The 10 Best San Bernardino Suburbs To Live In For 2024

The best San Bernardino suburbs are El Cerrito and Eastvale for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

While big cities like San Bernardino offer culture, cuisine, and charisma, they also deliver terrible traffic, towering expenses, and a taxing quality of life.

With that in mind, we wanted to uncover the best suburbs around San Bernardino. These burbs have all of the benefits of being near San Bernardino without actually having to be in the city.

Of course, not all suburbs of San Bernardino are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. Using Saturday Night Science, we delve into the factors that matter most, from commutes and housing costs to community vibes, to help you uncover the perfect suburban spots in the Greater San Bernardino area.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

What’s the best suburb of San Bernardino? El Cerrito ranks as the best suburb of San Bernardino for 2024 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of El Cerrito, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 San Bernardino ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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The 10 Best San Bernardino Suburbs To Live For 2024

El Cerrito, CA

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Population: 25,869
Median Income: $120,414
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
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El Cerrito is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the San Bernardino area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome El Cerrito.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $120,414 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the San Bernardino region. And only 5.52% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,162,177 each.

Eastvale, CA

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Population: 69,594
Median Income: $151,615
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
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Eastvale is the second best ‘burb we looked at near San Bernardino for 2024.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 4.24% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

Claremont, CA

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Population: 36,891
Median Income: $115,091
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
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Here in Claremont, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the San Bernardino 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 Claremont.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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Population: 174,696
Median Income: $105,534
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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Rancho Cucamonga ranks as the 4th best suburb of San Bernardino for 2024.

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

Review Of Rancho Cucamonga by HomeSnacks User

Rancho Cucamonga is a suburban town that doesn’t have a high rate of crime and is known to house upper middle class families. Although a lot of families live here there are some areas that younger people stay even though it can be very expensive.

Favorite place to visit is the mall called Victoria Gardens. An outdoor mall that is a little on the pricey side, but caters towards all different types of crowds.

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Population: 25,328
Median Income: $120,636
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Norco.

Norco gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the San Bernardino area, where houses sell for an average of $821,192. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Review Of Norco by HomeSnacks User

hey i lived in Norco for 30 years and Im not a redneck…Oh… wait, maybe I am. lol

La Verne, CA

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Population: 31,239
Median Income: $103,816
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
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La Verne 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 6.42%.

According to online reports, La Verne is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the San Bernardino area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Chino Hills, CA

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Population: 78,223
Median Income: $117,548
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Chino Hills.

Chino 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 28.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Upland, CA

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Population: 78,847
Median Income: $93,994
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 10.5%
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Upland 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 6.4% of people lack insurance, good for 12th in the area.

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Population: 34,466
Median Income: $102,241
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 9.3%
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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.

Corona, CA

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Population: 158,346
Median Income: $103,727
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2024 is Corona.

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.

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around San Bernardino for 2024

Figuring out the best suburbs around San Bernardino was simple. We used Saturday Night Science to find things people like about living in the suburbs and then locate the suburbs with those things.

We analyzed the newest American Community Survey data for 2018-2022 to research each suburb. We decided upon the following criteria:

  • 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

We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of San Bernardino.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 34 suburbs to evaluate around San Bernardino.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 34 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality-of-life index.

Finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index, the “Best Suburb near San Bernardino.” We’re lookin’ at you, El Cerrito.

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 more extensive selection of suburbs.

We updated the data for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking the best San Bernardino suburbs. Skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best San Bernardino ‘Burbs of 2024

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.

The best suburbs of San Bernardino are .

So if you’re craving the amenities of a larger city like San Bernardino but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might be for you.

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Table: Best San Bernardino Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Average Home Price
1 El Cerrito, CA 25,869 $120,414 $1,162,177
2 Eastvale, CA 69,594 $151,615 $884,749
3 Claremont, CA 36,891 $115,091 $926,202
4 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 174,696 $105,534 $736,775
5 Norco, CA 25,328 $120,636 $821,192
6 La Verne, CA 31,239 $103,816 $888,737
7 Chino Hills, CA 78,223 $117,548 $913,774
8 Upland, CA 78,847 $93,994 $773,135
9 San Dimas, CA 34,466 $102,241 $863,283
10 Corona, CA 158,346 $103,727 $721,686
11 Chino, CA 91,008 $99,385 $711,183
12 Calimesa, CA 10,366 $74,236 $539,879
13 Redlands, CA 73,234 $94,473 $598,867
14 Beaumont, CA 53,544 $102,469 $511,741
15 Grand Terrace, CA 13,104 $89,781 $543,495
16 Fontana, CA 209,279 $93,230 $592,297
17 Yucaipa, CA 54,428 $85,075 $541,890
18 Riverside, CA 316,076 $83,448 $606,630
19 Loma Linda, CA 24,883 $70,685 $601,788
20 Ontario, CA 176,326 $78,070 $627,446
21 Pomona, CA 149,831 $73,515 $619,187
22 Montclair, CA 37,842 $72,789 $614,701
23 Big Bear Lake, CA 5,059 $70,020 $595,254
24 Moreno Valley, CA 209,578 $82,637 $523,823
25 Jurupa Valley, CA 105,672 $91,562 $617,207
26 Rialto, CA 103,873 $80,750 $539,398
27 Highland, CA 56,789 $72,222 $500,464
28 Colton, CA 53,959 $66,725 $462,959
29 Perris, CA 78,881 $78,352 $510,724
30 San Jacinto, CA 54,077 $73,682 $456,347
31 Apple Valley, CA 75,603 $62,898 $402,924
32 Banning, CA 29,929 $54,083 $390,975
33 Victorville, CA 134,417 $65,746 $413,567
34 Hesperia, CA 99,878 $67,698 $428,607
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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