These Are The 10 Best Glendale Suburbs For 2019


We analyzed over 80 places around Glendale to identify the most in demand places to live.

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

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 (2013-2017) 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 81 suburbs to evaluate around Glendale.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 81 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.

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 Glendale area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Hermosa Beach.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $124,849 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Glendale 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 Glendale for 2019.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd 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 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 Palos Verdes Estates.

Redondo Beach, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

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 Glendale 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: 6 (Up 1)
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 4th most expensive homes in the Glendale area, where houses sell for an average of $1,550,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

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10
/10

Population: 8,229
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $131,471
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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Rolling Hills Estates 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 4.2% which is 6th best in the area.

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

Sierra Madre, CA

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10
/10

Population: 11,061
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $98,547
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
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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.

Agoura Hills, CA

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10
/10

Population: 20,736
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $116,652
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
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Agoura Hills 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 3.6% of people lack insurance, good for 5th in the area.

Beverly Hills, CA

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8.5
/10

Population: 34,506
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Income: $103,698
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.3%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Beverly Hills?’

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.

South Pasadena, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 25,974
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $92,756
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is South Pasadena.

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 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 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 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 Rolling Hills Estates 8,229 $131,471
7 Sierra Madre 11,061 $98,547
8 Agoura Hills 20,736 $116,652
9 Beverly Hills 34,506 $103,698
10 South Pasadena 25,974 $92,756
11 Calabasas 24,169 $114,143
12 Cypress 49,108 $90,345
13 La Habra Heights 5,425 $112,273
14 La Palma 15,814 $91,024
15 Torrance 147,190 $85,070
16 Arcadia 58,156 $90,666
17 Santa Monica 92,495 $86,084
18 Cerritos 50,145 $98,953
19 Walnut 30,062 $98,329
20 El Segundo 16,929 $92,942
21 West Hollywood 36,148 $66,458
22 Brea 41,921 $90,214
23 Diamond Bar 56,600 $94,531
24 Lakewood 81,106 $84,055
25 Simi Valley 126,546 $93,516
26 San Dimas 34,334 $81,242
27 La Mirada 49,162 $87,400
28 La Verne 32,320 $82,829
29 Los Alamitos 11,639 $79,459
30 Santa Clarita 209,489 $90,544
31 Pasadena 141,231 $76,264
32 Whittier 86,852 $69,058
33 Lomita 20,707 $62,353
34 Alhambra 85,168 $55,401
35 Burbank 104,765 $69,118
36 Buena Park 83,020 $71,005
37 Glendora 51,891 $86,442
38 Artesia 16,853 $62,702
39 Monrovia 37,138 $71,373
40 Fullerton 139,976 $71,660
41 Covina 48,601 $68,311
42 Downey 113,358 $68,162
43 West Covina 107,786 $74,551
44 San Gabriel 40,315 $55,939
45 Monterey Park 61,056 $55,117
46 Signal Hill 11,508 $75,843
47 La Habra 61,965 $72,178
48 Temple 4,338 $65,375
49 Santa Fe Springs 17,669 $63,540
50 Lawndale 33,191 $54,862
51 Norwalk 106,404 $63,669
52 Carson 92,927 $75,517
53 Bellflower 77,852 $52,944
54 Rosemead 54,615 $50,074
55 Pico Rivera 63,750 $61,586
56 Long Beach 470,489 $58,314
57 Gardena 60,096 $50,807
58 Baldwin Park 76,572 $57,209
59 Duarte 21,832 $71,260
60 Los Angeles 3,949,776 $54,501
61 Hawthorne 87,425 $47,636
62 Montebello 63,468 $50,312
63 La Puente 40,451 $60,019
64 Azusa 49,029 $57,728
65 San Fernando 24,581 $54,298
66 El Monte 115,958 $43,504
67 Inglewood 111,006 $46,389
68 Paramount 55,020 $49,064
69 South El Monte 20,712 $44,651
70 Bell 35,942 $39,686
71 South Gate 95,420 $47,281
72 Lynwood 71,350 $45,839
73 Palmdale 157,358 $56,699
74 Hawaiian Gardens 14,465 $38,553
75 Pomona 152,366 $53,281
76 Huntington Park 58,993 $38,106
77 Bell Gardens 42,845 $39,008
78 Maywood 27,700 $37,508
79 Compton 97,847 $48,117
80 Cudahy 24,146 $39,804
81 Commerce 12,998 $42,734

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