These Are The 10 Best San Bernardino Suburbs For 2018

We analyzed over 34 places around San Bernardino to identify the most in demand places to live.

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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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino for 2018:

  1. El Cerrito (Photos | Homes)
  2. Claremont (Photos | Homes)
  3. La Verne (Photos | Homes)
  4. Chino Hills (Photos | Homes)
  5. San Dimas (Homes)
  6. Eastvale (Photos | Homes)
  7. Rancho Cucamonga (Photos | Homes)
  8. Upland (Photos | Homes)
  9. Norco (Homes)
  10. Redlands (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of El Cerrito, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 San Bernardino ‘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 San Bernardino for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around San Bernardino 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 (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of San Bernardino.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 34 suburbs to evaluate around San Bernardino.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 34 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 San Bernardino.” We’re lookin’ at you, El Cerrito.

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.

1. El Cerrito

El Cerrito, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 24,646
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Median Home Price: $636,600
Median Income: $92,670
More on El Cerrito: Real Estate | Data

El Cerrito is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the San Bernardino area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome El Cerrito.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $92,670 a year, which is the 4th highest in the San Bernardino region. And only 6.6% are out of work. Homes average more than $636,600 each.

2. Claremont

Claremont, California

Population: 35,827
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $581,100
Median Income: $94,005
More on Claremont: Real Estate | Data

Claremont is the second best ‘burb we looked at near San Bernardino for 2018.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 5.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

3. La Verne

La Verne, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 32,078
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Median Home Price: $500,300
Median Income: $78,385
More on La Verne: Real Estate | Data

Here in La Verne, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the San Bernardino 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 La Verne.

4. Chino Hills

Chino Hills, California

Population: 77,266
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Median Home Price: $537,800
Median Income: $97,222
More on Chino Hills: Real Estate | Data

Chino Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of San Bernardino for 2018.

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

5. San Dimas

Population: 34,109
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Median Home Price: $481,000
Median Income: $79,081
More on San Dimas: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is San Dimas.

San Dimas gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the San Bernardino area, where houses sell for an average of $481,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Eastvale

Eastvale, California

Population: 58,217
Unemployment Rate: 9.6%
Median Home Price: $460,100
Median Income: $104,940
More on Eastvale: Real Estate | Data

Eastvale 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 9.6% which is 18th best in the area.

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

7. Rancho Cucamonga

Rancho Cucamonga, California

Population: 173,309
Unemployment Rate: 8.9%
Median Home Price: $414,200
Median Income: $79,973
More on Rancho Cucamonga: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Rancho Cucamonga.

Rancho Cucamonga 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 15.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Upland

Upland, California

Population: 75,851
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $444,200
Median Income: $62,369
More on Upland: Real Estate | Data

Upland 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 10.4% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

9. Norco

Population: 26,809
Unemployment Rate: 8.5%
Median Home Price: $445,700
Median Income: $87,067
More on Norco: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Norco?’


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.

10. Redlands

Redlands, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 70,442
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Median Home Price: $326,800
Median Income: $66,514
More on Redlands: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Redlands.

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 San Bernardino ‘Burbs of 2018

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 San Bernardino, 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 San Bernardino Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 El Cerrito 24,646 6.6% $636,600 $92,670
2 Claremont 35,827 6.8% $581,100 $94,005
3 La Verne 32,078 7.0% $500,300 $78,385
4 Chino Hills 77,266 7.0% $537,800 $97,222
5 San Dimas 34,109 7.0% $481,000 $79,081
6 Eastvale 58,217 9.6% $460,100 $104,940
7 Rancho Cucamonga 173,309 8.9% $414,200 $79,973
8 Upland 75,851 5.9% $444,200 $62,369
9 Norco 26,809 8.5% $445,700 $87,067
10 Redlands 70,442 7.1% $326,800 $66,514
11 Corona 161,614 7.8% $378,500 $72,309
12 Grand Terrace 12,393 9.6% $249,700 $64,188
13 Beaumont 42,191 6.7% $250,500 $68,369
14 Chino 83,670 9.0% $365,500 $72,832
15 Loma Linda 23,859 6.8% $291,600 $51,390
16 Yucaipa 52,886 9.2% $241,700 $55,700
17 Fontana 205,228 10.2% $289,400 $65,995
18 Riverside 318,678 11.0% $286,600 $58,979
19 Ontario 169,389 9.3% $293,000 $54,896
20 Montclair 38,294 9.3% $281,100 $50,374
21 Big Bear Lake 5,149 9.4% $384,100 $46,655
22 Highland 54,490 11.4% $269,000 $53,504
23 Moreno Valley 202,061 12.3% $231,400 $56,456
24 Pomona 151,807 11.0% $310,100 $50,360
25 Apple Valley 71,455 12.9% $194,100 $47,433
26 Calimesa 8,379 13.4% $168,700 $46,070
27 Rialto 102,418 13.8% $236,100 $52,347
28 Jurupa Valley 100,737 12.7% $270,700 $58,849
29 Colton 53,856 9.8% $189,500 $43,966
30 San Jacinto 46,375 13.2% $159,700 $48,382
31 Banning 30,643 14.0% $177,000 $40,627
32 Victorville 121,320 15.5% $158,900 $45,895
33 Hesperia 92,664 13.6% $172,800 $46,446
34 Perris 73,718 14.2% $211,400 $51,315

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