The 10 Worst San Bernardino Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround San Bernardino.

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 San Bernardino 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the San Bernardino area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to San Bernardino proper, although El Cerrito certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of San Bernardino are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 34 biggest suburbs of San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around San Bernardino for 2021:

  1. San Jacinto
  2. Victorville
  3. Banning
  4. Hesperia
  5. Perris
  6. Rialto
  7. Apple Valley
  8. Jurupa Valley
  9. Highland
  10. Moreno Valley

What's the worst suburb of San Bernardino? San Jacinto ranks as the worst suburb of San Bernardino for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino Suburbs To Live For 2021

San Jacinto, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 47,989
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,009 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (5th 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 San Bernardino 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 3rd worst in the San Bernardino 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.

Victorville, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 121,902
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,957 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.9% (highest)
Median Home Value: $221,200 (2nd lowest)
More on Victorville:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Victorville. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 26.9 miles to San Bernardino. Income levels here are the 6th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $53,957 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.

Banning, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 31,072
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $42,274 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $234,900 (3rd lowest)
More on Banning:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 94,203
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,561 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $235,700 (4th lowest)
More on Hesperia:  Data

If you live in Hesperia, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 4th lowest San Bernardino suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 4th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near San Bernardino. Remember, we looked at 34 cities for this study.

Hesperia is about 17.7 miles to downtown.

Perris, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 77,290
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $63,829 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $281,600 (8th lowest)
More on Perris:  Data | Photos

Perris has the distinction of being a San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino area, where the median price is $281,600. To put that into perspective, in El Cerrito, the median income is $119,213, which is the best in the area.

Perris has an unemployment rate of 7.39% which ranks 12th worst.

Rialto, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 103,045
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $61,518 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $313,400 (10th lowest)
More on Rialto:  Data | Photos

Rialto has 103,045 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 16.150994927818967%.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 72,726
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $54,527 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $255,000 (6th lowest)
More on Apple Valley:  Data

Ah, Apple Valley. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around San Bernardino.

It's the place with the 3rd most out of work residents in the San Bernardino metro area (10.51%).

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 105,653
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $70,642 (19th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $363,000 (16th lowest)
More on Jurupa Valley:  Data

Jurupa Valley is a city about 13.8 miles from San Bernardino, but San Bernardino 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. Jurupa Valley has the most uninsured people, 19th worst incomes, and has the 7th highest unemployment rate (8.7%) in the entire San Bernardino metro area.

Homes only cost $363,000 for a reason. That's cheap for San Bernardino standards.

Highland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 55,049
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $64,868 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $330,200 (14th lowest)
More on Highland:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near San Bernardino, then Highland might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst San Bernardino suburb.

About 8.32% of residents are out of work.

Moreno Valley, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 207,289
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $66,134 (16th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $312,000 (9th lowest)
More on Moreno Valley:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst San Bernardino suburbs to call home is Moreno Valley.

Located 15.9 miles outside the city, Moreno Valleys is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 8th highest unemployment rate (8.36%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 34 suburbs to evaluate around San Bernardino.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 34 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 San Bernardino." 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 San Bernardino where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding San Bernardino with San Jacinto casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around San Bernardino aren't all bad. El Cerrito takes the cake as the best place to live around San Bernardino.

  • El Cerrito
  • Eastvale
  • Claremont

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Detailed List Of The Worst San Bernardino Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 San Jacinto 47,989 $52,009 $241,000
2 Victorville 121,902 $53,957 $221,200
3 Banning 31,072 $42,274 $234,900
4 Hesperia 94,203 $53,561 $235,700
5 Perris 77,290 $63,829 $281,600
6 Rialto 103,045 $61,518 $313,400
7 Apple Valley 72,726 $54,527 $255,000
8 Jurupa Valley 105,653 $70,642 $363,000
9 Highland 55,049 $64,868 $330,200
10 Moreno Valley 207,289 $66,134 $312,000
11 Colton 54,580 $53,838 $257,500
12 Big Bear Lake 5,241 $51,060 $391,000
13 Pomona 152,209 $60,598 $394,500
14 Montclair 39,155 $62,024 $354,500
15 Calimesa 8,814 $56,903 $217,500
16 Ontario 176,760 $65,046 $375,000
17 Riverside 326,414 $69,045 $365,300
18 Fontana 210,759 $72,918 $371,700
19 Beaumont 47,144 $84,105 $320,500
20 Loma Linda 24,184 $55,607 $367,400
21 Chino 89,631 $81,711 $459,100
22 Yucaipa 53,416 $69,104 $327,400
23 Redlands 71,198 $74,839 $390,700
24 Corona 166,972 $83,752 $467,000
25 Grand Terrace 12,510 $71,788 $324,400
26 Upland 76,596 $72,782 $525,700
27 Norco 26,670 $102,817 $544,900
28 La Verne 32,211 $88,131 $588,300
29 Rancho Cucamonga 176,379 $90,953 $495,800
30 San Dimas 34,048 $86,410 $576,800
31 Chino Hills 80,701 $106,347 $622,300
32 Claremont 36,090 $101,420 $672,500
33 Eastvale 62,046 $119,213 $574,500
34 El Cerrito 25,398 $108,298 $804,700

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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