Best Huntington Beach Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 91 places around Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach? Hermosa Beach ranks as the best suburb of Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach '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 Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach region. And only 3.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,357,300 each.

Manhattan Beach, CA

Source: Public domain
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 Huntington Beach for 2020.

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

Redondo Beach, CA

Source: Public domain
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 Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach 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: 5 (No Change)
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 8th most expensive homes in the Huntington Beach 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: 6 (No Change)
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 6th best in the area.

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

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,815
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $129,391
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Yorba Linda.

Yorba Linda 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 19.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Aliso Viejo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 50,925
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,558
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Aliso Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aliso Viejo 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 4.18% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 48,792
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $115,073
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Rancho Santa Margarita?'

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.

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,187
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $143,873
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Rolling Hills Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Rolling Hills Estates.

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 Huntington Beach for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 91 suburbs to evaluate around Huntington Beach.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 91 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 Huntington Beach." 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 Huntington Beach '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 Huntington Beach, 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 Huntington Beach 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 Yorba Linda, CA 67,815 $129,391
8 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,925 $108,558
9 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 48,792 $115,073
10 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 8,187 $143,873
11 Mission Viejo, CA 96,124 $114,688
12 Laguna Niguel, CA 65,652 $103,910
13 Villa Park, CA 5,912 $145,250
14 Torrance, CA 146,392 $90,309
15 San Clemente, CA 65,045 $105,812
16 Cypress, CA 48,955 $92,098
17 La Palma, CA 15,733 $98,788
18 La Habra Heights, CA 5,383 $111,551
19 Dana Point, CA 33,913 $97,519
20 Laguna Beach, CA 23,147 $121,474
21 El Cerrito, CA 25,203 $100,422
22 Walnut, CA 30,008 $104,096
23 Irvine, CA 265,502 $100,969
24 Fountain Valley, CA 56,372 $85,423
25 Cerritos, CA 50,172 $99,528
26 Brea, CA 42,330 $93,703
27 Lake Forest, CA 82,911 $104,449
28 Laguna Hills, CA 31,185 $98,168
29 Placentia, CA 52,049 $89,690
30 El Segundo, CA 16,850 $98,813
31 Lakewood, CA 80,771 $89,469
32 Chino Hills, CA 79,298 $104,590
33 Diamond Bar, CA 56,434 $96,628
34 Los Alamitos, CA 11,628 $84,068
35 Seal Beach, CA 24,364 $67,917
36 San Juan Capistrano, CA 35,952 $87,353
37 La Mirada, CA 48,974 $87,778
38 Whittier, CA 86,523 $73,517
39 Costa Mesa, CA 113,198 $79,207
40 Orange, CA 139,873 $86,027
41 Tustin, CA 80,140 $79,339
42 Laguna Woods, CA 16,228 $41,928
43 Alhambra, CA 84,974 $57,117
44 Lomita, CA 20,628 $69,827
45 Buena Park, CA 82,781 $72,814
46 Monterey Park, CA 60,792 $57,265
47 West Covina, CA 107,242 $79,140
48 Westminster, CA 91,417 $61,834
49 Covina, CA 48,403 $69,449
50 Artesia, CA 16,817 $63,708
51 Downey, CA 112,901 $71,948
52 San Gabriel, CA 40,242 $57,863
53 Garden Grove, CA 174,010 $65,591
54 Fullerton, CA 139,866 $73,360
55 Corona, CA 165,355 $79,081
56 La Habra, CA 61,910 $76,452
57 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,791 $65,518
58 Lawndale, CA 33,007 $58,447
59 Temple, CA 4,366 $56,294
60 Pico Rivera, CA 63,432 $65,666
61 Norwalk, CA 105,886 $66,453
62 Signal Hill, CA 11,538 $75,684
63 Gardena, CA 59,924 $55,351
64 Carson, CA 92,517 $78,580
65 Rosemead, CA 54,417 $52,057
66 Bellflower, CA 77,529 $55,729
67 Anaheim, CA 349,668 $69,443
68 Long Beach, CA 468,883 $60,551
69 Baldwin Park, CA 76,222 $62,227
70 Chino, CA 87,735 $79,477
71 Hawthorne, CA 87,370 $50,948
72 Santa Ana, CA 333,499 $61,774
73 Stanton, CA 38,509 $56,506
74 La Puente, CA 40,268 $61,054
75 Midway, CA 3,301 $54,526
76 Montebello, CA 63,099 $53,677
77 Paramount, CA 54,776 $53,031
78 Inglewood, CA 110,327 $50,335
79 El Monte, CA 115,669 $47,121
80 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,411 $44,792
81 Bell, CA 35,809 $42,548
82 South El Monte, CA 20,727 $48,944
83 Lynwood, CA 71,022 $49,684
84 South Gate, CA 95,103 $50,246
85 Compton, CA 97,301 $50,507
86 Cudahy, CA 24,016 $43,381
87 Pomona, CA 152,494 $55,115
88 Bell Gardens, CA 42,641 $41,355
89 Maywood, CA 27,542 $39,738
90 Huntington Park, CA 58,694 $40,638
91 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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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