The 10 Worst Stockton Suburbs For 2021

We used science and data to determine which Stockton 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 Stockton.

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.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Stockton for 2021:

  1. Lodi
  2. Modesto
  3. Oakdale
  4. Lathrop
  5. Riverbank
  6. Antioch
  7. Manteca
  8. Galt
  9. Rio Vista
  10. Camanche

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.

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 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

Lodi, CA

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Population: 65,846
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $58,763 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $323,400 (5th lowest)
More on Lodi:  Data | Photos

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.

Modesto, CA

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Population: 212,616
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $59,287 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $283,800 (2nd lowest)
More on Modesto:  Data | Photos

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.

Oakdale, CA

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Population: 22,936
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $64,555 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (highest)
Median Home Value: $310,100 (4th lowest)
More on Oakdale:  Data | Photos

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.