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A+ Los Angeles Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Los Angeles Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% higher than California
Los Angeles
14646% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Los Angeles cost of living
F Los Angeles Crime Total crime is 12% higher than California
Total crime
3,29720% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3120% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
10%Year over year crime is up
Los Angeles crime
D Los Angeles Employment Household income is 19% lower than California
Median household income
$51,5387% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$29,878equal to the US average
Unemployment rate
6%31% higher than the US average
Los Angeles employment
D Los Angeles Housing Home value is 21% higher than California
Median home value
$496,300169% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,24131% higher than the US average
Home ownership
37%42% lower than the US average
Los Angeles real estate or Los Angeles rentals
F Los Angeles Schools HS graduation rate is 7% lower than California
High school grad. rates
74%10% lower than the US average
School test scores
31%37% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:125% higher than the US average
Los Angeles K-12 schools or Los Angeles colleges

Living in Los Angeles, CA

Located in the state of California, Los Angeles is a big city with a population of 3,918,872 residents. In Los Angeles, there are 8,362 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of Los Angeles identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 43% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

Living in Los Angeles can be a great experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Los Angeles, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like education, employment, housing and more.

With a livability score of 59 out of 100, Los Angeles is ranked #24,194 in the United States and #1,050 in California. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in Los Angeles may not be a pleasant experience. For each of the livability categories, we know that Los Angeles ranks very well for amenities (A+) and weather (A+). Unfortunately for Los Angeles, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F), employment (D) and housing (D).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Los Angeles on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Los Angeles: Universal Studios Hollywood, The Getty Center, and Griffith Observatory.

Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Los Angeles is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 0%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Los Angeles is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Los Angeles come in at $496,300, which is 21.3% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Los Angeles, the home price to income ratio is 9.6, which is 50% higher than the California average. Real estate appreciation rates in Los Angeles are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Los Angeles homes comes in at 6.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 9.8%.

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Compare Los Angeles, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Los Angeles, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Oakmont, Glendale8310.2719
Verdugo Woodlands, Glendale8297,722
Emerald Isle, Glendale829.2742
Brockmont, Glendale818.5596
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rossmoyne, Glendale817.78,294
Sparr Heights, Glendale8010.41,810
El Miradero, Glendale799.23,627
Crescenta Highlands, Glendale7912.510,550

Best Cities Near Los Angeles, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA8511.220,477
Marina del Rey, CA8513.29,782
Hermosa Beach, CA8515.619,726
Manhattan Beach, CA8414.335,573
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Marino, CA848.913,324
Hidden Hills, CA8425.11,573
South Pasadena, CA836.325,936
Newport Beach, CA833586,813

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What You Get Out of Los Angeles Is Dependant On Why You Want to Move Here

