Best Glendale Suburbs To Live For 2020

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

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

What's the best suburb of Glendale? Hermosa Beach ranks as the best suburb of Glendale 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 Glendale '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 Glendale Suburbs To Live For 2020

Hermosa Beach, CA

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Population: 19,650
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $137,188
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
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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 $137,188 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Glendale region. And only 3.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,357,300 each.

Manhattan Beach, CA

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Population: 35,573
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $150,083
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
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Manhattan Beach is the second best 'burb we looked at near Glendale for 2020.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.38% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Redondo Beach, CA

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Population: 67,700
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $112,271
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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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.

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

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Population: 13,523
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $175,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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Palos Verdes Estates ranks as the 4th best suburb of Glendale 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.

San Marino, CA

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Population: 13,285
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $159,509
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
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Coming in as the fifth best is San Marino.

San Marino gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Glendale area, where houses sell for an average of $1,886,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Agoura Hills, CA

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Population: 20,636
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $121,896
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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Agoura Hills 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 3.81% which is 6th best in the area.

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

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

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Population: 8,187
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $143,873
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Rolling Hills Estates.

Rolling Hills Estates 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 28.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

South Pasadena, CA

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Population: 25,824
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $96,579
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
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South Pasadena 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 5.19% of people lack insurance, good for 20th in the area.

Calabasas, CA

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Population: 24,077
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $119,926
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
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Is 'Everything Better In Calabasas?'


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.

Review Of Calabasas by HomeSnacks User

Stuck up ppl with nothing to do. High school kids are superficial with lots of drug activity

Many ppl badmouth Calabasas

La Palma, CA

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Population: 15,733
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $98,788
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is La Palma.

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 Glendale for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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. 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 Glendale '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 Glendale, 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 Glendale 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 San Marino, CA 13,285 $159,509
6 Agoura Hills, CA 20,636 $121,896
7 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 8,187 $143,873
8 South Pasadena, CA 25,824 $96,579
9 Calabasas, CA 24,077 $119,926
10 La Palma, CA 15,733 $98,788
11 Torrance, CA 146,392 $90,309
12 Beverly Hills, CA 34,362 $103,403
13 Cypress, CA 48,955 $92,098
14 Walnut, CA 30,008 $104,096
15 La Habra Heights, CA 5,383 $111,551
16 Sierra Madre, CA 11,006 $96,630
17 Arcadia, CA 58,207 $92,102
18 Santa Monica, CA 92,078 $93,865
19 Cerritos, CA 50,172 $99,528
20 West Hollywood, CA 36,384 $69,249
21 Brea, CA 42,330 $93,703
22 San Dimas, CA 34,239 $84,749
23 Diamond Bar, CA 56,434 $96,628
24 El Segundo, CA 16,850 $98,813
25 Lakewood, CA 80,771 $89,469
26 Simi Valley, CA 126,199 $95,543
27 Los Alamitos, CA 11,628 $84,068
28 La Mirada, CA 48,974 $87,778
29 Santa Clarita, CA 209,478 $94,282
30 La Verne, CA 32,358 $85,769
31 Whittier, CA 86,523 $73,517
32 Pasadena, CA 141,246 $78,941
33 Burbank, CA 104,275 $73,277
34 Alhambra, CA 84,974 $57,117
35 Lomita, CA 20,628 $69,827
36 Glendora, CA 51,773 $92,674
37 Buena Park, CA 82,781 $72,814
38 Monrovia, CA 37,006 $73,170
39 Artesia, CA 16,817 $63,708
40 West Covina, CA 107,242 $79,140
41 Monterey Park, CA 60,792 $57,265
42 Downey, CA 112,901 $71,948
43 Covina, CA 48,403 $69,449
44 San Gabriel, CA 40,242 $57,863
45 Fullerton, CA 139,866 $73,360
46 La Habra, CA 61,910 $76,452
47 Lawndale, CA 33,007 $58,447
48 Signal Hill, CA 11,538 $75,684
49 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,791 $65,518
50 Norwalk, CA 105,886 $66,453
51 Pico Rivera, CA 63,432 $65,666
52 Gardena, CA 59,924 $55,351
53 Rosemead, CA 54,417 $52,057
54 Bellflower, CA 77,529 $55,729
55 Carson, CA 92,517 $78,580
56 Temple, CA 4,366 $56,294
57 Long Beach, CA 468,883 $60,551
58 Baldwin Park, CA 76,222 $62,227
59 Duarte, CA 21,713 $73,429
60 Los Angeles, CA 3,959,657 $58,385
61 Hawthorne, CA 87,370 $50,948
62 La Puente, CA 40,268 $61,054
63 San Fernando, CA 24,585 $53,353
64 Montebello, CA 63,099 $53,677
65 Azusa, CA 49,544 $60,227
66 Paramount, CA 54,776 $53,031
67 Inglewood, CA 110,327 $50,335
68 El Monte, CA 115,669 $47,121
69 Bell, CA 35,809 $42,548
70 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,411 $44,792
71 South El Monte, CA 20,727 $48,944
72 Palmdale, CA 156,904 $60,428
73 Lynwood, CA 71,022 $49,684
74 South Gate, CA 95,103 $50,246
75 Cudahy, CA 24,016 $43,381
76 Pomona, CA 152,494 $55,115
77 Compton, CA 97,301 $50,507
78 Bell Gardens, CA 42,641 $41,355
79 Maywood, CA 27,542 $39,738
80 Huntington Park, CA 58,694 $40,638
81 Commerce, CA 12,933 $47,083

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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.

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