The 10 Worst San Bernardino Suburbs For 2023

We used data and Friday Night Science to identify the worst suburbs of San Bernardino for 2023. The worst San Bernardino suburbs are Hesperia and Victorville.

The suburbs of San Bernardino call to all types of people looking to escape city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround San Bernardino to avoid all the hustle and bustle.

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 Saturday Night Science 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 only expect some of 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.

The 10 worst suburbs around San Bernardino for 2023

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

Now don’t freak out.

What’s the worst suburb of San Bernardino? Hesperia ranks as the worst suburb of San Bernardino for 2023 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.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

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The 10 Worst San Bernardino Suburbs To Live For 2023

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Population: 99,287
Median Income: $58,578 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $279,600 (4th lowest)
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We’ll get the ball rolling with Hesperia, the absolute worst place to live around San Bernardino according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Hesperia beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 2nd worst in the San Bernardino area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 4th 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 Hesperia.

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

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Population: 132,924
Median Income: $61,206 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $257,400 (2nd lowest)
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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 4th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $61,206 a year, which only goes so far even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Banning, CA

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Population: 29,664
Median Income: $46,834 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $255,300 (lowest)
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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 dropout rate is poor compared to other San Bernardino suburbs.

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

San Jacinto, CA

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Population: 53,299
Median Income: $62,144 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $291,100 (5th lowest)
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If you live in San Jacinto, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 6th lowest San Bernardino suburb for median household incomes.

Not only that, but this is the 6th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near San Bernardino. Remember, we looked at 34 cities for this study.

San Jacinto is about 29.5 miles to downtown.

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Population: 75,311
Median Income: $61,758 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $292,500 (6th lowest)
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Apple Valley has the distinction of being a San Bernardino suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Apple Valley has the 6th lowest home values in the metro San Bernardino area, where the median price is $292,500. The median income is $141,827.

Apple Valley has an unemployment rate of 10.12% which ranks 2nd worst.

Perris, CA

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Population: 78,106
Median Income: $70,910 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $333,900 (8th lowest)
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Perris has 78,106 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 12.087444928245692%.

Rialto, CA

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Population: 103,799
Median Income: $69,934 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $350,000 (9th lowest)
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Ah, Rialto. 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 (10.09%).

Colton, CA

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Population: 53,894
Median Income: $60,874 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $325,800 (7th lowest)
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Colton is a city about 6.3 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. Colton has the 16th most uninsured people, 3rd worst incomes, and has the 10th highest unemployment rate (7.36%) in the entire San Bernardino metro area.

Homes only cost $325,800 for a reason. That’s cheap for San Bernardino standards.

Montclair, CA

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Population: 37,871
Median Income: $67,483 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $423,300 (19th lowest)
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If you absolutely have to live near San Bernardino, then Montclair might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst San Bernardino suburb.

About 7.76% of residents are out of work.

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Population: 104,684
Median Income: $83,430 (2lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $416,300 (16th lowest)
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Rounding out the ten worst San Bernardino suburbs to call home is Jurupa Valley.

Located 13.8 miles outside the city, Jurupa Valleys is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 13th highest unemployment rate (7.21%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around San Bernardino for 2023

To figure out how bad a San Bernardino suburb is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what suburbs have the least amount of those things.

It’s Saturday Night Science.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2017-2021, 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 dropouts
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

We defined a suburb as any town within 30 miles of San Bernardino.

We also limited the analysis to places with 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 looking at you, Hesperia.

We updated this article for 2023, which reflects our tenth time ranking the worst suburbs around San Bernardino.

Summary: The areas around San Bernardino where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2023

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding San Bernardino with Hesperia 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 Hesperia 99,287 $58,578 $279,600
2 Victorville 132,924 $61,206 $257,400
3 Banning 29,664 $46,834 $255,300
4 San Jacinto 53,299 $62,144 $291,100
5 Apple Valley 75,311 $61,758 $292,500
6 Perris 78,106 $70,910 $333,900
7 Rialto 103,799 $69,934 $350,000
8 Colton 53,894 $60,874 $325,800
9 Montclair 37,871 $67,483 $423,300
10 Jurupa Valley 104,684 $83,430 $416,300
11 Moreno Valley 208,371 $73,635 $353,400
12 Highland 56,733 $69,225 $356,700
13 Pomona 151,592 $67,549 $446,300
14 Big Bear Lake 5,068 $65,441 $446,500
15 Ontario 175,223 $71,908 $438,300
16 Loma Linda 24,712 $63,272 $416,300
17 Yucaipa 54,312 $75,456 $364,600
18 Riverside 314,858 $76,755 $418,000
19 Beaumont 52,081 $92,797 $356,700
20 Grand Terrace 13,079 $76,791 $378,100
21 Calimesa 10,053 $67,835 $279,200
22 Fontana 208,087 $83,468 $423,100
23 Chino 90,279 $91,107 $503,800
24 Redlands 72,649 $87,184 $455,700
25 Corona 157,844 $95,268 $530,100
26 Upland 78,624 $82,259 $571,600
27 La Verne 31,423 $95,957 $625,000
28 Chino Hills 78,229 $109,285 $677,000
29 Norco 26,176 $115,619 $594,800
30 San Dimas 34,775 $101,144 $626,000
31 Rancho Cucamonga 173,946 $97,046 $551,700
32 Claremont 36,312 $111,937 $711,800
33 Eastvale 68,539 $141,827 $615,300
34 El Cerrito 25,898 $116,875 $894,600
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

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