The 10 Best Anaheim Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 103 places around Anaheim to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Anaheim suburbs.

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 Anaheim 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 Anaheim? San Marino ranks as the best suburb of Anaheim for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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 Anaheim '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.

Feel free to check out some more reading about California:

The 10 Best Anaheim Suburbs To Live For 2021

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,194
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Income: $166,607
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Marino is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Anaheim area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome San Marino."

Everyone here is rich; families average $166,607 a year, which is the highest in the Anaheim region. And only 1.83% are out of work. Homes average more than $2,000,001 each.

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,725
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $129,995
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yorba Linda is the second best 'burb we looked at near Anaheim for 2021.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.8% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

Newport Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 85,694
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $127,223
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on Newport Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Newport Beach, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Anaheim 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 Newport Beach.

Aliso Viejo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 50,663
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $112,689
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Aliso Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aliso Viejo ranks as the 4th best suburb of Anaheim for 2021.

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

South Pasadena, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 25,661
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $104,308
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on South Pasadena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is South Pasadena.

South Pasadena gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Anaheim area, where houses sell for an average of $1,071,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 48,503
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $121,017
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rancho Santa Margarita 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 3.14% which is 7th best in the area.

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

La Palma, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 15,604
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Income: $107,724
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on La Palma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

La Palma 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 16.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Villa Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,861
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $165,000
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Villa Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Villa Park 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 1.79% of people lack insurance, good for 2nd in the area.

Mission Viejo, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 95,516
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $118,477
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Mission Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Mission Viejo?'

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.

Laguna Niguel, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 65,808
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $108,537
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Laguna Niguel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Laguna Niguel.

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 Anaheim for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Anaheim 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 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

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

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 103 suburbs to evaluate around Anaheim.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 103 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 Anaheim." We're lookin' at you, San Marino. 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 Anaheim 'Burbs of 2021

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 Anaheim, 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 Anaheim Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 San Marino, CA 13,194 $166,607
2 Yorba Linda, CA 67,725 $129,995
3 Newport Beach, CA 85,694 $127,223
4 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,663 $112,689
5 South Pasadena, CA 25,661 $104,308
6 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 48,503 $121,017
7 La Palma, CA 15,604 $107,724
8 Villa Park, CA 5,861 $165,000
9 Mission Viejo, CA 95,516 $118,477
10 Laguna Niguel, CA 65,808 $108,537
11 San Clemente, CA 64,878 $110,434
12 Dana Point, CA 33,769 $99,409
13 El Cerrito, CA 25,398 $108,298
14 Eastvale, CA 62,046 $119,213
15 Laguna Beach, CA 23,036 $129,983
16 Huntington Beach, CA 200,259 $95,046
17 Cerritos, CA 50,143 $106,190
18 Cypress, CA 48,893 $93,137
19 Walnut, CA 29,903 $108,669
20 Lake Forest, CA 83,974 $109,492
21 Sierra Madre, CA 10,932 $100,988
22 Arcadia, CA 58,152 $93,574
23 La Habra Heights, CA 6,574 $115,762
24 Fountain Valley, CA 56,026 $93,075
25 Lakewood, CA 80,292 $93,432
26 Laguna Hills, CA 31,617 $100,985
27 Irvine, CA 273,157 $105,126
28 Diamond Bar, CA 56,211 $99,083
29 Chino Hills, CA 80,701 $106,347
30 Claremont, CA 36,090 $101,420
31 Placentia, CA 51,818 $95,757
32 Brea, CA 42,678 $94,492
33 La Mirada, CA 48,764 $95,685
34 San Dimas, CA 34,048 $86,410
35 Tustin, CA 79,863 $84,697
36 Los Alamitos, CA 11,534 $88,729
37 Seal Beach, CA 24,204 $68,852
38 Norco, CA 26,670 $102,817
39 Whittier, CA 86,090 $77,270
40 San Juan Capistrano, CA 35,922 $91,600
41 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 176,379 $90,953
42 Orange, CA 139,887 $91,793
43 Costa Mesa, CA 113,159 $84,138
44 Laguna Woods, CA 16,053 $44,020
45 Alhambra, CA 84,647 $61,384
46 La Verne, CA 32,211 $88,131
47 Glendora, CA 51,801 $96,132
48 West Covina, CA 106,589 $82,938
49 Monrovia, CA 36,816 $77,111
50 Buena Park, CA 82,489 $78,932
51 Fullerton, CA 139,611 $79,978
52 Upland, CA 76,596 $72,782
53 Downey, CA 112,322 $75,878
54 Covina, CA 48,095 $70,780
55 Artesia, CA 16,758 $67,647
56 Monterey Park, CA 60,439 $61,819
57 San Gabriel, CA 40,143 $62,541
58 Garden Grove, CA 173,258 $69,278
59 Corona, CA 166,972 $83,752
60 Carson, CA 92,079 $82,305
61 Westminster, CA 91,137 $62,625
62 Rosemead, CA 54,282 $57,999
63 Grand Terrace, CA 12,510 $71,788
64 Signal Hill, CA 11,512 $75,508
65 Norwalk, CA 105,304 $70,667
66 Midway, CA 3,221 $59,625
67 Pico Rivera, CA 63,001 $67,636
68 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,810 $68,685
69 La Habra, CA 60,594 $79,325
70 Temple, CA 4,549 $58,594
71 Chino, CA 89,631 $81,711
72 Long Beach, CA 466,776 $63,017
73 Bellflower, CA 77,195 $60,011
74 Duarte, CA 21,559 $75,083
75 Stanton, CA 38,377 $57,598
76 Santa Ana, CA 332,794 $66,145
77 Baldwin Park, CA 75,892 $65,904
78 Azusa, CA 49,753 $68,216
79 La Puente, CA 40,020 $64,592
80 Montebello, CA 62,742 $56,150
81 Fontana, CA 210,759 $72,918
82 Paramount, CA 54,513 $55,670
83 Riverside, CA 326,414 $69,045
84 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,337 $49,483
85 El Monte, CA 115,517 $49,003
86 South El Monte, CA 20,721 $52,204
87 Ontario, CA 176,760 $65,046
88 Montclair, CA 39,155 $62,024
89 Lake Elsinore, CA 65,817 $71,476
90 Pomona, CA 152,209 $60,598
91 South Gate, CA 94,642 $52,321
92 Lynwood, CA 70,635 $52,213
93 Colton, CA 54,580 $53,838
94 Bell, CA 35,682 $44,327
95 Compton, CA 96,803 $52,883
96 Lakeland, CA 107,922 $47,511
97 Cudahy, CA 23,890 $46,642
98 Maywood, CA 27,332 $44,241
99 Huntington Park, CA 58,353 $42,447
100 Bell Gardens, CA 42,421 $42,223

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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.