Best Corona Suburbs To Live For 2020

We analyzed over 81 places around Corona to identify the most kickass place to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Corona 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 Corona 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 Corona? Newport Beach ranks as the best suburb of Corona 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 Corona '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 Corona Suburbs To Live For 2020

Newport Beach, CA

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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 Corona area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Newport Beach."

Everyone here is rich; families average $122,709 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Corona region. And only 3.36% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,787,300 each.

Yorba Linda, CA

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Population: 67,815
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
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 Corona for 2020.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 3.08% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Aliso Viejo, CA

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Population: 50,925
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $108,558
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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Here in Aliso Viejo, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Corona 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

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Population: 48,792
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $115,073
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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Rancho Santa Margarita ranks as the 4th best suburb of Corona for 2020.

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.

Mission Viejo, CA

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Population: 96,124
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $114,688
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Mission Viejo.

Mission Viejo gets kudos for having the 18th most expensive homes in the Corona area, where houses sell for an average of $668,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Laguna Niguel, CA

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Population: 65,652
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $103,910
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
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Laguna Niguel 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 4.46% which is 13th best in the area.

According to online reports, Laguna Niguel is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Corona area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Villa Park, CA

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Population: 5,912
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $145,250
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Villa Park.

Villa Park 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 14.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

San Clemente, CA

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Population: 65,045
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $105,812
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
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San Clemente 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 5.27% of people lack insurance, good for 22nd in the area.

Cypress, CA

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Population: 48,955
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $92,098
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
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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.

La Palma, CA

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Population: 15,733
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Income: $98,788
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on La Palma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is La Palma.

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 Corona for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Corona 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 Corona.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 81 suburbs to evaluate around Corona.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 81 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 Corona." 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 Corona '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 Corona, 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 Corona 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 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 48,792 $115,073
5 Mission Viejo, CA 96,124 $114,688
6 Laguna Niguel, CA 65,652 $103,910
7 Villa Park, CA 5,912 $145,250
8 San Clemente, CA 65,045 $105,812
9 Cypress, CA 48,955 $92,098
10 La Palma, CA 15,733 $98,788
11 El Cerrito, CA 25,203 $100,422
12 Dana Point, CA 33,913 $97,519
13 Laguna Beach, CA 23,147 $121,474
14 Huntington Beach, CA 200,606 $91,318
15 Walnut, CA 30,008 $104,096
16 La Habra Heights, CA 5,383 $111,551
17 Cerritos, CA 50,172 $99,528
18 Irvine, CA 265,502 $100,969
19 Canyon Lake, CA 11,106 $97,237
20 Fountain Valley, CA 56,372 $85,423
21 Brea, CA 42,330 $93,703
22 Lake Forest, CA 82,911 $104,449
23 Laguna Hills, CA 31,185 $98,168
24 Claremont, CA 36,025 $97,363
25 San Dimas, CA 34,239 $84,749
26 Chino Hills, CA 79,298 $104,590
27 Eastvale, CA 61,337 $114,230
28 Diamond Bar, CA 56,434 $96,628
29 Placentia, CA 52,049 $89,690
30 La Mirada, CA 48,974 $87,778
31 La Verne, CA 32,358 $85,769
32 Los Alamitos, CA 11,628 $84,068
33 Laguna Woods, CA 16,228 $41,928
34 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 175,679 $86,355
35 Whittier, CA 86,523 $73,517
36 Orange, CA 139,873 $86,027
37 Costa Mesa, CA 113,198 $79,207
38 Tustin, CA 80,140 $79,339
39 San Juan Capistrano, CA 35,952 $87,353
40 Glendora, CA 51,773 $92,674
41 Norco, CA 26,569 $95,441
42 Buena Park, CA 82,781 $72,814
43 Covina, CA 48,403 $69,449
44 West Covina, CA 107,242 $79,140
45 Fullerton, CA 139,866 $73,360
46 Westminster, CA 91,417 $61,834
47 Upland, CA 76,382 $68,551
48 Artesia, CA 16,817 $63,708
49 Garden Grove, CA 174,010 $65,591
50 Murrieta, CA 111,427 $84,817
51 La Habra, CA 61,910 $76,452
52 Grand Terrace, CA 12,482 $66,912
53 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,791 $65,518
54 Redlands, CA 71,012 $72,523
55 Anaheim, CA 349,668 $69,443
56 Norwalk, CA 105,886 $66,453
57 Chino, CA 87,735 $79,477
58 Baldwin Park, CA 76,222 $62,227
59 Loma Linda, CA 24,078 $53,371
60 Menifee, CA 88,515 $65,757
61 Santa Ana, CA 333,499 $61,774
62 Azusa, CA 49,544 $60,227
63 Stanton, CA 38,509 $56,506
64 Fontana, CA 208,943 $70,789
65 La Puente, CA 40,268 $61,054
66 Wildomar, CA 36,162 $73,282
67 Riverside, CA 323,935 $65,313
68 Midway, CA 3,301 $54,526
69 Ontario, CA 173,580 $61,602
70 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,411 $44,792
71 Montclair, CA 38,865 $58,012
72 Lake Elsinore, CA 64,037 $67,668
73 Moreno Valley, CA 205,034 $63,572
74 Lakeland, CA 105,958 $44,313
75 Pomona, CA 152,494 $55,115
76 Colton, CA 54,415 $50,063
77 Jurupa Valley, CA 103,784 $67,002
78 Highland, CA 54,859 $59,395
79 Rialto, CA 102,873 $58,061
80 San Bernardino, CA 215,182 $43,136
81 Perris, CA 76,276 $59,141

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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.

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