The 10 Best Stockton Suburbs To Live In For 2022

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 2022. This is our ninth 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 2022:

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

What's the best suburb of Stockton? Brentwood ranks as the best suburb of Stockton for 2022 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 2022

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 $113,298 a year, which is the highest in the Stockton region. And only 6.04% are out of work. Homes average more than $610,000 each.

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Population: 63,013
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $113,298
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brentwood, CA

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Lincoln is the second best 'burb we looked at near Stockton for 2022.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 2.15% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

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Population: 48,150
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $88,991
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Lincoln: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lincoln, CA

Here in Ripon, 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 Ripon.

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Population: 16,049
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $89,110
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Ripon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ripon, CA

Oakley ranks as the 4th best suburb of Stockton for 2022.

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

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Population: 41,656
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $103,552
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on Oakley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oakley, CA

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Coming in as the fifth best is Tracy.

Tracy gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Stockton area, where houses sell for an average of $470,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 91,462
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $95,741
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 8.6%
More on Tracy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tracy, CA

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6. Camanche

Camanche 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 3.34% which is 2nd best in the area.

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

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Population: 4,342
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $52,623
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Camanche: Real Estate

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

Manteca 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 13.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 81,078
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $76,846
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Poverty Rate: 10.2%
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Manteca, CA

Escalon 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 3.3% of people lack insurance, good for 6th in the area.

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Population: 7,553
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $64,844
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Poverty Rate: 9.6%
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Escalon, CA

Is 'Everything Better In Galt?'


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: 26,235
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $73,969
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Galt: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Antioch.

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: 111,468
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $80,234
Unemployment Rate: 8.5%
Poverty Rate: 12.7%
More on Antioch: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Antioch, CA

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

Figuring out the best suburbs around Stockton 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 Stockton.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 16 suburbs to evaluate around Stockton.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 16 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 Stockton." We're lookin' at you, Brentwood. 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 Stockton '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 Stockton, 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 Stockton Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Brentwood, CA 63,013 $113,298
2 Lincoln, CA 48,150 $88,991
3 Ripon, CA 16,049 $89,110
4 Oakley, CA 41,656 $103,552
5 Tracy, CA 91,462 $95,741
6 Camanche, CA 4,342 $52,623
7 Manteca, CA 81,078 $76,846
8 Escalon, CA 7,553 $64,844
9 Galt, CA 26,235 $73,969
10 Antioch, CA 111,468 $80,234
11 Riverbank, CA 24,623 $70,163
12 Oakdale, CA 22,932 $67,459
13 Rio Vista, CA 9,407 $69,883
14 Lathrop, CA 23,863 $90,179
15 Modesto, CA 214,485 $62,182
16 Lodi, CA 66,562 $64,153

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About Chris Kolmar

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