These Are The 10 Best Glendale Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 80 places around Glendale to identify the most in demand places 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 Glendale 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 Glendale for 2018:

  1. Hermosa Beach (Photos | Homes)
  2. Manhattan Beach (Photos | Homes)
  3. Redondo Beach (Photos | Homes)
  4. Palos Verdes Estates (Photos | Homes)
  5. Rolling Hills Estates (Photos | Homes)
  6. San Marino (Photos | Homes)
  7. Sierra Madre (Photos | Homes)
  8. Calabasas (Photos | Homes)
  9. La Habra Heights (Homes)
  10. Agoura Hills (Photos | Homes)

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 Glendale ‘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 Glendale for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Glendale 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 Glendale.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 80 suburbs to evaluate around Glendale.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 80 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 Glendale.” 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.

1. Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach, California

Population: 19,726
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $1,166,800
Median Income: $121,345
More on Hermosa Beach: Real Estate | Data

Hermosa Beach is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Glendale area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Hermosa Beach.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $121,345 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Glendale region. And only 4.1% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,166,800 each.

2. Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 35,573
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $1,537,200
Median Income: $144,868
More on Manhattan Beach: Real Estate | Data

Manhattan Beach is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Glendale for 2018.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 2.5% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

3. Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 67,664
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $775,300
Median Income: $103,782
More on Redondo Beach: Real Estate | Data

Here in Redondo Beach, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Glendale 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.

4. Palos Verdes Estates

Palos Verdes Estates, California

Population: 13,582
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Median Home Price: $1,609,500
Median Income: $200,766
More on Palos Verdes Estates: Real Estate | Data

Palos Verdes Estates ranks as the 4th best suburb of Glendale for 2018.

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.

5. Rolling Hills Estates

Rolling Hills Estates, California

Population: 8,206
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $1,096,400
Median Income: $129,728
More on Rolling Hills Estates: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Rolling Hills Estates.

Rolling Hills Estates gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Glendale area, where houses sell for an average of $1,096,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. San Marino

San Marino, California

Population: 13,324
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $1,518,400
Median Income: $139,792
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data

San Marino 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 4.3% which is 3rd best in the area.

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

7. Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre, California

Population: 11,067
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $861,200
Median Income: $95,256
More on Sierra Madre: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Sierra Madre.

Sierra Madre 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 11.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Calabasas

Calabasas, California

Population: 24,091
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $926,800
Median Income: $111,111
More on Calabasas: Real Estate | Data

Calabasas 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 4.1% of people lack insurance, good for 6th in the area.

9. La Habra Heights

La Habra Heights, California

Population: 5,406
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $893,200
Median Income: $110,329
More on La Habra Heights: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In La Habra Heights?’

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. Agoura Hills

Agoura Hills, California

Population: 20,689
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $699,200
Median Income: $114,313
More on Agoura Hills: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Agoura Hills.

