These Are The 10 Best Huntington Beach Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 91 places around Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach for 2018:

  1. Hermosa Beach (Photos | Homes)
  2. Manhattan Beach (Photos | Homes)
  3. Redondo Beach (Photos | Homes)
  4. Palos Verdes Estates (Photos | Homes)
  5. Rancho Palos Verdes (Photos | Homes)
  6. Rolling Hills Estates (Photos | Homes)
  7. Newport Beach (Photos | Homes)
  8. Rancho Santa Margarita (Photos | Homes)
  9. Aliso Viejo (Photos | Homes)
  10. Yorba Linda (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 Huntington Beach ‘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 Huntington Beach for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs 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 (2012-2016) 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.

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 Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach for 2018.

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

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 Huntington Beach 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. Rancho Palos Verdes

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 42,412
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $1,003,300
Median Income: $120,668
More on Rancho Palos Verdes: Real Estate | Data

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 $1,003,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. 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

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 4.4% which is 5th best in the area.

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

7. Newport Beach

Newport Beach, California

Population: 86,813
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $1,584,900
Median Income: $115,845
More on Newport Beach: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Newport Beach.

Newport Beach 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 9.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Population: 49,038
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $584,000
Median Income: $104,556
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data

Rancho Santa Margarita 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 5.8% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

9. Aliso Viejo

Aliso Viejo, California

Population: 50,219
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $539,000
Median Income: $103,261
More on Aliso Viejo: Real Estate | Data

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.

10. Yorba Linda

Yorba Linda, California

Population: 67,362
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Median Home Price: $728,300
Median Income: $119,697
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Yorba Linda.

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 Huntington Beach ‘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 Huntington Beach, 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 Huntington Beach 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 Rancho Palos Verdes 42,412 4.3% $1,003,300 $120,668
6 Rolling Hills Estates 8,206 4.4% $1,096,400 $129,728
7 Newport Beach 86,813 5.4% $1,584,900 $115,845
8 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,038 3.6% $584,000 $104,556
9 Aliso Viejo 50,219 5.9% $539,000 $103,261
10 Yorba Linda 67,362 6.5% $728,300 $119,697
11 La Habra Heights 5,406 4.9% $893,200 $110,329
12 Mission Viejo 96,178 6.0% $608,100 $104,886
13 Laguna Niguel 64,984 6.4% $712,000 $97,894
14 San Clemente 65,082 5.5% $801,100 $97,210
15 Laguna Beach 23,204 6.8% $1,390,500 $100,506
16 Villa Park 5,922 8.7% $1,030,800 $131,386
17 Torrance 147,307 6.4% $652,600 $80,862
18 Cerritos 49,797 6.6% $620,500 $95,373
19 Cypress 48,978 5.2% $540,900 $84,469
20 Irvine 246,992 6.2% $718,800 $93,823
21 El Cerrito 24,646 6.6% $636,600 $92,670
22 Dana Point 34,009 6.1% $780,300 $83,913
23 Walnut 30,026 6.6% $679,700 $97,345
24 Lake Forest 80,658 5.2% $550,600 $92,415
25 La Palma 15,834 6.4% $602,000 $83,760
26 El Segundo 16,901 7.2% $828,300 $91,623
27 Laguna Hills 31,127 6.2% $628,800 $92,690
28 Fountain Valley 56,670 6.6% $626,600 $84,763
29 Brea 41,351 6.4% $579,600 $85,555
30 Lakewood 81,054 6.3% $445,800 $82,175
31 Diamond Bar 56,456 7.3% $593,100 $89,845
32 Chino Hills 77,266 7.0% $537,800 $97,222
33 Placentia 52,168 6.8% $554,500 $80,668
34 La Mirada 49,130 6.9% $448,400 $81,956
35 Los Alamitos 11,661 7.8% $680,100 $80,926
36 Costa Mesa 112,439 6.5% $637,200 $70,438
37 Laguna Woods 16,347 5.1% $228,700 $39,201
38 Seal Beach 24,510 6.3% $308,400 $60,222
39 Tustin 79,396 6.8% $543,200 $70,822
40 Buena Park 82,771 5.7% $448,900 $70,341
41 Alhambra 84,866 6.0% $518,800 $53,138
42 Whittier 86,630 6.7% $458,500 $67,431
43 Lomita 20,652 8.0% $532,300 $61,580
44 Artesia 16,789 5.2% $419,500 $58,651
45 Orange 139,919 7.3% $565,800 $79,192
46 San Gabriel 40,200 6.9% $605,600 $54,015
47 Downey 113,223 6.8% $449,900 $65,332
48 Covina 48,539 9.7% $415,300 $65,451
49 West Covina 107,634 9.9% $430,800 $71,217
50 Fullerton 139,491 8.6% $551,300 $67,110
51 Midway 3,256 4.9% $127,800 $56,367
52 San Juan Capistrano 36,006 7.1% $590,500 $79,393
53 Monterey Park 61,001 7.5% $532,700 $54,008
54 Corona 161,614 7.8% $378,500 $72,309
55 Santa Fe Springs 17,436 4.9% $371,400 $58,147
56 Westminster 91,635 7.4% $499,400 $55,287
57 Garden Grove 174,676 7.6% $445,700 $60,522
58 Signal Hill 11,404 7.0% $446,000 $70,286
59 La Habra 61,660 10.0% $436,200 $65,799
60 Carson 92,780 10.8% $366,700 $73,829
61 Lawndale 33,161 7.0% $401,700 $51,934
62 Gardena 59,898 8.3% $372,500 $50,137
63 Norwalk 106,360 8.0% $350,600 $61,050
64 Long Beach 469,793 9.4% $448,800 $55,151
65 Bellflower 77,687 8.3% $367,300 $50,704
66 Anaheim 346,776 8.1% $457,600 $61,826
67 Chino 83,670 9.0% $365,500 $72,832
68 Rosemead 54,507 8.2% $455,100 $45,510
69 Pico Rivera 63,724 8.6% $351,300 $57,203
70 Hawthorne 86,938 9.8% $419,600 $45,089
71 Santa Ana 333,605 7.1% $383,900 $54,062
72 Montebello 63,416 8.1% $413,900 $47,518
73 La Puente 40,384 8.1% $343,000 $57,174
74 Baldwin Park 76,511 8.8% $333,500 $53,651
75 Stanton 38,594 8.0% $322,200 $48,332
76 Inglewood 111,012 13.3% $355,300 $44,377
77 El Monte 115,665 9.2% $374,900 $40,654
78 South El Monte 20,566 7.0% $363,100 $42,460
79 Paramount 54,941 9.1% $283,400 $46,364
80 South Gate 95,219 11.7% $329,000 $45,522
81 Temple 4,287 11.5% $102,600 $46,680
82 Lynwood 71,233 10.2% $312,100 $43,848
83 Maywood 27,672 9.5% $325,600 $36,696
84 Hawaiian Gardens 14,468 10.5% $288,200 $36,026
85 Bell 35,927 11.4% $322,900 $38,823
86 Pomona 151,807 11.0% $310,100 $50,360
87 Bell Gardens 42,805 10.6% $318,700 $37,183
88 Compton 97,740 13.9% $264,300 $45,406
89 Huntington Park 58,921 11.1% $322,300 $35,629
90 Cudahy 24,106 11.9% $285,900 $39,058
91 Commerce 12,997 11.4% $343,200 $42,235

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