The 10 Best Los Angeles Suburbs To Live In For 2022


We analyzed over 77 places around Los Angeles to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Los Angeles suburbs.

Los Angeles is a vibrant city with something for everyone. But for people who don't like the hustle and bustle of big-city living, life in California's largest city can be a bit overwhelming. Want the best parts of living in Los Angeles without the added expenses, the traffic, and the crime? Then you're probably in search of Los Angeles's best suburbs.

Los Angeles is famous for producing the world's best movies in Hollywood, having some of the best beaches on the West Coast, and enjoying, statistically, some of the the most pleasant weather in America. It's also where you'll find the highest concentration of celebrities nationwide, and you're quite likely to spot on in the flesh if you spend enough time shopping at The Grove or attending events at the Staples Center. And as far as food goes, Los Angeles's diversity has ensured that the city has the best cuisine in every category, from Thai food to taco trucks.

Where can you find the nicest suburbs that Los Angeles has to offer? We're talking about the suburbs where unemployment, poverty, and crime are low, incomes and home prices are high, and there's plenty to keep you entertained without necessitating a trip to the big city. Well, 60% of this list's members are situated in the coastal South Bay region to the southwest of Los Angeles. Places like Palos Verdes Estates, where crime and unemployment are super low, are emblematic of the best of this area. But there's still great suburbs elsewhere, like the surfer's paradise of Malibu, west of L.A. That's if you've got around two million bucks to drop on a home and are okay with a cost of living that outstrips the national average by 300%. And that's not to single out Malibu as the only pricey spot on this list; in fact, the only suburb featured here with a median income under six figures is South Pasadena.

So get ready to don your Dodgers cap, order up a food truck taco, and send your headshots to every agent in the business, because we're taking a closer look at the best Los Angeles suburbs to live in for 2022.

That wraps up our tour of the best Los Angeles suburbs to live in. These are the places where crime is low, the economy works for everyone, and you can find plenty to do without submitting yourself to the hellish Los Angeles traffic. If you're on the fence about whether to move to L.A. or just one of its satellite cities, be sure to check out the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles so that you can weigh your options.

You're bound to have a good experience if you end up in any of the suburbs listed above, but only one spot can take the gold medal. So what is the best Los Angeles suburb to call home? According to the data, Hermosa Beach is the best Los Angeles suburb for 2022.

Shocked to find that your favorite Los Angeles suburb didn't feature on our list? Take a look at the comprehensive list of Los Angeles suburbs below to see how your town or city fared.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about California:

The 10 Best Los Angeles Suburbs To Live For 2022

Hermosa Beach is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Los Angeles area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Hermosa Beach."

Everyone here is rich; families average $142,500 a year, which is the 9th highest in the Los Angeles region. And only 3.94% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,649,900 each.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 19,147
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $142,500
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Hermosa Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hermosa Beach, CA

Manhattan Beach is the second best 'burb we looked at near Los Angeles for 2022.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 1.55% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 35,064
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $153,926
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Manhattan Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manhattan Beach, CA

Source: Public domain

Here in Redondo Beach, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Los Angeles metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Redondo Beach.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 66,663
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $116,832
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Redondo Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Redondo Beach, CA

Source: Public domain

Palos Verdes Estates ranks as the 4th best suburb of Los Angeles for 2022.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Palos Verdes Estates and the schools are some of the best around.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,359
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $197,826
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Palos Verdes Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Coming in as the fifth best is Rancho Palos Verdes.

Rancho Palos Verdes gets kudos for having the 10th most expensive homes in the Los Angeles area, where houses sell for an average of $1,209,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 41,635
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $146,163
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Rancho Palos Verdes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Source: Public domain

San Marino is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.19% which is 3rd best in the area.

According to online reports, San Marino is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Los Angeles area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,020
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $164,423
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Marino, CA

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to South Pasadena.

