The 10 Worst Riverside Suburbs For 2023

We used data and Friday Night Science to identify the worst suburbs of Riverside for 2023. The worst Riverside suburbs are Banning and San Jacinto.

The suburbs of Riverside call to all types of people looking to escape city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Riverside to avoid all the hustle and bustle.

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 Saturday Night Science to determine which Riverside ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Riverside area if you will. Realistically, you can only expect some of the suburbs to live up to Riverside proper, although Yorba Linda certainly tries.

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

We examined the 54 biggest suburbs of Riverside 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 Riverside in terms of quality of life.

The 10 worst suburbs around Riverside for 2023

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

Now don’t freak out.

What’s the worst suburb of Riverside? Banning ranks as the worst suburb of Riverside for 2023 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Riverside 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 Riverside too.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

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The 10 Worst Riverside Suburbs To Live For 2023

Banning, CA

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Population: 29,664
Median Income: $46,834 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $255,300 (3rd lowest)
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We’ll get the ball rolling with Banning, the absolute worst place to live around Riverside according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Banning beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 2nd worst in the Riverside 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 Banning.

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

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Population: 53,299
Median Income: $62,144 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $291,100 (5th lowest)
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Welcome to San Jacinto. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 25.0 miles to Riverside. Income levels here are the 7th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $62,144 a year, which only goes so far even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

San Bernardino, CA

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Population: 220,821
Median Income: $55,372 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $293,000 (6th lowest)
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Back up the highway we go for the third worst Riverside suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see San Bernardino 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 dropout rate is poor compared to other Riverside suburbs.

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

Hemet, CA

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Population: 88,903
Median Income: $46,194 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $226,000 (2nd lowest)
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If you live in Hemet, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the lowest Riverside suburb for median household incomes.

Not only that, but this is the worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Riverside. Remember, we looked at 54 cities for this study.

Hemet is about 26.8 miles to downtown.

Perris, CA

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Population: 78,106
Median Income: $70,910 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (16th highest)
Median Home Value: $333,900 (9th lowest)
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Perris has the distinction of being a Riverside suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Perris has the 9th lowest home values in the metro Riverside area, where the median price is $333,900. The median income is $172,375.

Perris has an unemployment rate of 7.17% which ranks 16th worst.

6. Lakeland

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Population: 110,401
Median Income: $52,972 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (28th highest)
Median Home Value: $171,700 (lowest)
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Lakeland has 110,401 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 15.084474950600828%.

Colton, CA

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Population: 53,894
Median Income: $60,874 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $325,800 (7th lowest)
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Ah, Colton. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Riverside.

It’s the place with the 9th most out of work residents in the Riverside metro area (7.36%).

Rialto, CA

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Population: 103,799
Median Income: $69,934 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $350,000 (10th lowest)
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Rialto is a city about 12.0 miles from Riverside, but Riverside 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. Rialto has the 7th most uninsured people, 13th worst incomes, and has the 2nd highest unemployment rate (10.09%) in the entire Riverside metro area.

Homes only cost $350,000 for a reason. That’s cheap for Riverside standards.

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Population: 104,684
Median Income: $83,430 (25th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $416,300 (20th lowest)
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If you absolutely have to live near Riverside, then Jurupa Valley might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Riverside suburb.

About 7.21% of residents are out of work.

Montclair, CA

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Population: 37,871
Median Income: $67,483 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $423,300 (22nd lowest)
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Rounding out the ten worst Riverside suburbs to call home is Montclair.

Located 19.7 miles outside the city, Montclairs is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 7th highest unemployment rate (7.76%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Riverside for 2023

To figure out how bad a Riverside suburb is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what suburbs have the least amount of those things.

It’s Saturday Night Science.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2017-2021, 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 dropouts
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

We defined a suburb as any town within 30 miles of Riverside.

We also limited the analysis to places with over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 54 suburbs to evaluate around Riverside.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 54 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 Riverside.” We’re looking at you, Banning.

We updated this article for 2023, which reflects our tenth time ranking the worst suburbs around Riverside.

Summary: The areas around Riverside where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2023

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Riverside with Banning casting itself ahead of the pack.

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

  • Yorba Linda
  • Mission Viejo
  • Rancho Santa Margarita

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Detailed List Of The Worst Riverside Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Banning 29,664 $46,834 $255,300
2 San Jacinto 53,299 $62,144 $291,100
3 San Bernardino 220,821 $55,372 $293,000
4 Hemet 88,903 $46,194 $226,000
5 Perris 78,106 $70,910 $333,900
6 Lakeland 110,401 $52,972 $171,700
7 Colton 53,894 $60,874 $325,800
8 Rialto 103,799 $69,934 $350,000
9 Jurupa Valley 104,684 $83,430 $416,300
10 Montclair 37,871 $67,483 $423,300
11 Lake Elsinore 68,822 $80,350 $392,200
12 Moreno Valley 208,371 $73,635 $353,400
13 Highland 56,733 $69,225 $356,700
14 Wildomar 36,511 $81,622 $413,800
15 Pomona 151,592 $67,549 $446,300
16 Ontario 175,223 $71,908 $438,300
17 Loma Linda 24,712 $63,272 $416,300
18 Yucaipa 54,312 $75,456 $364,600
19 Beaumont 52,081 $92,797 $356,700
20 Menifee 101,089 $80,741 $371,500
21 Grand Terrace 13,079 $76,791 $378,100
22 Fontana 208,087 $83,468 $423,100
23 Anaheim 348,204 $81,806 $623,300
24 Calimesa 10,053 $67,835 $279,200
25 Chino 90,279 $91,107 $503,800
26 Redlands 72,649 $87,184 $455,700
27 Covina 51,061 $81,570 $575,500
28 Laguna Woods 17,546 $53,076 $327,000
29 Corona 157,844 $95,268 $530,100
30 Upland 78,624 $82,259 $571,600
31 Murrieta 111,096 $98,466 $458,000
32 La Verne 31,423 $95,957 $625,000
33 Tustin 79,895 $93,901 $735,400
34 Orange 139,195 $102,125 $712,500
35 Glendora 52,458 $103,159 $662,400
36 Chino Hills 78,229 $109,285 $677,000
37 San Dimas 34,775 $101,144 $626,000
38 Norco 26,176 $115,619 $594,800
39 Rancho Cucamonga 173,946 $97,046 $551,700
40 Irvine 297,868 $114,027 $900,700
41 Placentia 51,951 $103,041 $697,900
42 Laguna Hills 31,409 $109,750 $755,200
43 Diamond Bar 55,339 $100,776 $702,600
44 Brea 46,912 $108,721 $727,500
45 Claremont 36,312 $111,937 $711,800
46 Lake Forest 85,516 $117,374 $719,700
47 Walnut 28,641 $121,882 $827,700
48 Canyon Lake 11,071 $120,118 $496,700
49 Eastvale 68,539 $141,827 $615,300
50 El Cerrito 25,898 $116,875 $894,600
51 Villa Park 5,864 $172,375 $1,287,100
52 Rancho Santa Margarita 48,190 $135,350 $719,800
53 Mission Viejo 93,932 $126,320 $772,400
54 Yorba Linda 68,319 $137,011 $884,900
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

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