These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Los Angeles


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Los Angeles are the best of the best.

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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:

  1. West Los Angeles
  2. Westwood
  3. Venice
  4. Sawtelle
  5. Mar Vista
  6. Mid City West
  7. Playa Del Ray
  8. Bel Air
  9. Century City
  10. Portar Ranch

Read on to see how we determined the places around Los Angeles that deserve a little bragging rights. Would you rahter live outside of the city? Check out the best suburbs around Los Angeles.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles?

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, West Los Angeles.

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.

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1. West Los Angeles

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,962
Median Home Price: $861,640
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,048
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

2. Westwood

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,345
Median Home Price: $806,672
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,048
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

3. Venice

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,922
Median Home Price: $924,163
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,048
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

4. Sawtelle

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,042
Median Home Price: $657,077
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,048
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%

5. Mar Vista

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,270
Median Home Price: $747,864
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,048
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

6. Mid City West

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,111
Median Home Price: $873,433
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,048
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

7. Playa Del Ray

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,019
Median Home Price: $752,825
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,048
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

8. Bel Air

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,652
Median Home Price: $993,734
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,048
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

9. Century City

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,131
Median Home Price: $856,467
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,048
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

10. Portar Ranch

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,649
Median Home Price: $663,838
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,048
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

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:

  1. Wilmington
  2. Pacoima
  3. Central City East

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Los Angeles

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
West Los Angeles 1 40,962 $861,640 1,048 4.3%
Westwood 2 55,345 $806,672 1,048 4.8%
Venice 3 32,922 $924,163 1,048 6.5%
Sawtelle 4 42,042 $657,077 1,048 5.9%
Mar Vista 5 40,270 $747,864 1,048 5.4%
Mid City West 6 44,111 $873,433 1,048 6.5%
Playa Del Ray 7 16,019 $752,825 1,048 5.2%
Bel Air 8 8,652 $993,734 1,048 3.2%
Century City 9 5,131 $856,467 1,048 4.8%
Portar Ranch 10 21,649 $663,838 1,048 4.5%
Brentwood 11 24,483 $934,555 1,048 4.7%
Westchester 12 40,441 $668,593 1,048 6.3%
Pacific Palisades 13 22,128 $979,301 1,048 5.5%
Los Feliz 14 31,749 $731,374 1,048 7.4%
Studio City 15 45,547 $774,798 1,048 6.0%
Woodland Hills 16 42,855 $625,143 1,048 4.8%
Tarzana 17 19,511 $639,417 1,048 5.3%
Palms 18 45,888 $622,526 1,556 6.5%
Pico-Robertson 19 45,619 $701,430 1,061 7.3%
Hollywood Hills 20 36,046 $901,660 1,048 7.6%
Encino 21 53,592 $640,281 1,048 6.3%
West Hills 22 30,793 $568,627 1,436 5.1%
Glendale 23 1,814 $993,051 1,048 7.3%
Playa Vista 24 34,326 $615,679 1,266 7.3%
Beverly Glen 25 49,642 $777,503 1,048 8.4%
Glassell Park 26 33,733 $444,350 2,423 5.0%
Toluca Lake 27 3,529 $872,300 1,048 10.8%
Mid Wilshire 28 187,007 $635,895 1,561 8.5%
Chatsworth 29 41,678 $504,488 1,767 6.3%
Northridge 30 102,152 $466,062 2,192 6.8%
Granada Hills 31 43,816 $491,207 2,031 6.3%
Valley Village 32 43,914 $600,130 1,170 10.0%
Canoga Park 33 79,627 $380,375 2,623 5.7%
Shadow Hills 34 3,730 $563,500 1,132 7.1%
San Pedro 35 70,081 $465,805 2,245 6.9%
Atwater Village 36 7,217 $586,733 1,791 7.9%
Silver Lake 37 42,903 $576,205 1,658 9.2%
South Park 38 5,268 $644,800 1,792 6.2%
Winnetka 39 66,327 $380,283 2,777 7.0%
New Downtown 40 5,105 $426,150 2,048 1.4%
Hollywood 41 88,589 $583,110 2,014 9.3%
Cypress Park 42 15,701 $447,219 2,607 6.3%
Echo Park 43 32,465 $496,784 2,489 7.6%
Tujunga 44 22,148 $388,253 2,596 5.9%
Mid City 45 142,472 $469,103 2,762 8.3%
Reseda 46 74,200 $362,894 2,904 6.5%
Eagle Rock 47 56,707 $449,847 2,532 8.8%
Mount Washington 48 9,361 $441,133 2,576 7.9%
Van Nuys 49 125,241 $410,514 2,778 8.1%
Leiment Park 50 11,850 $383,758 2,664 8.2%
Crenshaw 51 26,285 $435,012 2,400 8.2%
Mission Hills 52 20,499 $330,536 3,008 6.0%
Chinatown 53 21,784 $444,600 3,078 4.9%
Sunland 54 19,392 $395,579 2,624 7.0%
North Hollywood 55 158,823 $389,371 2,901 9.2%
Westlake 56 120,509 $419,668 3,108 9.2%
Central City 57 51,354 $326,922 3,672 6.1%
North Hills 58 96,675 $347,028 3,132 8.5%
Panorama City 59 38,604 $336,209 3,246 8.1%
Civic Center-Little Tokyo 60 2,489 $360,500 2,918 2.7%
West Adams 61 11,881 $373,500 3,015 7.8%
Harbor Gateway 62 37,132 $396,029 2,908 8.7%
Sylmar 63 74,787 $323,225 3,259 7.0%
Highland Park 64 21,754 $372,688 3,077 10.3%
Harbor City 65 25,946 $346,636 3,065 8.1%
Downtown 66 9,359 $336,520 2,842 6.0%
Montecito Heights 67 34,788 $339,379 3,343 7.9%
Arleta 68 44,324 $289,782 3,563 8.4%
Sun Valley 69 30,096 $360,546 2,986 7.6%
Jefferson Park 70 7,788 $342,567 3,136 9.0%
Fashion District 71 1,959 $637,150 2,258 9.0%
Watts 72 37,784 $238,439 3,953 7.7%
Southeast Los Angeles 73 179,694 $272,502 3,821 7.9%
South Los Angeles 74 244,267 $320,032 3,478 8.4%
Hyde Park 75 35,229 $332,144 3,134 9.6%
Boyle Heights 76 76,867 $323,910 3,566 8.5%
Lakeview Terrace 77 14,598 $330,643 2,923 8.3%
El Sereno 78 53,043 $332,381 3,197 9.5%
Lincoln Heights 79 2,828 $334,900 3,627 6.2%
Wholesale District-Skid Row 80 6,254 $398,400 3,051 8.4%
Central City East 81 7,142 $352,529 3,155 8.0%
Pacoima 82 53,325 $282,948 3,610 8.6%
Wilmington 83 61,388 $326,700 3,365 9.5%

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