Best Anaheim Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 103 places around Anaheim to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Anaheim suburbs.

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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...

What's the best suburb of Anaheim? Newport Beach ranks as the best suburb of Anaheim for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about California:

The 10 Best Anaheim Suburbs To Live For 2020

Newport Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 86,280
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $122,709
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Newport Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $122,709 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Anaheim region. And only 3.36% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,787,300 each.

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,815
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $129,391
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yorba Linda is the second best 'burb we looked at near Anaheim for 2020.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 3.08% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

Aliso Viejo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 50,925
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,558
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Aliso Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Aliso Viejo, 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 Aliso Viejo.

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,285
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $159,509
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Marino ranks as the 4th best suburb of Anaheim for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in San Marino and the schools are some of the best around.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 48,792
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $115,073
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Rancho Santa Margarita.

Rancho Santa Margarita gets kudos for having the 25th most expensive homes in the Anaheim area, where houses sell for an average of $652,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Mission Viejo, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 96,124
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $114,688
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Mission Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 4.75% which is 21st 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.

South Pasadena, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 25,824
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,579
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
More on South Pasadena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to South Pasadena.

South Pasadena 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 28.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Laguna Niguel, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 65,652
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $103,910
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
More on Laguna Niguel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 3.82% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

Villa Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,912
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8)
Median Income: $145,250
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Villa Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Villa Park?'

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.

San Clemente, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 65,045
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $105,812
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on San Clemente: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is San Clemente.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Anaheim for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Anaheim 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Anaheim Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Newport Beach, CA 86,280 $122,709
2 Yorba Linda, CA 67,815 $129,391
3 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,925 $108,558
4 San Marino, CA 13,285 $159,509
5 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 48,792 $115,073
6 Mission Viejo, CA 96,124 $114,688
7 South Pasadena, CA 25,824 $96,579
8 Laguna Niguel, CA 65,652 $103,910
9 Villa Park, CA 5,912 $145,250
10 San Clemente, CA 65,045 $105,812
11 Cypress, CA 48,955 $92,098
12 La Palma, CA 15,733 $98,788
13 Dana Point, CA 33,913 $97,519
14 El Cerrito, CA 25,203 $100,422
15 La Habra Heights, CA 5,383 $111,551
16 Huntington Beach, CA 200,606 $91,318
17 Walnut, CA 30,008 $104,096
18 Sierra Madre, CA 11,006 $96,630
19 Laguna Beach, CA 23,147 $121,474
20 Arcadia, CA 58,207 $92,102
21 Cerritos, CA 50,172 $99,528
22 Irvine, CA 265,502 $100,969
23 Fountain Valley, CA 56,372 $85,423
24 Lake Forest, CA 82,911 $104,449
25 Brea, CA 42,330 $93,703
26 Laguna Hills, CA 31,185 $98,168
27 Claremont, CA 36,025 $97,363
28 San Dimas, CA 34,239 $84,749
29 Eastvale, CA 61,337 $114,230
30 Lakewood, CA 80,771 $89,469
31 Chino Hills, CA 79,298 $104,590
32 Diamond Bar, CA 56,434 $96,628
33 Placentia, CA 52,049 $89,690
34 Seal Beach, CA 24,364 $67,917
35 La Mirada, CA 48,974 $87,778
36 Los Alamitos, CA 11,628 $84,068
37 La Verne, CA 32,358 $85,769
38 Whittier, CA 86,523 $73,517
39 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 175,679 $86,355
40 Orange, CA 139,873 $86,027
41 San Juan Capistrano, CA 35,952 $87,353
42 Tustin, CA 80,140 $79,339
43 Costa Mesa, CA 113,198 $79,207
44 Laguna Woods, CA 16,228 $41,928
45 Norco, CA 26,569 $95,441
46 Glendora, CA 51,773 $92,674
47 Alhambra, CA 84,974 $57,117
48 Buena Park, CA 82,781 $72,814
49 Monrovia, CA 37,006 $73,170
50 Covina, CA 48,403 $69,449
51 West Covina, CA 107,242 $79,140
52 Monterey Park, CA 60,792 $57,265
53 Westminster, CA 91,417 $61,834
54 Downey, CA 112,901 $71,948
55 Fullerton, CA 139,866 $73,360
56 Artesia, CA 16,817 $63,708
57 San Gabriel, CA 40,242 $57,863
58 Upland, CA 76,382 $68,551
59 Corona, CA 165,355 $79,081
60 Garden Grove, CA 174,010 $65,591
61 La Habra, CA 61,910 $76,452
62 Signal Hill, CA 11,538 $75,684
63 Pico Rivera, CA 63,432 $65,666
64 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,791 $65,518
65 Grand Terrace, CA 12,482 $66,912
66 Carson, CA 92,517 $78,580
67 Norwalk, CA 105,886 $66,453
68 Rosemead, CA 54,417 $52,057
69 Temple, CA 4,366 $56,294
70 Bellflower, CA 77,529 $55,729
71 Long Beach, CA 468,883 $60,551
72 Chino, CA 87,735 $79,477
73 Baldwin Park, CA 76,222 $62,227
74 Duarte, CA 21,713 $73,429
75 Santa Ana, CA 333,499 $61,774
76 Stanton, CA 38,509 $56,506
77 Montebello, CA 63,099 $53,677
78 La Puente, CA 40,268 $61,054
79 Azusa, CA 49,544 $60,227
80 Midway, CA 3,301 $54,526
81 Fontana, CA 208,943 $70,789
82 Paramount, CA 54,776 $53,031
83 El Monte, CA 115,669 $47,121
84 Riverside, CA 323,935 $65,313
85 South El Monte, CA 20,727 $48,944
86 Bell, CA 35,809 $42,548
87 Montclair, CA 38,865 $58,012
88 Ontario, CA 173,580 $61,602
89 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,411 $44,792
90 Lakeland, CA 105,958 $44,313
91 Lake Elsinore, CA 64,037 $67,668
92 Lynwood, CA 71,022 $49,684
93 South Gate, CA 95,103 $50,246
94 Pomona, CA 152,494 $55,115
95 Cudahy, CA 24,016 $43,381
96 Compton, CA 97,301 $50,507
97 Colton, CA 54,415 $50,063
98 Bell Gardens, CA 42,641 $41,355
99 Jurupa Valley, CA 103,784 $67,002
100 Maywood, CA 27,542 $39,738

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.