These Are The 10 Best Anaheim Suburbs For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth 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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Anaheim for 2019:

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

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 2019

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 (2013-2017) 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.

Newport Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 86,793
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $119,379
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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 $119,379 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Anaheim region. And only 430.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,695,700 each.

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,331
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $152,527
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Marino is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Anaheim for 2019.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 3.4% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Aliso Viejo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 50,691
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $106,353
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
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.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 49,078
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $106,939
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rancho Santa Margarita ranks as the 4th best suburb of Anaheim for 2019.

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

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,740
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $123,962
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Yorba Linda.

Yorba Linda gets kudos for having the 11th most expensive homes in the Anaheim area, where houses sell for an average of $792,700. 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: 96,535
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $107,988
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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 540.0% which is 22nd 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: 25,974
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $92,756
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
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.

Sierra Madre, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,061
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Median Income: $98,547
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Sierra Madre: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sierra Madre 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 3.3% of people lack insurance, good for 2nd in the area.

Laguna Niguel, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 65,429
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $99,206
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
More on Laguna Niguel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Laguna Niguel?’

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.

Cypress, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 49,108
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Income: $90,345
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Cypress: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Cypress.

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 2019

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 Median Income
1 Newport Beach 86,793 $119,379
2 San Marino 13,331 $152,527
3 Aliso Viejo 50,691 $106,353
4 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,078 $106,939
5 Yorba Linda 67,740 $123,962
6 Mission Viejo 96,535 $107,988
7 South Pasadena 25,974 $92,756
8 Sierra Madre 11,061 $98,547
9 Laguna Niguel 65,429 $99,206
10 Cypress 49,108 $90,345
11 San Clemente 65,226 $101,843
12 La Habra Heights 5,425 $112,273
13 Laguna Beach 23,224 $117,586
14 La Palma 15,814 $91,024
15 Arcadia 58,156 $90,666
16 Huntington Beach 200,415 $88,079
17 Villa Park 5,935 $142,628
18 Cerritos 50,145 $98,953
19 Dana Point 34,028 $90,310
20 El Cerrito 24,982 $96,914
21 Fountain Valley 56,640 $86,602
22 Laguna Hills 31,235 $99,797
23 Walnut 30,062 $98,329
24 Irvine 256,877 $95,573
25 Lake Forest 81,812 $96,963
26 Brea 41,921 $90,214
27 Claremont 35,949 $96,923
28 Lakewood 81,106 $84,055
29 Diamond Bar 56,600 $94,531
30 Placentia 52,294 $88,501
31 Chino Hills 78,025 $102,746
32 San Dimas 34,334 $81,242
33 La Mirada 49,162 $87,400
34 Eastvale 59,733 $110,685
35 La Verne 32,320 $82,829
36 Los Alamitos 11,639 $79,459
37 Seal Beach 24,510 $65,401
38 Rancho Cucamonga 174,573 $83,736
39 Tustin 80,007 $73,567
40 Orange 140,289 $83,500
41 Whittier 86,852 $69,058
42 Costa Mesa 112,930 $75,109
43 Laguna Woods 16,314 $40,837
44 San Juan Capistrano 35,948 $81,730
45 Buena Park 83,020 $71,005
46 Alhambra 85,168 $55,401
47 Glendora 51,891 $86,442
48 Norco 26,711 $91,915
49 Artesia 16,853 $62,702
50 Monrovia 37,138 $71,373
51 Covina 48,601 $68,311
52 Upland 76,155 $65,349
53 West Covina 107,786 $74,551
54 Fullerton 139,976 $71,660
55 Downey 113,358 $68,162
56 Signal Hill 11,508 $75,843
57 San Gabriel 40,315 $55,939
58 Westminster 91,785 $57,575
59 Monterey Park 61,056 $55,117
60 La Habra 61,965 $72,178
61 Garden Grove 174,812 $62,675
62 Corona 163,585 $73,594
63 Temple 4,338 $65,375
64 Carson 92,927 $75,517
65 Norwalk 106,404 $63,669
66 Santa Fe Springs 17,669 $63,540
67 Pico Rivera 63,750 $61,586
68 Bellflower 77,852 $52,944
69 Long Beach 470,489 $58,314
70 Rosemead 54,615 $50,074
71 Chino 85,609 $75,530
72 Grand Terrace 12,439 $65,422
73 Baldwin Park 76,572 $57,209
74 Duarte 21,832 $71,260
75 Midway 3,322 $56,458
76 Montebello 63,468 $50,312
77 Santa Ana 334,493 $57,151
78 Azusa 49,029 $57,728
79 La Puente 40,451 $60,019
80 Stanton 38,648 $50,601
81 Fontana 207,086 $68,304
82 El Monte 115,958 $43,504
83 Riverside 321,570 $62,460
84 Paramount 55,020 $49,064
85 Lake Elsinore 62,229 $66,032
86 South El Monte 20,712 $44,651
87 Lakeland 104,165 $42,033
88 Montclair 38,613 $54,192
89 Bell 35,942 $39,686
90 Ontario 171,041 $57,544
91 South Gate 95,420 $47,281
92 Lynwood 71,350 $45,839
93 Pomona 152,366 $53,281
94 Bell Gardens 42,845 $39,008
95 Huntington Park 58,993 $38,106
96 Hawaiian Gardens 14,465 $38,553
97 Jurupa Valley 102,202 $63,286
98 Maywood 27,700 $37,508
99 Colton 54,200 $47,256
100 Compton 97,847 $48,117

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