East Los Angeles, CA

Population: 124,191

Key findings

  • East Los Angeles has a Livability Score of 49/100, which is considered poor
  • East Los Angeles crime rates are 58% higher than the California average
  • Cost of living in East Los Angeles is 9% lower than the California average
  • East Los Angeles real estate prices are 21% lower than the California average
  • Rental prices in East Los Angeles are 22% lower than the California average

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      East Los Angeles, CA

      East Los Angeles is the neighbor of famed Los Angeles. It's modest in size, but offers all the perks to people eager for city living. Warm weather, large parks and a wide array of restaurants, especially taco establishments, make this an exciting place to live and explore.

      This city is over 90% Latino, which makes it one of the least diverse in Los Angeles County. It’s absent from the influence of Hollywood and multi-million-dollar mansions, but nonetheless has an appeal all its own. People from this descent can find a sense of community, whether they decide to rent or own a home and start a family. There is certainly no shortage of options; they can choose from over 200 neighborhoods with a comfortable standard of living. Mexicans, Chicanos and Hispanics from all over the country settle in East Los Angeles, as well as immigrants from Mexico. It’s no coincidence that the area is close to the border and boasts the largest Latino population in the United States.

      Visitors and inhabitants never tire of experiencing the city’s rich history. Two popular landmarks are Our Lady of Solitude Church and the Golden Gate Theater. Both feature grandiose architectural details perfect for those who want to indulge in beautiful art. Foodies and music lovers also cannot miss checking out Mariachi Plaza in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. Thousands of people flock there every Friday and Sunday to fill their bellies with lunch and sip on aguas frescas for refreshment from the heat.

      Even the traditional attractions in East Los Angeles have a flair. The Libros Schmibros library has colorful graffiti on its exterior and serves as a community hub and bookstore in addition to a lending establishment. Visitors can enjoy movies, public conversations and classes as well as browse literary classics to borrow. Grocery shopping is unconventional, too. El Centro Grocery has abundant, nutritious goods to keep people healthy. It’s also attached to the Maravilla Handball Court to get people active before they go home and eat a great meal. Handball requires no special skill; players simply use their hands to punt a ball to a wall.

      The city is car-friendly but also has a transportation system that is easy to navigate. A metro bus service has connections throughout the LA area, which offers commuters a convenient way to get around without battling traffic. The Metro Gold Line train that travels straight through downtown LA added access to East Los Angeles in 2009, much to the relief of inhabitants.

      The LA area is arguably the best place to live in the world. East Los Angeles has enough charm to compete with the most luxurious neighborhoods in the county.

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      Ednovate - Usc Esperanza College Prep9 - 1272n/a
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      East Los Angeles: The Least Desirable Place to Live In L.A.
      East Los Angeles, home to the famous "Skid Row" area, is still one of the least popular living areas in L.A. Real estate prices are low, but neighborhoods are generally very rough. Houses and apartment buildings are old, many somewhat shaky from a lifetime of weathering earthquakes. Crime rates are usually high, jobs are few and diminishing every day. Many businesses and factories in the city of East Los Angeles are closing and laying off workers. Weather is hot in the summer and cold in the winter, and traffic is horrendous. Quality shopping and grocery stores are scarce. I would not argue with someone if they labeled East Los Angeles as a slum.

      People visiting East Los Angeles must make a stop at the Chinatown area. Vendors and small shops line the streets, offering anything imaginable for a low price. Visitors should bring cash, as most vendors and stores only accept cash. Chinatown is rich in history and sights, fun shops and oddities galore. Almost every restaurant offers delicious food, but the most outstanding restaurant I've found is Sam Woo on Broadway. Prices are low and the food is absolutely the best Chinese food I've ever eaten.
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      Source: The East Los Angeles, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).