These Are The 10 Best Stockton Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 16 places around Stockton to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Stockton 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 Stockton 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 Brentwood, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Stockton ‘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 Stockton for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Stockton 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 Stockton.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 16 suburbs to evaluate around Stockton.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 16 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 Stockton.” We’re lookin’ at you, Brentwood.

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.

Brentwood, CA

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Population: 58,828
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,945
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.7%
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Brentwood is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Stockton area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Brentwood.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $96,945 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Stockton region. And only 6.4% are out of work. Homes average more than $482,600 each.

Lincoln, CA

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Population: 46,404
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $78,647
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
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Lincoln is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Stockton for 2019.

It ranks 5th for incomes in the area and only 5.4% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Ripon, CA

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Population: 15,173
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $82,141
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 10.5%
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Here in Ripon, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Stockton 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 Ripon.

Oakley, CA

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Population: 39,950
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $89,392
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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Oakley ranks as the 4th best suburb of Stockton for 2019.

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

Tracy, CA

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Population: 87,613
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $84,162
Unemployment Rate: 7.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.4%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Tracy.

Tracy gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Stockton area, where houses sell for an average of $378,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Escalon, CA

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Population: 7,449
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $67,277
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 10.9%
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Escalon 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 2.3% which is 1st best in the area.

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

Rio Vista, CA

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Population: 8,350
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $65,797
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Poverty Rate: 9.0%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Rio Vista.

Rio Vista 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 25.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Manteca, CA

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Population: 75,314
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $68,019
Unemployment Rate: 10.1%
Poverty Rate: 11.8%
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Manteca 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 6.6% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

Antioch, CA

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Population: 110,026
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $69,925
Unemployment Rate: 9.6%
Poverty Rate: 14.6%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Antioch?’


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.

Riverbank, CA

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Population: 24,047
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $63,656
Unemployment Rate: 9.0%
Poverty Rate: 11.0%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Riverbank.

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 Stockton ‘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 Stockton, 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 Stockton Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Brentwood 58,828 $96,945
2 Lincoln 46,404 $78,647
3 Ripon 15,173 $82,141
4 Oakley 39,950 $89,392
5 Tracy 87,613 $84,162
6 Escalon 7,449 $67,277
7 Rio Vista 8,350 $65,797
8 Manteca 75,314 $68,019
9 Antioch 110,026 $69,925
10 Riverbank 24,047 $63,656
11 Camanche 4,350 $48,567
12 Galt 25,222 $68,908
13 Oakdale 22,256 $52,500
14 Lathrop 21,050 $72,094
15 Lodi 64,403 $52,244
16 Modesto 210,166 $54,024

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