The 10 Best Los Angeles, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Los Angeles.
Best Neighborhoods In Los Angeles

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 2019:

  1. Mar Vista (Homes)
  2. Westwood (Homes)
  3. Bel Air (Homes)
  4. Portar Ranch (Homes)
  5. West Los Angeles (Homes)
  6. Pacific Palisades (Homes)
  7. Brentwood (Homes)
  8. Sawtelle (Homes)
  9. Palms (Homes)
  10. Century City (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Los Angeles for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Mar Vista looks to be the best Los Angeles neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Los Angeles that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Los Angeles hoods in 2019

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 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, Mar Vista.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Los Angeles, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 42,620
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 21)
Median Home Value: $797,290 (14th best)
Median Income: $78,017 (23rd best)
More on Mar Vista: Homes For Sale | Data

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10
/10

Population: 55,285
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 18)
Median Home Value: $854,491 (13th best)
Median Income: $79,643 (22nd best)
More on Westwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Bel Air Los Angeles, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,746
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $1,853,384 (1st best)
Median Income: $183,950 (1st best)
More on Bel Air: Homes For Sale | Data

Bel Air is a neighborhood in the Westside area of Los Angeles, California, in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. The lightly populated residential district, with an older, well-educated population, has a high income level and a large percentage of married people.

The community was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo Bell. Bell owned farm property in Santa Fe Springs, California, where oil was discovered. He bought a large ranch with a home on what is now Bel Air Road. He subdivided and developed the property with large residential lots, with work on the master plan led by the landscape architect Mark Daniels. He also built the Bel-Air Beach Club in Santa Monica and the Bel-Air Country Club. His wife chose Italian names for the streets. She also founded the Bel-Air Garden Club in 1931.

Together with Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills, Bel Air forms the Platinum Triangle of Los Angeles neighborhoods.

Portar Ranch Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,688
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $681,550 (21st best)
Median Income: $122,141 (4th best)
More on Portar Ranch: Homes For Sale | Data

New home building that eventually took place in the Porter Ranch area in the 1990s-2000s, including the Renaissance Summit development, was mired in controversy and Los Angeles politics in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Existing residents of the Porter Ranch area feared the increased traffic that would be brought by the planned building of an area commercial complex to service the new homes being built. Developments were also criticized for destroying the natural beauty of the brush and wild areas that inhabited the space before the houses were built.

West Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 42,797
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $1,114,810 (4th best)
Median Income: $109,618 (7th best)
More on West Los Angeles: Homes For Sale | Data

West Los Angeles is a residential and commercial neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, California. The neighborhood is divided by the Interstate 405 Freeway, and each side is sometimes treated as a distinct neighborhood, mapped differently by different sources. Each of them lies within the larger Westside region of Los Angeles County and together they comprise most of the 90025 zip code.

Pacific Palisades Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 22,500
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $1,719,534 (2nd best)
Median Income: $177,558 (2nd best)
More on Pacific Palisades: Homes For Sale | Data

Pacific Palisades is a coastal neighborhood in the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, California, located among Brentwood to the east, Malibu and Topanga to the west, Santa Monica to the southeast, the Santa Monica Bay to the southwest, and the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. The area currently has about 27,000 residents. It is primarily a residential area, with a mixture of large private homes, small houses, condominiums, and apartments.

Brentwood Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 23,965
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $1,628,579 (3rd best)
Median Income: $168,650 (3rd best)
More on Brentwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Brentwood is a neighborhood in the Westside of Los Angeles, California. It is the home of seven private and two public schools.

Originally part of a Mexican land grant, the neighborhood began its modern development in the 1880s and hosted part of the pentathlon in the 1932 Summer Olympics. It was the site both of the 1994 O.J. Simpson murder case and of a disastrous fire in 1961. Brentwood is also home to many celebrities such as actors and actresses.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 44,552
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $781,023 (15th best)
Median Income: $73,640 (29th best)
More on Sawtelle: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 44,417
Rank Last Year: 37 (Up 28)
Median Home Value: $455,157 (39th best)
Median Income: $63,724 (40th best)
More on Palms: Homes For Sale | Data

Century City Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,574
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $1,026,067 (7th best)
Median Income: $113,367 (6th best)
More on Century City: Homes For Sale | Data

Century City is a 176-acre neighborhood and business district in Los Angeles County’s Westside. Outside Downtown Los Angeles, Century City is one of the metropolitan area’s most prominent employment centers, and its skyscrapers form a distinctive skyline on the Westside.

