These Are The 10 Best Rancho Cucamonga Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 52 places around Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga 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 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 Rancho Cucamonga ‘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 Rancho Cucamonga for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 52 suburbs to evaluate around Rancho Cucamonga.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 52 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 Rancho Cucamonga.” We’re lookin’ at you, Yorba Linda.

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.

Yorba Linda, CA

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Population: 67,740
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $123,962
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
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Yorba Linda is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Rancho Cucamonga area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Yorba Linda.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $123,962 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Rancho Cucamonga region. And only 5.4% are out of work. Homes average more than $792,700 each.

Sierra Madre, CA

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Population: 11,061
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $98,547
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
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Sierra Madre is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Rancho Cucamonga for 2019.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 3.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Arcadia, CA

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Population: 58,156
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $90,666
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
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Here in Arcadia, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Rancho Cucamonga 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 Arcadia.

El Cerrito, CA

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Population: 24,982
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,914
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
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El Cerrito ranks as the 4th best suburb of Rancho Cucamonga for 2019.

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

La Habra Heights, CA

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Population: 5,425
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $112,273
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
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Coming in as the fifth best is La Habra Heights.

La Habra Heights gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Rancho Cucamonga area, where houses sell for an average of $871,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Brea, CA

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Population: 41,921
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $90,214
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
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Brea 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 5.6% which is 9th best in the area.

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

Villa Park, CA

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Population: 5,935
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $142,628
Unemployment Rate: 8.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Villa Park.

Villa Park 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 25.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Walnut, CA

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Population: 30,062
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $98,329
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
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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 6.5% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

Diamond Bar, CA

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Population: 56,600
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $94,531
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Diamond Bar?’


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.

Claremont, CA

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Population: 35,949
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,923
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Claremont.

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 Rancho Cucamonga ‘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 Rancho Cucamonga, 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 Rancho Cucamonga Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Yorba Linda 67,740 $123,962
2 Sierra Madre 11,061 $98,547
3 Arcadia 58,156 $90,666
4 El Cerrito 24,982 $96,914
5 La Habra Heights 5,425 $112,273
6 Brea 41,921 $90,214
7 Villa Park 5,935 $142,628
8 Walnut 30,062 $98,329
9 Diamond Bar 56,600 $94,531
10 Claremont 35,949 $96,923
11 Placentia 52,294 $88,501
12 Chino Hills 78,025 $102,746
13 La Mirada 49,162 $87,400
14 San Dimas 34,334 $81,242
15 La Verne 32,320 $82,829
16 Eastvale 59,733 $110,685
17 Orange 140,289 $83,500
18 Whittier 86,852 $69,058
19 Glendora 51,891 $86,442
20 Upland 76,155 $65,349
21 Fullerton 139,976 $71,660
22 Covina 48,601 $68,311
23 Norco 26,711 $91,915
24 West Covina 107,786 $74,551
25 Monrovia 37,138 $71,373
26 Corona 163,585 $73,594
27 La Habra 61,965 $72,178
28 Anaheim 349,007 $65,313
29 Redlands 70,765 $68,956
30 Chino 85,609 $75,530
31 Grand Terrace 12,439 $65,422
32 Temple 4,338 $65,375
33 Rosemead 54,615 $50,074
34 Loma Linda 23,961 $52,310
35 Baldwin Park 76,572 $57,209
36 Duarte 21,832 $71,260
37 Azusa 49,029 $57,728
38 La Puente 40,451 $60,019
39 Fontana 207,086 $68,304
40 Riverside 321,570 $62,460
41 El Monte 115,958 $43,504
42 South El Monte 20,712 $44,651
43 Montclair 38,613 $54,192
44 Ontario 171,041 $57,544
45 Moreno Valley 203,691 $59,827
46 Pomona 152,366 $53,281
47 Rialto 102,708 $54,962
48 Highland 54,704 $55,130
49 Colton 54,200 $47,256
50 Jurupa Valley 102,202 $63,286
51 Hesperia 93,190 $49,726
52 San Bernardino 215,252 $41,027

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