Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Los Angeles, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Los Angeles neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Los Angeles are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles for 2018:
- Pacific Palisades
- West Los Angeles
- Century City
- Portar Ranch
- Playa Del Ray
- Woodland Hills
- Bel Air
Read on to see how we determined the places around Los Angeles that deserve a little bragging rights.
How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 83 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Los Angeles.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Pacific Palisades.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Los Angeles has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. Pacific Palisades
Median Income: $161,758
Median Home Value: $979,168
Median Income: $160,432
Median Home Value: $889,205
3. West Los Angeles
Median Income: $108,120
Median Home Value: $839,739
4. Century City
Median Income: $100,775
Median Home Value: $881,934
5. Portar Ranch
Median Income: $110,529
Median Home Value: $644,350
6. Playa Del Ray
Median Income: $101,084
Median Home Value: $744,875
Median Income: $99,354
Median Home Value: $682,992
Median Income: $93,977
Median Home Value: $650,222
9. Woodland Hills
Median Income: $90,275
Median Home Value: $620,536
10. Bel Air
Median Income: $190,305
Median Home Value: $993,018
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Los Angeles
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Los Angeles where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Los Angeles:
- Southeast Los Angeles
For more reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Most Boring Cities In California
- These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In California
- These Are The 10 Safest Places In California
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Los Angeles
|West Los Angeles||3|
|Playa Del Ray||6|
|Mid City West||22|
|Civic Center-Little Tokyo||54|
|Central City East||64|
|South Los Angeles||78|
|Wholesale District-Skid Row||80|
|Southeast Los Angeles||82|