The 10 Best Huntington Beach Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 91 places around Huntington Beach to identify the most in demand places to live.

HomeSnacks is reader-supported. When you click through real estate links on our site, we earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.
Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach? Hermosa Beach ranks as the best suburb of Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach '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 Huntington Beach Suburbs To Live For 2021

Hermosa Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 19,539
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $136,702
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Hermosa Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Everyone here is rich; families average $136,702 a year, which is the 6th highest in the Huntington Beach region. And only 4.05% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,542,900 each.

Redondo Beach, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 67,423
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $113,499
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Redondo Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Redondo Beach is the second best 'burb we looked at near Huntington Beach for 2021.

It ranks 13th for incomes in the area and only 3.27% of residents lack insurance, good for 11th best.

Manhattan Beach, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 35,500
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $153,023
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Manhattan Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Manhattan Beach, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Huntington Beach 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

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,434
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $194,543
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Palos Verdes Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 42,030
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $138,557
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Rancho Palos Verdes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Rancho Palos Verdes.

Rancho Palos Verdes gets kudos for having the 8th most expensive homes in the Huntington Beach area, where houses sell for an average of $1,156,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Newport Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 85,694
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $127,223
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on Newport Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newport Beach 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 3.12% which is 4th best in the area.

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

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,725
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $129,995
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 19.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 48,503
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $121,017
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rancho Santa Margarita 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 3.67% of people lack insurance, good for 15th in the area.

Aliso Viejo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 50,663
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $112,689
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Aliso Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Aliso Viejo?'

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.

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,169
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $150,135
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Rolling Hills Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Rolling Hills Estates.

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 Huntington Beach for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 91 suburbs to evaluate around Huntington Beach.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 91 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 Huntington Beach." 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 Huntington Beach '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 Huntington Beach, 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 Huntington Beach 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 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 42,030 $138,557
6 Newport Beach, CA 85,694 $127,223
7 Yorba Linda, CA 67,725 $129,995
8 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 48,503 $121,017
9 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,663 $112,689
10 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 8,169 $150,135
11 Villa Park, CA 5,861 $165,000
12 La Palma, CA 15,604 $107,724
13 Mission Viejo, CA 95,516 $118,477
14 San Clemente, CA 64,878 $110,434
15 Laguna Niguel, CA 65,808 $108,537
16 Torrance, CA 145,492 $93,492
17 Dana Point, CA 33,769 $99,409
18 El Cerrito, CA 25,398 $108,298
19 Laguna Beach, CA 23,036 $129,983
20 Cypress, CA 48,893 $93,137
21 El Segundo, CA 16,731 $109,577
22 Walnut, CA 29,903 $108,669
23 La Habra Heights, CA 6,574 $115,762
24 Lake Forest, CA 83,974 $109,492
25 Fountain Valley, CA 56,026 $93,075
26 Cerritos, CA 50,143 $106,190
27 Irvine, CA 273,157 $105,126
28 Laguna Hills, CA 31,617 $100,985
29 Placentia, CA 51,818 $95,757
30 Lakewood, CA 80,292 $93,432
31 Chino Hills, CA 80,701 $106,347
32 Diamond Bar, CA 56,211 $99,083
33 Brea, CA 42,678 $94,492
34 Lomita, CA 20,514 $71,606
35 Tustin, CA 79,863 $84,697
36 La Mirada, CA 48,764 $95,685
37 Los Alamitos, CA 11,534 $88,729
38 San Juan Capistrano, CA 35,922 $91,600
39 Whittier, CA 86,090 $77,270
40 Seal Beach, CA 24,204 $68,852
41 Costa Mesa, CA 113,159 $84,138
42 Alhambra, CA 84,647 $61,384
43 Orange, CA 139,887 $91,793
44 Laguna Woods, CA 16,053 $44,020
45 West Covina, CA 106,589 $82,938
46 Buena Park, CA 82,489 $78,932
47 Fullerton, CA 139,611 $79,978
48 Downey, CA 112,322 $75,878
49 Artesia, CA 16,758 $67,647
50 Monterey Park, CA 60,439 $61,819
51 Covina, CA 48,095 $70,780
52 Garden Grove, CA 173,258 $69,278
53 San Gabriel, CA 40,143 $62,541
54 Corona, CA 166,972 $83,752
55 Lawndale, CA 32,819 $62,013
56 Westminster, CA 91,137 $62,625
57 Rosemead, CA 54,282 $57,999
58 Temple, CA 4,549 $58,594
59 Midway, CA 3,221 $59,625
60 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,810 $68,685
61 Carson, CA 92,079 $82,305
62 Gardena, CA 59,709 $58,447
63 Signal Hill, CA 11,512 $75,508
64 Norwalk, CA 105,304 $70,667
65 Pico Rivera, CA 63,001 $67,636
66 La Habra, CA 60,594 $79,325
67 Bellflower, CA 77,195 $60,011
68 Chino, CA 89,631 $81,711
69 Long Beach, CA 466,776 $63,017
70 Anaheim, CA 349,964 $71,763
71 Hawthorne, CA 87,107 $54,215
72 Stanton, CA 38,377 $57,598
73 Santa Ana, CA 332,794 $66,145
74 Baldwin Park, CA 75,892 $65,904
75 La Puente, CA 40,020 $64,592
76 Inglewood, CA 109,613 $54,400
77 Montebello, CA 62,742 $56,150
78 Paramount, CA 54,513 $55,670
79 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,337 $49,483
80 El Monte, CA 115,517 $49,003
81 South El Monte, CA 20,721 $52,204
82 Lynwood, CA 70,635 $52,213
83 South Gate, CA 94,642 $52,321
84 Pomona, CA 152,209 $60,598
85 Bell, CA 35,682 $44,327
86 Compton, CA 96,803 $52,883
87 Cudahy, CA 23,890 $46,642
88 Maywood, CA 27,332 $44,241
89 Huntington Park, CA 58,353 $42,447
90 Bell Gardens, CA 42,421 $42,223
91 Commerce, CA 12,830 $47,518

How Is Your Town In ?

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.