The 10 Best Riverside Suburbs To Live In For 2022

We analyzed over 54 places around Riverside to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Riverside 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 Riverside are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Riverside? Mission Viejo ranks as the best suburb of Riverside 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 Riverside '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 Riverside Suburbs To Live For 2022

Mission Viejo is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Riverside area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Mission Viejo."

Everyone here is rich; families average $121,299 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Riverside region. And only 4.16% are out of work. Homes average more than $732,100 each.

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Population: 95,638
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $121,299
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
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Mission Viejo, CA

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Yorba Linda is the second best 'burb we looked at near Riverside for 2022.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 2.71% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

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Population: 68,103
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $133,088
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yorba Linda, CA

Here in Rancho Santa Margarita, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Riverside 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 Rancho Santa Margarita.

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Population: 48,280
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $125,329
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Villa Park ranks as the 4th best suburb of Riverside for 2022.

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

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Population: 5,883
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $164,476
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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Villa Park, CA

Coming in as the fifth best is El Cerrito.

El Cerrito gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Riverside area, where houses sell for an average of $858,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 25,280
Rank Last Year: 5 (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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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 8th best in the area.

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

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Population: 55,870
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
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 Laguna Hills.

Laguna Hills 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 29.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 31,613
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $102,358
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
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Laguna Hills, CA

Walnut 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 4.95% of people lack insurance, good for 20th in the area.

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Population: 29,764
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $108,264
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
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Walnut, CA

Is 'Everything Better In Lake Forest?'


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: 84,666
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $112,988
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
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Lake Forest, CA

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Eastvale.

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: 65,766
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Income: $127,881
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
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Eastvale, CA

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

Figuring out the best suburbs around Riverside 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 Riverside.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 54 suburbs to evaluate around Riverside.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 54 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 Riverside." 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 Riverside '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 Riverside, 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 Riverside Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Mission Viejo, CA 95,638 $121,299
2 Yorba Linda, CA 68,103 $133,088
3 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 48,280 $125,329
4 Villa Park, CA 5,883 $164,476
5 El Cerrito, CA 25,280 $108,294
6 Diamond Bar, CA 55,870 $100,723
7 Laguna Hills, CA 31,613 $102,358
8 Walnut, CA 29,764 $108,264
9 Lake Forest, CA 84,666 $112,988
10 Eastvale, CA 65,766 $127,881
11 Brea, CA 44,182 $100,969
12 Canyon Lake, CA 11,237 $107,868
13 Placentia, CA 52,049 $100,707
14 Claremont, CA 35,610 $101,080
15 Irvine, CA 272,694 $108,318
16 Chino Hills, CA 82,800 $104,661
17 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 178,060 $92,290
18 San Dimas, CA 33,812 $90,234
19 Tustin, CA 80,815 $88,386
20 Orange, CA 139,322 $96,605
21 La Verne, CA 32,346 $93,473
22 Glendora, CA 51,087 $99,153
23 Norco, CA 27,021 $106,370
24 Laguna Woods, CA 16,056 $46,449
25 Murrieta, CA 114,066 $91,654
26 Upland, CA 77,348 $76,259
27 Corona, CA 168,112 $88,434
28 Covina, CA 47,787 $77,913
29 Grand Terrace, CA 12,559 $70,200
30 Redlands, CA 71,680 $81,265
31 Anaheim, CA 353,085 $76,723
32 Chino, CA 89,170 $85,659
33 Calimesa, CA 9,156 $61,671
34 Beaumont, CA 48,272 $88,932
35 Yucaipa, CA 54,358 $73,196
36 Menifee, CA 92,968 $76,824
37 Fontana, CA 212,704 $75,681
38 Loma Linda, CA 24,239 $56,021
39 Ontario, CA 178,194 $67,357
40 Pomona, CA 151,124 $62,407
41 Wildomar, CA 36,091 $76,791
42 Montclair, CA 40,041 $63,245
43 Moreno Valley, CA 208,751 $70,385
44 Lake Elsinore, CA 64,201 $74,490
45 Colton, CA 54,215 $56,762
46 Jurupa Valley, CA 106,646 $77,787
47 Highland, CA 55,339 $62,956
48 Rialto, CA 103,549 $65,538
49 Lakeland, CA 110,335 $50,136
50 Perris, CA 77,708 $66,926
51 Hemet, CA 84,686 $43,152
52 San Bernardino, CA 216,784 $49,287
53 San Jacinto, CA 48,786 $56,933
54 Banning, CA 30,276 $43,442

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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.

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