The 10 Best Glendale Suburbs To Live In For 2022

We analyzed over 80 places around Glendale to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Glendale 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 Glendale 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 Glendale? Hermosa Beach ranks as the best suburb of Glendale 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 Glendale '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 Glendale Suburbs To Live For 2022

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

Everyone here is rich; families average $142,500 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Glendale region. And only 3.94% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,649,900 each.

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Population: 19,147
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $142,500
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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Hermosa Beach, CA

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

It ranks 5th for incomes in the area and only 1.55% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

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Population: 35,064
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $153,926
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
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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 Glendale 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.

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Population: 66,663
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $116,832
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
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Redondo Beach, CA

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Palos Verdes Estates ranks as the 4th best suburb of Glendale 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.

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Population: 13,359
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $197,826
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Coming in as the fifth best is San Marino.

San Marino gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Glendale area, where houses sell for an average of $2,000,001. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 13,020
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $164,423
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
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San Marino, CA

South Pasadena 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 4.09% which is 14th best in the area.

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

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Population: 25,478
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $109,927
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
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South Pasadena, CA

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 25.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 15,657
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $108,363
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
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La Palma, CA

Rolling Hills Estates 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 2.26% of people lack insurance, good for 4th in the area.

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Population: 8,025
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $149,632
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
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Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Is 'Everything Better In Agoura Hills?'


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.

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Population: 20,269
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $126,956
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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Agoura Hills, CA

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Sierra Madre.

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.

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Population: 10,829
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 12)
Median Income: $106,719
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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Sierra Madre, CA

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Glendale for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Glendale 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 Glendale.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 82 suburbs to evaluate around Glendale.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 82 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 Glendale." 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 Glendale '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 Glendale, 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 Glendale 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 San Marino, CA 13,020 $164,423
6 South Pasadena, CA 25,478 $109,927
7 La Palma, CA 15,657 $108,363
8 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 8,025 $149,632
9 Agoura Hills, CA 20,269 $126,956
10 Sierra Madre, CA 10,829 $106,719
11 Hidden Hills, CA 2,218 $250,001
12 Cerritos, CA 49,388 $109,229
13 La Habra Heights, CA 5,318 $163,750
14 El Segundo, CA 16,575 $115,846
15 Torrance, CA 144,430 $94,781
16 Arcadia, CA 57,053 $95,736
17 Cypress, CA 49,137 $102,005
18 Diamond Bar, CA 55,870 $100,723
19 Walnut, CA 29,764 $108,264
20 Brea, CA 44,182 $100,969
21 Santa Monica, CA 91,600 $98,300
22 Beverly Hills, CA 33,709 $101,241
23 Lakewood, CA 79,676 $96,487
24 West Hollywood, CA 35,506 $71,692
25 La Mirada, CA 48,260 $92,493
26 Simi Valley, CA 125,768 $99,245
27 Calabasas, CA 23,842 $136,138
28 San Dimas, CA 33,812 $90,234
29 Glendora, CA 51,087 $99,153
30 Alhambra, CA 84,509 $66,593
31 Lomita, CA 20,212 $76,090
32 La Verne, CA 32,346 $93,473
33 Santa Clarita, CA 212,519 $100,932
34 Buena Park, CA 82,228 $84,680
35 Pasadena, CA 142,017 $85,129
36 Monrovia, CA 37,636 $81,990
37 Burbank, CA 103,411 $79,212
38 West Covina, CA 105,808 $85,626
39 San Gabriel, CA 40,108 $70,892
40 Whittier, CA 84,821 $76,026
41 Artesia, CA 16,456 $74,375
42 Signal Hill, CA 11,430 $86,140
43 Downey, CA 111,263 $75,974
44 Monterey Park, CA 60,597 $63,389
45 Temple, CA 4,709 $67,628
46 Los Alamitos, CA 11,521 $89,323
47 Fullerton, CA 141,061 $85,471
48 La Habra, CA 62,787 $83,532
49 Pico Rivera, CA 62,507 $70,620
50 Norwalk, CA 104,524 $77,425
51 Covina, CA 47,787 $77,913
52 Gardena, CA 59,401 $64,015
53 Rosemead, CA 53,850 $60,006
54 Carson, CA 91,354 $86,040
55 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,643 $69,922
56 Long Beach, CA 462,081 $66,410
57 San Fernando, CA 24,244 $60,655
58 Duarte, CA 21,399 $82,620
59 Baldwin Park, CA 75,659 $68,741
60 Lawndale, CA 32,533 $65,923
61 Hawthorne, CA 85,410 $57,849
62 Los Angeles, CA 3,973,278 $65,290
63 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,212 $61,422
64 Bellflower, CA 76,339 $63,848
65 Inglewood, CA 109,309 $58,536
66 La Puente, CA 39,780 $66,132
67 Montebello, CA 62,697 $62,781
68 Azusa, CA 49,584 $65,912
69 Paramount, CA 53,949 $57,313
70 El Monte, CA 113,917 $53,874
71 Pomona, CA 151,124 $62,407
72 South El Monte, CA 20,791 $54,208
73 South Gate, CA 94,905 $55,084
74 Maywood, CA 27,127 $50,996
75 Commerce, CA 12,738 $54,639
76 Bell Gardens, CA 41,770 $45,289
77 Bell, CA 35,301 $47,740
78 Lynwood, CA 69,625 $57,063
79 Palmdale, CA 153,240 $65,444
80 Cudahy, CA 23,606 $46,279
81 Compton, CA 95,804 $58,703
82 Huntington Park, CA 57,761 $46,738

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