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 Glendale ‘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 Glendale, 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 Glendale Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Hermosa Beach 19,726 4.1% $1,166,800 $121,345
2 Manhattan Beach 35,573 5.1% $1,537,200 $144,868
3 Redondo Beach 67,664 5.8% $775,300 $103,782
4 Palos Verdes Estates 13,582 2.0% $1,609,500 $200,766
5 Rolling Hills Estates 8,206 4.4% $1,096,400 $129,728
6 San Marino 13,324 4.3% $1,518,400 $139,792
7 Sierra Madre 11,067 5.3% $861,200 $95,256
8 Calabasas 24,091 5.2% $926,800 $111,111
9 La Habra Heights 5,406 4.9% $893,200 $110,329
10 Agoura Hills 20,689 5.3% $699,200 $114,313
11 South Pasadena 25,936 6.2% $876,900 $84,593
12 Cerritos 49,797 6.6% $620,500 $95,373
13 Torrance 147,307 6.4% $652,600 $80,862
14 Beverly Hills 34,627 8.0% $1,900,500 $100,630
15 Cypress 48,978 5.2% $540,900 $84,469
16 Santa Monica 92,247 8.3% $1,086,300 $82,123
17 Walnut 30,026 6.6% $679,700 $97,345
18 El Segundo 16,901 7.2% $828,300 $91,623
19 Arcadia 57,755 6.5% $920,700 $83,958
20 La Palma 15,834 6.4% $602,000 $83,760
21 Brea 41,351 6.4% $579,600 $85,555
22 West Hollywood 35,661 7.3% $642,200 $61,127
23 Diamond Bar 56,456 7.3% $593,100 $89,845
24 Simi Valley 126,126 6.2% $472,700 $91,196
25 Lakewood 81,054 6.3% $445,800 $82,175
26 La Verne 32,078 7.0% $500,300 $78,385
27 La Mirada 49,130 6.9% $448,400 $81,956
28 San Dimas 34,109 7.0% $481,000 $79,081
29 Los Alamitos 11,661 7.8% $680,100 $80,926
30 Buena Park 82,771 5.7% $448,900 $70,341
31 Alhambra 84,866 6.0% $518,800 $53,138
32 Pasadena 140,268 7.1% $649,800 $73,029
33 Whittier 86,630 6.7% $458,500 $67,431
34 Lomita 20,652 8.0% $532,300 $61,580
35 Santa Clarita 180,303 8.1% $417,400 $85,042
36 Artesia 16,789 5.2% $419,500 $58,651
37 San Gabriel 40,200 6.9% $605,600 $54,015
38 Glendora 51,285 10.1% $481,800 $78,448
39 Downey 113,223 6.8% $449,900 $65,332
40 Monrovia 37,090 9.6% $583,300 $67,167
41 Fullerton 139,491 8.6% $551,300 $67,110
42 West Covina 107,634 9.9% $430,800 $71,217
43 Covina 48,539 9.7% $415,300 $65,451
44 Monterey Park 61,001 7.5% $532,700 $54,008
45 Santa Fe Springs 17,436 4.9% $371,400 $58,147
46 Signal Hill 11,404 7.0% $446,000 $70,286
47 La Habra 61,660 10.0% $436,200 $65,799
48 Lawndale 33,161 7.0% $401,700 $51,934
49 Norwalk 106,360 8.0% $350,600 $61,050
50 Carson 92,780 10.8% $366,700 $73,829
51 Gardena 59,898 8.3% $372,500 $50,137
52 Long Beach 469,793 9.4% $448,800 $55,151
53 Bellflower 77,687 8.3% $367,300 $50,704
54 Pico Rivera 63,724 8.6% $351,300 $57,203
55 Rosemead 54,507 8.2% $455,100 $45,510
56 Duarte 21,792 10.4% $385,600 $65,571
57 Los Angeles 3,918,872 9.2% $496,300 $51,538
58 Azusa 48,498 8.1% $342,000 $56,569
59 Hawthorne 86,938 9.8% $419,600 $45,089
60 Montebello 63,416 8.1% $413,900 $47,518
61 La Puente 40,384 8.1% $343,000 $57,174
62 San Fernando 24,396 8.6% $343,500 $55,734
63 Baldwin Park 76,511 8.8% $333,500 $53,651
64 Inglewood 111,012 13.3% $355,300 $44,377
65 El Monte 115,665 9.2% $374,900 $40,654
66 South El Monte 20,566 7.0% $363,100 $42,460
67 Paramount 54,941 9.1% $283,400 $46,364
68 Temple 4,287 11.5% $102,600 $46,680
69 South Gate 95,219 11.7% $329,000 $45,522
70 Lynwood 71,233 10.2% $312,100 $43,848
71 Maywood 27,672 9.5% $325,600 $36,696
72 Hawaiian Gardens 14,468 10.5% $288,200 $36,026
73 Pomona 151,807 11.0% $310,100 $50,360
74 Bell 35,927 11.4% $322,900 $38,823
75 Palmdale 156,823 11.6% $207,400 $52,801
76 Bell Gardens 42,805 10.6% $318,700 $37,183
77 Huntington Park 58,921 11.1% $322,300 $35,629
78 Compton 97,740 13.9% $264,300 $45,406
79 Cudahy 24,106 11.9% $285,900 $39,058
80 Commerce 12,997 11.4% $343,200 $42,235

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