Best Ontario Suburbs To Live For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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...

What's the best suburb of Ontario? Yorba Linda ranks as the best suburb of Ontario for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Yorba Linda, 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.

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 Ontario Suburbs To Live For 2020

Yorba Linda, CA

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Population: 67,815
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Income: $129,391
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yorba Linda is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Ontario area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Yorba Linda."

Everyone here is rich; families average $129,391 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Ontario region. And only 4.27% are out of work. Homes average more than $829,700 each.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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Population: 48,792
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $115,073
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rancho Santa Margarita is the second best 'burb we looked at near Ontario for 2020.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 4.22% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

Mission Viejo, CA

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Population: 96,124
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $114,688
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Mission Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Mission Viejo, 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 Mission Viejo.

San Marino, CA

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Population: 13,285
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Income: $159,509
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Marino ranks as the 4th best suburb of Ontario for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in San Marino and the schools are some of the best around.

Villa Park, CA

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Population: 5,912
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Income: $145,250
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Villa Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Villa Park.

Villa Park gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Ontario area, where houses sell for an average of $1,156,600. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

La Palma, CA

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Population: 15,733
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $98,788
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on La Palma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Palma 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 4.99% which is 16th best in the area.

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

Cypress, CA

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Population: 48,955
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $92,098
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Cypress: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Cypress.

Cypress 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 29.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

El Cerrito, CA

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Population: 25,203
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $100,422
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on El Cerrito: Real Estate | Data | Photos

El Cerrito 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 5.37% of people lack insurance, good for 20th in the area.

Arcadia, CA

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Population: 58,207
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $92,102
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
More on Arcadia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Arcadia?'


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.

Walnut, CA

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Population: 30,008
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $104,096
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on Walnut: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Walnut.

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 Ontario for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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, Yorba Linda. 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 Ontario '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 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 Yorba Linda, CA 67,815 $129,391
2 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 48,792 $115,073
3 Mission Viejo, CA 96,124 $114,688
4 San Marino, CA 13,285 $159,509
5 Villa Park, CA 5,912 $145,250
6 La Palma, CA 15,733 $98,788
7 Cypress, CA 48,955 $92,098
8 El Cerrito, CA 25,203 $100,422
9 Arcadia, CA 58,207 $92,102
10 Walnut, CA 30,008 $104,096
11 Sierra Madre, CA 11,006 $96,630
12 La Habra Heights, CA 5,383 $111,551
13 Cerritos, CA 50,172 $99,528
14 Irvine, CA 265,502 $100,969
15 Lake Forest, CA 82,911 $104,449
16 Brea, CA 42,330 $93,703
17 Claremont, CA 36,025 $97,363
18 Placentia, CA 52,049 $89,690
19 San Dimas, CA 34,239 $84,749
20 Chino Hills, CA 79,298 $104,590
21 Diamond Bar, CA 56,434 $96,628
22 Eastvale, CA 61,337 $114,230
23 La Mirada, CA 48,974 $87,778
24 Whittier, CA 86,523 $73,517
25 La Verne, CA 32,358 $85,769
26 Orange, CA 139,873 $86,027
27 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 175,679 $86,355
28 Tustin, CA 80,140 $79,339
29 Norco, CA 26,569 $95,441
30 Glendora, CA 51,773 $92,674
31 Buena Park, CA 82,781 $72,814
32 Monrovia, CA 37,006 $73,170
33 Covina, CA 48,403 $69,449
34 West Covina, CA 107,242 $79,140
35 Westminster, CA 91,417 $61,834
36 Fullerton, CA 139,866 $73,360
37 Upland, CA 76,382 $68,551
38 Corona, CA 165,355 $79,081
39 Artesia, CA 16,817 $63,708
40 San Gabriel, CA 40,242 $57,863
41 Garden Grove, CA 174,010 $65,591
42 La Habra, CA 61,910 $76,452
43 Grand Terrace, CA 12,482 $66,912
44 Pico Rivera, CA 63,432 $65,666
45 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,791 $65,518
46 Anaheim, CA 349,668 $69,443
47 Redlands, CA 71,012 $72,523
48 Norwalk, CA 105,886 $66,453
49 Rosemead, CA 54,417 $52,057
50 Temple, CA 4,366 $56,294
51 Duarte, CA 21,713 $73,429
52 Chino, CA 87,735 $79,477
53 Baldwin Park, CA 76,222 $62,227
54 Loma Linda, CA 24,078 $53,371
55 Santa Ana, CA 333,499 $61,774
56 Azusa, CA 49,544 $60,227
57 Stanton, CA 38,509 $56,506
58 Montebello, CA 63,099 $53,677
59 Fontana, CA 208,943 $70,789
60 La Puente, CA 40,268 $61,054
61 Midway, CA 3,301 $54,526
62 Riverside, CA 323,935 $65,313
63 El Monte, CA 115,669 $47,121
64 Lake Elsinore, CA 64,037 $67,668
65 South El Monte, CA 20,727 $48,944
66 Montclair, CA 38,865 $58,012
67 Moreno Valley, CA 205,034 $63,572
68 Pomona, CA 152,494 $55,115
69 Colton, CA 54,415 $50,063
70 Jurupa Valley, CA 103,784 $67,002
71 Highland, CA 54,859 $59,395
72 Rialto, CA 102,873 $58,061
73 Hesperia, CA 93,609 $53,402
74 Perris, CA 76,276 $59,141
75 San Bernardino, CA 215,182 $43,136

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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.

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