As real estate agents, and proud residents of the Inland Empire area, the team at Scott Jones Real Estate doesn’t like to play favorites. We think every area we serve is exceptional in its own way and is a great place to call home. But, after years of proudly serving our communities, we have noticed a pattern of a few select cities proving themselves to be wonderful places to live, work, and raise a family.

As a result, we would like to take a moment to shine a light on some of the top communities in the Inland Empire. Each city features a distinct personality and connection to the history of the Inland Empire. However, what they all have in common is that, in our experienced and professional opinion, they are among the best of what the Inland Empire has to offer. So, without further ado, and in no particular order, we’d like to present what we believe are the top five best cities to live in in the Inland Empire!


Located in the northern region of the Inland Empire, Upland is a hidden gem. The historic city boasts numerous cafes, restaurants, coffee shops and parks. Also, many residents of Upland own their homes, making it a great place to raise a family, or for people to lay down roots. Residents of Upland past and present have done a great job of preserving their homes, making it easy to find a house with good bones. Upland is also home to lots of local history: the famous Route 66 cuts right through it, and visitors and residents alike have plenty of opportunities to explore. Along the route, at the major intersection of Euclid and Foothill boulevards, is the national treasure known as the Madonna of the Trail, one of only twelve monuments dedicated to pioneer women that begin in Maryland and end in Upland. Historic Downtown Upland is also a beautiful area, filled with preserved historic buildings where visitors can do everything from see a play, to trying their hand at axe-throwing.


Ontario is something of the Inland Empire’s free spirit. Its proximity to Los Angeles, as well as to the most popular day trips from the IE, such as the Angeles National Forest, Joshua Tree and Idyllwild, makes it a great home base for people on the go. There are also lots to do for those who prefer to stay closer to home: The San Antonio winery offers lots of chances to sample locally made wine and nearby regional parks provide lots of outdoor fun for families of all kinds. Also, Ontario is in the midst of tremendous economic development. New office complexes are in the works, and the city is working hard to attract cutting-edge businesses and industries. Additionally, the nearby Ontario International Airport is a gateway to the world, offering many direct flights to the Americas and Europe.


Claremont offers the best of two worlds. On one hand, you have the feeling of living in a densely treed suburban oasis, where some of the nation’s best colleges nestle. On the other, you are minutes from Los Angeles and other big cities. An hour’s drive in any direction will deliver you to a wildly different environment, everything from gritty Downtown Los Angeles, to amazing camping sites in the desert, ocean, or mountains. All of which means that it is rather difficult to get bored living in Claremont. However, when you want some peace and quiet, you can take a stroll through the famous Claremont Village. There, you can visit one-of-a-kind shops and cafes, or wander over a few blocks for a pleasant walk through the Claremont Colleges. This close-knit community of around 30,000 has a relatively low crime rate, and consistently ranks on national lists of best places to live. The city is also home to many of the Inland Empire’s most educated residents.

Rancho Cucamonga

Rancho Cucamonga is a dream come true for those who strive for home ownership and career advancement. In Rancho Cucamonga, the median income is high, yet homes are relatively more affordable than many other areas, especially considering that many homes in the area are new construction. Major industries in the area include healthcare and education, making it a great place for hard-working individuals who want long-term career prospects. Rancho Cucamonga also boasts Victoria Gardens, a community center for all kind of shopping, restaurants, movies, and more. The Gardens is extremely walkable and features trendy stores. Despite being one of the oldest communities in the Inland Empire, the city has a young spirit. Rancho Cucamonga is everything a young homeowner could want for their family, without having to pay LA County prices.

Alta Loma

Nestled near the foothills and offering wonderful views of the area, Alta Loma is almost completely residential, making it the ideal community for those who want to live in a quiet and tranquil neighborhood. In addition, most houses in the northern section of the community are on a minimum of ½ acre lots, providing even more peace and quiet. However, despite the plentiful space that living in Alta Loma offers, it is a close neighbor to Rancho Cucamonga. This means that in only a few minutes’ drive, you can be in the thick of a lively city before returning to your nicely secluded home base. Median home prices are also competitive in Alta Loma, making it a contender for your new home. Alta Loma is also home to many high-quality public schools, making it an attractive option for families with children.

At Scott Jones Real estate, we are proud to serve the communities listed above, as well as all other areas of the Inland Empire. We have the knowledge, experience, and dedication that it takes to help you find the perfect home for your family, be it in any one of these top cities, or elsewhere. Give us a call today to see how we can help you find a home and community of your dreams!