Best Garden Grove Suburbs To Live For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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...

What's the best suburb of Garden Grove? Hermosa Beach ranks as the best suburb of Garden Grove for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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.

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 Garden Grove Suburbs To Live For 2020

Hermosa Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 19,650
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $137,188
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Hermosa Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $137,188 a year, which is the 6th highest in the Garden Grove region. And only 3.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,357,300 each.

Manhattan Beach, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 35,573
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $150,083
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Manhattan Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manhattan Beach is the second best 'burb we looked at near Garden Grove for 2020.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.38% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Redondo Beach, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 67,700
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $112,271
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Redondo Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Redondo Beach, 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 Redondo Beach.

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,523
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $175,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Palos Verdes Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Palos Verdes Estates ranks as the 4th best suburb of Garden Grove for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Palos Verdes Estates and the schools are some of the best around.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 42,271
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $133,286
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Rancho Palos Verdes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Rancho Palos Verdes.

Rancho Palos Verdes gets kudos for having the 9th most expensive homes in the Garden Grove area, where houses sell for an average of $1,114,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Newport Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 86,280
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $122,709
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Newport Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newport Beach 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 3.36% which is 7th best in the area.

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

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,285
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $159,509
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to San Marino.

San Marino 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 25.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,815
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $129,391
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yorba Linda 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 3.08% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

Aliso Viejo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 50,925
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,558
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 48,792
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $115,073
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Rancho Santa Margarita.

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 Garden Grove for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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. 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 Garden Grove '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 Garden Grove, 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 Garden Grove Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Hermosa Beach, CA 19,650 $137,188
2 Manhattan Beach, CA 35,573 $150,083
3 Redondo Beach, CA 67,700 $112,271
4 Palos Verdes Estates, CA 13,523 $175,000
5 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 42,271 $133,286
6 Newport Beach, CA 86,280 $122,709
7 San Marino, CA 13,285 $159,509
8 Yorba Linda, CA 67,815 $129,391
9 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,925 $108,558
10 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 48,792 $115,073
11 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 8,187 $143,873
12 South Pasadena, CA 25,824 $96,579
13 Mission Viejo, CA 96,124 $114,688
14 Laguna Niguel, CA 65,652 $103,910
15 Villa Park, CA 5,912 $145,250
16 Torrance, CA 146,392 $90,309
17 Cypress, CA 48,955 $92,098
18 La Palma, CA 15,733 $98,788
19 Dana Point, CA 33,913 $97,519
20 Laguna Beach, CA 23,147 $121,474
21 Sierra Madre, CA 11,006 $96,630
22 El Cerrito, CA 25,203 $100,422
23 La Habra Heights, CA 5,383 $111,551
24 Walnut, CA 30,008 $104,096
25 Huntington Beach, CA 200,606 $91,318
26 Arcadia, CA 58,207 $92,102
27 Irvine, CA 265,502 $100,969
28 Cerritos, CA 50,172 $99,528
29 Fountain Valley, CA 56,372 $85,423
30 Brea, CA 42,330 $93,703
31 Lake Forest, CA 82,911 $104,449
32 Laguna Hills, CA 31,185 $98,168
33 Claremont, CA 36,025 $97,363
34 San Dimas, CA 34,239 $84,749
35 El Segundo, CA 16,850 $98,813
36 Eastvale, CA 61,337 $114,230
37 Lakewood, CA 80,771 $89,469
38 Placentia, CA 52,049 $89,690
39 Chino Hills, CA 79,298 $104,590
40 Diamond Bar, CA 56,434 $96,628
41 Los Alamitos, CA 11,628 $84,068
42 Seal Beach, CA 24,364 $67,917
43 La Mirada, CA 48,974 $87,778
44 San Juan Capistrano, CA 35,952 $87,353
45 Pasadena, CA 141,246 $78,941
46 La Verne, CA 32,358 $85,769
47 Whittier, CA 86,523 $73,517
48 Costa Mesa, CA 113,198 $79,207
49 Laguna Woods, CA 16,228 $41,928
50 Orange, CA 139,873 $86,027
51 Tustin, CA 80,140 $79,339
52 Norco, CA 26,569 $95,441
53 Alhambra, CA 84,974 $57,117
54 Glendora, CA 51,773 $92,674
55 Lomita, CA 20,628 $69,827
56 Buena Park, CA 82,781 $72,814
57 Monrovia, CA 37,006 $73,170
58 Monterey Park, CA 60,792 $57,265
59 Westminster, CA 91,417 $61,834
60 Covina, CA 48,403 $69,449
61 West Covina, CA 107,242 $79,140
62 Artesia, CA 16,817 $63,708
63 Downey, CA 112,901 $71,948
64 San Gabriel, CA 40,242 $57,863
65 Fullerton, CA 139,866 $73,360
66 Corona, CA 165,355 $79,081
67 Upland, CA 76,382 $68,551
68 La Habra, CA 61,910 $76,452
69 Temple, CA 4,366 $56,294
70 Lawndale, CA 33,007 $58,447
71 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,791 $65,518
72 Pico Rivera, CA 63,432 $65,666
73 Signal Hill, CA 11,538 $75,684
74 Norwalk, CA 105,886 $66,453
75 Gardena, CA 59,924 $55,351
76 Carson, CA 92,517 $78,580
77 Rosemead, CA 54,417 $52,057
78 Anaheim, CA 349,668 $69,443
79 Bellflower, CA 77,529 $55,729
80 Long Beach, CA 468,883 $60,551
81 Baldwin Park, CA 76,222 $62,227
82 Chino, CA 87,735 $79,477
83 Duarte, CA 21,713 $73,429
84 Santa Ana, CA 333,499 $61,774
85 Hawthorne, CA 87,370 $50,948
86 Stanton, CA 38,509 $56,506
87 La Puente, CA 40,268 $61,054
88 Montebello, CA 63,099 $53,677
89 Midway, CA 3,301 $54,526
90 Azusa, CA 49,544 $60,227
91 Paramount, CA 54,776 $53,031
92 Inglewood, CA 110,327 $50,335
93 El Monte, CA 115,669 $47,121
94 Bell, CA 35,809 $42,548
95 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,411 $44,792
96 South El Monte, CA 20,727 $48,944
97 Ontario, CA 173,580 $61,602
98 Montclair, CA 38,865 $58,012
99 Lynwood, CA 71,022 $49,684
100 South Gate, CA 95,103 $50,246

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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.

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