These Are The 10 Best Los Angeles Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 77 places around Los Angeles to identify the most in demand places 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 for 2018:

  1. Hermosa Beach (Photos | Homes)
  2. Manhattan Beach (Photos | Homes)
  3. Palos Verdes Estates (Photos | Homes)
  4. Redondo Beach (Photos | Homes)
  5. Rancho Palos Verdes (Photos | Homes)
  6. Rolling Hills Estates (Photos | Homes)
  7. San Marino (Photos | Homes)
  8. Sierra Madre (Photos | Homes)
  9. Calabasas (Photos | Homes)
  10. La Habra Heights (Homes)

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.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Los Angeles for 2018

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
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Los Angeles.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 77 suburbs to evaluate around Los Angeles.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 77 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.

1. Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach, California

Population: 19,726
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $1,166,800
Median Income: $121,345
More on Hermosa Beach: Real Estate | Data

Hermosa Beach is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Los Angeles area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Hermosa Beach.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $121,345 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Los Angeles region. And only 4.1% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,166,800 each.

2. Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 35,573
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $1,537,200
Median Income: $144,868
More on Manhattan Beach: Real Estate | Data

Manhattan Beach is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Los Angeles for 2018.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 2.5% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

3. Palos Verdes Estates

Palos Verdes Estates, California

Population: 13,582
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Median Home Price: $1,609,500
Median Income: $200,766
More on Palos Verdes Estates: Real Estate | Data

Here in Palos Verdes Estates, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Los Angeles 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 Palos Verdes Estates.

4. Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 67,664
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $775,300
Median Income: $103,782
More on Redondo Beach: Real Estate | Data

Redondo Beach ranks as the 4th best suburb of Los Angeles for 2018.

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

5. Rancho Palos Verdes

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 42,412
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $1,003,300
Median Income: $120,668
More on Rancho Palos Verdes: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Rancho Palos Verdes.

Rancho Palos Verdes gets kudos for having the 9th most expensive homes in the Los Angeles area, where houses sell for an average of $1,003,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Rolling Hills Estates

Rolling Hills Estates, California

Population: 8,206
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $1,096,400
Median Income: $129,728
More on Rolling Hills Estates: Real Estate | Data

Rolling Hills Estates 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 4.4% which is 5th best in the area.

According to online reports, Rolling Hills Estates is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Los Angeles area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. San Marino

San Marino, California

Population: 13,324
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $1,518,400
Median Income: $139,792
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to San Marino.

San Marino 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 18.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre, California

Population: 11,067
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $861,200
Median Income: $95,256
More on Sierra Madre: Real Estate | Data

Sierra Madre 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 3.7% of people lack insurance, good for 4th in the area.

9. Calabasas

Calabasas, California

Population: 24,091
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $926,800
Median Income: $111,111
More on Calabasas: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Calabasas?’

Almost.

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.

10. La Habra Heights

La Habra Heights, California

Population: 5,406
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $893,200
Median Income: $110,329
More on La Habra Heights: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is La Habra Heights.

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.

