Worst Riverside Suburbs For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 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. 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 2020:

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

What's the worst suburb of Riverside? Perris ranks as the worst suburb of Riverside for 2020 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.

For more California reading, check out:

The 10 Worst Riverside Suburbs To Live For 2020

Perris, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 76,276
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $59,141 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $261,000 (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 13th 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 Jacinto, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 47,474
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $50,483 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $219,300 (4th lowest)
More on San Jacinto:  Data | Photos

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 $50,483 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 Bernardino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 215,182
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $43,136 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.3% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $225,700 (6th lowest)
More on San Bernardino:  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 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.

Banning, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 30,942
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $41,038 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $222,900 (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 8th 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: 84,069
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $39,179 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 14.4% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $175,700 (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 $175,700. To put that into perspective, in Yorba Linda, the median income is $145,250, which is the best in the area.

Hemet has an unemployment rate of 14.37% which ranks 1st worst.

Rialto, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 102,873
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $58,061 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $285,900 (10th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

Rialto has 102,873 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 17.618414362263856%.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 103,784
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $67,002 (20th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $339,400 (20th lowest)
More on Jurupa Valley:  Data

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

It's the place with the 10th most out of work residents in the Riverside metro area (9.3%).

8. Lakeland

Lakeland Location In Florida

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 105,958
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $44,313 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (26th highest)
Median Home Value: $132,100 (1st lowest)
More on Lakeland:

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 12th most uninsured people, 5th worst incomes, and has the 26th highest unemployment rate (6.4%) in the entire Riverside metro area.

Homes only cost $132,100 for a reason. That's cheap for Riverside standards.

Highland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,859
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $59,395 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $309,300 (14th lowest)
More on Highland:  Data | Photos

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 10.04% of residents are out of work.

Colton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,415
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $50,063 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $233,000 (7th lowest)
More on Colton:  Data | Photos

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 18th highest unemployment rate (7.79%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Riverside for 2020

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 2014-2018, 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. 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 2020

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. Yorba Linda takes the cake as the best place to live around Riverside.

  • Yorba Linda
  • Mission Viejo
  • Rancho Santa Margarita

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Riverside Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Perris 76,276 $59,141 $261,000
2 San Jacinto 47,474 $50,483 $219,300
3 San Bernardino 215,182 $43,136 $225,700
4 Banning 30,942 $41,038 $222,900
5 Hemet 84,069 $39,179 $175,700
6 Rialto 102,873 $58,061 $285,900
7 Jurupa Valley 103,784 $67,002 $339,400
8 Lakeland 105,958 $44,313 $132,100
9 Highland 54,859 $59,395 $309,300
10 Colton 54,415 $50,063 $233,000
11 Lake Elsinore 64,037 $67,668 $333,600
12 Moreno Valley 205,034 $63,572 $287,300
13 Pomona 152,494 $55,115 $367,400
14 Montclair 38,865 $58,012 $334,500
15 Ontario 173,580 $61,602 $348,200
16 Wildomar 36,162 $73,282 $331,100
17 Calimesa 8,651 $53,366 $203,800
18 Menifee 88,515 $65,757 $314,700
19 Fontana 208,943 $70,789 $351,700
20 Loma Linda 24,078 $53,371 $344,300
21 Chino 87,735 $79,477 $433,700
22 Beaumont 45,403 $78,111 $296,700
23 Anaheim 349,668 $69,443 $538,700
24 Redlands 71,012 $72,523 $372,600
25 Yucaipa 53,264 $63,657 $312,700
26 Grand Terrace 12,482 $66,912 $301,300
27 Murrieta 111,427 $84,817 $390,800
28 Corona 165,355 $79,081 $444,200
29 Upland 76,382 $68,551 $489,600
30 Covina 48,403 $69,449 $467,400
31 Norco 26,569 $95,441 $495,200
32 Glendora 51,773 $92,674 $562,500
33 Tustin 80,140 $79,339 $618,500
34 Orange 139,873 $86,027 $635,500
35 Laguna Woods 16,228 $41,928 $278,300
36 Rancho Cucamonga 175,679 $86,355 $473,800
37 La Verne 32,358 $85,769 $562,300
38 Placentia 52,049 $89,690 $609,400
39 Eastvale 61,337 $114,230 $547,800
40 San Dimas 34,239 $84,749 $547,500
41 Chino Hills 79,298 $104,590 $597,400
42 Diamond Bar 56,434 $96,628 $640,600
43 Claremont 36,025 $97,363 $645,400
44 Brea 42,330 $93,703 $635,400
45 Laguna Hills 31,185 $98,168 $688,200
46 Lake Forest 82,911 $104,449 $621,000
47 Canyon Lake 11,106 $97,237 $441,200
48 Irvine 265,502 $100,969 $797,100
49 Walnut 30,008 $104,096 $739,100
50 El Cerrito 25,203 $100,422 $744,600
51 Villa Park 5,912 $145,250 $1,156,600
52 Rancho Santa Margarita 48,792 $115,073 $652,400
53 Mission Viejo 96,124 $114,688 $668,800
54 Yorba Linda 67,815 $129,391 $829,700

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