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:
- Mar Vista (Homes)
- Westwood (Homes)
- Bel Air (Homes)
- Portar Ranch (Homes)
- West Los Angeles (Homes)
- Pacific Palisades (Homes)
- Brentwood (Homes)
- Sawtelle (Homes)
- Palms (Homes)
- 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”.
- 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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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