Best Fremont Suburbs To Live For 2020

We analyzed over 44 places around Fremont 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 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...

What's the best suburb of Fremont? Piedmont ranks as the best suburb of Fremont for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Piedmont, 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.

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 Fremont Suburbs To Live For 2020

Piedmont, CA

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Population: 11,308
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $210,889
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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Piedmont is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Fremont area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Piedmont."

Everyone here is rich; families average $210,889 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Fremont region. And only 2.98% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,844,000 each.

Los Altos, CA

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Population: 30,588
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $215,339
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
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Los Altos is the second best 'burb we looked at near Fremont for 2020.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 1.01% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

Monte Sereno, CA

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Population: 3,492
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
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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: 8,517
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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Los Altos Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Fremont for 2020.

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.

Orinda, CA

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Population: 19,431
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $210,288
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Orinda.

Orinda gets kudos for having the 17th most expensive homes in the Fremont area, where houses sell for an average of $1,342,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Atherton, CA

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Population: 7,185
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
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Atherton 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 4.51% which is 33rd best in the area.

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

San Carlos, CA

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Population: 30,080
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $169,640
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to San Carlos.

San Carlos 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 17.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Danville, CA

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Population: 44,417
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Income: $152,714
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
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Danville 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 1.38% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

Hillsborough, CA

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Population: 11,439
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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Is 'Everything Better In Hillsborough?'


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.

Portola Valley, CA

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Population: 4,594
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $210,625
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Portola Valley.

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 Fremont for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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, Piedmont. 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 Fremont '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 Fremont, 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 Fremont Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Piedmont, CA 11,308 $210,889
2 Los Altos, CA 30,588 $215,339
3 Monte Sereno, CA 3,492 $250,001
4 Los Altos Hills, CA 8,517 $250,001
5 Orinda, CA 19,431 $210,288
6 Atherton, CA 7,185 $250,001
7 San Carlos, CA 30,080 $169,640
8 Danville, CA 44,417 $152,714
9 Hillsborough, CA 11,439 $250,001
10 Portola Valley, CA 4,594 $210,625
11 Saratoga, CA 30,886 $176,641
12 San Ramon, CA 75,384 $151,026
13 Woodside, CA 5,541 $247,250
14 Moraga, CA 17,398 $149,781
15 Palo Alto, CA 67,019 $157,120
16 Belmont, CA 27,110 $135,342
17 Cupertino, CA 60,614 $163,954
18 Pleasanton, CA 80,847 $148,852
19 Lafayette, CA 26,060 $157,453
20 Menlo Park, CA 33,869 $147,824
21 Dublin, CA 59,172 $144,564
22 Millbrae, CA 22,703 $120,565
23 Campbell, CA 42,470 $119,366
24 Los Gatos, CA 30,922 $140,395
25 Mountain View, CA 80,993 $128,252
26 Burlingame, CA 30,459 $122,999
27 Sunnyvale, CA 152,323 $131,791
28 San Mateo, CA 104,035 $115,167
29 Half Moon Bay, CA 12,706 $122,691
30 Santa Clara, CA 126,209 $116,257
31 Livermore, CA 89,027 $116,942
32 South San Francisco, CA 67,294 $96,930
33 San Bruno, CA 43,114 $102,101
34 Milpitas, CA 77,457 $125,161
35 Alameda, CA 78,462 $98,150
36 Newark, CA 46,276 $108,181
37 Walnut Creek, CA 69,007 $96,851
38 Morgan Hill, CA 43,876 $119,753
39 Brisbane, CA 4,692 $110,372
40 San Jose, CA 1,026,658 $104,234
41 East Palo Alto, CA 29,633 $64,794
42 Oakland, CA 421,042 $68,442
43 San Leandro, CA 90,103 $70,723
44 Hayward, CA 158,241 $80,093

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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.