The 10 Best Moreno Valley Suburbs To Live In For 2024

The best Moreno Valley suburbs are El Cerrito and Eastvale for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

While big cities like Moreno Valley offer culture, cuisine, and charisma, they also deliver terrible traffic, towering expenses, and a taxing quality of life.

With that in mind, we wanted to uncover the best suburbs around Moreno Valley. These burbs have all of the benefits of being near Moreno Valley without actually having to be in the city.

Of course, not all suburbs of Moreno Valley are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. Using Saturday Night Science, we delve into the factors that matter most, from commutes and housing costs to community vibes, to help you uncover the perfect suburban spots in the Greater Moreno Valley area.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

What’s the best suburb of Moreno Valley? El Cerrito ranks as the best suburb of Moreno Valley for 2024 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of El Cerrito, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Moreno Valley ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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The 10 Best Moreno Valley Suburbs To Live For 2024

El Cerrito, CA

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Population: 25,869
Median Income: $120,414
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
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El Cerrito is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Moreno Valley area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome El Cerrito.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $120,414 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Moreno Valley region. And only 5.52% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,162,177 each.

Eastvale, CA

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Population: 69,594
Median Income: $151,615
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Eastvale: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Eastvale is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Moreno Valley for 2024.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 4.24% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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Population: 174,696
Median Income: $105,534
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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Here in Rancho Cucamonga, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Moreno Valley 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 Rancho Cucamonga.

Review Of Rancho Cucamonga by HomeSnacks User

Car theft, GTA, schools inferior

easy to get to fwy if you are a thief or car thief

not enough cops for the crime!

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Population: 11,108
Median Income: $120,938
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 9.0%
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Canyon Lake ranks as the 4th best suburb of Moreno Valley for 2024.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Canyon Lake and the schools are some of the best around.

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Population: 25,328
Median Income: $120,636
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Norco: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Coming in as the fifth best is Norco.

Norco gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Moreno Valley area, where houses sell for an average of $821,192. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Review Of Norco by HomeSnacks User

hey i lived in Norco for 30 years and Im not a redneck…Oh… wait, maybe I am. lol

Chino Hills, CA

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Population: 78,223
Median Income: $117,548
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
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Chino Hills 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 6.18%.

According to online reports, Chino Hills is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Moreno Valley area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Murrieta, CA

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Population: 111,899
Median Income: $106,925
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Murrieta.

Murrieta 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 24.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Review Of Murrieta by HomeSnacks User

The crime was not bad at all. Schools were good. I graduated at sixteen.

Watch out for the Danker family. Watch out for transphobes.

Upland, CA

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Population: 78,847
Median Income: $93,994
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 10.5%
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Upland 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 6.4% of people lack insurance, good for 12th in the area.

Corona, CA

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Population: 158,346
Median Income: $103,727
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Corona?’


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.

Chino, CA

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Population: 91,008
Median Income: $99,385
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2024 is Chino.

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.

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Moreno Valley for 2024

Figuring out the best suburbs around Moreno Valley was simple. We used Saturday Night Science to find things people like about living in the suburbs and then locate the suburbs with those things.

We analyzed the newest American Community Survey data for 2018-2022 to research each suburb. We decided upon the following criteria:

  • 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

We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Moreno Valley.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 34 suburbs to evaluate around Moreno Valley.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 34 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality-of-life index.

Finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index, the “Best Suburb near Moreno Valley.” We’re lookin’ at you, El Cerrito.

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 more extensive selection of suburbs.

We updated the data for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking the best Moreno Valley suburbs. Skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Moreno Valley ‘Burbs of 2024

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.

The best suburbs of Moreno Valley are .

So if you’re craving the amenities of a larger city like Moreno Valley but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might be for you.

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Table: Best Moreno Valley Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Average Home Price
1 El Cerrito, CA 25,869 $120,414 $1,162,177
2 Eastvale, CA 69,594 $151,615 $884,749
3 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 174,696 $105,534 $736,775
4 Canyon Lake, CA 11,108 $120,938 $675,301
5 Norco, CA 25,328 $120,636 $821,192
6 Chino Hills, CA 78,223 $117,548 $913,774
7 Murrieta, CA 111,899 $106,925 $661,427
8 Upland, CA 78,847 $93,994 $773,135
9 Corona, CA 158,346 $103,727 $721,686
10 Chino, CA 91,008 $99,385 $711,183
11 Redlands, CA 73,234 $94,473 $598,867
12 Calimesa, CA 10,366 $74,236 $539,879
13 Beaumont, CA 53,544 $102,469 $511,741
14 Grand Terrace, CA 13,104 $89,781 $543,495
15 Fontana, CA 209,279 $93,230 $592,297
16 Yucaipa, CA 54,428 $85,075 $541,890
17 Riverside, CA 316,076 $83,448 $606,630
18 Menifee, CA 103,680 $87,871 $554,315
19 Loma Linda, CA 24,883 $70,685 $601,788
20 Ontario, CA 176,326 $78,070 $627,446
21 Wildomar, CA 36,822 $89,912 $617,209
22 Lake Elsinore, CA 69,993 $89,788 $556,993
23 Montclair, CA 37,842 $72,789 $614,701
24 Big Bear Lake, CA 5,059 $70,020 $595,254
25 Jurupa Valley, CA 105,672 $91,562 $617,207
26 Lakeland, CA 114,404 $58,290 $292,407
27 Highland, CA 56,789 $72,222 $500,464
28 Rialto, CA 103,873 $80,750 $539,398
29 Colton, CA 53,959 $66,725 $462,959
30 Perris, CA 78,881 $78,352 $510,724
31 San Jacinto, CA 54,077 $73,682 $456,347
32 Hemet, CA 89,651 $49,901 $425,611
33 San Bernardino, CA 221,041 $61,323 $455,364
34 Banning, CA 29,929 $54,083 $390,975
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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