The 10 Best Fremont Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 44 places around Fremont 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 Fremont 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 Fremont 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 Fremont for 2021:

  1. Los Altos
  2. Piedmont
  3. San Carlos
  4. Portola Valley
  5. Los Altos Hills
  6. Hillsborough
  7. Monte Sereno
  8. Saratoga
  9. Belmont
  10. Orinda

What's the best suburb of Fremont? Los Altos ranks as the best suburb of Fremont for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Los Altos, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Fremont '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 Fremont Suburbs To Live For 2021

Los Altos, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 30,504
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $235,278
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Los Altos: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Los Altos is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Fremont area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Los Altos."

Everyone here is rich; families average $235,278 a year, which is the 6th highest in the Fremont region. And only 3.29% are out of work. Homes average more than $2,000,001 each.

Piedmont, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,317
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $224,659
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Piedmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Piedmont is the second best 'burb we looked at near Fremont for 2021.

It ranks 7th for incomes in the area and only 0.99% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

San Carlos, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 30,154
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Income: $182,083
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on San Carlos: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in San Carlos, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Fremont 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 San Carlos.

Portola Valley, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,592
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Median Income: $224,554
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Portola Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Portola Valley ranks as the 4th best suburb of Fremont for 2021.

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

Los Altos Hills, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,505
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Los Altos Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Los Altos Hills.

Los Altos Hills gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Fremont area, where houses sell for an average of $2,000,001. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Hillsborough, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,447
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Hillsborough: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hillsborough 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 3.01% which is 5th best in the area.

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

Monte Sereno, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,479
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
More on Monte Sereno: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Monte Sereno.

Monte Sereno 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 17.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Saratoga, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 30,697
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $191,677
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Saratoga: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Saratoga 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 0.73% of people lack insurance, good for 2nd in the area.

Belmont, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 27,097
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Median Income: $156,052
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Belmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Belmont?'

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.

Orinda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 19,646
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $223,217
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Orinda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Orinda.

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 Fremont for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Fremont 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 Fremont.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 44 suburbs to evaluate around Fremont.

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 Fremont." We're lookin' at you, Los Altos. 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 Fremont '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 Fremont, 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 Fremont Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Los Altos, CA 30,504 $235,278
2 Piedmont, CA 11,317 $224,659
3 San Carlos, CA 30,154 $182,083
4 Portola Valley, CA 4,592 $224,554
5 Los Altos Hills, CA 8,505 $250,001
6 Hillsborough, CA 11,447 $250,001
7 Monte Sereno, CA 3,479 $250,001
8 Saratoga, CA 30,697 $191,677
9 Belmont, CA 27,097 $156,052
10 Orinda, CA 19,646 $223,217
11 Atherton, CA 7,168 $250,001
12 Danville, CA 44,605 $160,808
13 Woodside, CA 5,542 $250,001
14 Palo Alto, CA 66,573 $158,271
15 Los Gatos, CA 30,729 $155,863
16 Cupertino, CA 60,257 $171,917
17 San Ramon, CA 75,648 $160,783
18 Lafayette, CA 26,305 $178,889
19 Pleasanton, CA 81,717 $156,400
20 Moraga, CA 17,539 $140,378
21 Menlo Park, CA 34,138 $160,784
22 Millbrae, CA 22,625 $128,494
23 Campbell, CA 42,221 $124,525
24 Dublin, CA 61,240 $150,299
25 Burlingame, CA 30,576 $128,447
26 Mountain View, CA 81,656 $139,720
27 Livermore, CA 89,699 $127,452
28 Sunnyvale, CA 152,770 $140,631
29 Brisbane, CA 4,697 $112,016
30 Walnut Creek, CA 69,567 $105,948
31 Santa Clara, CA 127,721 $126,006
32 Half Moon Bay, CA 12,834 $134,177
33 San Mateo, CA 104,333 $124,842
34 San Bruno, CA 43,083 $109,387
35 South San Francisco, CA 67,408 $105,459
36 Milpitas, CA 79,517 $132,320
37 Alameda, CA 78,522 $104,756
38 Morgan Hill, CA 44,686 $124,419
39 Newark, CA 47,171 $116,856
40 San Jose, CA 1,027,690 $109,593
41 East Palo Alto, CA 29,593 $67,087
42 Oakland, CA 425,097 $73,692
43 San Leandro, CA 90,025 $78,003
44 Hayward, CA 159,293 $86,744

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