The 10 Best Stockton Suburbs To Live For 2021

We analyzed over 16 places around Stockton to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Stockton 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 Stockton 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 Stockton for 2021:

  1. Brentwood
  2. Lincoln
  3. Oakley
  4. Tracy
  5. Ripon
  6. Escalon
  7. Camanche
  8. Rio Vista
  9. Galt
  10. Manteca

What's the best suburb of Stockton? Brentwood ranks as the best suburb of Stockton for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Brentwood, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Stockton '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 Stockton Suburbs To Live For 2021

Brentwood, CA

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Population: 61,961
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,994
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
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Brentwood is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Stockton area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Brentwood."

Everyone here is rich; families average $108,994 a year, which is the highest in the Stockton region. And only 6.71% are out of work. Homes average more than $580,500 each.

Lincoln, CA

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Population: 47,388
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $88,734
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.9%
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Lincoln is the second best 'burb we looked at near Stockton for 2021.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 3.56% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

Oakley, CA

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Population: 41,324
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $104,893
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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Here in Oakley, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Stockton 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 Oakley.

Tracy, CA

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Population: 90,675
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $92,046
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
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Tracy ranks as the 4th best suburb of Stockton for 2021.

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

Ripon, CA

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Population: 15,777
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $84,313
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 10.2%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Ripon.

Ripon gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Stockton area, where houses sell for an average of $452,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Escalon, CA

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Population: 7,538
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,454
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
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Escalon 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 4.72% which is 4th best in the area.

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

7. Camanche