The 10 Best Ontario Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 75 places around Ontario to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Ontario 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 Ontario 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 Ontario for 2021:

  1. San Marino
  2. Yorba Linda
  3. La Palma
  4. Rancho Santa Margarita
  5. Mission Viejo
  6. Villa Park
  7. El Cerrito
  8. Eastvale
  9. Cerritos
  10. Cypress

What's the best suburb of Ontario? San Marino ranks as the best suburb of Ontario for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of San Marino, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Ontario '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 Ontario Suburbs To Live For 2021

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,194
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Income: $166,607
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Marino is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Ontario area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome San Marino."

Everyone here is rich; families average $166,607 a year, which is the highest in the Ontario region. And only 1.83% are out of work. Homes average more than $2,000,001 each.

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,725
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $129,995
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yorba Linda is the second best 'burb we looked at near Ontario for 2021.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.8% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

La Palma, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 15,604
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $107,724
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on La Palma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in La Palma, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Ontario 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 La Palma.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 48,503
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $121,017
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rancho Santa Margarita ranks as the 4th best suburb of Ontario for 2021.

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

Mission Viejo, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 95,516
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $118,477
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Mission Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Mission Viejo.

Mission Viejo gets kudos for having the 10th most expensive homes in the Ontario area, where houses sell for an average of $693,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Villa Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,861
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $165,000
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Villa Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Villa Park 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 2.53% which is 3rd best in the area.

According to online reports, Villa Park is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Ontario area, meaning you need to get in soon.

El Cerrito, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,398
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $108,298
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
More on El Cerrito: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to El Cerrito.

El Cerrito 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 14.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Eastvale, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 62,046
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 14)
Median Income: $119,213
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Eastvale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Eastvale 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 4.11% of people lack insurance, good for 6th in the area.

Cerritos, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 50,143
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $106,190
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Cerritos: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Cerritos?'

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.

Cypress, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 48,893
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $93,137
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Cypress: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Cypress.

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 Ontario for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Ontario 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 Ontario.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 75 suburbs to evaluate around Ontario.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 75 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 Ontario." We're lookin' at you, San Marino. 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 Ontario '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 Ontario, 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 Ontario Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 San Marino, CA 13,194 $166,607
2 Yorba Linda, CA 67,725 $129,995
3 La Palma, CA 15,604 $107,724
4 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 48,503 $121,017
5 Mission Viejo, CA 95,516 $118,477
6 Villa Park, CA 5,861 $165,000
7 El Cerrito, CA 25,398 $108,298
8 Eastvale, CA 62,046 $119,213
9 Cerritos, CA 50,143 $106,190
10 Cypress, CA 48,893 $93,137
11 Walnut, CA 29,903 $108,669
12 Lake Forest, CA 83,974 $109,492
13 Sierra Madre, CA 10,932 $100,988
14 Arcadia, CA 58,152 $93,574
15 La Habra Heights, CA 6,574 $115,762
16 Diamond Bar, CA 56,211 $99,083
17 Irvine, CA 273,157 $105,126
18 Claremont, CA 36,090 $101,420
19 Placentia, CA 51,818 $95,757
20 Chino Hills, CA 80,701 $106,347
21 Brea, CA 42,678 $94,492
22 La Mirada, CA 48,764 $95,685
23 San Dimas, CA 34,048 $86,410
24 Tustin, CA 79,863 $84,697
25 Whittier, CA 86,090 $77,270
26 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 176,379 $90,953
27 Norco, CA 26,670 $102,817
28 Orange, CA 139,887 $91,793
29 La Verne, CA 32,211 $88,131
30 Glendora, CA 51,801 $96,132
31 West Covina, CA 106,589 $82,938
32 Monrovia, CA 36,816 $77,111
33 Fullerton, CA 139,611 $79,978
34 Buena Park, CA 82,489 $78,932
35 Upland, CA 76,596 $72,782
36 Covina, CA 48,095 $70,780
37 Artesia, CA 16,758 $67,647
38 San Gabriel, CA 40,143 $62,541
39 Corona, CA 166,972 $83,752
40 Garden Grove, CA 173,258 $69,278
41 Westminster, CA 91,137 $62,625
42 Grand Terrace, CA 12,510 $71,788
43 Rosemead, CA 54,282 $57,999
44 La Habra, CA 60,594 $79,325
45 Redlands, CA 71,198 $74,839
46 Pico Rivera, CA 63,001 $67,636
47 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,810 $68,685
48 Midway, CA 3,221 $59,625
49 Norwalk, CA 105,304 $70,667
50 Chino, CA 89,631 $81,711
51 Anaheim, CA 349,964 $71,763
52 Temple, CA 4,549 $58,594
53 Duarte, CA 21,559 $75,083
54 Stanton, CA 38,377 $57,598
55 Azusa, CA 49,753 $68,216
56 Baldwin Park, CA 75,892 $65,904
57 Santa Ana, CA 332,794 $66,145
58 Loma Linda, CA 24,184 $55,607
59 Fontana, CA 210,759 $72,918
60 Riverside, CA 326,414 $69,045
61 La Puente, CA 40,020 $64,592
62 Montebello, CA 62,742 $56,150
63 El Monte, CA 115,517 $49,003
64 Lake Elsinore, CA 65,817 $71,476
65 South El Monte, CA 20,721 $52,204
66 Montclair, CA 39,155 $62,024
67 Moreno Valley, CA 207,289 $66,134
68 Pomona, CA 152,209 $60,598
69 Colton, CA 54,580 $53,838
70 Highland, CA 55,049 $64,868
71 Jurupa Valley, CA 105,653 $70,642
72 Rialto, CA 103,045 $61,518
73 Hesperia, CA 94,203 $53,561
74 Perris, CA 77,290 $63,829
75 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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