The 10 Best Fontana Suburbs To Live For 2021

We analyzed over 44 places around Fontana to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Fontana 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 Fontana 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 to live around Fontana for 2021:

  1. Yorba Linda
  2. Villa Park
  3. El Cerrito
  4. Eastvale
  5. Walnut
  6. Diamond Bar
  7. Claremont
  8. Chino Hills
  9. La Habra Heights
  10. Placentia

What's the best suburb of Fontana? Yorba Linda ranks as the best suburb of Fontana for 2021 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 Fontana '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 Fontana Suburbs To Live For 2021

Yorba Linda, CA

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Population: 67,725
Rank Last Year: 1 (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 always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Fontana area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Yorba Linda."

Everyone here is rich; families average $129,995 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Fontana region. And only 3.58% are out of work. Homes average more than $858,300 each.

Villa Park, CA

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Population: 5,861
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $165,000
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
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Villa Park is the second best 'burb we looked at near Fontana for 2021.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 1.79% of residents lack insurance, good for best.

El Cerrito, CA

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Population: 25,398
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,298
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
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Here in El Cerrito, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Fontana 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 El Cerrito.

Eastvale, CA

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Population: 62,046
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 7)
Median Income: $119,213
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Eastvale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Eastvale ranks as the 4th best suburb of Fontana for 2021.

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

Walnut, CA

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Population: 29,903
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $108,669
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Walnut.

Walnut gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Fontana area, where houses sell for an average of $774,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Diamond Bar, CA

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Population: 56,211
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $99,083
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
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Diamond Bar 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 5.59% which is 20th best in the area.

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

Claremont, CA

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Population: 36,090
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $101,420
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Claremont.

Claremont 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 14.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Chino Hills, CA

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Population: 80,701
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $106,347
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
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Chino Hills 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 4.44% of people lack insurance, good for 8th in the area.

La Habra Heights, CA

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Population: 6,574
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $115,762
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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Is 'Everything Better In La Habra Heights?'


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.

Placentia, CA

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Population: 51,818
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $95,757
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Placentia.

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 Fontana for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Fontana 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 Fontana.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 44 suburbs to evaluate around Fontana.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 44 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 Fontana." 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 Fontana '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 Fontana, 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 Fontana Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Yorba Linda, CA 67,725 $129,995
2 Villa Park, CA 5,861 $165,000
3 El Cerrito, CA 25,398 $108,298
4 Eastvale, CA 62,046 $119,213
5 Walnut, CA 29,903 $108,669
6 Diamond Bar, CA 56,211 $99,083
7 Claremont, CA 36,090 $101,420
8 Chino Hills, CA 80,701 $106,347
9 La Habra Heights, CA 6,574 $115,762
10 Placentia, CA 51,818 $95,757
11 Brea, CA 42,678 $94,492
12 San Dimas, CA 34,048 $86,410
13 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 176,379 $90,953
14 La Verne, CA 32,211 $88,131
15 Norco, CA 26,670 $102,817
16 West Covina, CA 106,589 $82,938
17 Glendora, CA 51,801 $96,132
18 Upland, CA 76,596 $72,782
19 Covina, CA 48,095 $70,780
20 Corona, CA 166,972 $83,752
21 Grand Terrace, CA 12,510 $71,788
22 Redlands, CA 71,198 $74,839
23 Yucaipa, CA 53,416 $69,104
24 Anaheim, CA 349,964 $71,763
25 Chino, CA 89,631 $81,711
26 Duarte, CA 21,559 $75,083
27 Azusa, CA 49,753 $68,216
28 Baldwin Park, CA 75,892 $65,904
29 Loma Linda, CA 24,184 $55,607
30 Riverside, CA 326,414 $69,045
31 La Puente, CA 40,020 $64,592
32 Calimesa, CA 8,814 $56,903
33 Ontario, CA 176,760 $65,046
34 Montclair, CA 39,155 $62,024
35 Moreno Valley, CA 207,289 $66,134
36 Pomona, CA 152,209 $60,598
37 Colton, CA 54,580 $53,838
38 Highland, CA 55,049 $64,868
39 Jurupa Valley, CA 105,653 $70,642
40 Rialto, CA 103,045 $61,518
41 Perris, CA 77,290 $63,829
42 Victorville, CA 121,902 $53,957
43 Hesperia, CA 94,203 $53,561
44 San Bernardino, CA 216,089 $45,834

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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.

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