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Living in Los Angeles, CA

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  • Los Angeles has a Livability Score of 54/100, which is considered poor
  • Los Angeles crime rates are 11% higher than the California average
  • Cost of living in Los Angeles is 6% higher than the California average

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Lost Angeles, California 0.5 rating By Anonymous ( Jun 06, 2020) LA is a pile of garbage for so many reasons that it takes a higher vocabulary than any person in the city has in order to explain it. So to put it simply: lots of crime, homeless people everywhere, overly expensive, annoying personalities, and it's WAY too big for its own good. ...Read More Read Less
It has its quirks, but it’s gone downhill since I first moved here. 2.5 rating By Anonymous ( May 02, 2020) When I first moved here, I liked it here a lot more than I did now. But recently with the influx of homelessness and higher crime rates, it has turned into a run down city. The nightlife is wonderful, and have a lot of 18+ venues as well. But The downtown areas tend to sometimes ...Read More have trash , litter, and sometimes fecal matter on the sidewalks. Housing prices are not worth the HDI of the area, and honestly I would prefer to live elsewhere in the state. Read Less
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Los Angeles: City of Angels + 4 rating By D.C. & H.F.J.W.V.D. ( Sep 14, 2017) Los Angeles (Metropolitan): is in my opinion a well rounded, well governed and multi-ethnicity city in a very comfortable temperature range verging on two basic seaons with a plethora of attractions, industries, diversified neighborhoods, with ample cutural, civic, religious & gr ...Read More eat employment opportunities including prospects for immigrants. Los Angeles (LA) is like a slice of America with a smorgasbord of opportunity in my personal opinion. Read Less
Life as a Resident in Los Angeles, CA 4 rating By Anonymous ( Nov 17, 2014) I've lived in Los Angeles, CA for over three years and have been able to explore a significant part of the location during my time here. From the beautiful weather throughout the year to the number of attractions that are available, it's an ideal city to live in where it's imposs ...Read More ible to become bored with the surroundings.

What I love about the Southern Californian city is the ability to explore a number of museums, art exhibits, boutiques, restaurants, shops, and parks for a location that is a true melting pot of different cultures and ideas. On Olvera Street, I can pick up a handmade purse that was made in Mexico before enjoying authentic homemade taquitos from the vendors. When I want to take photographs of different people, I stop by Union Station where the architecture is breathtaking. At times, I'll catch glimpses of different celebrities who are in the area and will enjoy walking the Hollywood Walk of Fame or catching a live taping at Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Unlike most cities, Los Angeles is home to both the rich and the poor. It's easy to find numerous homeless people on the streets begging for money while others drive by in the latest Maserati. As a resident to the area, the lower-income areas of the city are not as enjoyable and can make it difficult to feel comfortable. The traffic is also a downside to living here, which can make it transportation a challenge. I often find that I work my schedule around traffic just to avoid the gridlock that occurs on most of the highways during the day. The cost to living in LA is also a downside where it's difficult to stretch your dollar. Read Less
Just the place to visit and NOT stay 2.5 rating By CoorgCounty ( Apr 18, 2014) I have been living in Los Angeles from last couple of months.It is a very good place to live, in the quotes "Climate wise".But overall I think every thing is outrageously high priced.My office in is business district near airport, everything here is highly overpriced starting fro ...Read More m food to parking.
I had one of the worst exp in my life here in LA, I got mugged in daylight at Culver city bus transit center with more than half a dozen people there.The worst is part is when I asked people to lend me their phone to make call to 911, all turned their deaf ears to me.
All in all its good place to visit but not to live. Read Less
Los Angeles is the Place To Be! 4 rating By Anonymous ( Nov 23, 2011) I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Los Angeles. I was able to watch a Lakers playoff game, attend the American Idol finale and visit all the beautiful sights while I was there. It is truly a great city with beaches within close proximity. I also was able to visit Rodeo Drive. The m ...Read More ecca of shopping was a lot of fun as I saw people wearing interesting pieces of clothing. This cultured activity made me really appreciate the fashion sense in Los Angeles. Additionally, I was able to drive the freeway. It wasn't nearly as bad traffic wise as I had been told. In fact, I was able to get from place to place relatively quickly. If you're worried about going to Los Angeles because of traffic, you need not be.

I traveled to Los Angeles with some friends. We were able to watch the Lakers play the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center. The Staples Center is a magnificent facility. Additionally, it was a lot of fun watching Kobe Bryant in person. He had a great battle with Carmelo Anthony and the Lakers won! It was one of the highlights of a great trip. Also, I was able to attend the American Idol final at the Nokia Arena. It was great to hear so many amazing voices in one night.

Los Angeles has something for everybody. Whether you want to relax at the beach, hang out at a nice restaurant, or go out with friends, Los Angeles offers a little bit of everything. I thoroughly enjoyed every second in Los Angeles. I can't wait to go back and catch some hockey or basketball. Also, the beaches are very relaxing and a good place to unwind. I highly recommend visiting Los Angeles as soon as possible. Read Less
Los Angeles, CA - Everything is so Far Away! 4.5 rating By AV Jon ( Nov 12, 2010) I traveled to Los Angeles in January of 2008. Our cruise left from Los Angeles so that was really the main reason why we were there. I stayed at the Westin near the airport (5400 West Century Blvd) which was a great pick at less than $70 per night. The main atrium is open concept ...Read More and made for a great place to have a quick bite to eat and some drinks. The rooms were large enough and offered all the amenities you'd expect from a Westin.

