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 (Homes)
- Brentwood (Homes)
- West Los Angeles (Homes)
- Century City (Homes)
- Portar Ranch (Homes)
- Playa Del Ray (Homes)
- Tarzana (Homes)
- Encino (Homes)
- Woodland Hills (Homes)
- Bel Air (Homes)
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.
If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in California check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In California
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How do you determine the top 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
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.
More on Pacific Palisades: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $160,432
Median Home Value: $889,205
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.
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data
3. West Los Angeles
Median Income: $108,120
Median Home Value: $839,739
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.
More on West Los Angeles: Real Estate | Data
4. Century City
Median Income: $100,775
Median Home Value: $881,934
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.
More on Century City: Real Estate | Data
5. Portar Ranch
Median Income: $110,529
Median Home Value: $644,350
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.
More on Portar Ranch: Real Estate | Data
6. Playa Del Ray
Median Income: $101,084
Median Home Value: $744,875
Playa del Rey is an affluent beachside community in the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, California. It has a ZIP code of 90293 and area codes of 310 and 424. As of 2014, the Playa del Rey population was 12,129 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 14.61 percent.
More on Playa Del Ray: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $99,354
Median Home Value: $682,992
Tarzana is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California. Tarzana is on the site of a former ranch owned by author Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is named after Burroughs’ fictional jungle hero, Tarzan.
The Tarzana Recreation Center has a gymnasium that also is used as an auditorium; the building’s capacity is 600. The park also has barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, a community room, an indoor gymnasium without weights, picnic tables, and lighted volleyball courts.
More on Tarzana: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $93,977
Median Home Value: $650,222
Encino is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, United States.
The local economy provides jobs primarily in health care, social services, and professional services sectors. There are approximately 3,800 businesses employing about 27,000 people at an annual payroll of $1.4 billion.
More on Encino: Real Estate | Data
9. Woodland Hills
Median Income: $90,275
Median Home Value: $620,536
Woodland Hills is a neighborhood bordering the Santa Monica Mountains in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California.
Woodland Hills is home to the Woodland Hills Country Club, a private equity golf club. The country club is complete with golf course, fine dining, and entertainment options.
The Woodland Hills Recreation Center is a 19-acre park in Woodland Hills. The park has a small indoor gymnasium without weights and with a capacity of 300; it may be used as an auditorium. The park also has a lighted baseball diamond, outdoor lighted basketball courts, a children’s play area, a lighted football field, picnic tables, a lighted soccer field, and lighted tennis courts. Woodland Hills Pool is an outdoor seasonal unheated swimming pool.
More on Woodland Hills: Real Estate | Data
10. Bel Air
Median Income: $190,305
Median Home Value: $993,018
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.
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:
- 10 Safest Places In California
- 10 Worst Places To Live In California
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In California
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Los Angeles
|3||West Los Angeles||41,512|
|6||Playa Del Ray||15,903|
|22||Mid City West||45,642|
|54||Civic Center-Little Tokyo||2,982|
|64||Central City East||6,966|
|78||South Los Angeles||245,822|
|80||Wholesale District-Skid Row||6,989|
|82||Southeast Los Angeles||184,962|