The 10 Worst Rancho Cucamonga Suburbs For 2022

We used science and data to determine which Rancho Cucamonga suburbs are the real pits.

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 2022:

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

What's the worst suburb of Rancho Cucamonga? San Bernardino ranks as the worst suburb of Rancho Cucamonga for 2022 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 2022

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


Population: 216,784
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $49,287 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $272,600 (3rd lowest)
More on San Bernardino:  Data | Photos

San Bernardino, CA

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 3rd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $54,149 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: 95,163
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $54,149 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $255,500 (2nd lowest)
More on Hesperia:  Data

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.

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Population: 103,549
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $65,538 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $330,000 (5th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

Rialto, CA

Source: Public domain

If you live in Highland, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 9th lowest Rancho Cucamonga suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 8th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Rancho Cucamonga. Remember, we looked at 52 cities for this study.

Highland is about 22.8 miles to downtown.

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Population: 55,339
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $62,956 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $338,500 (7th lowest)
More on Highland:  Data | Photos

Highland, CA

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

All snarkiness aside, Colton has the 4th lowest home values in the metro Rancho Cucamonga area, where the median price is $292,300. To put that into perspective, in Yorba Linda, the median income is $164,476, which is the best in the area.

Colton has an unemployment rate of 6.75% which ranks 14th worst.

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Population: 54,215
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $56,762 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $292,300 (4th lowest)
More on Colton:  Data | Photos

Colton, CA

Jurupa Valley has 106,646 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 12.113411818147403%.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 106,646
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $77,787 (24th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $393,200 (12th lowest)
More on Jurupa Valley:  Data

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

It's the place with the 11th most out of work residents in the Rancho Cucamonga metro area (7.21%).

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Population: 40,041
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $63,245 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $388,100 (10th lowest)
More on Montclair:  Data | Photos

Montclair, CA

Moreno Valley is a city about 24.7 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. Moreno Valley has the 11th most uninsured people, 18th worst incomes, and has the 4th highest unemployment rate (8.27%) in the entire Rancho Cucamonga metro area.

Homes only cost $335,700 for a reason. That's cheap for Rancho Cucamonga standards.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 208,751
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $70,385 (18th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $335,700 (6th lowest)
More on Moreno Valley:  Data | Photos

Moreno Valley, CA

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

About 6.29% of residents are out of work.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 151,124
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $62,407 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (2highest)
Median Home Value: $420,600 (15th lowest)
More on Pomona:  Data | Photos

Pomona, CA

Source: Public domain

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

Located 6.2 miles outside the city, Ontarios is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 18th highest unemployment rate (6.47%), and poverty is far above the area average.

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Population: 178,194
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $67,357 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $408,000 (14th lowest)
More on Ontario:  Data | Photos

Ontario, CA

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Rancho Cucamonga for 2022

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 2016-2020, 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.

Summary: The areas around Rancho Cucamonga where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2022

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 216,784 $49,287 $272,600
2 Hesperia 95,163 $54,149 $255,500
3 Rialto 103,549 $65,538 $330,000
4 Highland 55,339 $62,956 $338,500
5 Colton 54,215 $56,762 $292,300
6 Jurupa Valley 106,646 $77,787 $393,200
7 Montclair 40,041 $63,245 $388,100
8 Moreno Valley 208,751 $70,385 $335,700
9 Pomona 151,124 $62,407 $420,600
10 Ontario 178,194 $67,357 $408,000
11 El Monte 113,917 $53,874 $480,100
12 Loma Linda 24,239 $56,021 $381,300
13 South El Monte 20,791 $54,208 $452,700
14 La Puente 39,780 $66,132 $446,800
15 Riverside 327,569 $72,738 $389,500
16 Azusa 49,584 $65,912 $438,700
17 Fontana 212,704 $75,681 $393,200
18 Baldwin Park 75,659 $68,741 $436,800
19 Duarte 21,399 $82,620 $519,700
20 Chino 89,170 $85,659 $476,800
21 Anaheim 353,085 $76,723 $602,400
22 Redlands 71,680 $81,265 $424,900
23 Grand Terrace 12,559 $70,200 $355,400
24 Temple 4,709 $67,628 $123,800
25 Rosemead 53,850 $60,006 $576,000
26 La Habra 62,787 $83,532 $577,900
27 Covina 47,787 $77,913 $549,500
28 Upland 77,348 $76,259 $547,100
29 Corona 168,112 $88,434 $491,000
30 Fullerton 141,061 $85,471 $667,300
31 Whittier 84,821 $76,026 $598,000
32 Monrovia 37,636 $81,990 $694,700
33 Norco 27,021 $106,370 $559,100
34 West Covina 105,808 $85,626 $578,800
35 La Verne 32,346 $93,473 $602,000
36 Glendora 51,087 $99,153 $637,500
37 San Dimas 33,812 $90,234 $604,600
38 Orange 139,322 $96,605 $680,300
39 Chino Hills 82,800 $104,661 $642,500
40 La Mirada 48,260 $92,493 $606,200
41 Claremont 35,610 $101,080 $688,600
42 Brea 44,182 $100,969 $687,700
43 Walnut 29,764 $108,264 $806,900
44 Placentia 52,049 $100,707 $653,400
45 La Habra Heights 5,318 $163,750 $916,500
46 Diamond Bar 55,870 $100,723 $690,500
47 Arcadia 57,053 $95,736 $1,136,700
48 Eastvale 65,766 $127,881 $596,200
49 Sierra Madre 10,829 $106,719 $1,007,800
50 El Cerrito 25,280 $108,294 $858,000
51 Villa Park 5,883 $164,476 $1,238,800
52 Yorba Linda 68,103 $133,088 $862,900

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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 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the worst suburbs around Rancho Cucamonga.
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.

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