I found Los Angeles to be better than expected in some ways and much worse in others. There are the obvious cons that everyone talks about, traffic is just horrendous very very often and the cost of living is extremely high, mostly I'm talking about rent prices. They're extravagantly high, in my first few months living here I was forced to live in my car because I simply couldn't find a place to afford, eventually I found a place that a good friend's grandmother owned and she was an incredibly nice lady so she gave us quite a deal. While she could have asked for around 1,200-1,800 a month for a spot we got it for 900. Which we both split the cost on, obviously this does not include, water, electric, internet, cable, etc. I'd like to include this a small home unit (with two other units attached that she also owned) in South Central, which is a very bad (if not the most crime ridden) area in all of Los Angeles. So that can give you a bit of an idea how expensive it is to live in Los Angeles. Otherwise prices at the grocery store are about the same depending where you shop. You have to pay to park in most places unless you're diligent enough to find an open spot that allows for parking on the street, or if the place you are going to has a parking garage/lot (which 90% require validation to leave). I think it goes without saying that Los Angeles has PLENTY to do in the way of entertainment or weekend activities, I actually found you could find a plethora of activities to partake in that were either free or cheap as well, just do some research online and you'll find hundreds of things, many of which won't cost you a dime. The weather is obviously top notch, not too many places that are going to have as great and consistent of weather as Los Angeles has. I'll also add that as far as the people go, it really really varies how friendly and cool people are depending where you are. If you're in Mar Vista or Santa Monica, people will probably be more laid back (although a bit jaded to perceived "tourists"). I've found people in Burbank to be absolutely pleasant human beings, same probably goes for Glendale. Hollywood is filled with tourists and crazy people, however West Hollywood is one of the coolest cities on the planet in my opinion. People are cool, the fashion is cool, the night life is great, and everyone generally is laid back and friendly. Downtown LA is like a miniature New York in a lot of ways, and generally is a fun enviroment to be in unless your walking the streets at night which become flooded with homeless people. I have to admit people FROM LA, who grew up here, are some of the most egotistical, jaded, and uninteresting people I've ever met. Of course everyone is different, but they have a very strange attitude towards life generally. I've found a lot of the people from LA are not impressed by hardly anything, they take no interest in other people, but want nothing but to talk about themselves and how great they are at everything, yet simutaneously will continously bitch about how they arn't where they want to be in life because of every possible outside circumstance that has nothing to do with them. Nothing's their fault. I may be a bit biased but I've had the unpleasant experience of being around LA native's and each time I was left with a similar impression. I should also mention LA attracts a lot of people who are NOT from california or the LA area but ALSO have this similar way of being. Which brings me to my major point, LA is a place we've all heard about growing up and have seen in movies and TV and because of this ALOT of people come here because they want to be famous. This is the bad side of LA in my opinion, because most people, unless they're born here and haven't made it out yet, are in LA for a REASON. Either they want to be actors, or simply want to be involved in the entertainment industry to some degree. If this isn't something you personally are interested in, I would ask yourself why do you want to live in LA? To deal with the snobby (excuse my language) pricks that come with Los Angeles, high real estate prices and horrible traffic, I would imagine there would have to be some sort of reason for you to stay in LA. I came here because I am a musician and was looking for more opportunities to meet people and make connections that could help me, however, nearly everyone here is trying to do the exact same thing, making it actually quite difficult, especially because LA is FILLED with people who will use you and take advantage and lie to you about how they can help you just do get something from you and never speak to you again. Every single person who has lived in LA for more than a couple years has their story about this important person they've met, or that celebrity they worked with and will bolster (or sometimes straight up lie) to make themselves sound more important than they really are. At the end of the day, making connections with people who can REALLY help you in some way is quite unlikely because they're all hidden away at the private parties in some underground bunker some where. I'm joking, but only partially, in essence this is true. I would say the best thing to come from LA if you are dead set on coming here, is to experience one of the most lively and interesting cities in America and to make connections with people to COLLABORATE. There are no shortage of other artists working towards similar goals, making it a great place to meet people who you can work together with to create something. I'll end this review on a positive note and say the other thing I loved about LA was that it is a HUGE, bustling, thriving city, possibly one of the greatest big cities in the world, but it's intertwined quite nicely with nature. There is nature all around, and not just the ocean, but great mountain ranges and several national parks in relatively close driving distance. So you get a bit of both worlds, big city and nature all wrapped into one.
  • 8 0
Los Angeles: City of Angels +

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 & great employment opportunities including prospects for immigrants. Los Angeles (LA) is like a slice of America with a smorgasbord of opportunity in my personal opinion.
  • 2 -4
Life as a Resident in Los Angeles, CA

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 impossible 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 <i>Jimmy Kimmel Live</i>.

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.
  • 2 -5
Just the place to visit and NOT stay

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 from 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.
  • 5 -2
Los Angeles is the Place To Be!

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 mecca 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.
  • 4 0
Los Angeles, CA - Everything is so Far Away!

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 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!!!
  • 0 -5
Los Angeles, CA: A Sweet & Sour City to Live In

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 plentiful, 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.
  • 2 -2
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