The 10 Best Glendale Suburbs To Live For 2021

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 2021. This is our seventh 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 2021 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 2021

Hermosa Beach, CA

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Population: 19,539
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $136,702
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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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 $136,702 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Glendale region. And only 4.05% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,542,900 each.

Redondo Beach, CA

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Population: 67,423
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $113,499
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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Redondo Beach is the second best 'burb we looked at near Glendale for 2021.

It ranks 9th for incomes in the area and only 3.27% of residents lack insurance, good for 6th best.

Manhattan Beach, CA

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Population: 35,500
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $153,023
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
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Here in Manhattan 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 Manhattan Beach.

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

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Population: 13,434
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $194,543
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
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Palos Verdes Estates ranks as the 4th best suburb of Glendale for 2021.

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.

San Marino, CA

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Population: 13,194
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $166,607
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
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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.

South Pasadena, CA

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Population: 25,661
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $104,308
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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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 3.95% which is 8th 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.

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

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Population: 8,169
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $150,135
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Rolling Hills Estates.

Rolling Hills Estates 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 28.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

La Palma, CA

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Population: 15,604
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $107,724
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
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La Palma 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 4.28% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

Calabasas, CA

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Population: 23,988
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $125,814
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
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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.

Agoura Hills, CA

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Population: 20,533
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Income: $122,998
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Agoura Hills.

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 Glendale for 2021

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 2015-2019 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 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 81 suburbs to evaluate around Glendale.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 81 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.

Welcome to the Best Glendale '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 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 19,539 $136,702
2 Redondo Beach, CA 67,423 $113,499
3 Manhattan Beach, CA 35,500 $153,023
4 Palos Verdes Estates, CA 13,434 $194,543
5 San Marino, CA 13,194 $166,607
6 South Pasadena, CA 25,661 $104,308
7 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 8,169 $150,135
8 La Palma, CA 15,604 $107,724
9 Calabasas, CA 23,988 $125,814
10 Agoura Hills, CA 20,533 $122,998
11 Torrance, CA 145,492 $93,492
12 Santa Monica, CA 91,577 $96,570
13 Beverly Hills, CA 34,186 $106,936
14 Walnut, CA 29,903 $108,669
15 El Segundo, CA 16,731 $109,577
16 Cypress, CA 48,893 $93,137
17 Cerritos, CA 50,143 $106,190
18 Arcadia, CA 58,152 $93,574
19 La Habra Heights, CA 6,574 $115,762
20 Sierra Madre, CA 10,932 $100,988
21 West Hollywood, CA 36,450 $74,044
22 Lakewood, CA 80,292 $93,432
23 Diamond Bar, CA 56,211 $99,083
24 Brea, CA 42,678 $94,492
25 Simi Valley, CA 125,842 $99,151
26 San Dimas, CA 34,048 $86,410
27 La Mirada, CA 48,764 $95,685
28 Lomita, CA 20,514 $71,606
29 Los Alamitos, CA 11,534 $88,729
30 Santa Clarita, CA 213,411 $99,666
31 Whittier, CA 86,090 $77,270
32 Alhambra, CA 84,647 $61,384
33 Pasadena, CA 141,258 $83,068
34 La Verne, CA 32,211 $88,131
35 Glendora, CA 51,801 $96,132
36 Burbank, CA 103,703 $75,827
37 West Covina, CA 106,589 $82,938
38 Monrovia, CA 36,816 $77,111
39 Buena Park, CA 82,489 $78,932
40 Downey, CA 112,322 $75,878
41 Fullerton, CA 139,611 $79,978
42 Artesia, CA 16,758 $67,647
43 Monterey Park, CA 60,439 $61,819
44 Covina, CA 48,095 $70,780
45 San Gabriel, CA 40,143 $62,541
46 Lawndale, CA 32,819 $62,013
47 Carson, CA 92,079 $82,305
48 Rosemead, CA 54,282 $57,999
49 Signal Hill, CA 11,512 $75,508
50 Gardena, CA 59,709 $58,447
51 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,810 $68,685
52 Pico Rivera, CA 63,001 $67,636
53 Norwalk, CA 105,304 $70,667
54 Temple, CA 4,549 $58,594
55 La Habra, CA 60,594 $79,325
56 Bellflower, CA 77,195 $60,011
57 San Fernando, CA 24,535 $58,425
58 Long Beach, CA 466,776 $63,017
59 Duarte, CA 21,559 $75,083
60 Hawthorne, CA 87,107 $54,215
61 Baldwin Park, CA 75,892 $65,904
62 Los Angeles, CA 3,966,936 $62,142
63 Azusa, CA 49,753 $68,216
64 La Puente, CA 40,020 $64,592
65 Paramount, CA 54,513 $55,670
66 Inglewood, CA 109,613 $54,400
67 Montebello, CA 62,742 $56,150
68 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,337 $49,483
69 El Monte, CA 115,517 $49,003
70 South El Monte, CA 20,721 $52,204
71 Pomona, CA 152,209 $60,598
72 Lynwood, CA 70,635 $52,213
73 South Gate, CA 94,642 $52,321
74 Bell, CA 35,682 $44,327
75 Palmdale, CA 156,293 $62,865
76 Cudahy, CA 23,890 $46,642
77 Compton, CA 96,803 $52,883
78 Maywood, CA 27,332 $44,241
79 Huntington Park, CA 58,353 $42,447
80 Bell Gardens, CA 42,421 $42,223
81 Commerce, CA 12,830 $47,518

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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.

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