These Are The 10 Best Los Angeles Suburbs


We analyzed over 106 places around Los Angeles to identify the most kickass place to live.

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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 Los Angeles 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 around Los Angeles:

  1. Hermosa Beach (Photos)
  2. Manhattan Beach (Photos)
  3. Palos Verdes Estates (Photos)
  4. San Marino (Photos)
  5. Rolling Hills Estates (Photos)
  6. Redondo Beach (Photos)
  7. South Pasadena (Photos)
  8. Rancho Palos Verdes (Photos)
  9. La Ca (Photos)
  10. La Palma (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Hermosa Beach, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Los Angeles ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology. Or read up on the worst suburbs of Los Angeles.

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Los Angeles

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Los Angeles 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

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Los Angeles–Long Beach–Anaheim, Ca Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 106 suburbs to evaluate around Los Angeles.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 106 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 Los Angeles.” We’re lookin’ at you, Hermosa Beach.

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.

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1. Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,725
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Median Home Price: $1,000,001
Median Income: $105,029

2. Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,534
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $1,000,001
Median Income: $142,071

3. Palos Verdes Estates

Palos Verdes Estates, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,568
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Median Home Price: $1,000,001
Median Income: $171,328

4. San Marino

San Marino, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,294
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Median Home Price: $1,000,001
Median Income: $119,300

5. Rolling Hills Estates

Rolling Hills Estates, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,184
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Median Home Price: $1,000,001
Median Income: $136,477

6. Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 67,511
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $720,600
Median Income: $103,064

7. South Pasadena

South Pasadena, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,914
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Median Home Price: $832,200
Median Income: $80,479

8. Rancho Palos Verdes

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,282
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $952,400
Median Income: $120,697

9. La Ca

La Ca, California

Source: Flickr

Population: 20,477
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Median Home Price: $1,000,001
Median Income: $151,786

10. La Palma

La Palma, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,791
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Median Home Price: $577,300
Median Income: $84,026

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

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 Los Angeles, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around Los Angeles

