19th highest)
Median Home Value: $454,900 (2lowest)
More on El Monte:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Rancho Cucamonga suburbs to call home is El Monte.

Located 26.8 miles outside the city, El Montes is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 19th highest unemployment rate (6.24%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 52 suburbs to evaluate around Rancho Cucamonga.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 52 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 Rancho Cucamonga." 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 Rancho Cucamonga where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

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

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Rancho Cucamonga aren't all bad. Yorba Linda takes the cake as the best place to live around Rancho Cucamonga.

  • Yorba Linda
  • Villa Park
  • El Cerrito

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Detailed List Of The Worst Rancho Cucamonga Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 San Bernardino 216,089 $45,834 $249,400
2 Hesperia 94,203 $53,561 $235,700
3 Rialto 103,045 $61,518 $313,400
4 Jurupa Valley 105,653 $70,642 $363,000
5 Highland 55,049 $64,868 $330,200
6 Colton 54,580 $53,838 $257,500
7 Moreno Valley 207,289 $66,134 $312,000
8 Pomona 152,209 $60,598 $394,500
9 Montclair 39,155 $62,024 $354,500
10 El Monte 115,517 $49,003 $454,900
11 Ontario 176,760 $65,046 $375,000
12 South El Monte 20,721 $52,204 $445,500
13 Riverside 326,414 $69,045 $365,300
14 La Puente 40,020 $64,592 $419,800
15 Fontana 210,759 $72,918 $371,700
16 Loma Linda 24,184 $55,607 $367,400
17 Azusa 49,753 $68,216 $418,800
18 Baldwin Park 75,892 $65,904 $408,600
19 Temple 4,549 $58,594 $122,100
20 Duarte 21,559 $75,083 $482,200
21 Chino 89,631 $81,711 $459,100
22 Anaheim 349,964 $71,763 $575,600
23 Redlands 71,198 $74,839 $390,700
24 La Habra 60,594 $79,325 $539,200
25 Rosemead 54,282 $57,999 $556,600
26 Grand Terrace 12,510 $71,788 $324,400
27 Corona 166,972 $83,752 $467,000
28 Covina 48,095 $70,780 $509,200
29 Upland 76,596 $72,782 $525,700
30 Fullerton 139,611 $79,978 $650,000
31 Monrovia 36,816 $77,111 $663,400
32 West Covina 106,589 $82,938 $540,500
33 Glendora 51,801 $96,132 $601,800
34 La Verne 32,211 $88,131 $588,300
35 Orange 139,887 $91,793 $656,100
36 Norco 26,670 $102,817 $544,900
37 Whittier 86,090 $77,270 $574,400
38 San Dimas 34,048 $86,410 $576,800
39 Brea 42,678 $94,492 $660,400
40 La Mirada 48,764 $95,685 $569,500
41 Chino Hills 80,701 $106,347 $622,300
42 Placentia 51,818 $95,757 $630,500
43 La Habra Heights 6,574 $115,762 $928,200
44 Claremont 36,090 $101,420 $672,500
45 Diamond Bar 56,211 $99,083 $664,400
46 Arcadia 58,152 $93,574 $1,097,600
47 Sierra Madre 10,932 $100,988 $969,700
48 Walnut 29,903 $108,669 $774,400
49 Eastvale 62,046 $119,213 $574,500
50 El Cerrito 25,398 $108,298 $804,700
51 Villa Park 5,861 $165,000 $1,184,100
52 Yorba Linda 67,725 $129,995 $858,300

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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.

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