The 10 Worst Riverside Suburbs For 2021

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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Riverside.

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 2021:

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

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.

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 2021

San Jacinto, CA

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Population: 47,989
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $52,009 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $241,000 (5th lowest)
More on San Jacinto:  Data | Photos

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.

Banning, CA

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Population: 31,072
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $42,274 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $234,900 (4th lowest)
More on Banning:  Data | Photos

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.

San Bernardino, CA

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Population: 216,089
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $45,834 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $249,400 (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.

Hemet, CA

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Population: 84,542
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $39,726 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.9% (highest)
Median Home Value: $196,700 (2nd lowest)
More on Hemet:  Data | Photos

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, CA

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Population: 77,290
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Median Income: $63,829 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $281,600 (8th lowest)
More on Perris:  Data | Photos

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.

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Population: 105,653
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)
More on Jurupa Valley:  Data

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%.

Rialto, CA

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Population: 103,045
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $61,518 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $313,400 (11th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

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%).

8. Lakeland

Lakeland Location In Florida

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Population: 107,922
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.

Highland, CA

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Population: 55,049
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $64,868 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $330,200 (15th 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 8.32% of residents are out of work.

Moreno Valley, CA

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Population: 207,289
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $66,134 (16th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $312,000 (10th lowest)
More on Moreno Valley:  Data | Photos

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

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 San Jacinto 47,989 $52,009 $241,000
2 Banning 31,072 $42,274 $234,900
3 San Bernardino 216,089 $45,834 $249,400
4 Hemet 84,542 $39,726 $196,700
5 Perris 77,290 $63,829 $281,600
6 Jurupa Valley 105,653 $70,642 $363,000
7 Rialto 103,045 $61,518 $313,400
8 Lakeland 107,922 $47,511 $149,500
9 Highland 55,049 $64,868 $330,200
10 Moreno Valley 207,289 $66,134 $312,000
11 Lake Elsinore 65,817 $71,476 $352,600
12 Colton 54,580 $53,838 $257,500
13 Pomona 152,209 $60,598 $394,500
14 Montclair 39,155 $62,024 $354,500
15 Wildomar 36,445 $74,991 $356,700
16 Ontario 176,760 $65,046 $375,000
17 Calimesa 8,814 $56,903 $217,500
18 Menifee 90,349 $70,224 $334,600
19 Fontana 210,759 $72,918 $371,700
20 Beaumont 47,144 $84,105 $320,500
21 Loma Linda 24,184 $55,607 $367,400
22 Anaheim 349,964 $71,763 $575,600
23 Chino 89,631 $81,711 $459,100
24 Yucaipa 53,416 $69,104 $327,400
25 Redlands 71,198 $74,839 $390,700
26 Corona 166,972 $83,752 $467,000
27 Murrieta 112,941 $90,535 $414,100
28 Grand Terrace 12,510 $71,788 $324,400
29 Covina 48,095 $70,780 $509,200
30 Upland 76,596 $72,782 $525,700
31 Glendora 51,801 $96,132 $601,800
32 Orange 139,887 $91,793 $656,100
33 Norco 26,670 $102,817 $544,900
34 Laguna Woods 16,053 $44,020 $288,400
35 La Verne 32,211 $88,131 $588,300
36 Tustin 79,863 $84,697 $647,500
37 Rancho Cucamonga 176,379 $90,953 $495,800
38 San Dimas 34,048 $86,410 $576,800
39 Placentia 51,818 $95,757 $630,500
40 Brea 42,678 $94,492 $660,400
41 Chino Hills 80,701 $106,347 $622,300
42 Irvine 273,157 $105,126 $838,000
43 Claremont 36,090 $101,420 $672,500
44 Diamond Bar 56,211 $99,083 $664,400
45 Canyon Lake 11,170 $100,682 $442,900
46 Laguna Hills 31,617 $100,985 $707,700
47 Lake Forest 83,974 $109,492 $647,500
48 Walnut 29,903 $108,669 $774,400
49 Eastvale 62,046 $119,213 $574,500
50 El Cerrito 25,398 $108,298 $804,700
51 Villa Park 5,861 $165,000 $1,184,100
52 Mission Viejo 95,516 $118,477 $693,000
53 Rancho Santa Margarita 48,503 $121,017 $662,200
54 Yorba Linda 67,725 $129,995 $858,300

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