The 10 Best Rancho Cucamonga Suburbs To Live In For 2022

We analyzed over 52 places around Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga for 2022:

  1. Yorba Linda
  2. Villa Park
  3. El Cerrito
  4. Sierra Madre
  5. Arcadia
  6. Diamond Bar
  7. Eastvale
  8. La Habra Heights
  9. Placentia
  10. Walnut

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

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

Yorba Linda is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Rancho Cucamonga area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Yorba Linda."

Everyone here is rich; families average $133,088 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Rancho Cucamonga region. And only 3.85% are out of work. Homes average more than $862,900 each.

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Population: 68,103
Rank Last Year: 1 (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

Villa Park is the second best 'burb we looked at near Rancho Cucamonga for 2022.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 1.51% of residents lack insurance, good for best.

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Population: 5,883
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $164,476
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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Villa Park, CA

Here in El Cerrito, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Rancho Cucamonga 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 El Cerrito.

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Population: 25,280
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,294
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
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El Cerrito, CA

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Sierra Madre ranks as the 4th best suburb of Rancho Cucamonga for 2022.

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

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Population: 10,829
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $106,719
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Sierra Madre: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sierra Madre, CA

Coming in as the fifth best is Arcadia.

Arcadia gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Rancho Cucamonga area, where houses sell for an average of $1,136,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 57,053
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $95,736
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
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Arcadia, CA

Diamond Bar 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 4.19% which is 6th best in the area.

According to online reports, Diamond Bar is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Rancho Cucamonga area, meaning you need to get in soon.

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Population: 55,870
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $100,723
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
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Diamond Bar, CA

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Eastvale.

Eastvale 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 11.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 65,766
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $127,881
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
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Eastvale, CA

La Habra Heights 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 6.78% of people lack insurance, good for 26th in the area.

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Population: 5,318
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $163,750
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
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La Habra Heights, CA

Is 'Everything Better In Placentia?'


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: 52,049
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $100,707
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
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Placentia, CA

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Walnut.

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.

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Population: 29,764
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $108,264
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
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Walnut, CA

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Rancho Cucamonga for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 52 suburbs to evaluate around Rancho Cucamonga.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 52 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 Rancho Cucamonga." We're lookin' at you, Yorba Linda. 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 Rancho Cucamonga '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 Rancho Cucamonga, 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 Rancho Cucamonga Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Yorba Linda, CA 68,103 $133,088
2 Villa Park, CA 5,883 $164,476
3 El Cerrito, CA 25,280 $108,294
4 Sierra Madre, CA 10,829 $106,719
5 Arcadia, CA 57,053 $95,736
6 Diamond Bar, CA 55,870 $100,723
7 Eastvale, CA 65,766 $127,881
8 La Habra Heights, CA 5,318 $163,750
9 Placentia, CA 52,049 $100,707
10 Walnut, CA 29,764 $108,264
11 Brea, CA 44,182 $100,969
12 Claremont, CA 35,610 $101,080
13 La Mirada, CA 48,260 $92,493
14 Chino Hills, CA 82,800 $104,661
15 Orange, CA 139,322 $96,605
16 San Dimas, CA 33,812 $90,234
17 Glendora, CA 51,087 $99,153
18 La Verne, CA 32,346 $93,473
19 West Covina, CA 105,808 $85,626
20 Norco, CA 27,021 $106,370
21 Monrovia, CA 37,636 $81,990
22 Whittier, CA 84,821 $76,026
23 Fullerton, CA 141,061 $85,471
24 Corona, CA 168,112 $88,434
25 Upland, CA 77,348 $76,259
26 La Habra, CA 62,787 $83,532
27 Covina, CA 47,787 $77,913
28 Rosemead, CA 53,850 $60,006
29 Temple, CA 4,709 $67,628
30 Grand Terrace, CA 12,559 $70,200
31 Anaheim, CA 353,085 $76,723
32 Redlands, CA 71,680 $81,265
33 Chino, CA 89,170 $85,659
34 Duarte, CA 21,399 $82,620
35 Fontana, CA 212,704 $75,681
36 Baldwin Park, CA 75,659 $68,741
37 Azusa, CA 49,584 $65,912
38 Riverside, CA 327,569 $72,738
39 La Puente, CA 39,780 $66,132
40 South El Monte, CA 20,791 $54,208
41 Loma Linda, CA 24,239 $56,021
42 Ontario, CA 178,194 $67,357
43 El Monte, CA 113,917 $53,874
44 Pomona, CA 151,124 $62,407
45 Moreno Valley, CA 208,751 $70,385
46 Montclair, CA 40,041 $63,245
47 Jurupa Valley, CA 106,646 $77,787
48 Colton, CA 54,215 $56,762
49 Highland, CA 55,339 $62,956
50 Rialto, CA 103,549 $65,538
51 Hesperia, CA 95,163 $54,149
52 San Bernardino, CA 216,784 $49,287

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About Chris Kolmar

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