These Are The 10 Best Anaheim Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 102 places around Anaheim to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Anaheim are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Anaheim for 2018:

  1. Newport Beach (Photos | Homes)
  2. Sierra Madre (Photos | Homes)
  3. San Marino (Photos | Homes)
  4. Aliso Viejo (Photos | Homes)
  5. Rancho Santa Margarita (Photos | Homes)
  6. Mission Viejo (Photos | Homes)
  7. Yorba Linda (Photos | Homes)
  8. Laguna Niguel (Photos | Homes)
  9. La Habra Heights (Homes)
  10. South Pasadena (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Newport Beach, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Anaheim ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best 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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Anaheim for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Anaheim was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Anaheim.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 103 suburbs to evaluate around Anaheim.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 103 in each category, where 1 was the ‘best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the ‘Best Suburb near Anaheim.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Newport Beach.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Newport Beach

Newport Beach, California

Population: 86,813
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $1,584,900
Median Income: $115,845
More on Newport Beach: Real Estate | Data
Newport Beach is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Anaheim area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome Newport Beach.’

Everyone here is rich; families average $115,845 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Anaheim region. And only 5.4% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,584,900 each.

2. Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre, California

Population: 11,067
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $861,200
Median Income: $95,256
More on Sierra Madre: Real Estate | Data
Sierra Madre is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Anaheim for 2018.

It ranks 16th for incomes in the area and only 3.7% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

3. San Marino

San Marino, California

Population: 13,324
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $1,518,400
Median Income: $139,792
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Here in San Marino, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Anaheim metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in San Marino.

4. Aliso Viejo

Aliso Viejo, California

Population: 50,219
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $539,000
Median Income: $103,261
More on Aliso Viejo: Real Estate | Data
Aliso Viejo ranks as the 4th best suburb of Anaheim for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Aliso Viejo and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Population: 49,038
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $584,000
Median Income: $104,556
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data
Coming in as the fifth best is Rancho Santa Margarita.

Rancho Santa Margarita gets kudos for having the 27th most expensive homes in the Anaheim area, where houses sell for an average of $584,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 96,178
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $608,100
Median Income: $104,886
More on Mission Viejo: Real Estate | Data
Mission Viejo is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 6.0% which is 17th best in the area.

According to online reports, Mission Viejo is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Anaheim area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Yorba Linda

Yorba Linda, California

Population: 67,362
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Median Home Price: $728,300
Median Income: $119,697
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Yorba Linda.

Yorba Linda schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 2.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Laguna Niguel

Laguna Niguel, California

Population: 64,984
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Median Home Price: $712,000
Median Income: $97,894
More on Laguna Niguel: Real Estate | Data
Laguna Niguel is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 5.2% of people lack insurance, good for 8th in the area.

9. La Habra Heights


Population: 5,406
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $893,200
Median Income: $110,329
More on La Habra Heights: Real Estate | Data
Is ‘Everything Better In La Habra Heights?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. South Pasadena