Welcome to the Best Los Angeles ‘Burbs of 2018

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 Los Angeles Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Hermosa Beach 19,726 4.1% $1,166,800 $121,345
2 Manhattan Beach 35,573 5.1% $1,537,200 $144,868
3 Palos Verdes Estates 13,582 2.0% $1,609,500 $200,766
4 Redondo Beach 67,664 5.8% $775,300 $103,782
5 Rancho Palos Verdes 42,412 4.3% $1,003,300 $120,668
6 Rolling Hills Estates 8,206 4.4% $1,096,400 $129,728
7 San Marino 13,324 4.3% $1,518,400 $139,792
8 Sierra Madre 11,067 5.3% $861,200 $95,256
9 Calabasas 24,091 5.2% $926,800 $111,111
10 La Habra Heights 5,406 4.9% $893,200 $110,329
11 Agoura Hills 20,689 5.3% $699,200 $114,313
12 South Pasadena 25,936 6.2% $876,900 $84,593
13 Malibu 12,853 6.1% $1,802,800 $116,904
14 Beverly Hills 34,627 8.0% $1,900,500 $100,630
15 Cypress 48,978 5.2% $540,900 $84,469
16 Cerritos 49,797 6.6% $620,500 $95,373
17 Torrance 147,307 6.4% $652,600 $80,862
18 Santa Monica 92,247 8.3% $1,086,300 $82,123
19 El Segundo 16,901 7.2% $828,300 $91,623
20 Arcadia 57,755 6.5% $920,700 $83,958
21 West Hollywood 35,661 7.3% $642,200 $61,127
22 La Palma 15,834 6.4% $602,000 $83,760
23 Simi Valley 126,126 6.2% $472,700 $91,196
24 Lakewood 81,054 6.3% $445,800 $82,175
25 Thousand Oaks 128,623 7.9% $637,100 $101,045
26 La Mirada 49,130 6.9% $448,400 $81,956
27 Los Alamitos 11,661 7.8% $680,100 $80,926
28 Buena Park 82,771 5.7% $448,900 $70,341
29 Whittier 86,630 6.7% $458,500 $67,431
30 Pasadena 140,268 7.1% $649,800 $73,029
31 Lomita 20,652 8.0% $532,300 $61,580
32 Santa Clarita 180,303 8.1% $417,400 $85,042
33 Seal Beach 24,510 6.3% $308,400 $60,222
34 Alhambra 84,866 6.0% $518,800 $53,138
35 Artesia 16,789 5.2% $419,500 $58,651
36 Downey 113,223 6.8% $449,900 $65,332
37 San Gabriel 40,200 6.9% $605,600 $54,015
38 Monrovia 37,090 9.6% $583,300 $67,167
39 West Covina 107,634 9.9% $430,800 $71,217
40 Fullerton 139,491 8.6% $551,300 $67,110
41 Glendale 197,895 9.2% $639,700 $56,069
42 Monterey Park 61,001 7.5% $532,700 $54,008
43 Santa Fe Springs 17,436 4.9% $371,400 $58,147
44 Signal Hill 11,404 7.0% $446,000 $70,286
45 La Habra 61,660 10.0% $436,200 $65,799
46 Lawndale 33,161 7.0% $401,700 $51,934
47 Norwalk 106,360 8.0% $350,600 $61,050
48 Carson 92,780 10.8% $366,700 $73,829
49 Gardena 59,898 8.3% $372,500 $50,137
50 Bellflower 77,687 8.3% $367,300 $50,704
51 Long Beach 469,793 9.4% $448,800 $55,151
52 Pico Rivera 63,724 8.6% $351,300 $57,203
53 Duarte 21,792 10.4% $385,600 $65,571
54 Rosemead 54,507 8.2% $455,100 $45,510
55 Azusa 48,498 8.1% $342,000 $56,569
56 Montebello 63,416 8.1% $413,900 $47,518
57 Hawthorne 86,938 9.8% $419,600 $45,089
58 La Puente 40,384 8.1% $343,000 $57,174
59 San Fernando 24,396 8.6% $343,500 $55,734
60 Stanton 38,594 8.0% $322,200 $48,332
61 Baldwin Park 76,511 8.8% $333,500 $53,651
62 Inglewood 111,012 13.3% $355,300 $44,377
63 El Monte 115,665 9.2% $374,900 $40,654
64 South El Monte 20,566 7.0% $363,100 $42,460
65 Paramount 54,941 9.1% $283,400 $46,364
66 Westlake 4,611 8.2% $98,900 $48,900
67 Temple 4,287 11.5% $102,600 $46,680
68 South Gate 95,219 11.7% $329,000 $45,522
69 Lynwood 71,233 10.2% $312,100 $43,848
70 Maywood 27,672 9.5% $325,600 $36,696
71 Hawaiian Gardens 14,468 10.5% $288,200 $36,026
72 Bell 35,927 11.4% $322,900 $38,823
73 Huntington Park 58,921 11.1% $322,300 $35,629
74 Bell Gardens 42,805 10.6% $318,700 $37,183
75 Compton 97,740 13.9% $264,300 $45,406
76 Cudahy 24,106 11.9% $285,900 $39,058
77 Commerce 12,997 11.4% $343,200 $42,235

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