South Pasadena schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 15.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 25,478
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $109,927
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on South Pasadena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Pasadena, CA

Rolling Hills Estates is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 2.26% of people lack insurance, good for 4th in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,025
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $149,632
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Rolling Hills Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Is 'Everything Better In La Palma?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 15,657
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,363
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on La Palma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Palma, CA

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Agoura Hills.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 20,269
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $126,956
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Agoura Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Agoura Hills, CA

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Los Angeles for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Los Angeles was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2016-2020 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Los Angeles.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 79 suburbs to evaluate around Los Angeles.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 79 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Los Angeles." We're lookin' at you, Hermosa Beach. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Los Angeles 'Burbs of 2022

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Los Angeles, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Los Angeles Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Hermosa Beach, CA 19,147 $142,500
2 Manhattan Beach, CA 35,064 $153,926
3 Redondo Beach, CA 66,663 $116,832
4 Palos Verdes Estates, CA 13,359 $197,826
5 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 41,635 $146,163
6 San Marino, CA 13,020 $164,423
7 South Pasadena, CA 25,478 $109,927
8 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 8,025 $149,632
9 La Palma, CA 15,657 $108,363
10 Agoura Hills, CA 20,269 $126,956
11 Sierra Madre, CA 10,829 $106,719
12 Hidden Hills, CA 2,218 $250,001
13 Malibu, CA 12,280 $162,716
14 La Habra Heights, CA 5,318 $163,750
15 El Segundo, CA 16,575 $115,846
16 Cerritos, CA 49,388 $109,229
17 Cypress, CA 49,137 $102,005
18 Torrance, CA 144,430 $94,781
19 Arcadia, CA 57,053 $95,736
20 Thousand Oaks, CA 127,648 $108,377
21 Santa Monica, CA 91,600 $98,300
22 Beverly Hills, CA 33,709 $101,241
23 Lakewood, CA 79,676 $96,487
24 West Hollywood, CA 35,506 $71,692
25 Simi Valley, CA 125,768 $99,245
26 La Mirada, CA 48,260 $92,493
27 Calabasas, CA 23,842 $136,138
28 Seal Beach, CA 24,268 $72,596
29 Lomita, CA 20,212 $76,090
30 Alhambra, CA 84,509 $66,593
31 Santa Clarita, CA 212,519 $100,932
32 Buena Park, CA 82,228 $84,680
33 Monrovia, CA 37,636 $81,990
34 West Covina, CA 105,808 $85,626
35 Pasadena, CA 142,017 $85,129
36 Burbank, CA 103,411 $79,212
37 San Gabriel, CA 40,108 $70,892
38 Whittier, CA 84,821 $76,026
39 Artesia, CA 16,456 $74,375
40 Signal Hill, CA 11,430 $86,140
41 Downey, CA 111,263 $75,974
42 Los Alamitos, CA 11,521 $89,323
43 Fullerton, CA 141,061 $85,471
44 Temple, CA 4,709 $67,628
45 Monterey Park, CA 60,597 $63,389
46 Pico Rivera, CA 62,507 $70,620
47 La Habra, CA 62,787 $83,532
48 Norwalk, CA 104,524 $77,425
49 Gardena, CA 59,401 $64,015
50 Carson, CA 91,354 $86,040
51 Rosemead, CA 53,850 $60,006
52 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,643 $69,922
53 Glendale, CA 199,357 $70,596
54 Duarte, CA 21,399 $82,620
55 San Fernando, CA 24,244 $60,655
56 Lawndale, CA 32,533 $65,923
57 Long Beach, CA 462,081 $66,410
58 Baldwin Park, CA 75,659 $68,741
59 Hawthorne, CA 85,410 $57,849
60 Bellflower, CA 76,339 $63,848
61 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,212 $61,422
62 La Puente, CA 39,780 $66,132
63 Inglewood, CA 109,309 $58,536
64 Stanton, CA 38,317 $66,017
65 Montebello, CA 62,697 $62,781
66 Westlake, CA 4,788 $55,963
67 Azusa, CA 49,584 $65,912
68 El Monte, CA 113,917 $53,874
69 Paramount, CA 53,949 $57,313
70 South El Monte, CA 20,791 $54,208
71 South Gate, CA 94,905 $55,084
72 Maywood, CA 27,127 $50,996
73 Commerce, CA 12,738 $54,639
74 Bell, CA 35,301 $47,740
75 Bell Gardens, CA 41,770 $45,289
76 Lynwood, CA 69,625 $57,063
77 Cudahy, CA 23,606 $46,279
78 Compton, CA 95,804 $58,703
79 Huntington Park, CA 57,761 $46,738

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