Updated: 10 Safe and Affordable Places to Live in LA

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Picture courtesy of garretmurray Flickr

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 August 28, 2016.
  • All crime statistical information is based on the latest six months, Feb. 29, 2016 to Aug. 28, 2016 (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. Encino


Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 14.6
Median Age: 42
Diversity: Low
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,021


9. Palms


Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 13.6
Median Age: 31
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,102


8. Studio City

studio city

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 12.4
Median Age: 38
Diversity: Low
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $723


7. West Los Angeles

Los Feliz

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 11.8
Median Age: 38
Diversity: Low
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,063


6. Silver Lake

silver lake

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 9.7
Median Age: 35
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,422


5. Mar Vista


Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 8.8
Median Age: 35
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $982


4. Altadena

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 7.7
Median Age: 37
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $849


3. Westwood

Many of the buildings in Westwood are turned into businesses different from what they were initially built for. Yamato was first built in 1929 as the Janss Investment Corporation headquarters and stands as one of the oldest buildings in Westwood Village. Over the years, it was turned into businesses such as Bank of America and Eurochow. The Italian restaurant Tanino on Westwood Boulevard was once Kelly's music company. Peet's Coffee and Tea, on the corner of Westwood Blvd. and Lindbrook Dr., used to be Ralph's grocery store in the 1930s.

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 7.3
Median Age: 27
Diversity: Medium
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,575


2. Temple City


Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 6.9
Median Age: 38
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom: $777


1. Toluca Lake


Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 4.7
Median Age: 37
Diversity: Medium
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,294


Justin Resarieo is a creative entrepreneur and graduate of The University of Alabama. He has lived in LA for 6 years and enjoys the weather, creativity, and opportunity the city offers.


  • Reply April 14, 2016


    I would add Glendale to this list for sure.

  • Reply April 14, 2016


    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.

  • Reply April 28, 2016

    Andy Turner

    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.

  • Reply May 4, 2016


    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!

  • Reply May 10, 2016


    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.

  • Reply May 31, 2016


    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.

    • Reply July 8, 2016


      @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.

  • Reply June 3, 2016


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

  • Reply October 10, 2016


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

  • Reply November 5, 2016


    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

  • Reply November 7, 2016


    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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