Best Pomona Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 93 places around Pomona 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 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...

What's the best suburb of Pomona? Yorba Linda ranks as the best suburb of Pomona 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 Pomona '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 Pomona Suburbs To Live For 2020

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,815
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
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 Pomona 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 Pomona region. And only 4.27% are out of work. Homes average more than $829,700 each.

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

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

San Marino is the second best 'burb we looked at near Pomona for 2020.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.45% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

South Pasadena, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 25,824
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,579
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
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.

Cypress, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 48,955
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $92,098
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Cypress: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cypress ranks as the 4th best suburb of Pomona for 2020.

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

La Palma, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 15,733
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $98,788
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on La Palma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is La Palma.

La Palma gets kudos for having the 23rd most expensive homes in the Pomona area, where houses sell for an average of $634,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Villa Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,912
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 9)
Median Income: $145,250
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Villa Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Villa Park 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 5.51% which is 34th best in the area.

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

El Cerrito, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,203
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $100,422
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on El Cerrito: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to El Cerrito.

El Cerrito 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 20.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Walnut, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 30,008
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $104,096
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on Walnut: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Walnut 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 5.1% of people lack insurance, good for 15th in the area.

Huntington Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 200,606
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $91,318
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
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.

Arcadia, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 58,207
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $92,102
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
More on Arcadia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Pomona for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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, 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 Pomona '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 Pomona, 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 Pomona Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Yorba Linda, CA 67,815 $129,391
2 San Marino, CA 13,285 $159,509
3 South Pasadena, CA 25,824 $96,579
4 Cypress, CA 48,955 $92,098
5 La Palma, CA 15,733 $98,788
6 Villa Park, CA 5,912 $145,250
7 El Cerrito, CA 25,203 $100,422
8 Walnut, CA 30,008 $104,096
9 Huntington Beach, CA 200,606 $91,318
10 Arcadia, CA 58,207 $92,102
11 La Habra Heights, CA 5,383 $111,551
12 Sierra Madre, CA 11,006 $96,630
13 Cerritos, CA 50,172 $99,528
14 Fountain Valley, CA 56,372 $85,423
15 Irvine, CA 265,502 $100,969
16 Lake Forest, CA 82,911 $104,449
17 Brea, CA 42,330 $93,703
18 Claremont, CA 36,025 $97,363
19 San Dimas, CA 34,239 $84,749
20 Eastvale, CA 61,337 $114,230
21 Lakewood, CA 80,771 $89,469
22 Chino Hills, CA 79,298 $104,590
23 Diamond Bar, CA 56,434 $96,628
24 Placentia, CA 52,049 $89,690
25 Los Alamitos, CA 11,628 $84,068
26 La Mirada, CA 48,974 $87,778
27 Seal Beach, CA 24,364 $67,917
28 La Verne, CA 32,358 $85,769
29 Whittier, CA 86,523 $73,517
30 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 175,679 $86,355
31 Orange, CA 139,873 $86,027
32 Pasadena, CA 141,246 $78,941
33 Tustin, CA 80,140 $79,339
34 Costa Mesa, CA 113,198 $79,207
35 Norco, CA 26,569 $95,441
36 Glendora, CA 51,773 $92,674
37 Alhambra, CA 84,974 $57,117
38 Buena Park, CA 82,781 $72,814
39 Monrovia, CA 37,006 $73,170
40 Covina, CA 48,403 $69,449
41 Monterey Park, CA 60,792 $57,265
42 West Covina, CA 107,242 $79,140
43 Downey, CA 112,901 $71,948
44 Westminster, CA 91,417 $61,834
45 Fullerton, CA 139,866 $73,360
46 Artesia, CA 16,817 $63,708
47 Upland, CA 76,382 $68,551
48 San Gabriel, CA 40,242 $57,863
49 Corona, CA 165,355 $79,081
50 Garden Grove, CA 174,010 $65,591
51 Glendale, CA 200,372 $62,531
52 La Habra, CA 61,910 $76,452
53 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,791 $65,518
54 Signal Hill, CA 11,538 $75,684
55 Pico Rivera, CA 63,432 $65,666
56 Grand Terrace, CA 12,482 $66,912
57 Norwalk, CA 105,886 $66,453
58 Anaheim, CA 349,668 $69,443
59 Rosemead, CA 54,417 $52,057
60 Bellflower, CA 77,529 $55,729
61 Temple, CA 4,366 $56,294
62 Chino, CA 87,735 $79,477
63 Long Beach, CA 468,883 $60,551
64 Baldwin Park, CA 76,222 $62,227
65 Duarte, CA 21,713 $73,429
66 Loma Linda, CA 24,078 $53,371
67 Santa Ana, CA 333,499 $61,774
68 Stanton, CA 38,509 $56,506
69 Montebello, CA 63,099 $53,677
70 La Puente, CA 40,268 $61,054
71 Midway, CA 3,301 $54,526
72 Azusa, CA 49,544 $60,227
73 Fontana, CA 208,943 $70,789
74 Riverside, CA 323,935 $65,313
75 Paramount, CA 54,776 $53,031
76 El Monte, CA 115,669 $47,121
77 Ontario, CA 173,580 $61,602
78 South El Monte, CA 20,727 $48,944
79 Bell, CA 35,809 $42,548
80 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,411 $44,792
81 Montclair, CA 38,865 $58,012
82 Lynwood, CA 71,022 $49,684
83 South Gate, CA 95,103 $50,246
84 Colton, CA 54,415 $50,063
85 Jurupa Valley, CA 103,784 $67,002
86 Compton, CA 97,301 $50,507
87 Cudahy, CA 24,016 $43,381
88 Bell Gardens, CA 42,641 $41,355
89 Maywood, CA 27,542 $39,738
90 Rialto, CA 102,873 $58,061
91 Huntington Park, CA 58,694 $40,638
92 Commerce, CA 12,933 $47,083
93 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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