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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 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.
What's the worst suburb of Riverside? San Jacinto ranks as the worst suburb of Riverside for 2021 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.
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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The 10 Worst Riverside Suburbs To Live For 2021
We'll get the ball rolling with San Jacinto, the absolute worst place to live around Riverside according to the data.
And in the world of worst rankings, San Jacinto beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 6th worst in the Riverside area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 5th 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 Jacinto.
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 Banning. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.
This city is 28.3 miles to Riverside. Income levels here are the 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $42,274 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.
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 drop out rate is poor compared to other Riverside suburbs.
But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.
If you live in Hemet, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the lowest Riverside suburb when it comes to residents making money.
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 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 8th lowest home values in the metro Riverside area, where the median price is $281,600. To put that into perspective, in Yorba Linda, the median income is $165,000, which is the best in the area.
Perris has an unemployment rate of 7.39% which ranks 14th worst.
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $70,642 (19th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $363,000 (20th lowest)
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Jurupa Valley has 105,653 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 13.932423403646084%.
Ah, Rialto. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Riverside.
It's the place with the 2nd most out of work residents in the Riverside metro area (10.62%).
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,511 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (2highest)
Median Home Value: $149,500 (lowest)
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Lakeland is a city about 20.0 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. Lakeland has the 11th most uninsured people, 5th worst incomes, and has the 2highest unemployment rate (6.41%) in the entire Riverside metro area.
Homes only cost $149,500 for a reason. That's cheap for Riverside standards.
If you absolutely have to live near Riverside, then Highland might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst Riverside suburb.
About 8.32% of residents are out of work.
Rounding out the ten worst Riverside suburbs to call home is Moreno Valley.
Located 10.8 miles outside the city, Moreno Valleys is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 7th highest unemployment rate (8.36%), and poverty is far above the area average.
Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Riverside 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 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, San Jacinto. 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 Riverside where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021
Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Riverside with San Jacinto 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
- Rancho Santa Margarita
- Mission Viejo
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Detailed List Of The Worst Riverside Suburbs
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