The district was developed on the former backlot of film studio 20th Century Fox, and its first building was opened in 1963. There are two private schools, but no public schools in the neighborhood. Important to the economy are the Westfield Century City shopping center, business towers, and Fox Studios.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In 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.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Los Angeles aren’t all good. Fashion District takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Los Angeles.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Los Angeles For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Mar Vista 42,620 $797,290 $78,017
2 Westwood 55,285 $854,491 $79,643
3 Bel Air 8,746 $1,853,384 $183,950
4 Portar Ranch 22,688 $681,550 $122,141
5 West Los Angeles 42,797 $1,114,810 $109,618
6 Pacific Palisades 22,500 $1,719,534 $177,558
7 Brentwood 23,965 $1,628,579 $168,650
8 Sawtelle 44,552 $781,023 $73,640
9 Palms 44,417 $455,157 $63,724
10 Century City 5,574 $1,026,067 $113,367
11 Playa Del Ray 16,056 $873,850 $104,607
12 Playa Vista 35,789 $655,300 $73,844
13 West Hills 31,007 $619,850 $109,439
14 Pico-Robertson 45,659 $710,696 $65,587
15 Mid City West 45,784 $751,571 $83,400
16 Tarzana 20,130 $741,275 $94,739
17 Woodland Hills 45,798 $663,193 $97,451
18 Encino 56,158 $753,844 $98,640
19 Northridge 108,186 $479,471 $77,841
20 Glassell Park 34,778 $526,314 $58,054
21 Venice 32,773 $1,098,985 $97,311
22 Los Feliz 32,513 $740,684 $76,677
23 Winnetka 67,623 $426,978 $70,256
24 Granada Hills 43,697 $504,116 $89,035
25 Eagle Rock 55,648 $515,345 $67,271
26 Chatsworth 41,309 $488,581 $87,403
27 Reseda 81,554 $401,545 $56,346
28 Shadow Hills 3,577 $429,300 $74,718
29 Atwater Village 7,087 $644,383 $70,884
30 Highland Park 23,411 $447,106 $45,910
31 Sylmar 80,559 $341,340 $63,082
32 Hollywood Hills 36,670 $1,101,565 $108,400
33 Glendale 1,744 $948,840 $99,810
34 Silver Lake 43,338 $608,859 $67,034
35 Beverly Glen 52,653 $964,402 $116,423
36 Mount Washington 9,218 $487,589 $66,596
37 Studio City 48,533 $871,116 $105,301
38 Mid Wilshire 187,740 $514,690 $54,852
39 Toluca Lake 3,727 $986,825 $88,731
40 Westchester 41,406 $656,248 $99,210
41 Panorama City 39,335 $360,041 $66,293
42 Sunland 19,165 $399,675 $67,316
43 Cypress Park 16,101 $506,469 $58,463
44 Tujunga 20,424 $398,793 $59,580
45 Echo Park 31,774 $578,907 $54,669
46 Canoga Park 86,344 $357,583 $68,663
47 Mission Hills 21,104 $360,914 $76,104
48 Arleta 46,531 $321,512 $60,040
49 Valley Village 48,263 $599,057 $66,181
50 Lakeview Terrace 14,460 $310,747 $63,338
51 San Pedro 73,264 $448,065 $63,234
52 North Hills 99,507 $322,940 $55,344
53 New Downtown 6,396 $282,200 $49,413
54 Van Nuys 127,440 $423,518 $48,885
55 Boyle Heights 79,029 $315,626 $35,846
56 Mid City 146,100 $435,677 $40,330
57 North Hollywood 158,322 $405,914 $48,628
58 El Sereno 51,650 $361,841 $47,364
59 Harbor City 25,861 $342,247 $55,073
60 Montecito Heights 33,281 $402,508 $39,004
61 Wilmington 61,534 $326,871 $49,496
62 Harbor Gateway 39,083 $391,780 $48,823
63 Chinatown 23,676 $371,808 $33,038
64 Jefferson Park 8,745 $385,400 $43,632
65 Civic Center-Little Tokyo 3,457 $306,133 $55,760
66 Sun Valley 32,371 $363,538 $54,645
67 Leiment Park 10,458 $460,217 $51,933
68 Central City 54,475 $247,881 $32,820
69 Westlake 125,087 $187,383 $31,797
70 Lincoln Heights 2,763 $393,650 $27,434
71 Pacoima 55,999 $290,939 $49,893
72 South Park 7,021 $209,983 $48,922
73 Crenshaw 26,759 $326,642 $53,326
74 Hollywood 90,322 $317,506 $39,247
75 South Los Angeles 248,666 $308,659 $33,551
76 Hyde Park 34,645 $340,818 $41,074
77 Southeast Los Angeles 187,683 $263,781 $31,927
78 Central City East 7,185 $408,571 $44,386
79 Watts 40,795 $214,404 $29,288
80 West Adams 11,961 $331,433 $39,578
81 Downtown 12,199 $188,382 $37,562
82 Wholesale District-Skid Row 7,245 $218,186 $29,771
83 Fashion District 2,466 $89,350 $39,866

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