The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Los Angeles For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Los Angeles are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Los Angeles.
Safest Neighborhoods In Los Angeles

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Los Angeles are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Los Angeles. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Los Angeles neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Los Angeles in 2020? That would be Bel Air. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Los Angeles.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Los Angeles neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. 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.

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How We Determined The Safest Los Angeles Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Los Angeles.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 83 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Los Angeles.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Bel Air.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Los Angeles. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Los Angeles For 2020

Bel Air Los Angeles, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,746
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 131
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,164
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Bel Air comes in at 131 and the property crime per capita is 1,164 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 20,424
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 203
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,002
More on Tujunga: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Tujunga comes in at 203 and the property crime per capita is 1,002 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 55,285
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 131
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,301
More on Westwood: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Westwood comes in at 131 and the property crime per capita is 1,301 for 2020.

Portar Ranch Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,688
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 127
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,467
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Portar Ranch comes in at 127 and the property crime per capita is 1,467 for 2020.

Brentwood Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 23,965
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 101
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,656
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Brentwood comes in at 101 and the property crime per capita is 1,656 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 42,620
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 210
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,547
More on Mar Vista: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Mar Vista comes in at 210 and the property crime per capita is 1,547 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,744
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 305
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,014
More on Glendale: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Glendale comes in at 305 and the property crime per capita is 1,014 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,577
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 193
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,702
More on Shadow Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Shadow Hills comes in at 193 and the property crime per capita is 1,702 for 2020.

Playa Del Ray Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 16,056
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 172
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,752
More on Playa Del Ray: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Playa Del Ray comes in at 172 and the property crime per capita is 1,752 for 2020.

Pacific Palisades Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 22,500
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 102
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,890
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Pacific Palisades comes in at 102 and the property crime per capita is 1,890 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Los Angeles

Looking at the data, you can tell that Bel Air is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most California residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Los Angeles For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Bel Air 1,295
2 Tujunga 1,205
3 Westwood 1,432
4 Portar Ranch 1,594
5 Brentwood 1,757
6 Mar Vista 1,757
7 Glendale 1,319
8 Shadow Hills 1,895
9 Playa Del Ray 1,924
10 Pacific Palisades 1,992
11 Sunland 1,949
12 Palms 2,022
13 Arleta 1,860
14 West Hills 2,075
15 Sylmar 1,963
16 Glassell Park 2,003
17 Highland Park 2,035
18 Lakeview Terrace 2,092
19 Playa Vista 2,143
20 Eagle Rock 2,090
21 North Hills 2,065
22 El Sereno 2,089
23 Granada Hills 2,364
24 Mount Washington 2,243
25 Reseda 2,237
26 Panorama City 2,337
27 Pacoima 2,227
28 Mission Hills 2,445
29 Winnetka 2,349
30 Encino 2,652
31 Chatsworth 2,635
32 Toluca Lake 2,805
33 Northridge 2,624
34 Tarzana 2,795
35 Harbor City 2,431
36 San Pedro 2,446
37 Montecito Heights 2,439
38 Cypress Park 2,540
39 Sun Valley 2,566
40 Hollywood Hills 2,755
41 Los Feliz 2,711
42 West Los Angeles 2,904
43 Sawtelle 2,900
44 Woodland Hills 2,907
45 Wilmington 2,717
46 Silver Lake 2,905
47 Pico-Robertson 2,814
48 Van Nuys 2,840
49 Beverly Glen 3,144
50 Atwater Village 2,922
51 Studio City 3,443
52 Boyle Heights 2,915
53 North Hollywood 2,927
54 New Downtown 2,947
55 Mid City 3,034
56 Harbor Gateway 3,000
57 Valley Village 3,163
58 Century City 3,626
59 Westlake 3,417
60 Echo Park 3,229
61 Jefferson Park 3,355
62 Canoga Park 3,553
63 Watts 3,862
64 Mid Wilshire 3,458
65 Downtown 3,588
66 Southeast Los Angeles 4,345
67 Wholesale District-Skid Row 4,244
68 Fashion District 4,379
69 Hyde Park 4,544
70 Mid City West 5,458
71 Crenshaw 4,563
72 Central City 4,560
73 Westchester 6,042
74 Venice 5,574
75 South Los Angeles 4,754
76 Hollywood 5,490
77 Chinatown 5,999
78 West Adams 6,854
79 Central City East 10,022
80 Leiment Park 7,260
81 Lincoln Heights 10,608
82 Civic Center-Little Tokyo 12,739
83 South Park 13,142

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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