The one thing I noticed about the city of Los Angeles, is that everything is so far away. Renting a car is absolutely a must if you plan on venturing out and seeing the city. We headed into Beverly Hills which took about 30 minutes with light traffic. I could see this drive lasting much longer in rush hour. Once we got there we headed to Robertson Blvd to check out the famous celeb hangout called The Ivy. I was expecting to see at least a minor celeb, but instead just some regular Joe's. Along that street there is also some good shopping with Kitson being just down the block.

For breakfast the next day we visited Griddle Cafe (7916 W Sunset Blvd) which was incredible. The pancakes could be the best I've ever had. Or maybe I was just excited because I finally spotted a celebrity - Lisa Marie Presley!!!

Overall, I did enjoy my visit to Los Angeles. The one downside was the air quality. I probably inhaled the equivalent of 10 packs of cigarettes, but oh well. The one recommendation is the car rental, its an absolute must if you plan on seeing the city of Los Angeles!!! Read Less
Los Angeles, CA: A Sweet & Sour City to Live In 4 rating By Anonymous ( Apr 26, 2010) I have lived in the Los Angeles area for about 2 years now. Looking over the ocean or watching a seascape sunset never gets boring for me. There are plenty of fantastic Los Angeles museums and parks, as well, but on weekends they are too crowded. Los Angeles restaurants are plen ...Read More tiful, but the smallest local restaurants (such as Tito's Taco's) are much better than any chain restaurant and are worth every second of the wait.

Parking is a difficult thing in almost every area and is rarely free. Los Angeles is very crowded, and so are the streets. Driving on the freeways is enough to make a person have a mental breakdown, especially in rush hour. Currently, Los Angeles is not a good place for anyone looking for work to relocate to. Unemployment is extremely high and jobs are few and unreliable. Housing prices are still outrageously high and businesses are closing more every day. Overall, the climate and scenery are great, but many situations are not. Read Less

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles is California’s largest city, the country’s second largest (after New York) and is home to about 4 million people. Known for its sprawling layout, ethnic diversity, sunny weather and television and film industry, Los Angeles is home to many in the entertainment industry. If you want to join them, it is cheaper to live there than New York, but rental and home prices, along with the cost of living, are pricey. Save up before you move to the City of Angels.

Mountains, deserts and the Pacific Ocean surround Los Angeles. Low-rise buildings are commonplace, as are headquarters for major corporations. There is a lot of diversity in the city, and there are areas where many people from certain ethnic groups live and work, such as Koreatown, Little Tokyo and Little Ethiopia, making them a great place to try authentic cuisine.

Los Angeles was made with cars in mind, but there are plenty of public transportation options as well. The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority operates light rail, bus and subway lines throughout Los Angeles County, for commuters and tourists alike to take. Major expansions have been, and will be made, over time as more residents demand better transportation options. It costs around $100 for a month’s worth of TAP card rides, which is not too expensive. Getting around is easy in the city!

Cultural activities are abundant in Los Angeles. Sports fans love to watch the USC Trojans or the UCLA Bruins in college games, or the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Anaheim Ducks, the Los Angeles Clippers or the Los Angeles Lakers at the professional level. ABC, CBS, Fox, Telemundo, Univision, Disney and other studios have units in the city, and movie-goers can tour production lots. The Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Getty Museum offer up plenty of chances to take in a show or see art exhibitions.

Living in sunny Los Angeles will feel truly relaxing. People are happy, friendly, chill and excited to meet newcomers. From the beaches in Santa Monica, to the chic cafés in Venice and the sprawling homes in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles is packed with things to do, and each neighborhood has its own appeal. At the forefront of progressive values, healthy eating and what is new with entertainment, you will never get bored if you move there. See the stars at Griffith Observatory, pose in front of the Hollywood sign, visit the farmers’ market or try to spot celebrities on Rodeo Drive — it is up to you. One thing is for certain: once you arrive at LAX, you will start to feel at home in the city.


Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area
Arroyo Seco Park
Cabrillo Beach Park
Costello Recreation Center
Crestwood Hills Park


Drudis-Biada Art Gallery And Fine Arts Building
Mullin Family Studio And Art Gallery
Korean Cultural Center
German Cultural Center
Julie Rico Gallery

Food & Drink

Big Wang's
Cafe Etc.
Pizza Hut
Tofu Village
Drive to Work

8% lower than the US average

Take Public Transit

5% higher than the US average

Walk to Work

1% higher than the US average


Barlow Respiratory Hospital
Mattel Children's Hospital
Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
Neurological Rehabilitation & Research Unit
Kedren Community Health Center


CVS Pharmacy
Rite Aid
Rite Aid
CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy


Tarzana Medical Urgent Care
Steven Spielberg Pediatrics Research Center
Temple Medical Center
T. Yamashita, M.D., Diplomate of Ophthalmogy
Gorman Dental

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