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Hermosa Beach 1 19,725 4.8% $1,000,001 $105,029
Manhattan Beach 2 35,534 5.1% $1,000,001 $142,071
Palos Verdes Estates 3 13,568 2.1% $1,000,001 $171,328
San Marino 4 13,294 5.6% $1,000,001 $119,300
Rolling Hills Estates 5 8,184 3.7% $1,000,001 $136,477
Redondo Beach 6 67,511 6.9% $720,600 $103,064
South Pasadena 7 25,914 7.3% $832,200 $80,479
Rancho Palos Verdes 8 42,282 4.7% $952,400 $120,697
La Ca 9 20,477 5.7% $1,000,001 $151,786
La Palma 10 15,791 7.2% $577,300 $84,026
Newport Beach 11 86,594 7.2% $1,000,001 $107,991
El Segundo 12 16,839 6.3% $762,000 $84,004
Malibu 13 12,830 7.6% $1,000,001 $130,432
Irvine 14 229,850 7.1% $662,200 $91,999
Arcadia 15 57,251 6.3% $832,400 $80,147
Villa Park 16 5,911 8.9% $934,200 $150,864
Santa Monica 17 91,619 9.6% $1,000,001 $74,534
Culver City 18 39,353 7.8% $618,000 $79,292
West Hollywood 19 35,053 9.1% $595,200 $56,025
Yorba Linda 20 66,335 8.0% $687,300 $115,994
Walnut 21 29,822 7.5% $635,000 $100,934
Torrance 22 147,181 8.1% $622,800 $78,286
Cerritos 23 49,599 7.5% $596,500 $91,487
Los Alamitos 24 11,598 8.2% $631,400 $82,258
Cypress 25 48,748 5.7% $500,100 $83,819
Calabasas 26 23,956 6.9% $883,700 $117,176
Sierra Madre 27 11,060 5.1% $804,600 $90,780
Temple City 28 36,006 7.6% $591,500 $63,803
San Gabriel 29 40,173 7.5% $574,600 $56,238
La Habra Heights 30 5,398 3.4% $766,900 $111,250
La Mirada 31 49,038 8.4% $409,800 $81,178
Diamond Bar 32 56,259 8.0% $533,700 $90,901
Fountain Valley 33 56,440 8.3% $605,000 $82,532
Huntington Beach 34 195,686 8.4% $628,600 $82,554
Alhambra 35 84,400 7.4% $484,100 $53,195
Beverly Hills 36 34,536 10.1% $1,000,001 $87,366
Brea 37 40,443 8.6% $530,500 $81,857
Lomita 38 20,539 9.1% $467,900 $57,245
Claremont 39 35,569 9.5% $539,800 $89,648
Placentia 40 51,860 9.6% $514,000 $79,275
Tustin 41 77,765 8.9% $501,500 $71,105
La Verne 42 31,592 7.8% $443,200 $75,662
Whittier 43 86,400 8.7% $421,900 $65,583
Lakewood 44 80,926 8.7% $415,600 $79,113
Burbank 45 104,484 8.9% $566,700 $66,111
Simi Valley 46 125,699 8.2% $438,700 $89,595
Artesia 47 16,698 7.0% $401,000 $60,544
Buena Park 48 82,191 6.6% $401,000 $68,884
San Dimas 49 33,896 8.8% $433,100 $78,911
Glendale 50 195,380 10.7% $598,600 $52,451
Monrovia 51 37,035 9.5% $542,200 $72,034
Pasadena 52 139,065 8.9% $614,400 $70,845
Orange 53 138,980 9.0% $515,000 $77,086
Fullerton 54 137,945 10.1% $492,800 $65,909
Costa Mesa 55 111,635 8.9% $586,800 $66,491
Westminster 56 91,255 11.1% $455,200 $53,660
La Habra 57 61,341 10.2% $378,800 $61,364
Garden Grove 58 173,853 10.7% $406,800 $59,360
Chino Hills 59 76,187 10.0% $489,700 $97,609
Upland 60 75,089 9.2% $412,700 $61,551
Glendora 61 50,855 10.2% $454,200 $74,169
Rancho Cucamonga 62 170,170 10.6% $365,100 $77,061
Monterey Park 63 60,966 10.1% $485,400 $54,821
Norwalk 64 106,455 10.3% $320,900 $60,523
Downey 65 113,082 10.1% $413,400 $60,374
San Fernando 66 24,050 9.7% $295,600 $55,044
Hawthorne 67 85,889 10.3% $387,300 $44,384
Lawndale 68 33,155 10.1% $365,000 $48,376
South El Monte 69 20,375 5.8% $332,300 $44,498
Santa Ana 70 331,266 9.9% $343,000 $52,519
Montebello 71 63,353 8.6% $384,400 $47,562
Anaheim 72 342,973 10.9% $413,800 $59,707
Covina 73 48,429 12.6% $373,700 $64,496
Seal Beach 74 24,477 6.8% $300,200 $54,026
Duarte 75 21,676 11.0% $364,500 $62,186
Gardena 76 59,682 10.5% $341,900 $47,856
West Covina 77 107,441 13.7% $385,400 $67,069
Azusa 78 47,420 8.5% $311,600 $52,087
Bellflower 79 77,521 11.0% $341,700 $49,360
Rosemead 80 54,457 13.1% $430,800 $44,524
Long Beach 81 468,594 12.1% $419,400 $52,944
Los Angeles 82 3,862,210 11.5% $453,800 $49,682
Baldwin Park 83 76,411 13.7% $292,800 $51,189
La Puente 84 40,342 10.2% $293,500 $54,660
Santa Fe Springs 85 16,859 10.8% $348,700 $51,786
Signal Hill 86 11,245 10.5% $377,200 $67,320
Pico Rivera 87 63,698 11.6% $328,500 $56,576
Hawaiian Gardens 88 14,432 10.0% $242,000 $39,073
Maywood 89 27,703 11.0% $284,100 $36,492
Chino 90 80,810 10.8% $337,200 $72,554
Carson 91 92,475 14.6% $341,200 $71,420
Paramount 92 54,813 13.3% $253,900 $43,784
El Monte 93 115,243 12.6% $349,000 $38,906
Stanton 94 38,455 11.9% $281,700 $45,842
Commerce 95 12,975 15.2% $322,100 $45,846
South Gate 96 95,515 14.3% $297,200 $43,526
Inglewood 97 111,133 14.6% $325,000 $42,249
Cudahy 98 24,073 14.6% $227,100 $37,759
Huntington Park 99 58,787 14.7% $287,900 $34,777
Bell Gardens 100 42,712 13.0% $280,600 $37,103
Lynwood 101 70,789 13.0% $278,300 $41,930
Bell 102 35,896 14.8% $282,200 $36,496
Ontario 103 166,892 13.0% $255,400 $54,156
Montclair 104 37,685 12.0% $254,400 $48,767
Pomona 105 151,142 12.9% $264,800 $48,993
Compton 106 97,663 16.7% $233,400 $43,230

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