The 10 Best Moreno Valley Suburbs To Live For 2021

We analyzed over 34 places around Moreno Valley 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 Moreno Valley 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 Moreno Valley are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Moreno Valley for 2021:

  1. El Cerrito
  2. Eastvale
  3. Canyon Lake
  4. Rancho Cucamonga
  5. Chino Hills
  6. Norco
  7. Upland
  8. Murrieta
  9. Corona
  10. Grand Terrace

What's the best suburb of Moreno Valley? El Cerrito ranks as the best suburb of Moreno Valley for 2021 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.

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 Moreno Valley Suburbs To Live For 2021

El Cerrito, CA

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Population: 25,398
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,298
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
More on El Cerrito: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $108,298 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Moreno Valley region. And only 4.36% are out of work. Homes average more than $804,700 each.

Eastvale, CA

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Population: 62,046
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $119,213
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
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Eastvale is the second best 'burb we looked at near Moreno Valley for 2021.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 4.11% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

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Population: 11,170
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $100,682
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.0%
More on Canyon Lake: Real Estate | Data

Here in Canyon Lake, 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 Canyon Lake.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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Population: 176,379
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $90,953
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.9%
More on Rancho Cucamonga: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rancho Cucamonga ranks as the 4th best suburb of Moreno Valley for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Rancho Cucamonga and the schools are some of the best around.

Chino Hills, CA

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Population: 80,701
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $106,347
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Chino Hills.

Chino Hills gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Moreno Valley area, where houses sell for an average of $622,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 26,670
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $102,817
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Norco: Real Estate | Data

Norco 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 3.71% which is 3rd best in the area.

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

Upland, CA

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Population: 76,596
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $72,782
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 12.5%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Upland.

Upland 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 29.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Murrieta, CA

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Population: 112,941
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $90,535
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
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Murrieta 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 5.96% of people lack insurance, good for 14th in the area.

Corona, CA

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Population: 166,972
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $83,752
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 9.8%
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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.

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Population: 12,510
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $71,788
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
More on Grand Terrace: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Grand Terrace.

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 Moreno Valley for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Moreno Valley 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 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.

And 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. 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 Moreno Valley '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 Moreno Valley, 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 Moreno Valley Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 El Cerrito, CA 25,398 $108,298
2 Eastvale, CA 62,046 $119,213
3 Canyon Lake, CA 11,170 $100,682
4 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 176,379 $90,953
5 Chino Hills, CA 80,701 $106,347
6 Norco, CA 26,670 $102,817
7 Upland, CA 76,596 $72,782
8 Murrieta, CA 112,941 $90,535
9 Corona, CA 166,972 $83,752
10 Grand Terrace, CA 12,510 $71,788
11 Redlands, CA 71,198 $74,839
12 Chino, CA 89,631 $81,711
13 Yucaipa, CA 53,416 $69,104
14 Loma Linda, CA 24,184 $55,607
15 Beaumont, CA 47,144 $84,105
16 Fontana, CA 210,759 $72,918
17 Menifee, CA 90,349 $70,224
18 Riverside, CA 326,414 $69,045
19 Ontario, CA 176,760 $65,046
20 Wildomar, CA 36,445 $74,991
21 Calimesa, CA 8,814 $56,903
22 Lake Elsinore, CA 65,817 $71,476
23 Big Bear Lake, CA 5,241 $51,060
24 Montclair, CA 39,155 $62,024
25 Colton, CA 54,580 $53,838
26 Lakeland, CA 107,922 $47,511
27 Highland, CA 55,049 $64,868
28 Jurupa Valley, CA 105,653 $70,642
29 Rialto, CA 103,045 $61,518
30 Perris, CA 77,290 $63,829
31 Hemet, CA 84,542 $39,726
32 Banning, CA 31,072 $42,274
33 San Jacinto, CA 47,989 $52,009
34 San Bernardino, CA 216,089 $45,834

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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.

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.

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