These Are The 10 Best Long Beach Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 96 places around Long Beach to identify the most kickass place 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 Long 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 Long 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. San Marino (Photos | Homes)
  8. Newport Beach (Photos | Homes)
  9. Sierra Madre (Photos | Homes)
  10. Aliso Viejo (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 Long 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 Long Beach for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs 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 (2012-2016) 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 96 suburbs to evaluate around Long Beach.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 96 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.

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
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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 $121,345 a year, which is the 6th highest in the Long 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
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Manhattan Beach is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Long 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
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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 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.

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 Long 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
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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 $1,003,300. 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 Long Beach area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. San Marino

San Marino, California

Population: 13,324
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $1,518,400
Median Income: $139,792
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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.

8. Newport Beach

Newport Beach, California

Population: 86,813
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $1,584,900
Median Income: $115,845
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Newport Beach 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. Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre, California

Population: 11,067
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $861,200
Median Income: $95,256
More on Sierra Madre: Real Estate | Data
Is ‘Everything Better In Sierra Madre?’

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. 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
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Aliso Viejo.

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 Long 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 Long 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 Long 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 San Marino 13,324 4.3% $1,518,400 $139,792
8 Newport Beach 86,813 5.4% $1,584,900 $115,845
9 Sierra Madre 11,067 5.3% $861,200 $95,256
10 Aliso Viejo 50,219 5.9% $539,000 $103,261
11 Yorba Linda 67,362 6.5% $728,300 $119,697
12 La Habra Heights 5,406 4.9% $893,200 $110,329
13 South Pasadena 25,936 6.2% $876,900 $84,593
14 Laguna Beach 23,204 6.8% $1,390,500 $100,506
15 Torrance 147,307 6.4% $652,600 $80,862
16 Villa Park 5,922 8.7% $1,030,800 $131,386
17 Cerritos 49,797 6.6% $620,500 $95,373
18 Beverly Hills 34,627 8.0% $1,900,500 $100,630
19 Huntington Beach 198,724 6.0% $659,700 $85,312
20 Irvine 246,992 6.2% $718,800 $93,823
21 Cypress 48,978 5.2% $540,900 $84,469
22 Santa Monica 92,247 8.3% $1,086,300 $82,123
23 Walnut 30,026 6.6% $679,700 $97,345
24 Arcadia 57,755 6.5% $920,700 $83,958
25 Lake Forest 80,658 5.2% $550,600 $92,415
26 El Segundo 16,901 7.2% $828,300 $91,623
27 La Palma 15,834 6.4% $602,000 $83,760
28 Fountain Valley 56,670 6.6% $626,600 $84,763
29 Brea 41,351 6.4% $579,600 $85,555
30 West Hollywood 35,661 7.3% $642,200 $61,127
31 Lakewood 81,054 6.3% $445,800 $82,175
32 Diamond Bar 56,456 7.3% $593,100 $89,845
33 Chino Hills 77,266 7.0% $537,800 $97,222
34 Placentia 52,168 6.8% $554,500 $80,668
35 La Mirada 49,130 6.9% $448,400 $81,956
36 San Dimas 34,109 7.0% $481,000 $79,081
37 Los Alamitos 11,661 7.8% $680,100 $80,926
38 Seal Beach 24,510 6.3% $308,400 $60,222
39 Costa Mesa 112,439 6.5% $637,200 $70,438
40 Laguna Woods 16,347 5.1% $228,700 $39,201
41 Tustin 79,396 6.8% $543,200 $70,822
42 Pasadena 140,268 7.1% $649,800 $73,029
43 Buena Park 82,771 5.7% $448,900 $70,341
44 Whittier 86,630 6.7% $458,500 $67,431
45 Alhambra 84,866 6.0% $518,800 $53,138
46 Lomita 20,652 8.0% $532,300 $61,580
47 Artesia 16,789 5.2% $419,500 $58,651
48 Orange 139,919 7.3% $565,800 $79,192
49 San Gabriel 40,200 6.9% $605,600 $54,015
50 Downey 113,223 6.8% $449,900 $65,332
51 Glendora 51,285 10.1% $481,800 $78,448
52 Monrovia 37,090 9.6% $583,300 $67,167
53 Covina 48,539 9.7% $415,300 $65,451
54 West Covina 107,634 9.9% $430,800 $71,217
55 Fullerton 139,491 8.6% $551,300 $67,110
56 Glendale 197,895 9.2% $639,700 $56,069
57 Midway 3,256 4.9% $127,800 $56,367
58 Monterey Park 61,001 7.5% $532,700 $54,008
59 Santa Fe Springs 17,436 4.9% $371,400 $58,147
60 Westminster 91,635 7.4% $499,400 $55,287
61 La Habra 61,660 10.0% $436,200 $65,799
62 Signal Hill 11,404 7.0% $446,000 $70,286
63 Garden Grove 174,676 7.6% $445,700 $60,522
64 Lawndale 33,161 7.0% $401,700 $51,934
65 Norwalk 106,360 8.0% $350,600 $61,050
66 Carson 92,780 10.8% $366,700 $73,829
67 Gardena 59,898 8.3% $372,500 $50,137
68 Bellflower 77,687 8.3% $367,300 $50,704
69 Anaheim 346,776 8.1% $457,600 $61,826
70 Pico Rivera 63,724 8.6% $351,300 $57,203
71 Rosemead 54,507 8.2% $455,100 $45,510
72 Los Angeles 3,918,872 9.2% $496,300 $51,538
73 Santa Ana 333,605 7.1% $383,900 $54,062
74 Hawthorne 86,938 9.8% $419,600 $45,089
75 Duarte 21,792 10.4% $385,600 $65,571
76 Montebello 63,416 8.1% $413,900 $47,518
77 Azusa 48,498 8.1% $342,000 $56,569
78 La Puente 40,384 8.1% $343,000 $57,174
79 Baldwin Park 76,511 8.8% $333,500 $53,651
80 Stanton 38,594 8.0% $322,200 $48,332
81 Inglewood 111,012 13.3% $355,300 $44,377
82 El Monte 115,665 9.2% $374,900 $40,654
83 South El Monte 20,566 7.0% $363,100 $42,460
84 Paramount 54,941 9.1% $283,400 $46,364
85 South Gate 95,219 11.7% $329,000 $45,522
86 Temple 4,287 11.5% $102,600 $46,680
87 Lynwood 71,233 10.2% $312,100 $43,848
88 Maywood 27,672 9.5% $325,600 $36,696
89 Hawaiian Gardens 14,468 10.5% $288,200 $36,026
90 Bell 35,927 11.4% $322,900 $38,823
91 Pomona 151,807 11.0% $310,100 $50,360
92 Bell Gardens 42,805 10.6% $318,700 $37,183
93 Huntington Park 58,921 11.1% $322,300 $35,629
94 Compton 97,740 13.9% $264,300 $45,406
95 Cudahy 24,106 11.9% $285,900 $39,058
96 Commerce 12,997 11.4% $343,200 $42,235

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