Updated: 10 Safe and Affordable Places to Live in LA

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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 May 18, 2014.
  • All crime statistical information is based on the latest six months, Nov. 18, 2013 to May 18, 2014 (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 1 bedrooms only. If these prices seem to high, consider finding a roommate, your portion of the rent will be typically half of the price of a 1 bedroom.


10. Lakewood

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 12
Total Violent Crimes (Nov. 18, 2013 to May 18, 2014): 95
Median Age: 35
Diversity: Medium
Average Rent/1 Bedroom: $1,015

9. Winnetka

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 11.1
Total Violent Crimes (Nov. 18, 2013 to May 18, 2014): 61
Median Age: 32
Diversity: High
Average Rent/1 Bedroom: $950

8. Palms

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 9.2
Total Violent Crimes (Nov. 18, 2013 to May 18, 2014): 42
Median Age: 31
Diversity: High
Average Rent/1 Bedroom: $1,250

7. Valley Village

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 8.2
Total Violent Crimes (Nov. 18, 2013 to May 18, 2014): 21
Median Age: 36
Diversity: Medium
Average Rent/1 Bedroom: $1,250

6. Altadena

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 7
Total Violent Crimes (Nov. 18, 2013 to May 18, 2014): 30
Median Age: 37
Diversity: High
Average Rent/1 Bedroom: $1,100

5. Temple City

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 6.9
Total Violent Crimes (Nov. 18, 2013 to May 18, 2014): 23
Median Age: 38
Diversity: High
Average Rent/1 Bedroom: $900

4. Tarzana

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 6.6
Total Violent Crimes (Nov. 18, 2013 to May 18, 2014): 25
Median Age: 38
Diversity: Medium
Average Rent/1 Bedroom: $1,193

3. Mar Vista

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 7
Total Violent Crimes (Nov. 18, 2013 to May 18, 2014): 25
Median Age: 35
Diversity: High
Average Rent/1 Bedroom: $1,250

2. Encino

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 5.6
Total Violent Crimes (Nov. 18, 2013 to May 18, 2014): 21
Median Age: 42
Diversity: Low
Average Rent/1 Bedroom: $895

1. Playa del Rey

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 5.3
Total Violent Crimes (Nov. 18, 2013 to May 18, 2014): 6
Median Age: 38
Diversity: Low
Average Rent/1 Bedroom: $1,520


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 January 31, 2013


    Thanks, this is extremely useful :)

  • Reply February 18, 2013


    Great info! Great page!

  • Reply July 29, 2013


    Thanks for valuable info like this. Please keep it coming!

  • Reply July 29, 2013


    I think you made a mistake by not including Koreatown. Although it is the most densely populated portion of LA County – it by no means has the highest crime. People still think it is the Ktown of the early 90s (during the riots) and it has changed enormously since then. It is in the middle re-gentrification and the rents have not kept up with the , so they are low for the amount space you get (and there’s many rent control buildings). Additionally, the red and purple line subways mean you don’t need to drive everywhere. If you look on Walkscore.com – it is in the 99th percentile for being a “walk friendly” area with parks and shopping and entertainment, all within walking distance of most apartment locations.

    • Justin
      Reply July 29, 2013


      Thanks Kate. You raise a good point. Koreatown is a very affordable neighborhood and can be fairly safe in certain parts. But at the time of this update the crime rate in Koreatown has increased significantly.

      Here’s the link:

      Koreatown violent crime reports jumped significantly

      So we decided to leave it out of our latest update. We will definitely reconsider it on our next update in the Fall.

  • Reply July 29, 2013


    Great info! Thanks for keeping your readers updated.

  • Reply August 7, 2013


    Thanks for the advice. Im looking to move to L.A. from Chicago at the end of September. Im excited, but also scared at the same time. I dont know anyone in L.A. so every bit of advice is useful.

    • Reply August 13, 2013

      richard avena

      Adrianne. Hi. I would love to find out how your moving experience goes!! I am wanting to move out there eventually as well.. Are you in the entertainment or Arts industry??

  • Reply September 19, 2013

    Natalie Stavola

    Moving soon and looking for a place to live in a week and 1/2… how is Burbank? is it safe, good area, things to do?

    • Justin
      Reply September 20, 2013


      Burbank is a safe and affordable family oriented neighborhood. You’re close to all the major network studios. Be sure to check out downtown Burbank if you’re looking for some fun things to do!

  • Reply November 11, 2013


    I lived in Sherman Oaks for a couple of years, great area, safe. I never heard of any crime being reported while I was there.

  • Reply January 20, 2014


    Hi everyone!! I love this web site, great job to the creator and administrators..I am moving soon to LA, from NYC and am freaking out. Nervous, scare, you name it I am feeling it. But this site has helped me calm my fears. See you soon Cali.

    • Reply February 5, 2014


      LOL Stephany, Although I have only been to NYC once and mostly in Manhattan, you have NOTHING to be afraid of in L.A. My daughter has lived there since 1998 and I moved from Phoenix, AZ to Sacramento 4 years ago and love, love, love it. Welcome to California – where the taxes are high but because of the weather, culture, fresh produce, I consider it a luxury tax!!!

  • Reply January 25, 2014


    I am currently in the process of looking for apartments in LA – I am moving from NYC. I am nervous because a lot of my friends say it isn’t safe in certain areas, but I lived in areas a lot of people think aren’t safe in NYC and remained unscathed and did not feel unsafe. I am pretty sure everyones idea of safe is relative, but I wonder if I should still be really concerned. The area I am mostly interested in is Koreatown because I have seen nice apartments for relatively affordable prices.

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  • Reply February 26, 2014

    Christine Thomas

    This is an amazing site! Woah what a gem. I am 23 and moving from Cleveland, OH … I recently graduated and I am planning to move with my girlfriend and her two children, we are so ready for a change in weather. I am super stoked that a site like this offers so many resources for people who are nervous about such a big move. Thank you a ton!!!!!

  • Reply March 31, 2014


    Hello, very useful article! I’m moving at the end of this month to LA from England, I’ll be staying in South Carthay! Does anyone know anything about the area? Very excited.

  • Reply May 26, 2014


    Palms it is!!! Thanks!!

  • Reply July 2, 2014


    Love this website! So many useful and helpful advices.. My boyfriend and I are moving to LA from Hawaii next week!

  • Reply July 16, 2014


    Thank you so much for this info. My wife and I are finally making the big move at the end of August (after having lived in New York, Chicago, and Albuquerque). Keep the posts coming, we check often.

  • Reply July 25, 2014

    Tony M.

    It is 11:35PM, hit and humid, and I am laying on the floor with the fan and the window open in beautiful Bonita, in South Bay San Diego.

    I am a Valley native, born and raised, moved down here after graduating high school, and I am always up in LOS.

    I make a living as a graphic designer, went to a school in Pasadena for it, and for all my years down here I have longed to move back to L.A. or The Valley, and this website and it’s articles have definitely given me new insight into certain areas.

    I am thinking about moving with my girlfriend to Altadena (where I lived for a month while attending Art Center), Glendale(another ex home), San Gabriel, or other.

    Since I was born and raised in the Valley and am Mexican I definitely want to avoid the gangs, as they are everywhere and I would have my native San Diegan girl with me…definitely don’t want to worry about her safety as much.

    But anyhow, thank for this website…you are helping me update my knowledge of my home city.

    I will put it to good use.

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