These Are The 10 Best Corona Suburbs For 2019

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

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

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.

Or feel free to check out some more reading about California:

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 Corona for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs 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 (2013-2017) 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.

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

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Population: 86,793
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $119,379
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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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 $119,379 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Corona region. And only 4.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,695,700 each.

Aliso Viejo, CA

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Population: 50,691
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $106,353
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
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Aliso Viejo is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Corona for 2019.

It ranks 9th for incomes in the area and only 5.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 10th best.

Yorba Linda, CA

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Population: 67,740
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $123,962
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
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Here in Yorba Linda, 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 Yorba Linda.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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Population: 49,078
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $106,939
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
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Rancho Santa Margarita ranks as the 4th best suburb of Corona 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.

Mission Viejo, CA

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Population: 96,535
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $107,988
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Mission Viejo.

Mission Viejo gets kudos for having the 17th most expensive homes in the Corona area, where houses sell for an average of $640,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Laguna Niguel, CA

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Population: 65,429
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $99,206
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
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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 5.8% which is 29th 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.

Cypress, CA

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Population: 49,108
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Median Income: $90,345
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Cypress.

Cypress 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 27.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

San Clemente, CA

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Population: 65,226
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $101,843
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
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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 7.4% of people lack insurance, good for 29th in the area.

Laguna Beach, CA

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Population: 23,224
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $117,586
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Laguna Beach?’


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 Habra Heights, CA

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Population: 5,425
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $112,273
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is La Habra Heights.

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 Corona ‘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 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 86,793 $119,379
2 Aliso Viejo 50,691 $106,353
3 Yorba Linda 67,740 $123,962
4 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,078 $106,939
5 Mission Viejo 96,535 $107,988
6 Laguna Niguel 65,429 $99,206
7 Cypress 49,108 $90,345
8 San Clemente 65,226 $101,843
9 Laguna Beach 23,224 $117,586
10 La Habra Heights 5,425 $112,273
11 Villa Park 5,935 $142,628
12 Dana Point 34,028 $90,310
13 Huntington Beach 200,415 $88,079
14 Cerritos 50,145 $98,953
15 La Palma 15,814 $91,024
16 El Cerrito 24,982 $96,914
17 Laguna Hills 31,235 $99,797
18 Irvine 256,877 $95,573
19 Fountain Valley 56,640 $86,602
20 Walnut 30,062 $98,329
21 Brea 41,921 $90,214
22 Claremont 35,949 $96,923
23 Lake Forest 81,812 $96,963
24 Diamond Bar 56,600 $94,531
25 Placentia 52,294 $88,501
26 Chino Hills 78,025 $102,746
27 San Dimas 34,334 $81,242
28 La Mirada 49,162 $87,400
29 Eastvale 59,733 $110,685
30 Canyon Lake 11,043 $89,446
31 La Verne 32,320 $82,829
32 Laguna Woods 16,314 $40,837
33 Rancho Cucamonga 174,573 $83,736
34 Los Alamitos 11,639 $79,459
35 Tustin 80,007 $73,567
36 Costa Mesa 112,930 $75,109
37 Orange 140,289 $83,500
38 Whittier 86,852 $69,058
39 Glendora 51,891 $86,442
40 Buena Park 83,020 $71,005
41 San Juan Capistrano 35,948 $81,730
42 Artesia 16,853 $62,702
43 Norco 26,711 $91,915
44 Covina 48,601 $68,311
45 Upland 76,155 $65,349
46 Fullerton 139,976 $71,660
47 West Covina 107,786 $74,551
48 Westminster 91,785 $57,575
49 La Habra 61,965 $72,178
50 Murrieta 110,043 $80,373
51 Garden Grove 174,812 $62,675
52 Norwalk 106,404 $63,669
53 Redlands 70,765 $68,956
54 Anaheim 349,007 $65,313
55 Santa Fe Springs 17,669 $63,540
56 Grand Terrace 12,439 $65,422
57 Chino 85,609 $75,530
58 Loma Linda 23,961 $52,310
59 Baldwin Park 76,572 $57,209
60 Menifee 86,820 $60,808
61 Azusa 49,029 $57,728
62 Santa Ana 334,493 $57,151
63 Midway 3,322 $56,458
64 Fontana 207,086 $68,304
65 La Puente 40,451 $60,019
66 Wildomar 35,492 $67,510
67 Stanton 38,648 $50,601
68 Riverside 321,570 $62,460
69 Lake Elsinore 62,229 $66,032
70 Montclair 38,613 $54,192
71 Ontario 171,041 $57,544
72 Lakeland 104,165 $42,033
73 Pomona 152,366 $53,281
74 Moreno Valley 203,691 $59,827
75 Hawaiian Gardens 14,465 $38,553
76 Highland 54,704 $55,130
77 Colton 54,200 $47,256
78 Rialto 102,708 $54,962
79 Jurupa Valley 102,202 $63,286
80 San Bernardino 215,252 $41,027
81 Perris 75,011 $54,657

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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