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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 October 8, 2017.
  • All crime statistical information is based on the latest six months,  April 10, 2017 to Oct. 8, 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. Sherman Oaks

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 14.7
Median Age: 37
Diversity: Low
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,274


9. South Whitier

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 13.6
Median Age: 32
Diversity: Medium
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $837


8. Studio City

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 13.4
Median Age: 38
Diversity: Low
Average Rent/2 Bedroom: $1,477


7. Palms

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 12.5
Median Age: 31
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,294


6. Toluca Lake

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 11.7
Median Age: 37
Diversity: Medium
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,414


5. Eagle Rock

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 11.6
Median Age: 35
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,250


4. Encino

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 11.4
Median Age: 42
Diversity: Low
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,261


3. Temple City

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 9
Median Age: 38
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom: $954


2. Mar Vista

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 8.5
Median Age: 35
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,470


1. Altadena

Violent Crime Per Capita (10,000): 5.9
Median Age: 37
Diversity: High
Average Rent/2 Bedroom (Per Person): $1,110





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,,..:)

  11. Jamie

    February 20, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Justin, In all due respect, this list is delusional. I am working my ass off in Los Angles trying to raise my 3 year old daughter. I have a two income household.
    I am constantly searching the web looking for a place to move from west hollywood. Ihave been in LA 29 years.
    Your prices for the cost of 2 bedroom apartments are insulting to me.
    The fact that you put these figures up looses all of your credibility.

    • Christopher Ming

      Christopher Ming

      February 24, 2017 at 4:32 am

      Hi Jamie, these are the average prices of the currently avail apartments in the neighborhood, over the past 90 days. We don’t have a say (or opinion) on the market. The market is the market.

      I’m sorry you’re having a hard time finding a new apartment, and do wish you the best of luck. But we’ve been doing this for 5 years and have helped hundreds of people. We’re not worried about our credibility, but appreciate your concern.

    • jude

      February 25, 2017 at 10:41 pm


  12. Canela

    February 20, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    This article is so misleading!!! Back in 2011, you could’ve easily found an 1 bdr. apt. from $1100 (modest area)-$1500 (upscale) but NOW for a studio at $1600 (modest)-$2500 upsale. And some 1bdr. apts. are $1800-2300 in the younger and happening areas. Also, please beware–LA and those hired to promote LA life, are always going to leave out some “MAJOR details” better known as the “TRUTH!” It’s no secret, people in southern Cal; especially in LA/Hollywood are known for spinning stories, scam artists, false appearance/image dishonest/shady business and conning newcomers. Unfortunately; in housing–is one of them! Additionally, if you have ANY pets, it WILL be EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to find affordable, clean and safe housing; whether you rent or share a room or apt. Expect to pay a large sum of $500-1000 pet deposit– PER pet AND $35-150 PER PET–EACH month for “pet rent.” Also, the larger the dog, more you’ll pay. Sadly, the vast majority of LA culture is fueled upon LOTS of greed. LA is for the rich and does NOT hesitate to exploit the young, naieve and inexperienced newcommers. Futhermore; the article mentioned Temple city (LOL), which is East LA; however, I’d advise all to stay away from that ENTIRE side. Bed bugs, scabies and lice are prone in those areas. LA county has had an epidemic for years! Lots of lower income Latinos and Asians (<—Some of the worst slumlords ever!!) occupy those areas. Upon my first week of arrival, I ended up with bed bugs, got the windows busted out and antenna broken on my car- by some batshit–Crazy Asians over an parking spot that was given to me instead. I, too, was warned, but said: "nah don't listen–that's negative" And, if you have car, be prepared for the MANY PARKING TICKETS as the signs are intentionally confusing and inconspicuous so you'll either be ticketed or towed. In some places like South/West/North Pasadena (upper scale-old conservative, very strict rules!) and Alhambra (racist Asians/high car theft/breakins) Temple City, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Monterey Park, (Latino/semi ghetto), charge $5 per day to park your car overnight or $60 a yr. OR monthly. Although, Santa Monica much nicer, upscale, less racial (although very pretentious– you MUST look the part and be in shape to fit in) only charges $25! Lastly, West Hollywood the La Brea/Melrose area is WAY overpriced, a bit junky and, honestly, a wannabe "yuppie ghetto!" Too many tourists, trannies who prostitute, meth addicts and mentally ill who share the area with the C, D, and E listers (actors) and lots of those Instagram models. These pretend their lives are perfect, flawless and they're living large. Sooo NOT true! Most of the houses/apt. buildings are run down, minimumly maintained; basically, kind of shacky. That's the reason why they're online showing lots ass and boob; they (Instagram) can't afford the overpriced rentals without your stepdads, baby daddies, dads or boyfiends "PayPal donations." Choose West Hollywood near Crescent Hights, Fairfax/Fountain Sunset/LaCienga/Fountain San Vicente/Sunset or Bervely Grove. Encino/Sherman Oaks/Studio is TOO MUCH TRAFFIC and FAR out. Glendale is boring and a bunch of nosey, and paranoid Armenian-excons and UNFRIENDLY families. FYI…this is written soley for truth and awareness, NOT racial, as my own family is racially diverse.

    • Christopher Ming

      Christopher Ming

      February 24, 2017 at 4:27 am

      Hi Canela, you sound like a racist. And a lunatic.

      Best of luck to you.

      • Dani

        February 24, 2017 at 5:51 am

        Hahahaha go Christopher!

    • D

      August 12, 2017 at 6:05 am

      Canela, very true. I lived in LA for 7 years. A few in the valley and a few in Westwood. Left bc it has a sleezy feel in that region, but really miss the SoCal beaches!
      So true also about being towed a lot. Have to pay attn to signs Exactly & return a couple minutes early to your car.
      Don’t judge what Canela said, it’s true. But it’s also what you make it. Just be prepared to have a lot of money to live in a decent place/apartment that is kept up nicely and tough to find decent, honest, (professional demeanor) landlords.

      Had a lot of fum and may move back someday. so much to do and see in LA. It’s worth the try, you can move if you don’t like it. But just know that once the excitement and romanticizing wears off (took me 3 years) because i got to to do TV shows. you’l see the sleeziness. But at the sametime, people are more chill and relaxed, but maybe too relaxed. There seem to be a lot of drug use & seems to be a lot of ppl in rehab (happy for them & wish them the best) just know there seems to be heavy drug use.

  13. Laura

    March 16, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Hey all! Great list! Do you have any suggestions for family friendly neighborhoods, and also places that are affordable if your looking to buy a house, not just rent. Thanks!

    • Christopher Ming

      Christopher Ming

      March 29, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Hi Laura, typically start your search in the Valley — you can get most bang for your buck there.

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