These Are The 10 Worst Riverside Suburbs For 2018

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 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 53 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 2018:

  1. Perris (Photos)
  2. San Bernardino (Photos)
  3. Banning (Photos)
  4. Hemet (Photos)
  5. San Jacinto (Photos)
  6. Colton (Photos)
  7. Rialto (Photos)
  8. Calimesa (Photos)
  9. Lakeland
  10. Moreno Valley (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 2018

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, 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 53 suburbs to evaluate around Riverside.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 53 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.

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1. Perris

Perris, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 73,718
Unemployment Rate: 14.2%
Median Home Price: $211,400
Median Income: $51,315
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 11th 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.

2. San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 214,581
Unemployment Rate: 14.1%
Median Home Price: $176,800
Median Income: $38,456
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 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $38,456 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.

3. Banning

Banning, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,643
Unemployment Rate: 14.0%
Median Home Price: $177,000
Median Income: $40,627
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Riverside suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Banning 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.

4. Hemet

Hemet, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,748
Unemployment Rate: 19.0%
Median Home Price: $139,400
Median Income: $35,609
If you live in Hemet, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 1st lowest Riverside suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 1st worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Riverside. Remember, we looked at 53 cities for this study.

Hemet is about 26.8 miles to downtown.

5. San Jacinto

San Jacinto, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,375
Unemployment Rate: 13.2%
Median Home Price: $159,700
Median Income: $48,382
San Jacinto has the distinction of being a Riverside suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, San Jacinto has the 3rd lowest home values in the metro Riverside area, where the median price is $159,700. To put that into perspective, in Mission Viejo, the median income is $131,386, which is the best in the area.

San Jacinto has an unemployment rate of 13.2% which ranks 7th worst.

6. Colton

Colton, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,856
Unemployment Rate: 9.8%
Median Home Price: $189,500
Median Income: $43,966
Colton has 53,856 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 20.5%.

7. Rialto

Rialto, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 102,418
Unemployment Rate: 13.8%
Median Home Price: $236,100
Median Income: $52,347
Ah, Rialto. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Riverside.

It’s the place with the 5th most out of work residents in the Riverside metro area (13.8%).

8. Calimesa

Calimesa, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,379
Unemployment Rate: 13.4%
Median Home Price: $168,700
Median Income: $46,070
Calimesa is a city about 19.7 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. Calimesa has the 22nd most uninsured people, 7th worst incomes, and has the 6th highest unemployment rate (13.4%) in the entire Riverside metro area.

Homes only cost $168,700 for a reason. That’s cheap for Riverside standards.

9. Lakeland

Population: 102,714
Unemployment Rate: 9.5%
Median Home Price: $109,300
Median Income: $40,918
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 9.5% of residents are out of work.

10. Moreno Valley

Moreno Valley, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 202,061
Unemployment Rate: 12.3%
Median Home Price: $231,400
Median Income: $56,456
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 9th highest unemployment rate (12.3%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Riverside where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018

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.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Riverside Suburbs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Perris 1 73,718 14.2% $211,400 $51,315
San Bernardino 2 214,581 14.1% $176,800 $38,456
Banning 3 30,643 14.0% $177,000 $40,627
Hemet 4 82,748 19.0% $139,400 $35,609
San Jacinto 5 46,375 13.2% $159,700 $48,382
Colton 6 53,856 9.8% $189,500 $43,966
Rialto 7 102,418 13.8% $236,100 $52,347
Calimesa 8 8,379 13.4% $168,700 $46,070
Lakeland 9 102,714 9.5% $109,300 $40,918
Moreno Valley 10 202,061 12.3% $231,400 $56,456
Highland 11 54,490 11.4% $269,000 $53,504
Lake Elsinore 12 60,230 12.8% $259,700 $63,306
Pomona 13 151,807 11.0% $310,100 $50,360
Wildomar 14 34,775 12.1% $266,900 $62,976
Ontario 15 169,389 9.3% $293,000 $54,896
Montclair 16 38,294 9.3% $281,100 $50,374
Yucaipa 17 52,886 9.2% $241,700 $55,700
Menifee 18 84,978 11.3% $244,700 $57,598
Fontana 19 205,228 10.2% $289,400 $65,995
Chino 20 83,670 9.0% $365,500 $72,832
Loma Linda 21 23,859 6.8% $291,600 $51,390
Anaheim 22 346,776 8.1% $457,600 $61,826
Beaumont 23 42,191 6.7% $250,500 $68,369
Corona 24 161,614 7.8% $378,500 $72,309
Grand Terrace 25 12,393 9.6% $249,700 $64,188
Redlands 26 70,442 7.1% $326,800 $66,514
Murrieta 27 108,583 10.9% $339,800 $76,149
Covina 28 48,539 9.7% $415,300 $65,451
Norco 29 26,809 8.5% $445,700 $87,067
Glendora 30 51,285 10.1% $481,800 $78,448
Orange 31 139,919 7.3% $565,800 $79,192
Upland 32 75,851 5.9% $444,200 $62,369
Tustin 33 79,396 6.8% $543,200 $70,822
Rancho Cucamonga 34 173,309 8.9% $414,200 $79,973
Laguna Woods 35 16,347 5.1% $228,700 $39,201
San Dimas 36 34,109 7.0% $481,000 $79,081
Placentia 37 52,168 6.8% $554,500 $80,668
Eastvale 38 58,217 9.6% $460,100 $104,940
Chino Hills 39 77,266 7.0% $537,800 $97,222
La Verne 40 32,078 7.0% $500,300 $78,385
Canyon Lake 41 10,985 7.4% $379,400 $84,015
Claremont 42 35,827 6.8% $581,100 $94,005
Diamond Bar 43 56,456 7.3% $593,100 $89,845
Brea 44 41,351 6.4% $579,600 $85,555
Laguna Hills 45 31,127 6.2% $628,800 $92,690
Lake Forest 46 80,658 5.2% $550,600 $92,415
Walnut 47 30,026 6.6% $679,700 $97,345
Irvine 48 246,992 6.2% $718,800 $93,823
El Cerrito 49 24,646 6.6% $636,600 $92,670
Villa Park 50 5,922 8.7% $1,030,800 $131,386
Rancho Santa Margarita 51 49,038 3.6% $584,000 $104,556
Yorba Linda 52 67,362 6.5% $728,300 $119,697
Mission Viejo 53 96,178 6.0% $608,100 $104,886

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