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 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 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 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 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.

  • Reply October 2, 2014

    LeDerius M

    This website is brilliant! I am moving to LA within the next month and right now I am just running off of faith! I am coming to LA on October 24th to look for apartments. Arghhhhh Just so much to do and I don’t know much!

  • Reply October 4, 2014


    I am so glad I came upon this website. I am planning the move to LA from MD the first of the year and had no clue where to even look for a place to live. I was so stressed because I want to choose an area that is definitely affordable and definitely safe. I am so thankful for this blog. It was such a relief finding this website.

  • Reply October 4, 2014


    This is great info! I plan to move from the DC area to LA in January, and as a single woman, safety is everything for me. I appreciate this list!

    • Reply October 8, 2014


      There are a lot of DMV people moving to Los Angeles …love it! I myself am moving in a few weeks and am every bit of nervous, because my family is all here. Excited, nonetheless…especially since I just secured an apt and everything else in place. Great website

      • 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 15, 2014


    Wow, going through the comments, I never realized how many people are moving to LA from NYC (me included). I’m making the leap in mid-November and this site has been a great help. I have also lived in some so-called dangerous neighborhoods in NYC and haven’t had a single problem. But theres just so many neighborhoods in LA to pick & choose from, so its kind of hard to start.

    We need some type of forum so we can connect with other people who are moving! It would be great to share some tips/experiences/extra slices of bread.

  • Reply October 22, 2014


    Wow this site is such a great resource! I’m so glad I found it. It will be a few years before I move from Alaska to Cali but I’m doing my research now. Safety is my number one priority and next is price. However I also want to live as close to the beach as possible!

  • Reply November 29, 2014


    Justin, thank you for this information! I am planning on moving next year in Feb. and LA is on my list. This site is a great resource!

  • Reply December 7, 2014

    Nathan L.

    Wow. Thank you. So glad I found this. Winnetka looks nice. And I really appreciate you noting diversity levels too.

  • Reply January 16, 2015


    I will consider Winnetka.

    Great list!

  • Reply January 19, 2015


    I am seriously considering moving to LA from Baltimore,MD this year 2015, so, very bit of information is helpful. Thank you for this lists.

  • Reply January 19, 2015

    Robin Smith

    Glendale is cool! I have friends that live at AMLI Lex on Orange.

  • Reply February 8, 2015


    Thanks for the information. This is an excellent website. I’m in the process of applying for a job in LA and hoping to move from Chicago in the summer.

  • Reply February 8, 2015


    Love this site. I have been through a lot in the past 2 years and really need a complete life change. I really want to move to Cali but I am so scared and afraid of failure. I am 46 starting over in every way imaginable …..ugh. I have an 18 yr. old that really wants to move to Cali as well so it would be the two of us. I have lived in Florida for 21 years and i am so ready to make a change. the cost of living here is very low so really have to do my homework on places to live in Cali. I am on disability and work at home doing contract bookkeeping work to supplement my income. so not sure we can afford to live in cali, but not giving up hope. this site has been very helpful.

    • 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 February 9, 2015

    David rodriguez

    I love this website So many people are nervous just as me, but finding a place is not my concern. Making money with the job I will be transferring with is (DirecTV Installer) I make good money in it right now and I’m sure LA will always have a tons of work but not sure if I’ll be pullin the same money as I am now but I guess life is a risk right? I’m 22 years old and plan on attending online college as well. I set a date for April 2016 im exciting and just hope everything goes well.

    • 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 February 17, 2015


    Love it! Looking to move late summer (fingers crossed) from South Florida. Love getting the insight to mentally prepare and do research.

  • Reply February 20, 2015


    Thank you so much for this info. My partner and I are considering moving to LA in the very near future. We are trying to leave New York for a new atmosphere, but somewhere affordable and safe. Great place to start over where we can both flourish our careers. Please continue to update this page and thank you again for this info.

  • Reply February 20, 2015


    Hi this was useful. I am moving in april to California from Baltimore. I model. And have a daughter so any information is very useful. I have no family there but this move will help me in so many ways.

  • Reply February 27, 2015


    I’m moving to Westwood soon! I already visited and its very nice there! Cheap? Not so much but I think its worth it.

  • Reply March 30, 2015


    Hi, thank you for keeping this website updated. Very useful information. See you all in LA. Be safe)

  • Reply April 2, 2015

    Daman Malone

    This is an amazing resource for people, Thank you Justin!

  • Reply June 25, 2015


    ok, so yes I agree with the above comments- super useful…my only question is: the rent costs, is that per week? because I have this feeling Americans do rent as a monthly cost… but it does seem quite cheap to be per month.. (although I currently live in Sydney where 1mil will only get you 41sqm)

  • Reply July 9, 2015

    Alyssa Duprey

    It’s great to see a comment thread be so positive for once! I think this type of content – advice and research – really speaks to people who are overwhelmed by a big move (myself included!) Thank you for making this one-stop-shop post for all LA movers to benefit from.

    I am a recent college grad moving from the Boston area to LA May of 2016 and am trying to be as prepared as possible. Any east-to-west coast articles would be great to read!

  • 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 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 October 10, 2016


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

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