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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 Stockton.
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 Stockton 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Stockton area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Stockton proper, although Brentwood certainly tries.
Of course, not all suburbs of Stockton are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..
We examined the 16 biggest suburbs of Stockton 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 Stockton in terms of quality of life.
What's the worst suburb of Stockton? Lodi ranks as the worst suburb of Stockton for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Stockton that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.
And remember, there are some good places to live around Stockton 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 Stockton Suburbs To Live For 2021
We'll get the ball rolling with Lodi, the absolute worst place to live around Stockton according to the data.
And in the world of worst rankings, Lodi beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 2nd worst in the Stockton 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 Lodi.
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.
Welcome to Modesto. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.
This city is 28.9 miles to Stockton. Income levels here are the 3rd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $59,287 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.
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Stockton suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Oakdale 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 Stockton suburbs.
But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.
Riverbank has the distinction of being a Stockton suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.
All snarkiness aside, Riverbank has the 3rd lowest home values in the metro Stockton area, where the median price is $294,200. To put that into perspective, in Brentwood, the median income is $108,994, which is the best in the area.
Riverbank has an unemployment rate of 6.75% which ranks 7th worst.
Antioch has 111,200 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 13.897283700392695%.
Ah, Manteca. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Stockton.
It's the place with the 4th most out of work residents in the Stockton metro area (8.2%).