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 Sierra Madre 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. So without further ado…
We examined the 51 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 2018:
- San Bernardino (Photos)
- Jurupa Valley
- Rialto (Photos)
- Colton (Photos)
- Highland (Photos)
- Moreno Valley (Photos)
- Pomona (Photos)
- El Monte (Photos)
- Ontario (Photos)
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.
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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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga.
Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 51 suburbs to evaluate around Rancho Cucamonga.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 51 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.
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
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 1st worst in the Rancho Cucamonga area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 2nd 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.
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 6th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $46,446 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. Jurupa Valley
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Rancho Cucamonga suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Jurupa Valley 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.
If you live in Rialto, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 10th lowest Rancho Cucamonga suburb when it comes to residents making money.
Not only that, but this is the 2nd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Rancho Cucamonga. Remember, we looked at 51 cities for this study.
Rialto is about 10.1 miles to downtown.
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 3rd lowest home values in the metro Rancho Cucamonga area, where the median price is $189,500. To put that into perspective, in Sierra Madre, the median income is $131,386, which is the best in the area.
Colton has an unemployment rate of 9.8% which ranks 14th worst.
Highland has 54,490 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 20.7%.
7. Moreno Valley
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 (12.3%).
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 5th most uninsured people, 7th worst incomes, and has the 7th highest unemployment rate (11.0%) in the entire Rancho Cucamonga metro area.
Homes only cost $310,100 for a reason. That’s cheap for Rancho Cucamonga standards.
9. El Monte
If you absolutely have to live near Rancho Cucamonga, then El Monte might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Rancho Cucamonga suburb.
About 9.2% of residents are out of work.
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 19th highest unemployment rate (9.3%), and poverty is far above the area average.
The areas around Rancho Cucamonga where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018
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. Sierra Madre takes the cake as the best place to live around Rancho Cucamonga.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Rancho Cucamonga Suburbs
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