These Are The 10 Best Moreno Valley Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 34 places around Moreno Valley to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Moreno Valley 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 Moreno Valley are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of El Cerrito, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Moreno Valley ‘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 Moreno Valley for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Moreno Valley 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 (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Moreno Valley.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 34 suburbs to evaluate around Moreno Valley.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 34 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 Moreno Valley.” We’re lookin’ at you, El Cerrito.

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.

El Cerrito, CA

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Population: 24,982
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,914
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
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El Cerrito is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Moreno Valley area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome El Cerrito.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $96,914 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Moreno Valley region. And only 6.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $682,300 each.

Chino Hills, CA

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Population: 78,025
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $102,746
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
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Chino Hills is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Moreno Valley for 2019.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 5.9% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Eastvale, CA

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Population: 59,733
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $110,685
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
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Here in Eastvale, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Moreno Valley 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 Eastvale.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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Population: 174,573
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $83,736
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.4%
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Rancho Cucamonga ranks as the 4th best suburb of Moreno Valley for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Rancho Cucamonga and the schools are some of the best around.

Review Of Rancho Cucamonga by HomeSnacks User

Rancho Cucamonga is a suburban town that doesn’t have a high rate of crime and is known to house upper middle class families. Although a lot of families live here there are some areas that younger people stay even though it can be very expensive.

Favorite place to visit is the mall called Victoria Gardens. An outdoor mall that is a little on the pricey side, but caters towards all different types of crowds.

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Population: 11,043
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $89,446
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Canyon Lake.

Canyon Lake gets kudos for having the 9th most expensive homes in the Moreno Valley area, where houses sell for an average of $394,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Upland, CA

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Population: 76,155
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $65,349
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Poverty Rate: 14.0%
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Upland 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 6.2% which is 4th best in the area.

According to online reports, Upland is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Moreno Valley area, meaning you need to get in soon.

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Population: 26,711
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $91,915
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Norco.

Norco 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 19.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Corona, CA

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Population: 163,585
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $73,594
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Poverty Rate: 11.6%
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Corona 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 11.8% of people lack insurance, good for 21st in the area.

Murrieta, CA

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Population: 110,043
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $80,373
Unemployment Rate: 10.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Murrieta?’


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.

Redlands, CA

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Population: 70,765
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $68,956
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Poverty Rate: 15.3%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Redlands.

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 Moreno Valley ‘Burbs of 2019

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 Moreno Valley, 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 Moreno Valley Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 El Cerrito 24,982 $96,914
2 Chino Hills 78,025 $102,746
3 Eastvale 59,733 $110,685
4 Rancho Cucamonga 174,573 $83,736
5 Canyon Lake 11,043 $89,446
6 Upland 76,155 $65,349
7 Norco 26,711 $91,915
8 Corona 163,585 $73,594
9 Murrieta 110,043 $80,373
10 Redlands 70,765 $68,956
11 Grand Terrace 12,439 $65,422
12 Chino 85,609 $75,530
13 Beaumont 43,641 $71,664
14 Loma Linda 23,961 $52,310
15 Yucaipa 53,151 $58,166
16 Menifee 86,820 $60,808
17 Fontana 207,086 $68,304
18 Big Bear Lake 5,190 $49,519
19 Wildomar 35,492 $67,510
20 Riverside 321,570 $62,460
21 Ontario 171,041 $57,544
22 Lake Elsinore 62,229 $66,032
23 Calimesa 8,517 $50,174
24 Montclair 38,613 $54,192
25 Highland 54,704 $55,130
26 Lakeland 104,165 $42,033
27 Jurupa Valley 102,202 $63,286
28 Colton 54,200 $47,256
29 Rialto 102,708 $54,962
30 Hemet 83,604 $37,171
31 Banning 30,824 $39,700
32 San Jacinto 46,932 $48,025
33 San Bernardino 215,252 $41,027
34 Perris 75,011 $54,657

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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