These Are The 10 Best Fremont Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 44 places around Fremont to identify the most kickass place to live.

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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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Fremont for 2018:

  1. Los Altos (Photos | Homes)
  2. Piedmont (Photos | Homes)
  3. Los Altos Hills (Photos | Homes)
  4. Monte Sereno (Photos | Homes)
  5. Hillsborough (Photos | Homes)
  6. Orinda (Photos | Homes)
  7. Woodside (Photos | Homes)
  8. San Ramon (Photos | Homes)
  9. Danville (Photos | Homes)
  10. Atherton (Photos | Homes)

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 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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.

1. Los Altos

Los Altos, California

Population: 30,238
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $187,656
More on Los Altos: Real Estate | Data
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 $187,656 a year, which is the 8th highest in the Fremont region. And only 3.2% are out of work. Homes average more than $2,000,000 each.

2. Piedmont

Piedmont, California

Population: 11,201
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Median Home Price: $1,572,700
Median Income: $202,083
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Piedmont is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Fremont for 2018.

It ranks 7th for incomes in the area and only 1.6% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

3. Los Altos Hills

Los Altos Hills, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,376
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $243,701
More on Los Altos Hills: Real Estate | Data
Here in Los Altos Hills, 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 Los Altos Hills.

4. Monte Sereno

Monte Sereno, California

Population: 3,514
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $202,321
More on Monte Sereno: Real Estate | Data
Monte Sereno ranks as the 4th best suburb of Fremont for 2018.

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

5. Hillsborough

Hillsborough, California

Population: 11,312
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $216,292
More on Hillsborough: Real Estate | Data
Coming in as the fifth best is Hillsborough.

Hillsborough gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Fremont area, where houses sell for an average of $2,000,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Orinda

Orinda, California

Population: 18,936
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $1,125,000
Median Income: $178,704
More on Orinda: Real Estate | Data
Orinda 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 4.6% which is 12th best in the area.

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

7. Woodside

Woodside, California

Population: 5,496
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $223,934
More on Woodside: Real Estate | Data
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Woodside.

Woodside 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 18.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. San Ramon

San Ramon, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 74,366
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $810,700
Median Income: $134,188
More on San Ramon: Real Estate | Data
San Ramon 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 3.1% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

9. Danville

Danville, California

Population: 43,758
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $919,500
Median Income: $146,603
More on Danville: Real Estate | Data
Is ‘Everything Better In Danville?’

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.

10. Atherton

Atherton, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,127
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $250,000
More on Atherton: Real Estate | Data
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Atherton.

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 2018

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 Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Los Altos 30,238 3.2% $2,000,000 $187,656
2 Piedmont 11,201 3.7% $1,572,700 $202,083
3 Los Altos Hills 8,376 3.5% $2,000,000 $243,701
4 Monte Sereno 3,514 4.6% $2,000,000 $202,321
5 Hillsborough 11,312 5.4% $2,000,000 $216,292
6 Orinda 18,936 4.6% $1,125,000 $178,704
7 Woodside 5,496 3.4% $2,000,000 $223,934
8 San Ramon 74,366 3.9% $810,700 $134,188
9 Danville 43,758 5.1% $919,500 $146,603
10 Atherton 7,127 6.1% $2,000,000 $250,000
11 Saratoga 30,830 5.5% $1,742,900 $169,579
12 Portola Valley 4,550 6.8% $2,000,000 $232,981
13 San Carlos 29,596 5.8% $1,107,600 $135,220
14 Palo Alto 66,649 4.8% $1,702,100 $137,043
15 Lafayette 25,381 5.0% $1,127,400 $142,977
16 Cupertino 60,297 6.8% $1,214,300 $147,929
17 Pleasanton 77,046 4.3% $828,900 $130,170
18 Dublin 54,523 4.0% $693,900 $128,403
19 Belmont 26,918 5.0% $1,074,600 $120,169
20 Burlingame 30,118 4.5% $1,447,400 $102,443
21 Menlo Park 33,319 3.6% $1,581,700 $126,045
22 Moraga 16,977 6.0% $971,700 $136,336
23 Los Gatos 30,491 5.0% $1,338,400 $127,278
24 Campbell 40,788 3.9% $804,500 $103,704
25 Millbrae 22,522 5.0% $1,037,400 $98,533
26 Mountain View 78,827 4.7% $973,000 $109,249
27 Half Moon Bay 12,281 4.9% $774,000 $106,211
28 Sunnyvale 149,596 6.0% $859,100 $109,799
29 Livermore 86,493 4.6% $595,500 $104,223
30 San Mateo 102,224 5.3% $850,200 $95,667
31 Santa Clara 122,725 5.2% $734,500 $102,533
32 Walnut Creek 67,568 6.7% $647,400 $82,848
33 San Bruno 42,736 5.4% $668,700 $89,000
34 Brisbane 4,568 5.4% $699,800 $91,127
35 Alameda 77,409 6.4% $677,000 $83,048
36 South San Francisco 66,587 6.6% $644,500 $85,076
37 Milpitas 73,447 7.3% $635,300 $103,623
38 Morgan Hill 41,839 6.4% $678,900 $100,900
39 Newark 44,677 5.7% $547,800 $91,965
40 San Jose 1,009,363 7.4% $658,000 $90,303
41 San Leandro 89,039 6.8% $426,900 $64,065
42 East Palo Alto 29,353 8.1% $515,900 $55,170
43 Oakland 412,040 9.3% $500,500 $57,778
44 Hayward 154,507 8.0% $404,500 $68,138

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