These Are The 10 Best Garden Grove Suburbs For 2019


We analyzed over 107 places around Garden Grove to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Garden Grove 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 Garden Grove 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 Hermosa 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 Garden Grove ‘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 Garden Grove for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Garden Grove 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 Garden Grove.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 107 suburbs to evaluate around Garden Grove.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 107 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 Garden Grove.” We’re lookin’ at you, Hermosa 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.

Hermosa Beach, CA

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9.5
/10

Population: 19,750
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $124,849
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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Hermosa Beach is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Garden Grove area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Hermosa Beach.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $124,849 a year, which is the 6th highest in the Garden Grove region. And only 3.7% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,220,500 each.

Manhattan Beach, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 35,698
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $148,899
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
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Manhattan Beach is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Garden Grove for 2019.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

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10
/10

Population: 13,591
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $180,815
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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Here in Palos Verdes Estates, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Garden Grove 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 Palos Verdes Estates.

Redondo Beach, CA

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9.5
/10

Population: 67,950
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $104,548
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
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Redondo Beach ranks as the 4th best suburb of Garden Grove for 2019.

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

San Marino, CA

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9.5
/10

Population: 13,331
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $152,527
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
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Coming in as the fifth best is San Marino.

San Marino gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Garden Grove area, where houses sell for an average of $1,550,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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10
/10

Population: 42,463
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $124,552
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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Rancho Palos Verdes 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 4.1% which is 7th best in the area.

According to online reports, Rancho Palos Verdes is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Garden Grove area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Newport Beach, CA

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9.5
/10

Population: 86,793
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $119,379
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Newport Beach.

Newport Beach 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 13.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

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10
/10

Population: 8,229
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $131,471
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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Rolling Hills Estates 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 5.0% of people lack insurance, good for 16th in the area.

Aliso Viejo, CA

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10
/10

Population: 50,691
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $106,353
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Aliso Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Aliso Viejo?’

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.

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,740
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $123,962
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Yorba Linda.

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 Garden Grove ‘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 Garden Grove, 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 Garden Grove Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Hermosa Beach 19,750 $124,849
2 Manhattan Beach 35,698 $148,899
3 Palos Verdes Estates 13,591 $180,815
4 Redondo Beach 67,950 $104,548
5 San Marino 13,331 $152,527
6 Rancho Palos Verdes 42,463 $124,552
7 Newport Beach 86,793 $119,379
8 Rolling Hills Estates 8,229 $131,471
9 Aliso Viejo 50,691 $106,353
10 Yorba Linda 67,740 $123,962
11 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,078 $106,939
12 Mission Viejo 96,535 $107,988
13 Sierra Madre 11,061 $98,547
14 South Pasadena 25,974 $92,756
15 Laguna Niguel 65,429 $99,206
16 La Habra Heights 5,425 $112,273
17 Cypress 49,108 $90,345
18 Laguna Beach 23,224 $117,586
19 Torrance 147,190 $85,070
20 La Palma 15,814 $91,024
21 Villa Park 5,935 $142,628
22 Arcadia 58,156 $90,666
23 Huntington Beach 200,415 $88,079
24 Dana Point 34,028 $90,310
25 Cerritos 50,145 $98,953
26 El Cerrito 24,982 $96,914
27 Walnut 30,062 $98,329
28 Fountain Valley 56,640 $86,602
29 Irvine 256,877 $95,573
30 Laguna Hills 31,235 $99,797
31 El Segundo 16,929 $92,942
32 Lake Forest 81,812 $96,963
33 Claremont 35,949 $96,923
34 Brea 41,921 $90,214
35 Lakewood 81,106 $84,055
36 Diamond Bar 56,600 $94,531
37 Placentia 52,294 $88,501
38 Chino Hills 78,025 $102,746
39 San Dimas 34,334 $81,242
40 La Mirada 49,162 $87,400
41 Eastvale 59,733 $110,685
42 La Verne 32,320 $82,829
43 Los Alamitos 11,639 $79,459
44 Pasadena 141,231 $76,264
45 Seal Beach 24,510 $65,401
46 Laguna Woods 16,314 $40,837
47 Costa Mesa 112,930 $75,109
48 Tustin 80,007 $73,567
49 Orange 140,289 $83,500
50 Whittier 86,852 $69,058
51 Lomita 20,707 $62,353
52 San Juan Capistrano 35,948 $81,730
53 Alhambra 85,168 $55,401
54 Buena Park 83,020 $71,005
55 Artesia 16,853 $62,702
56 Glendora 51,891 $86,442
57 Norco 26,711 $91,915
58 Monrovia 37,138 $71,373
59 Upland 76,155 $65,349
60 Covina 48,601 $68,311
61 Downey 113,358 $68,162
62 Fullerton 139,976 $71,660
63 West Covina 107,786 $74,551
64 San Gabriel 40,315 $55,939
65 Westminster 91,785 $57,575
66 Monterey Park 61,056 $55,117
67 Signal Hill 11,508 $75,843
68 La Habra 61,965 $72,178
69 Temple 4,338 $65,375
70 Corona 163,585 $73,594
71 Lawndale 33,191 $54,862
72 Santa Fe Springs 17,669 $63,540
73 Carson 92,927 $75,517
74 Norwalk 106,404 $63,669
75 Bellflower 77,852 $52,944
76 Pico Rivera 63,750 $61,586
77 Anaheim 349,007 $65,313
78 Long Beach 470,489 $58,314
79 Rosemead 54,615 $50,074
80 Gardena 60,096 $50,807
81 Baldwin Park 76,572 $57,209
82 Chino 85,609 $75,530
83 Duarte 21,832 $71,260
84 Midway 3,322 $56,458
85 Santa Ana 334,493 $57,151
86 Montebello 63,468 $50,312
87 Hawthorne 87,425 $47,636
88 La Puente 40,451 $60,019
89 Azusa 49,029 $57,728
90 Stanton 38,648 $50,601
91 El Monte 115,958 $43,504
92 Inglewood 111,006 $46,389
93 Paramount 55,020 $49,064
94 South El Monte 20,712 $44,651
95 Montclair 38,613 $54,192
96 Bell 35,942 $39,686
97 South Gate 95,420 $47,281
98 Ontario 171,041 $57,544
99 Lynwood 71,350 $45,839
100 Hawaiian Gardens 14,465 $38,553

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