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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 2022:
What's the best suburb of Ontario? Mission Viejo ranks as the best suburb of Ontario for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Mission Viejo, 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.
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The 10 Best Ontario Suburbs To Live For 2022
Mission Viejo is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Ontario area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Mission Viejo."
Everyone here is rich; families average $121,299 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Ontario region. And only 4.16% are out of work. Homes average more than $732,100 each.
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Median Income: $121,299
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Mission Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos
La Palma is the second best 'burb we looked at near Ontario for 2022.
It ranks 10th for incomes in the area and only 3.6% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $108,363
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on La Palma: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Here in Yorba Linda, 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 Yorba Linda.
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $133,088
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos
San Marino ranks as the 4th best suburb of Ontario for 2022.
You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in San Marino and the schools are some of the best around.
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Income: $164,423
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Coming in as the fifth best is Villa Park.
Villa Park gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Ontario area, where houses sell for an average of $1,238,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $164,476
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Villa Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Rancho Santa Margarita 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 3.21% which is 6th best in the area.
According to online reports, Rancho Santa Margarita is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Ontario area, meaning you need to get in soon.
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $125,329
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Cerritos.
Cerritos 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.
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $109,229
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Cerritos: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Sierra Madre 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 4.74% of people lack insurance, good for 19th in the area.
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Income: $106,719
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Sierra Madre: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Is 'Everything Better In El Cerrito?'
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.
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $108,294
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
More on El Cerrito: Real Estate | Data | Photos
And rounding out the top ten for 2022 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.
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $102,005
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Cypress: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Ontario for 2022
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 2016-2020 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, Mission Viejo. 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.
Summary: Welcome to the Best Ontario 'Burbs of 2022
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.
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