The 10 Best Pomona Suburbs To Live In For 2022


We analyzed over 93 places around Pomona to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Pomona 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 Pomona 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 Pomona for 2022:

  1. South Pasadena
  2. La Palma
  3. Yorba Linda
  4. San Marino
  5. Villa Park
  6. Cerritos
  7. Sierra Madre
  8. El Cerrito
  9. Eastvale
  10. La Habra Heights

What's the best suburb of Pomona? South Pasadena ranks as the best suburb of Pomona for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of South Pasadena, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Pomona '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 Pomona Suburbs To Live For 2022

South Pasadena is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Pomona area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome South Pasadena."

Everyone here is rich; families average $109,927 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Pomona region. And only 4.09% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,113,100 each.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 25,478
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $109,927
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on South Pasadena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Pasadena, CA

La Palma is the second best 'burb we looked at near Pomona for 2022.

It ranks 9th for incomes in the area and only 3.6% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 15,657
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $108,363
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on La Palma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Palma, CA

Here in Yorba Linda, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Pomona 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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 68,103
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $133,088
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yorba Linda, CA

San Marino ranks as the 4th best suburb of Pomona 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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,020
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $164,423
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Marino, CA

Coming in as the fifth best is Villa Park.

Villa Park gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Pomona area, where houses sell for an average of $1,238,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,883
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $164,476
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Villa Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Villa Park, CA

Cerritos 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 5.46% which is 48th best in the area.

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

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 49,388
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Income: $109,229
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Cerritos: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cerritos, CA

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Sierra Madre.

Sierra Madre 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 18.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 10,829
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Median Income: $106,719
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Sierra Madre: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sierra Madre, CA

El Cerrito 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 4.32% of people lack insurance, good for 17th in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,280
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $108,294
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
More on El Cerrito: Real Estate | Data | Photos

El Cerrito, CA

Source: Public domain

Is 'Everything Better In Eastvale?'

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 65,766
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $127,881
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Eastvale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Eastvale, CA

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is La Habra Heights.

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,318
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Income: $163,750
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on La Habra Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Habra Heights, CA

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Pomona for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Pomona 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 Pomona.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 93 suburbs to evaluate around Pomona.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 93 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 Pomona." We're lookin' at you, South Pasadena. 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 Pomona '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 Pomona, 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 Pomona Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 South Pasadena, CA 25,478 $109,927
2 La Palma, CA 15,657 $108,363
3 Yorba Linda, CA 68,103 $133,088
4 San Marino, CA 13,020 $164,423
5 Villa Park, CA 5,883 $164,476
6 Cerritos, CA 49,388 $109,229
7 Sierra Madre, CA 10,829 $106,719
8 El Cerrito, CA 25,280 $108,294
9 Eastvale, CA 65,766 $127,881
10 La Habra Heights, CA 5,318 $163,750
11 Cypress, CA 49,137 $102,005
12 Arcadia, CA 57,053 $95,736
13 Diamond Bar, CA 55,870 $100,723
14 Walnut, CA 29,764 $108,264
15 Huntington Beach, CA 199,778 $97,469
16 Placentia, CA 52,049 $100,707
17 Lake Forest, CA 84,666 $112,988
18 Brea, CA 44,182 $100,969
19 Lakewood, CA 79,676 $96,487
20 Claremont, CA 35,610 $101,080
21 Chino Hills, CA 82,800 $104,661
22 La Mirada, CA 48,260 $92,493
23 Irvine, CA 272,694 $108,318
24 Fountain Valley, CA 56,118 $89,924
25 San Dimas, CA 33,812 $90,234
26 Seal Beach, CA 24,268 $72,596
27 Tustin, CA 80,815 $88,386
28 Orange, CA 139,322 $96,605
29 Glendora, CA 51,087 $99,153
30 Alhambra, CA 84,509 $66,593
31 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 178,060 $92,290
32 La Verne, CA 32,346 $93,473
33 Costa Mesa, CA 112,958 $90,370
34 Buena Park, CA 82,228 $84,680
35 Norco, CA 27,021 $106,370
36 Pasadena, CA 142,017 $85,129
37 Monrovia, CA 37,636 $81,990
38 San Gabriel, CA 40,108 $70,892
39 West Covina, CA 105,808 $85,626
40 Whittier, CA 84,821 $76,026
41 Signal Hill, CA 11,430 $86,140
42 Artesia, CA 16,456 $74,375
43 Upland, CA 77,348 $76,259
44 Fullerton, CA 141,061 $85,471
45 Downey, CA 111,263 $75,974
46 Corona, CA 168,112 $88,434
47 Monterey Park, CA 60,597 $63,389
48 Los Alamitos, CA 11,521 $89,323
49 Midway, CA 3,132 $51,005
50 Covina, CA 47,787 $77,913
51 Pico Rivera, CA 62,507 $70,620
52 La Habra, CA 62,787 $83,532
53 Temple, CA 4,709 $67,628
54 Garden Grove, CA 172,800 $73,611
55 Norwalk, CA 104,524 $77,425
56 Glendale, CA 199,357 $70,596
57 Rosemead, CA 53,850 $60,006
58 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,643 $69,922
59 Grand Terrace, CA 12,559 $70,200
60 Anaheim, CA 353,085 $76,723
61 Chino, CA 89,170 $85,659
62 Westminster, CA 90,857 $67,142
63 Long Beach, CA 462,081 $66,410
64 Santa Ana, CA 332,610 $72,406
65 Duarte, CA 21,399 $82,620
66 Baldwin Park, CA 75,659 $68,741
67 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,212 $61,422
68 Bellflower, CA 76,339 $63,848
69 Fontana, CA 212,704 $75,681
70 Montebello, CA 62,697 $62,781
71 La Puente, CA 39,780 $66,132
72 Stanton, CA 38,317 $66,017
73 Azusa, CA 49,584 $65,912
74 Riverside, CA 327,569 $72,738
75 El Monte, CA 113,917 $53,874
76 Paramount, CA 53,949 $57,313
77 Loma Linda, CA 24,239 $56,021
78 Ontario, CA 178,194 $67,357
79 Jurupa Valley, CA 106,646 $77,787
80 South El Monte, CA 20,791 $54,208
81 South Gate, CA 94,905 $55,084
82 Maywood, CA 27,127 $50,996
83 Colton, CA 54,215 $56,762
84 Montclair, CA 40,041 $63,245
85 Bell, CA 35,301 $47,740
86 Lynwood, CA 69,625 $57,063
87 Commerce, CA 12,738 $54,639
88 Bell Gardens, CA 41,770 $45,289
89 Compton, CA 95,804 $58,703
90 Cudahy, CA 23,606 $46,279
91 Huntington Park, CA 57,761 $46,738
92 Rialto, CA 103,549 $65,538
93 San Bernardino, CA 216,784 $49,287

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