These Are The 10 Best Fremont Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 44 places around Fremont to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Fremont 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 Fremont 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 Los Altos, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Fremont ‘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 Fremont for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Fremont 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 Fremont.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 44 suburbs to evaluate around Fremont.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 44 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 Fremont.” We’re lookin’ at you, Los Altos.

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.

Los Altos, CA

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Population: 30,527
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $208,309
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
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Los Altos is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Fremont area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Los Altos.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $208,309 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Fremont region. And only 3.8% are out of work. Homes average more than $2,000,000 each.

Piedmont, CA

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Population: 11,296
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $202,631
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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Piedmont is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Fremont for 2019.

It ranks 8th for incomes in the area and only 1.5% of residents lack insurance, good for 6th best.

Monte Sereno, CA

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Population: 3,551
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $250,000
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
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Here in Monte Sereno, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Fremont 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 Monte Sereno.

Los Altos Hills, CA

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Population: 8,490
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $248,218
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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Los Altos Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Fremont for 2019.

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

Danville, CA

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Population: 44,205
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Income: $152,798
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Danville.

Danville gets kudos for having the 22nd most expensive homes in the Fremont area, where houses sell for an average of $976,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Hillsborough, CA

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Population: 11,436
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $238,750
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
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Hillsborough 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 4.9% which is 25th best in the area.

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

Orinda, CA

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Population: 19,248
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $186,075
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Orinda.

Orinda 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 29.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Woodside, CA

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Population: 5,550
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
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Woodside 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 2.2% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

Portola Valley, CA

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Population: 4,589
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $244,539
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Portola Valley?’


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 Carlos, CA

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Population: 29,954
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Income: $152,521
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is San Carlos.

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 Fremont ‘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 Fremont, 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 Fremont Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Los Altos 30,527 $208,309
2 Piedmont 11,296 $202,631
3 Monte Sereno 3,551 $250,000
4 Los Altos Hills 8,490 $248,218
5 Danville 44,205 $152,798
6 Hillsborough 11,436 $238,750
7 Orinda 19,248 $186,075
8 Woodside 5,550 $250,000
9 Portola Valley 4,589 $244,539
10 San Carlos 29,954 $152,521
11 Atherton 7,182 $250,000
12 San Ramon 75,048 $142,718
13 Saratoga 31,013 $173,136
14 Pleasanton 79,341 $138,269
15 Lafayette 25,792 $152,609
16 Palo Alto 67,082 $147,537
17 Belmont 27,110 $125,958
18 Cupertino 60,687 $153,449
19 Dublin 57,022 $138,007
20 Moraga 17,231 $139,018
21 Menlo Park 33,661 $132,928
22 Burlingame 30,401 $118,410
23 Los Gatos 30,709 $132,671
24 Millbrae 22,738 $109,984
25 Campbell 41,164 $108,498
26 Mountain View 80,076 $120,351
27 Sunnyvale 151,565 $118,314
28 Half Moon Bay 12,565 $110,900
29 Brisbane 4,642 $109,632
30 Livermore 88,232 $109,084
31 San Mateo 103,500 $103,399
32 Santa Clara 124,635 $108,609
33 Walnut Creek 68,516 $86,845
34 San Bruno 43,105 $94,705
35 Morgan Hill 43,136 $107,161
36 South San Francisco 67,120 $92,074
37 Alameda 78,246 $89,045
38 Milpitas 75,498 $110,752
39 Newark 45,554 $96,817
40 San Jose 1,023,031 $96,662
41 East Palo Alto 29,646 $58,783
42 San Leandro 89,910 $66,178
43 Oakland 417,442 $63,251
44 Hayward 156,917 $74,927

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.

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