Best Los Angeles Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 77 places around Los Angeles to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Los Angeles suburbs.

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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...

What's the best suburb of Los Angeles? Hermosa Beach ranks as the best suburb of Los Angeles for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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.

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.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about California:

The 10 Best Los Angeles Suburbs To Live For 2020

Hermosa Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 19,650
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $137,188
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Hermosa Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $137,188 a year, which is the 6th highest in the Los Angeles region. And only 3.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,357,300 each.

Manhattan Beach, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 35,573
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $150,083
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Manhattan Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manhattan Beach is the second best 'burb we looked at near Los Angeles for 2020.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.38% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Redondo Beach, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 67,700
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $112,271
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Redondo Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Redondo Beach, 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 Redondo Beach.

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,523
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $175,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Palos Verdes Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Palos Verdes Estates ranks as the 4th best suburb of Los Angeles for 2020.

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

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 42,271
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $133,286
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Rancho Palos Verdes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $1,114,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,285
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $159,509
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Marino 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 3.61% which is 4th best in the area.

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

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,187
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $143,873
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Rolling Hills Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Rolling Hills Estates.

Rolling Hills Estates 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 17.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Agoura Hills, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 20,636
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $121,896
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Agoura Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Agoura Hills 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 3.78% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

South Pasadena, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 25,824
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $96,579
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
More on South Pasadena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In South Pasadena?'

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.

Malibu, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,846
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $147,934
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.9%
More on Malibu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Malibu.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Los Angeles for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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 78 suburbs to evaluate around Los Angeles.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 78 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. 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.

Welcome to the Best Los Angeles 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Los Angeles Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Hermosa Beach, CA 19,650 $137,188
2 Manhattan Beach, CA 35,573 $150,083
3 Redondo Beach, CA 67,700 $112,271
4 Palos Verdes Estates, CA 13,523 $175,000
5 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 42,271 $133,286
6 San Marino, CA 13,285 $159,509
7 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 8,187 $143,873
8 Agoura Hills, CA 20,636 $121,896
9 South Pasadena, CA 25,824 $96,579
10 Malibu, CA 12,846 $147,934
11 Calabasas, CA 24,077 $119,926
12 La Palma, CA 15,733 $98,788
13 Beverly Hills, CA 34,362 $103,403
14 Torrance, CA 146,392 $90,309
15 Cypress, CA 48,955 $92,098
16 La Habra Heights, CA 5,383 $111,551
17 Arcadia, CA 58,207 $92,102
18 Sierra Madre, CA 11,006 $96,630
19 Santa Monica, CA 92,078 $93,865
20 West Hollywood, CA 36,384 $69,249
21 Cerritos, CA 50,172 $99,528
22 Thousand Oaks, CA 128,481 $105,485
23 Lakewood, CA 80,771 $89,469
24 El Segundo, CA 16,850 $98,813
25 Simi Valley, CA 126,199 $95,543
26 Los Alamitos, CA 11,628 $84,068
27 La Mirada, CA 48,974 $87,778
28 Seal Beach, CA 24,364 $67,917
29 Santa Clarita, CA 209,478 $94,282
30 Whittier, CA 86,523 $73,517
31 Pasadena, CA 141,246 $78,941
32 Burbank, CA 104,275 $73,277
33 Alhambra, CA 84,974 $57,117
34 Lomita, CA 20,628 $69,827
35 Buena Park, CA 82,781 $72,814
36 Monrovia, CA 37,006 $73,170
37 Artesia, CA 16,817 $63,708
38 West Covina, CA 107,242 $79,140
39 Downey, CA 112,901 $71,948
40 Monterey Park, CA 60,792 $57,265
41 Fullerton, CA 139,866 $73,360
42 San Gabriel, CA 40,242 $57,863
43 La Habra, CA 61,910 $76,452
44 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,791 $65,518
45 Lawndale, CA 33,007 $58,447
46 Glendale, CA 200,372 $62,531
47 Pico Rivera, CA 63,432 $65,666
48 Signal Hill, CA 11,538 $75,684
49 Norwalk, CA 105,886 $66,453
50 Carson, CA 92,517 $78,580
51 Gardena, CA 59,924 $55,351
52 Rosemead, CA 54,417 $52,057
53 Bellflower, CA 77,529 $55,729
54 Temple, CA 4,366 $56,294
55 Long Beach, CA 468,883 $60,551
56 Duarte, CA 21,713 $73,429
57 Baldwin Park, CA 76,222 $62,227
58 Hawthorne, CA 87,370 $50,948
59 Stanton, CA 38,509 $56,506
60 La Puente, CA 40,268 $61,054
61 Montebello, CA 63,099 $53,677
62 San Fernando, CA 24,585 $53,353
63 Azusa, CA 49,544 $60,227
64 Paramount, CA 54,776 $53,031
65 Inglewood, CA 110,327 $50,335
66 Westlake, CA 4,661 $52,556
67 El Monte, CA 115,669 $47,121
68 Bell, CA 35,809 $42,548
69 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,411 $44,792
70 South El Monte, CA 20,727 $48,944
71 Lynwood, CA 71,022 $49,684
72 South Gate, CA 95,103 $50,246
73 Cudahy, CA 24,016 $43,381
74 Compton, CA 97,301 $50,507
75 Bell Gardens, CA 42,641 $41,355
76 Maywood, CA 27,542 $39,738
77 Huntington Park, CA 58,694 $40,638
78 Commerce, CA 12,933 $47,083

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.