These Are The 10 Best Los Angeles Suburbs For 2019

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 2019. This is our fourth 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…

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 2019

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 (2013-2017) 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.

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.

Hermosa Beach, CA

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Population: 19,750
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $124,849
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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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 $124,849 a year, which is the 6th highest in the Los Angeles region. And only 3.7% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,220,500 each.

Manhattan Beach, CA

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Population: 35,698
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $148,899
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
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Manhattan Beach is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Los Angeles for 2019.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

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Population: 13,591
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $180,815
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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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.

Redondo Beach, CA

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Population: 67,950
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $104,548
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
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Redondo Beach ranks as the 4th best suburb of Los Angeles for 2019.

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.

San Marino, CA

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Population: 13,331
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $152,527
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
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Coming in as the fifth best is San Marino.

San Marino gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Los Angeles area, where houses sell for an average of $1,550,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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Population: 42,463
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $124,552
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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Rancho Palos Verdes 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 4.1% which is 6th best in the area.

According to online reports, Rancho Palos Verdes 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

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Population: 8,229
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $131,471
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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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.

Sierra Madre, CA

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Population: 11,061
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $98,547
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
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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 3.3% of people lack insurance, good for 4th in the area.

Agoura Hills, CA

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Population: 20,736
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $116,652
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Agoura Hills?’


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.

Beverly Hills, CA

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Population: 34,506
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $103,698
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.3%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Beverly Hills.

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 2019

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 Median Income
1 Hermosa Beach 19,750 $124,849
2 Manhattan Beach 35,698 $148,899
3 Palos Verdes Estates 13,591 $180,815
4 Redondo Beach 67,950 $104,548
5 San Marino 13,331 $152,527
6 Rancho Palos Verdes 42,463 $124,552
7 Rolling Hills Estates 8,229 $131,471
8 Sierra Madre 11,061 $98,547
9 Agoura Hills 20,736 $116,652
10 Beverly Hills 34,506 $103,698
11 Malibu 12,871 $134,282
12 Calabasas 24,169 $114,143
13 South Pasadena 25,974 $92,756
14 La Habra Heights 5,425 $112,273
15 Cypress 49,108 $90,345
16 La Palma 15,814 $91,024
17 Torrance 147,190 $85,070
18 Arcadia 58,156 $90,666
19 Santa Monica 92,495 $86,084
20 West Hollywood 36,148 $66,458
21 El Segundo 16,929 $92,942
22 Cerritos 50,145 $98,953
23 Thousand Oaks 128,909 $103,793
24 Lakewood 81,106 $84,055
25 Simi Valley 126,546 $93,516
26 La Mirada 49,162 $87,400
27 Los Alamitos 11,639 $79,459
28 Pasadena 141,231 $76,264
29 Santa Clarita 209,489 $90,544
30 Whittier 86,852 $69,058
31 Seal Beach 24,510 $65,401
32 Lomita 20,707 $62,353
33 Burbank 104,765 $69,118
34 Alhambra 85,168 $55,401
35 Buena Park 83,020 $71,005
36 Artesia 16,853 $62,702
37 Monrovia 37,138 $71,373
38 West Covina 107,786 $74,551
39 Downey 113,358 $68,162
40 Fullerton 139,976 $71,660
41 Signal Hill 11,508 $75,843
42 Monterey Park 61,056 $55,117
43 San Gabriel 40,315 $55,939
44 La Habra 61,965 $72,178
45 Glendale 199,750 $58,657
46 Temple 4,338 $65,375
47 Santa Fe Springs 17,669 $63,540
48 Lawndale 33,191 $54,862
49 Norwalk 106,404 $63,669
50 Carson 92,927 $75,517
51 Bellflower 77,852 $52,944
52 Pico Rivera 63,750 $61,586
53 Rosemead 54,615 $50,074
54 Long Beach 470,489 $58,314
55 Duarte 21,832 $71,260
56 Baldwin Park 76,572 $57,209
57 Gardena 60,096 $50,807
58 Hawthorne 87,425 $47,636
59 Montebello 63,468 $50,312
60 La Puente 40,451 $60,019
61 Azusa 49,029 $57,728
62 San Fernando 24,581 $54,298
63 Stanton 38,648 $50,601
64 El Monte 115,958 $43,504
65 Inglewood 111,006 $46,389
66 Westlake 4,592 $53,417
67 Paramount 55,020 $49,064
68 South El Monte 20,712 $44,651
69 Bell 35,942 $39,686
70 South Gate 95,420 $47,281
71 Lynwood 71,350 $45,839
72 Hawaiian Gardens 14,465 $38,553
73 Huntington Park 58,993 $38,106
74 Bell Gardens 42,845 $39,008
75 Maywood 27,700 $37,508
76 Compton 97,847 $48,117
77 Cudahy 24,146 $39,804
78 Commerce 12,998 $42,734

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.