The 10 Best Garden Grove Suburbs To Live In For 2022


We analyzed over 107 places around Garden Grove to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Garden Grove 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 Garden Grove 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 Garden Grove? Hermosa Beach ranks as the best suburb of Garden Grove for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Hermosa Beach, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Garden Grove '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 Garden Grove Suburbs To Live For 2022

Hermosa Beach is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Garden Grove area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Hermosa Beach."

Everyone here is rich; families average $142,500 a year, which is the 8th highest in the Garden Grove region. And only 3.94% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,649,900 each.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 19,147
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $142,500
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Hermosa Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hermosa Beach, CA

Manhattan Beach is the second best 'burb we looked at near Garden Grove for 2022.

It ranks 5th for incomes in the area and only 1.55% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 35,064
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $153,926
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Manhattan Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manhattan Beach, CA

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

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 66,663
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $116,832
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Redondo Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Redondo Beach, CA

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Palos Verdes Estates ranks as the 4th best suburb of Garden Grove for 2022.

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

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,359
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $197,826
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Palos Verdes Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Coming in as the fifth best is Newport Beach.

Newport Beach gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Garden Grove area, where houses sell for an average of $1,976,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 86,694
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $133,849
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
More on Newport Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newport Beach, CA

Rancho Palos Verdes 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 4.36% which is 33rd best in the area.

According to online reports, Rancho Palos Verdes is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Garden Grove area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 41,635
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $146,163
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Rancho Palos Verdes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Yorba Linda.

Yorba Linda 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 13.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 68,103
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $133,088
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yorba Linda, CA

South Pasadena 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 3.86% of people lack insurance, good for 21st in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 25,478
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $109,927
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on South Pasadena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Pasadena, CA

Is 'Everything Better In San Marino?'

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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,020
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Income: $164,423
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Marino, CA

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is La Palma.

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 15,657
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $108,363
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on La Palma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Palma, CA

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Garden Grove for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Garden Grove 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 2016-2020 to research each suburb.

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

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 107 suburbs to evaluate around Garden Grove.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 107 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 Garden Grove." We're lookin' at you, Hermosa Beach. 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.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Garden Grove 'Burbs of 2022

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 Garden Grove, 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 Garden Grove Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Hermosa Beach, CA 19,147 $142,500
2 Manhattan Beach, CA 35,064 $153,926
3 Redondo Beach, CA 66,663 $116,832
4 Palos Verdes Estates, CA 13,359 $197,826
5 Newport Beach, CA 86,694 $133,849
6 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 41,635 $146,163
7 Yorba Linda, CA 68,103 $133,088
8 South Pasadena, CA 25,478 $109,927
9 San Marino, CA 13,020 $164,423
10 La Palma, CA 15,657 $108,363
11 Villa Park, CA 5,883 $164,476
12 Mission Viejo, CA 95,638 $121,299
13 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,385 $118,540
14 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 8,025 $149,632
15 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 48,280 $125,329
16 Dana Point, CA 33,782 $105,250
17 La Habra Heights, CA 5,318 $163,750
18 Sierra Madre, CA 10,829 $106,719
19 Cerritos, CA 49,388 $109,229
20 El Segundo, CA 16,575 $115,846
21 El Cerrito, CA 25,280 $108,294
22 Eastvale, CA 65,766 $127,881
23 Laguna Beach, CA 22,991 $128,099
24 Laguna Niguel, CA 65,048 $119,608
25 Cypress, CA 49,137 $102,005
26 Torrance, CA 144,430 $94,781
27 Walnut, CA 29,764 $108,264
28 Arcadia, CA 57,053 $95,736
29 Diamond Bar, CA 55,870 $100,723
30 Huntington Beach, CA 199,778 $97,469
31 Placentia, CA 52,049 $100,707
32 Laguna Hills, CA 31,613 $102,358
33 Brea, CA 44,182 $100,969
34 Lake Forest, CA 84,666 $112,988
35 Claremont, CA 35,610 $101,080
36 Lakewood, CA 79,676 $96,487
37 Irvine, CA 272,694 $108,318
38 La Mirada, CA 48,260 $92,493
39 Fountain Valley, CA 56,118 $89,924
40 Chino Hills, CA 82,800 $104,661
41 San Juan Capistrano, CA 35,976 $103,922
42 San Dimas, CA 33,812 $90,234
43 Seal Beach, CA 24,268 $72,596
44 Tustin, CA 80,815 $88,386
45 Lomita, CA 20,212 $76,090
46 Orange, CA 139,322 $96,605
47 Alhambra, CA 84,509 $66,593
48 Glendora, CA 51,087 $99,153
49 Costa Mesa, CA 112,958 $90,370
50 Buena Park, CA 82,228 $84,680
51 La Verne, CA 32,346 $93,473
52 Norco, CA 27,021 $106,370
53 Pasadena, CA 142,017 $85,129
54 San Gabriel, CA 40,108 $70,892
55 Monrovia, CA 37,636 $81,990
56 West Covina, CA 105,808 $85,626
57 Laguna Woods, CA 16,056 $46,449
58 Whittier, CA 84,821 $76,026
59 Signal Hill, CA 11,430 $86,140
60 Temple, CA 4,709 $67,628
61 Artesia, CA 16,456 $74,375
62 Midway, CA 3,132 $51,005
63 Downey, CA 111,263 $75,974
64 Los Alamitos, CA 11,521 $89,323
65 Fullerton, CA 141,061 $85,471
66 Monterey Park, CA 60,597 $63,389
67 Corona, CA 168,112 $88,434
68 Upland, CA 77,348 $76,259
69 Pico Rivera, CA 62,507 $70,620
70 Gardena, CA 59,401 $64,015
71 La Habra, CA 62,787 $83,532
72 Covina, CA 47,787 $77,913
73 Norwalk, CA 104,524 $77,425
74 Rosemead, CA 53,850 $60,006
75 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,643 $69,922
76 Carson, CA 91,354 $86,040
77 Anaheim, CA 353,085 $76,723
78 Westminster, CA 90,857 $67,142
79 Chino, CA 89,170 $85,659
80 Long Beach, CA 462,081 $66,410
81 Santa Ana, CA 332,610 $72,406
82 Lawndale, CA 32,533 $65,923
83 Hawthorne, CA 85,410 $57,849
84 Baldwin Park, CA 75,659 $68,741
85 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,212 $61,422
86 Duarte, CA 21,399 $82,620
87 Bellflower, CA 76,339 $63,848
88 Inglewood, CA 109,309 $58,536
89 La Puente, CA 39,780 $66,132
90 Montebello, CA 62,697 $62,781
91 Stanton, CA 38,317 $66,017
92 Azusa, CA 49,584 $65,912
93 El Monte, CA 113,917 $53,874
94 Paramount, CA 53,949 $57,313
95 South El Monte, CA 20,791 $54,208
96 Ontario, CA 178,194 $67,357
97 South Gate, CA 94,905 $55,084
98 Pomona, CA 151,124 $62,407
99 Maywood, CA 27,127 $50,996
100 Bell, CA 35,301 $47,740

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