The 10 Best Long Beach Suburbs To Live For 2021

We analyzed over 96 places around Long Beach 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 Long 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 Long 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 Long Beach? Hermosa Beach ranks as the best suburb of Long 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 Long 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 Long Beach 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 Long 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 7th highest in the Long Beach 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 Long Beach for 2021.

It ranks 12th for incomes in the area and only 3.27% of residents lack insurance, good for 12th 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 Long 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

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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 Long 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.

San Marino, CA

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Population: 13,194
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
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 Long Beach area, where houses sell for an average of $2,000,001. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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Population: 42,030
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $138,557
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
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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 3.98% which is 17th best in the area.

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

Newport Beach, CA

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Population: 85,694
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $127,223
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Newport Beach.

Newport Beach 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 21.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Yorba Linda, CA

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Population: 67,725
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $129,995
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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Yorba Linda 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 2.8% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

South Pasadena, CA

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Population: 25,661
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $104,308
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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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.

Aliso Viejo, CA

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Population: 50,663
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $112,689
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Aliso Viejo.

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 Long Beach for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Long 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 Long Beach.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 97 suburbs to evaluate around Long Beach.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 97 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 Long 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 Long 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 Long 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 Long 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 San Marino, CA 13,194 $166,607
6 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 42,030 $138,557
7 Newport Beach, CA 85,694 $127,223
8 Yorba Linda, CA 67,725 $129,995
9 South Pasadena, CA 25,661 $104,308
10 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,663 $112,689
11 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 8,169 $150,135
12 Villa Park, CA 5,861 $165,000
13 La Palma, CA 15,604 $107,724
14 Torrance, CA 145,492 $93,492
15 Santa Monica, CA 91,577 $96,570
16 Laguna Beach, CA 23,036 $129,983
17 Beverly Hills, CA 34,186 $106,936
18 Huntington Beach, CA 200,259 $95,046
19 Walnut, CA 29,903 $108,669
20 El Segundo, CA 16,731 $109,577
21 Cypress, CA 48,893 $93,137
22 La Habra Heights, CA 6,574 $115,762
23 Lake Forest, CA 83,974 $109,492
24 Cerritos, CA 50,143 $106,190
25 West Hollywood, CA 36,450 $74,044
26 Sierra Madre, CA 10,932 $100,988
27 Arcadia, CA 58,152 $93,574
28 Irvine, CA 273,157 $105,126
29 Fountain Valley, CA 56,026 $93,075
30 Lakewood, CA 80,292 $93,432
31 Placentia, CA 51,818 $95,757
32 Chino Hills, CA 80,701 $106,347
33 Diamond Bar, CA 56,211 $99,083
34 Brea, CA 42,678 $94,492
35 San Dimas, CA 34,048 $86,410
36 Lomita, CA 20,514 $71,606
37 La Mirada, CA 48,764 $95,685
38 Tustin, CA 79,863 $84,697
39 Los Alamitos, CA 11,534 $88,729
40 Seal Beach, CA 24,204 $68,852
41 Whittier, CA 86,090 $77,270
42 Pasadena, CA 141,258 $83,068
43 Alhambra, CA 84,647 $61,384
44 Costa Mesa, CA 113,159 $84,138
45 Orange, CA 139,887 $91,793
46 Laguna Woods, CA 16,053 $44,020
47 Burbank, CA 103,703 $75,827
48 Glendora, CA 51,801 $96,132
49 West Covina, CA 106,589 $82,938
50 Monrovia, CA 36,816 $77,111
51 Downey, CA 112,322 $75,878
52 Buena Park, CA 82,489 $78,932
53 Fullerton, CA 139,611 $79,978
54 Artesia, CA 16,758 $67,647
55 Monterey Park, CA 60,439 $61,819
56 Covina, CA 48,095 $70,780
57 San Gabriel, CA 40,143 $62,541
58 Garden Grove, CA 173,258 $69,278
59 Westminster, CA 91,137 $62,625
60 Lawndale, CA 32,819 $62,013
61 Glendale, CA 200,232 $66,130
62 Midway, CA 3,221 $59,625
63 Rosemead, CA 54,282 $57,999
64 Carson, CA 92,079 $82,305
65 Temple, CA 4,549 $58,594
66 Norwalk, CA 105,304 $70,667
67 Pico Rivera, CA 63,001 $67,636
68 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,810 $68,685
69 Gardena, CA 59,709 $58,447
70 Signal Hill, CA 11,512 $75,508
71 La Habra, CA 60,594 $79,325
72 Bellflower, CA 77,195 $60,011
73 Anaheim, CA 349,964 $71,763
74 Hawthorne, CA 87,107 $54,215
75 Duarte, CA 21,559 $75,083
76 Stanton, CA 38,377 $57,598
77 Santa Ana, CA 332,794 $66,145
78 Baldwin Park, CA 75,892 $65,904
79 Los Angeles, CA 3,966,936 $62,142
80 La Puente, CA 40,020 $64,592
81 Azusa, CA 49,753 $68,216
82 Paramount, CA 54,513 $55,670
83 Inglewood, CA 109,613 $54,400
84 Montebello, CA 62,742 $56,150
85 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,337 $49,483
86 El Monte, CA 115,517 $49,003
87 South El Monte, CA 20,721 $52,204
88 Lynwood, CA 70,635 $52,213
89 South Gate, CA 94,642 $52,321
90 Bell, CA 35,682 $44,327
91 Pomona, CA 152,209 $60,598
92 Cudahy, CA 23,890 $46,642
93 Compton, CA 96,803 $52,883
94 Maywood, CA 27,332 $44,241
95 Huntington Park, CA 58,353 $42,447
96 Bell Gardens, CA 42,421 $42,223
97 Commerce, CA 12,830 $47,518

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