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Updated: 10 Safe and Affordable Places to Live in LA


Updated: 10 Safe and Affordable Places to Live in LA

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Updated: 10 Safe and Affordable Places to Live in LA

Finding a place to live in Los Angeles is tough enough as it is, but finding a place that’s safe…

Finding a place to live in Los Angeles is tough enough as it is, but finding a place that’s safe, affordable, and that fits your personality can be impossible to find. Especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

So we decided to compile a list of safe and affordable neighborhoods that have a good social atmosphere (night life, restaurants, parks, etc.). If you think we missed any neighborhoods that are noteworthy please leave them in the comments below.

Few things to note:

  • Crime information is current up to January 1, 2017.
  • All crime statistical information is based on the latest six months, July 4, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017 (Source: Los Angeles Times: Crime Mapping Project)
  • All rent numbers are an average of all available/vacant apartments for each respective neighborhood. (Source: RentOMeter)
  • The average rent numbers are for 2 bedrooms split between roommates. (Ex. $1500 for a 2 bedroom = $750 per person)

10. Chinatown

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 18.4
Median Age: 37
Diversity: Medium
Average Rent/2 Bedroom: $1,208


9. Los Feliz

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 17.1
Median Age: 36
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom: $1,510


8. Palms


Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 13.6
Median Age: 31
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,189


7. Sherman Oaks

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 14.1
Median Age: 37
Diversity: Low
Average Rent/2 Bedroom: $1,153


6. Studio City

studio city

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 13.4
Median Age: 38
Diversity: Low
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,374


5. West Hills

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 11.6
Median Age: 39
Diversity: Medium
Average Rent/2 Bedroom: $1,155


4. Temple City


Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 9.3
Median Age: 38
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom: $959


3. Encino


Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 7.9
Median Age: 42
Diversity: Low
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,151


2. Toluca Lake


Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 7
Median Age: 37
Diversity: Medium
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,263


1. Mar Vista


Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 6.9
Median Age: 35
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,299



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Justin Resarieo is a creative entrepreneur and graduate of The University of Alabama. He has lived in LA for 10 years and enjoys the weather, creativity, and opportunity the city offers.



  1. Angela

    April 14, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I would add Glendale to this list for sure.

  2. Me

    April 14, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    As of today, Los Feliz is ranked 93rd out of 209 neighborhoods in LA where violent crime is tracked, based on crimes per capita. So IDK if it’s that drastically changed in the past year or not, but I don’t know if I’d call that safe. Property crime is 53/209.

  3. Andy Turner

    April 28, 2016 at 4:47 am

    I am disabled and looking to buy a home in a safe, friendly environment. Just wondering what the costs of homes are in your area, and average size of homes. Thanks in advance.

  4. Eduardo

    May 4, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Have you made your move yet? I am in the same situation and would like to hear your experience and where you ended up in California!

  5. Marie

    May 10, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I am going through same ordeal…I would live to leave Ca and move to Florida. Any suggestions? I am Peruvian and have 1 toddler and 40 yrs old. I suggest Burbank, or San Gabriel Valley for safety and peaceful living but just 30 minutes from all the excitement of Downtown L.A. and Hollywood. Burbank is nice and colorful diversity. San Gabriel Asian populated…but I love it. It is safe and quiet. Close to S.Pasadena and other fun cities. I would live some feedback on nice Florida cities with new development communities for growing families, South American people diversity, great places to eat restaurants shops and NO TRAFFIC.

  6. Garrett

    May 31, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    How did Glendale not make this list? Safest place I know and lots to do around the Americana, Brand Blvd, etc. Plus easy access to Noho, Burbank, and Pasadena. Win win all around I’d say.

    • Kira

      July 8, 2016 at 12:20 am

      @Garrett – for this list they used the data available from the L.A. Times Crime Mapping report, and Glendale is not included in that. They use empirical data from the LAPD and/or LA County Sheriff’s Dept, but certain cities such as Glendale, Burbank, Santa Monica, etc. are not reflected in this because they have their own police departments, which have not released their crime data to be included in the L.A. Times’ reports.

  7. Shikha

    June 3, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Great to know that there are lots of DMV people in LA! I’m moving out there from DC next month.

  8. Simone

    October 10, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Great list! I’m moving to Altadena in a week, glad I’m moving into a safe community.

  9. Awni

    November 5, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I want to move to LA county in cheapest area about 800 $ MAX each month for 2 bed room , Also I want to know how much for 3 bed room

  10. Michelle

    November 7, 2016 at 6:39 am

    wow.>~! this site is amazing… Im moving to L.A within a month..and still looking for a safe and good place to stay,,..:)

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