Best Long Beach Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 96 places around Long 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 Long 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 Long 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 Long Beach? Hermosa Beach ranks as the best suburb of Long 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 Long 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 Long 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 Long 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 6th highest in the Long Beach region. And only 3.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,357,300 each.

Manhattan Beach, CA

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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 Long Beach for 2020.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.38% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Redondo Beach, CA

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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 Long 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 Long 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: 6 (Up 1)
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 11th most expensive homes in the Long 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: 7 (Up 1)
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 5th best in the area.

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

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,285
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $159,509
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to San Marino.

San Marino 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 21.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,815
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $129,391
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yorba Linda 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 3.08% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

Aliso Viejo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 50,925
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,558
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Aliso Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,187
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
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 Long Beach for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Long 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 Long Beach.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 97 suburbs to evaluate around Long Beach.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 97 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 Long 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 Long 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 Long 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 Long 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 San Marino, CA 13,285 $159,509
8 Yorba Linda, CA 67,815 $129,391
9 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,925 $108,558
10 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 8,187 $143,873
11 South Pasadena, CA 25,824 $96,579
12 Villa Park, CA 5,912 $145,250
13 Torrance, CA 146,392 $90,309
14 La Palma, CA 15,733 $98,788
15 Cypress, CA 48,955 $92,098
16 Beverly Hills, CA 34,362 $103,403
17 Huntington Beach, CA 200,606 $91,318
18 Walnut, CA 30,008 $104,096
19 La Habra Heights, CA 5,383 $111,551
20 Laguna Beach, CA 23,147 $121,474
21 Sierra Madre, CA 11,006 $96,630
22 Santa Monica, CA 92,078 $93,865
23 Arcadia, CA 58,207 $92,102
24 Irvine, CA 265,502 $100,969
25 West Hollywood, CA 36,384 $69,249
26 Fountain Valley, CA 56,372 $85,423
27 Cerritos, CA 50,172 $99,528
28 Brea, CA 42,330 $93,703
29 Lake Forest, CA 82,911 $104,449
30 San Dimas, CA 34,239 $84,749
31 Placentia, CA 52,049 $89,690
32 El Segundo, CA 16,850 $98,813
33 Lakewood, CA 80,771 $89,469
34 Diamond Bar, CA 56,434 $96,628
35 Chino Hills, CA 79,298 $104,590
36 Los Alamitos, CA 11,628 $84,068
37 Seal Beach, CA 24,364 $67,917
38 La Mirada, CA 48,974 $87,778
39 Pasadena, CA 141,246 $78,941
40 Whittier, CA 86,523 $73,517
41 Costa Mesa, CA 113,198 $79,207
42 Orange, CA 139,873 $86,027
43 Tustin, CA 80,140 $79,339
44 Burbank, CA 104,275 $73,277
45 Laguna Woods, CA 16,228 $41,928
46 Alhambra, CA 84,974 $57,117
47 Lomita, CA 20,628 $69,827
48 Glendora, CA 51,773 $92,674
49 Buena Park, CA 82,781 $72,814
50 Monrovia, CA 37,006 $73,170
51 Monterey Park, CA 60,792 $57,265
52 Covina, CA 48,403 $69,449
53 Artesia, CA 16,817 $63,708
54 West Covina, CA 107,242 $79,140
55 Downey, CA 112,901 $71,948
56 Westminster, CA 91,417 $61,834
57 San Gabriel, CA 40,242 $57,863
58 Fullerton, CA 139,866 $73,360
59 Garden Grove, CA 174,010 $65,591
60 La Habra, CA 61,910 $76,452
61 Glendale, CA 200,372 $62,531
62 Lawndale, CA 33,007 $58,447
63 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,791 $65,518
64 Pico Rivera, CA 63,432 $65,666
65 Temple, CA 4,366 $56,294
66 Norwalk, CA 105,886 $66,453
67 Signal Hill, CA 11,538 $75,684
68 Gardena, CA 59,924 $55,351
69 Carson, CA 92,517 $78,580
70 Bellflower, CA 77,529 $55,729
71 Rosemead, CA 54,417 $52,057
72 Anaheim, CA 349,668 $69,443
73 Baldwin Park, CA 76,222 $62,227
74 Duarte, CA 21,713 $73,429
75 Santa Ana, CA 333,499 $61,774
76 Hawthorne, CA 87,370 $50,948
77 Los Angeles, CA 3,959,657 $58,385
78 Stanton, CA 38,509 $56,506
79 La Puente, CA 40,268 $61,054
80 Midway, CA 3,301 $54,526
81 Montebello, CA 63,099 $53,677
82 Azusa, CA 49,544 $60,227
83 Paramount, CA 54,776 $53,031
84 Inglewood, CA 110,327 $50,335
85 El Monte, CA 115,669 $47,121
86 Bell, CA 35,809 $42,548
87 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,411 $44,792
88 South El Monte, CA 20,727 $48,944
89 Lynwood, CA 71,022 $49,684
90 South Gate, CA 95,103 $50,246
91 Cudahy, CA 24,016 $43,381
92 Compton, CA 97,301 $50,507
93 Bell Gardens, CA 42,641 $41,355
94 Pomona, CA 152,494 $55,115
95 Maywood, CA 27,542 $39,738
96 Huntington Park, CA 58,694 $40,638
97 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.