These Are The 10 Worst Riverside Suburbs For 2019


We used science and data to determine which Riverside 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 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the worst suburbs around Riverside.

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

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 Riverside ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Riverside area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Riverside proper, although Mission Viejo certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Riverside are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

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.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Riverside for 2019:

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

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.

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 Riverside for 2019

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 2013-2017, 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 Riverside.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have 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 lookin’ at you, Perris.

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.

Perris, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 75,011
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $54,657 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.0% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $239,800 (8th lowest)
More on Perris:  Data | Photos

We’ll get the ball rolling with Perris, the absolute worst place to live around Riverside according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Perris beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 12th worst in the Riverside area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 8th 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 Perris.

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 Bernardino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 215,252
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $41,027 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.8% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $202,100 (6th lowest)
More on San Bernardino:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 15.2 miles to Riverside. Income levels here are the 4th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $41,027 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.

San Jacinto, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 46,932
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $48,025 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.9% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $188,200 (3rd lowest)
More on San Jacinto:  Data | Photos

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

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

Banning, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 30,824
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $39,700 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.0% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $197,500 (5th lowest)
More on Banning:  Data | Photos

If you live in Banning, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 2nd lowest Riverside suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 5th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Riverside. Remember, we looked at 54 cities for this study.

Banning is about 28.3 miles to downtown.

Hemet, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 83,604
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $37,171 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 16.8% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $157,500 (2nd lowest)
More on Hemet:  Data | Photos

Hemet has the distinction of being a Riverside suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Hemet has the 2nd lowest home values in the metro Riverside area, where the median price is $157,500. To put that into perspective, in Mission Viejo, the median income is $142,628, which is the best in the area.

Hemet has an unemployment rate of 16.8% which ranks 1st worst.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 102,202
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $63,286 (19th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $308,900 (20th lowest)
More on Jurupa Valley:  Data

Jurupa Valley has 102,202 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 16.0%.

Colton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 54,200
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,256 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (22nd highest)
Median Home Value: $212,100 (7th lowest)
More on Colton:  Data | Photos

Ah, Colton. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Riverside.

It’s the place with the 21st most out of work residents in the Riverside metro area (8.5%).

Rialto, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 102,708
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $54,962 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $260,200 (10th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

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 10th most uninsured people, 13th worst incomes, and has the 4th highest unemployment rate (12.2%) in the entire Riverside metro area.

Homes only cost $260,200 for a reason. That’s cheap for Riverside standards.

9. Lakeland

Lakeland Location In Florida

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 104,165
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $42,033 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (25th highest)
Median Home Value: $119,700 (1st lowest)
More on Lakeland:

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

About 8.1% of residents are out of work.

Highland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,704
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $55,130 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $288,500 (16th lowest)
More on Highland:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Riverside suburbs to call home is Highland.

Located 17.8 miles outside the city, Highlands is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 13th highest unemployment rate (9.8%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Riverside where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2019

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

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

  • Mission Viejo
  • Yorba Linda
  • Rancho Santa Margarita

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Detailed List Of The Worst Riverside Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Perris 75,011 $54,657 $239,800
2 San Bernardino 215,252 $41,027 $202,100
3 San Jacinto 46,932 $48,025 $188,200
4 Banning 30,824 $39,700 $197,500
5 Hemet 83,604 $37,171 $157,500
6 Jurupa Valley 102,202 $63,286 $308,900
7 Colton 54,200 $47,256 $212,100
8 Rialto 102,708 $54,962 $260,200
9 Lakeland 104,165 $42,033 $119,700
10 Highland 54,704 $55,130 $288,500
11 Moreno Valley 203,691 $59,827 $260,600
12 Pomona 152,366 $53,281 $344,200
13 Lake Elsinore 62,229 $66,032 $306,400
14 Ontario 171,041 $57,544 $320,000
15 Montclair 38,613 $54,192 $304,200
16 Calimesa 8,517 $50,174 $196,900
17 Wildomar 35,492 $67,510 $308,100
18 Fontana 207,086 $68,304 $323,300
19 Menifee 86,820 $60,808 $278,300
20 Yucaipa 53,151 $58,166 $275,600
21 Loma Linda 23,961 $52,310 $333,200
22 Chino 85,609 $75,530 $400,900
23 Beaumont 43,641 $71,664 $275,200
24 Grand Terrace 12,439 $65,422 $275,700
25 Anaheim 349,007 $65,313 $491,400
26 Redlands 70,765 $68,956 $350,900
27 Murrieta 110,043 $80,373 $367,400
28 Corona 163,585 $73,594 $411,600
29 Norco 26,711 $91,915 $476,900
30 Covina 48,601 $68,311 $441,100
31 Upland 76,155 $65,349 $465,200
32 Glendora 51,891 $86,442 $517,100
33 Orange 140,289 $83,500 $604,300
34 Tustin 80,007 $73,567 $585,700
35 Laguna Woods 16,314 $40,837 $246,600
36 Rancho Cucamonga 174,573 $83,736 $444,200
37 Canyon Lake 11,043 $89,446 $394,900
38 La Verne 32,320 $82,829 $535,900
39 San Dimas 34,334 $81,242 $513,300
40 Eastvale 59,733 $110,685 $496,000
41 Chino Hills 78,025 $102,746 $567,200
42 Placentia 52,294 $88,501 $585,800
43 Diamond Bar 56,600 $94,531 $614,800
44 Lake Forest 81,812 $96,963 $585,100
45 Claremont 35,949 $96,923 $605,700
46 Brea 41,921 $90,214 $610,700
47 Walnut 30,062 $98,329 $703,800
48 Irvine 256,877 $95,573 $753,400
49 Laguna Hills 31,235 $99,797 $649,700
50 El Cerrito 24,982 $96,914 $682,300
51 Villa Park 5,935 $142,628 $1,077,600
52 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,078 $106,939 $619,200
53 Yorba Linda 67,740 $123,962 $792,700
54 Mission Viejo 96,535 $107,988 $640,800

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