These Are The 10 Best Ontario Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 75 places around Ontario to identify the most kickass place to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Ontario 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 Ontario 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 San Marino, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Ontario ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

Or feel free to check out some more reading about California:

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 Ontario for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Ontario 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 Ontario.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 75 suburbs to evaluate around Ontario.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 75 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 Ontario.” We’re lookin’ at you, San Marino.

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.

San Marino, CA

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Population: 13,331
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $152,527
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
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San Marino is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Ontario area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome San Marino.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $152,527 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Ontario region. And only 3.7% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,550,100 each.

Mission Viejo, CA

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Population: 96,535
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $107,988
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Mission Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mission Viejo is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Ontario for 2019.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 5.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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Population: 49,078
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $106,939
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Rancho Santa Margarita, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Ontario 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 Rancho Santa Margarita.

Yorba Linda, CA

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Population: 67,740
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $123,962
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yorba Linda ranks as the 4th best suburb of Ontario for 2019.

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

Sierra Madre, CA

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Population: 11,061
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $98,547
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Sierra Madre.

Sierra Madre gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Ontario area, where houses sell for an average of $889,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Cypress, CA

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Population: 49,108
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $90,345
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
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Cypress 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 4.5% which is 5th best in the area.

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

La Palma, CA

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Population: 15,814
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Median Income: $91,024
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to La Palma.

La Palma 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 28.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Cerritos, CA

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Population: 50,145
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $98,953
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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Cerritos 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 6.9% of people lack insurance, good for 15th in the area.

La Habra Heights, CA

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Population: 5,425
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $112,273
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on La Habra Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In La Habra Heights?’


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.

Arcadia, CA

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Population: 58,156
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $90,666
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Arcadia.

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 Ontario ‘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 Ontario, 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 Ontario Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 San Marino 13,331 $152,527
2 Mission Viejo 96,535 $107,988
3 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,078 $106,939
4 Yorba Linda 67,740 $123,962
5 Sierra Madre 11,061 $98,547
6 Cypress 49,108 $90,345
7 La Palma 15,814 $91,024
8 Cerritos 50,145 $98,953
9 La Habra Heights 5,425 $112,273
10 Arcadia 58,156 $90,666
11 El Cerrito 24,982 $96,914
12 Villa Park 5,935 $142,628
13 Irvine 256,877 $95,573
14 Walnut 30,062 $98,329
15 Lake Forest 81,812 $96,963
16 Brea 41,921 $90,214
17 Claremont 35,949 $96,923
18 Diamond Bar 56,600 $94,531
19 Placentia 52,294 $88,501
20 Chino Hills 78,025 $102,746
21 San Dimas 34,334 $81,242
22 La Mirada 49,162 $87,400
23 La Verne 32,320 $82,829
24 Eastvale 59,733 $110,685
25 Rancho Cucamonga 174,573 $83,736
26 Tustin 80,007 $73,567
27 Orange 140,289 $83,500
28 Whittier 86,852 $69,058
29 Glendora 51,891 $86,442
30 Buena Park 83,020 $71,005
31 Upland 76,155 $65,349
32 Norco 26,711 $91,915
33 Artesia 16,853 $62,702
34 Covina 48,601 $68,311
35 Fullerton 139,976 $71,660
36 Monrovia 37,138 $71,373
37 West Covina 107,786 $74,551
38 Westminster 91,785 $57,575
39 San Gabriel 40,315 $55,939
40 Corona 163,585 $73,594
41 La Habra 61,965 $72,178
42 Garden Grove 174,812 $62,675
43 Redlands 70,765 $68,956
44 Anaheim 349,007 $65,313
45 Temple 4,338 $65,375
46 Norwalk 106,404 $63,669
47 Santa Fe Springs 17,669 $63,540
48 Grand Terrace 12,439 $65,422
49 Pico Rivera 63,750 $61,586
50 Chino 85,609 $75,530
51 Rosemead 54,615 $50,074
52 Loma Linda 23,961 $52,310
53 Duarte 21,832 $71,260
54 Baldwin Park 76,572 $57,209
55 Midway 3,322 $56,458
56 Montebello 63,468 $50,312
57 Azusa 49,029 $57,728
58 Santa Ana 334,493 $57,151
59 Fontana 207,086 $68,304
60 La Puente 40,451 $60,019
61 Stanton 38,648 $50,601
62 Riverside 321,570 $62,460
63 El Monte 115,958 $43,504
64 Lake Elsinore 62,229 $66,032
65 South El Monte 20,712 $44,651
66 Montclair 38,613 $54,192
67 Moreno Valley 203,691 $59,827
68 Pomona 152,366 $53,281
69 Highland 54,704 $55,130
70 Jurupa Valley 102,202 $63,286
71 Rialto 102,708 $54,962
72 Colton 54,200 $47,256
73 Hesperia 93,190 $49,726
74 San Bernardino 215,252 $41,027
75 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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