South Pasadena, California

Population: 25,936
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Median Home Price: $876,900
Median Income: $84,593
More on South Pasadena: Real Estate | Data
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is South Pasadena.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Anaheim ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Anaheim, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Anaheim Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Newport Beach 86,813 5.4% $1,584,900 $115,845
2 Sierra Madre 11,067 5.3% $861,200 $95,256
3 San Marino 13,324 4.3% $1,518,400 $139,792
4 Aliso Viejo 50,219 5.9% $539,000 $103,261
5 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,038 3.6% $584,000 $104,556
6 Mission Viejo 96,178 6.0% $608,100 $104,886
7 Yorba Linda 67,362 6.5% $728,300 $119,697
8 Laguna Niguel 64,984 6.4% $712,000 $97,894
9 La Habra Heights 5,406 4.9% $893,200 $110,329
10 South Pasadena 25,936 6.2% $876,900 $84,593
11 San Clemente 65,082 5.5% $801,100 $97,210
12 Cerritos 49,797 6.6% $620,500 $95,373
13 Villa Park 5,922 8.7% $1,030,800 $131,386
14 Laguna Beach 23,204 6.8% $1,390,500 $100,506
15 Huntington Beach 198,724 6.0% $659,700 $85,312
16 Cypress 48,978 5.2% $540,900 $84,469
17 El Cerrito 24,646 6.6% $636,600 $92,670
18 Irvine 246,992 6.2% $718,800 $93,823
19 Dana Point 34,009 6.1% $780,300 $83,913
20 Arcadia 57,755 6.5% $920,700 $83,958
21 Lake Forest 80,658 5.2% $550,600 $92,415
22 Walnut 30,026 6.6% $679,700 $97,345
23 Fountain Valley 56,670 6.6% $626,600 $84,763
24 La Palma 15,834 6.4% $602,000 $83,760
25 Laguna Hills 31,127 6.2% $628,800 $92,690
26 Brea 41,351 6.4% $579,600 $85,555
27 Lakewood 81,054 6.3% $445,800 $82,175
28 Diamond Bar 56,456 7.3% $593,100 $89,845
29 Claremont 35,827 6.8% $581,100 $94,005
30 Chino Hills 77,266 7.0% $537,800 $97,222
31 La Mirada 49,130 6.9% $448,400 $81,956
32 Placentia 52,168 6.8% $554,500 $80,668
33 La Verne 32,078 7.0% $500,300 $78,385
34 Eastvale 58,217 9.6% $460,100 $104,940
35 San Dimas 34,109 7.0% $481,000 $79,081
36 Los Alamitos 11,661 7.8% $680,100 $80,926
37 Costa Mesa 112,439 6.5% $637,200 $70,438
38 Seal Beach 24,510 6.3% $308,400 $60,222
39 Laguna Woods 16,347 5.1% $228,700 $39,201
40 Tustin 79,396 6.8% $543,200 $70,822
41 Buena Park 82,771 5.7% $448,900 $70,341
42 Whittier 86,630 6.7% $458,500 $67,431
43 Rancho Cucamonga 173,309 8.9% $414,200 $79,973
44 Orange 139,919 7.3% $565,800 $79,192
45 Alhambra 84,866 6.0% $518,800 $53,138
46 Upland 75,851 5.9% $444,200 $62,369
47 Artesia 16,789 5.2% $419,500 $58,651
48 Norco 26,809 8.5% $445,700 $87,067
49 Glendora 51,285 10.1% $481,800 $78,448
50 San Gabriel 40,200 6.9% $605,600 $54,015
51 Downey 113,223 6.8% $449,900 $65,332
52 Monrovia 37,090 9.6% $583,300 $67,167
53 Covina 48,539 9.7% $415,300 $65,451
54 Fullerton 139,491 8.6% $551,300 $67,110
55 West Covina 107,634 9.9% $430,800 $71,217
56 San Juan Capistrano 36,006 7.1% $590,500 $79,393
57 Monterey Park 61,001 7.5% $532,700 $54,008
58 Corona 161,614 7.8% $378,500 $72,309
59 Westminster 91,635 7.4% $499,400 $55,287
60 Midway 3,256 4.9% $127,800 $56,367
61 Signal Hill 11,404 7.0% $446,000 $70,286
62 Garden Grove 174,676 7.6% $445,700 $60,522
63 Santa Fe Springs 17,436 4.9% $371,400 $58,147
64 La Habra 61,660 10.0% $436,200 $65,799
65 Grand Terrace 12,393 9.6% $249,700 $64,188
66 Carson 92,780 10.8% $366,700 $73,829
67 Norwalk 106,360 8.0% $350,600 $61,050
68 Long Beach 469,793 9.4% $448,800 $55,151
69 Bellflower 77,687 8.3% $367,300 $50,704
70 Chino 83,670 9.0% $365,500 $72,832
71 Pico Rivera 63,724 8.6% $351,300 $57,203
72 Rosemead 54,507 8.2% $455,100 $45,510
73 Azusa 48,498 8.1% $342,000 $56,569
74 Montebello 63,416 8.1% $413,900 $47,518
75 La Puente 40,384 8.1% $343,000 $57,174
76 Santa Ana 333,605 7.1% $383,900 $54,062
77 Baldwin Park 76,511 8.8% $333,500 $53,651
78 Duarte 21,792 10.4% $385,600 $65,571
79 Stanton 38,594 8.0% $322,200 $48,332
80 Fontana 205,228 10.2% $289,400 $65,995
81 Riverside 318,678 11.0% $286,600 $58,979
82 El Monte 115,665 9.2% $374,900 $40,654
83 South El Monte 20,566 7.0% $363,100 $42,460
84 Montclair 38,294 9.3% $281,100 $50,374
85 Paramount 54,941 9.1% $283,400 $46,364
86 Lake Elsinore 60,230 12.8% $259,700 $63,306
87 Lakeland 102,714 9.5% $109,300 $40,918
88 South Gate 95,219 11.7% $329,000 $45,522
89 Ontario 169,389 9.3% $293,000 $54,896
90 Temple 4,287 11.5% $102,600 $46,680
91 Lynwood 71,233 10.2% $312,100 $43,848
92 Maywood 27,672 9.5% $325,600 $36,696
93 Pomona 151,807 11.0% $310,100 $50,360
94 Hawaiian Gardens 14,468 10.5% $288,200 $36,026
95 Bell 35,927 11.4% $322,900 $38,823
96 Bell Gardens 42,805 10.6% $318,700 $37,183
97 Compton 97,740 13.9% $264,300 $45,406
98 Huntington Park 58,921 11.1% $322,300 $35,629
99 Colton 53,856 9.8% $189,500 $43,966
100 Rialto 102,418 13.8% $236,100 $52,347

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