These Are The 10 Best Pomona Suburbs For 2019


We analyzed over 93 places around Pomona to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Pomona 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 Pomona 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 Pomona for 2019:

  1. San Marino (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Yorba Linda (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. South Pasadena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Sierra Madre (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Cypress (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. La Palma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. La Habra Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Arcadia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Huntington Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. El Cerrito (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 Pomona ‘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 Pomona for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Pomona 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 Pomona.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 93 suburbs to evaluate around Pomona.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 93 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 Pomona.” 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

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,331
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $152,527
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Marino is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Pomona 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 Pomona region. And only 370.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,550,100 each.

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,740
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $123,962
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yorba Linda is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Pomona for 2019.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 4.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

South Pasadena, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 25,974
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $92,756
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on South Pasadena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in South Pasadena, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Pomona 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 South Pasadena.

Sierra Madre, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,061
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Income: $98,547
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Sierra Madre: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sierra Madre ranks as the 4th best suburb of Pomona for 2019.

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

Cypress, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 49,108
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $90,345
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Cypress: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Cypress.

Cypress gets kudos for having the 29th most expensive homes in the Pomona area, where houses sell for an average of $576,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

La Palma, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 15,814
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 10)
Median Income: $91,024
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
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 480.0% which is 6th best in the area.

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

La Habra Heights, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,425
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $112,273
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on La Habra Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to La Habra Heights.

La Habra Heights 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 12.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Arcadia, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 58,156
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Income: $90,666
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
More on Arcadia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Arcadia 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 5.9% of people lack insurance, good for 11th in the area.

Huntington Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 200,415
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $88,079
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Huntington Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Huntington Beach?’

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.

El Cerrito, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,982
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $96,914
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on El Cerrito: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is El Cerrito.

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 Pomona ‘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 Pomona, 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 Pomona Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 San Marino 13,331 $152,527
2 Yorba Linda 67,740 $123,962
3 South Pasadena 25,974 $92,756
4 Sierra Madre 11,061 $98,547
5 Cypress 49,108 $90,345
6 La Palma 15,814 $91,024
7 La Habra Heights 5,425 $112,273
8 Arcadia 58,156 $90,666
9 Huntington Beach 200,415 $88,079
10 El Cerrito 24,982 $96,914
11 Cerritos 50,145 $98,953
12 Walnut 30,062 $98,329
13 Fountain Valley 56,640 $86,602
14 Irvine 256,877 $95,573
15 Villa Park 5,935 $142,628
16 Brea 41,921 $90,214
17 Lake Forest 81,812 $96,963
18 Claremont 35,949 $96,923
19 Lakewood 81,106 $84,055
20 Diamond Bar 56,600 $94,531
21 Placentia 52,294 $88,501
22 Chino Hills 78,025 $102,746
23 San Dimas 34,334 $81,242
24 La Mirada 49,162 $87,400
25 La Verne 32,320 $82,829
26 Eastvale 59,733 $110,685
27 Los Alamitos 11,639 $79,459
28 Pasadena 141,231 $76,264
29 Rancho Cucamonga 174,573 $83,736
30 Seal Beach 24,510 $65,401
31 Tustin 80,007 $73,567
32 Whittier 86,852 $69,058
33 Orange 140,289 $83,500
34 Costa Mesa 112,930 $75,109
35 Glendora 51,891 $86,442
36 Buena Park 83,020 $71,005
37 Alhambra 85,168 $55,401
38 Norco 26,711 $91,915
39 Artesia 16,853 $62,702
40 Monrovia 37,138 $71,373
41 Upland 76,155 $65,349
42 Covina 48,601 $68,311
43 Fullerton 139,976 $71,660
44 West Covina 107,786 $74,551
45 Downey 113,358 $68,162
46 Signal Hill 11,508 $75,843
47 San Gabriel 40,315 $55,939
48 Monterey Park 61,056 $55,117
49 Westminster 91,785 $57,575
50 Glendale 199,750 $58,657
51 La Habra 61,965 $72,178
52 Corona 163,585 $73,594
53 Garden Grove 174,812 $62,675
54 Temple 4,338 $65,375
55 Santa Fe Springs 17,669 $63,540
56 Norwalk 106,404 $63,669
57 Pico Rivera 63,750 $61,586
58 Anaheim 349,007 $65,313
59 Bellflower 77,852 $52,944
60 Long Beach 470,489 $58,314
61 Grand Terrace 12,439 $65,422
62 Rosemead 54,615 $50,074
63 Chino 85,609 $75,530
64 Loma Linda 23,961 $52,310
65 Baldwin Park 76,572 $57,209
66 Duarte 21,832 $71,260
67 Midway 3,322 $56,458
68 Montebello 63,468 $50,312
69 Santa Ana 334,493 $57,151
70 Azusa 49,029 $57,728
71 La Puente 40,451 $60,019
72 Fontana 207,086 $68,304
73 Stanton 38,648 $50,601
74 El Monte 115,958 $43,504
75 Riverside 321,570 $62,460
76 Paramount 55,020 $49,064
77 South El Monte 20,712 $44,651
78 Ontario 171,041 $57,544
79 Bell 35,942 $39,686
80 Montclair 38,613 $54,192
81 South Gate 95,420 $47,281
82 Lynwood 71,350 $45,839
83 Jurupa Valley 102,202 $63,286
84 Colton 54,200 $47,256
85 Hawaiian Gardens 14,465 $38,553
86 Huntington Park 58,993 $38,106
87 Bell Gardens 42,845 $39,008
88 Maywood 27,700 $37,508
89 Compton 97,847 $48,117
90 Rialto 102,708 $54,962
91 Cudahy 24,146 $39,804
92 Commerce 12,998 $42,734
93 San Bernardino 215,252 $41,027

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