The 10 Worst Riverside Suburbs For 2022

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

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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.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Riverside for 2022:

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

What's the worst suburb of Riverside? Banning ranks as the worst suburb of Riverside for 2022 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.

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 2022

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.

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Population: 30,276
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $43,442 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $242,000 (3rd lowest)
More on Banning:  Data | Photos

Banning, CA

Source: Public domain

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 8th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $56,933 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: 48,786
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $56,933 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $266,500 (5th lowest)
More on San Jacinto:  Data | Photos

San Jacinto, CA

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.

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Population: 216,784
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $49,287 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $272,600 (6th lowest)
More on San Bernardino:  Data | Photos

San Bernardino, CA

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.

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Population: 84,686
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $43,152 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.0% (highest)
Median Home Value: $213,000 (2nd lowest)
More on Hemet:  Data | Photos

Hemet, CA

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 $309,500. To put that into perspective, in Yorba Linda, the median income is $164,476, which is the best in the area.

Perris has an unemployment rate of 6.77% which ranks 18th worst.

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Population: 77,708
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $66,926 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $309,500 (9th lowest)
More on Perris:  Data | Photos

Perris, CA

6. Lakeland

Lakeland has 110,335 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 15.506493752187446%.

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Population: 110,335
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $50,136 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (22nd highest)
Median Home Value: $160,400 (lowest)
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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 (10.63%).

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Population: 103,549
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $65,538 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $330,000 (10th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

Rialto, CA

Source: Public domain

Highland is a city about 17.8 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. Highland has the 13th most uninsured people, 11th worst incomes, and has the 9th highest unemployment rate (7.71%) in the entire Riverside metro area.

Homes only cost $338,500 for a reason. That's cheap for Riverside standards.

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Population: 55,339
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $62,956 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $338,500 (12th lowest)
More on Highland:  Data | Photos

Highland, CA

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 7.43% of residents are out of work.

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Population: 106,646
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $77,787 (25th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $393,200 (22nd lowest)
More on Jurupa Valley:  Data

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

Located 8.9 miles outside the city, Coltons is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 19th highest unemployment rate (6.75%), and poverty is far above the area average.

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Population: 54,215
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $56,762 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (19th highest)
Median Home Value: $292,300 (7th lowest)
More on Colton:  Data | Photos

Colton, CA

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Riverside 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 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, Banning. 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 Riverside where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2022

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 30,276 $43,442 $242,000
2 San Jacinto 48,786 $56,933 $266,500
3 San Bernardino 216,784 $49,287 $272,600
4 Hemet 84,686 $43,152 $213,000
5 Perris 77,708 $66,926 $309,500
6 Lakeland 110,335 $50,136 $160,400
7 Rialto 103,549 $65,538 $330,000
8 Highland 55,339 $62,956 $338,500
9 Jurupa Valley 106,646 $77,787 $393,200
10 Colton 54,215 $56,762 $292,300
11 Lake Elsinore 64,201 $74,490 $366,200
12 Moreno Valley 208,751 $70,385 $335,700
13 Montclair 40,041 $63,245 $388,100
14 Wildomar 36,091 $76,791 $378,100
15 Pomona 151,124 $62,407 $420,600
16 Ontario 178,194 $67,357 $408,000
17 Loma Linda 24,239 $56,021 $381,300
18 Fontana 212,704 $75,681 $393,200
19 Menifee 92,968 $76,824 $353,000
20 Yucaipa 54,358 $73,196 $345,100
21 Beaumont 48,272 $88,932 $338,700
22 Calimesa 9,156 $61,671 $249,300
23 Chino 89,170 $85,659 $476,800
24 Anaheim 353,085 $76,723 $602,400
25 Redlands 71,680 $81,265 $424,900
26 Grand Terrace 12,559 $70,200 $355,400
27 Covina 47,787 $77,913 $549,500
28 Corona 168,112 $88,434 $491,000
29 Upland 77,348 $76,259 $547,100
30 Murrieta 114,066 $91,654 $435,700
31 Norco 27,021 $106,370 $559,100
32 Laguna Woods 16,056 $46,449 $309,400
33 Glendora 51,087 $99,153 $637,500
34 La Verne 32,346 $93,473 $602,000
35 Orange 139,322 $96,605 $680,300
36 Tustin 80,815 $88,386 $693,000
37 Rancho Cucamonga 178,060 $92,290 $515,600
38 San Dimas 33,812 $90,234 $604,600
39 Chino Hills 82,800 $104,661 $642,500
40 Irvine 272,694 $108,318 $861,700
41 Claremont 35,610 $101,080 $688,600
42 Placentia 52,049 $100,707 $653,400
43 Canyon Lake 11,237 $107,868 $479,500
44 Brea 44,182 $100,969 $687,700
45 Lake Forest 84,666 $112,988 $682,700
46 Walnut 29,764 $108,264 $806,900
47 Laguna Hills 31,613 $102,358 $744,800
48 Eastvale 65,766 $127,881 $596,200
49 Diamond Bar 55,870 $100,723 $690,500
50 El Cerrito 25,280 $108,294 $858,000
51 Villa Park 5,883 $164,476 $1,238,800
52 Rancho Santa Margarita 48,280 $125,329 $679,500
53 Mission Viejo 95,638 $121,299 $732,100
54 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 Riverside.