The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Los Angeles, CA For 2024

The best Los Angeles neighborhoods are Playa Vista and Mar Vista for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Best Neighborhoods In Los Angeles
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What is it about Los Angeles, California that makes 3.8 million people want to live there?

Well besides the obvious: 284 days of sunshine, great beaches, and the hopes of spotting a famous person to name a few, we discovered that people are starting to flock to Los Angeles because The City of Angels has some of the best neighborhoods in America. And lucky for you, HomeSnacks has created a guide to those great neighborhoods and the top ten best neighborhoods in Los Angeles for 2024 are listed below.

But before you scroll down, you should probably know a little bit about how we ranked these LA gems. In order to determine the best, we had to give each neighborhood an actual concrete score: we call this a neighborhood’s overall ‘Snackability’. To get this score, we looked at the latest data on income levels, unemployment rates, crime, and home prices for 83 Los Angeles neighborhoods with over 0 residents. Incidentally, this is our tenth time ranking Los Angeles’ best neighborhoods, so trust us when we say that these are the best of the best.

And folks, there’s a lot of fun to be had in Los Angeles’ best neighborhoods. For example, you can walk Universal Studios on a daily basis if you choose to live in Century City, you can visit the Brentwood Farmers’ Market every Saturday if you choose LA’s Westside, and you can go for a dip in the ocean if you choose Pacific Palisades

Want to know more? We recommend that you grab yourself a fresh avocado and kale smoothie, head to a shady park in Bel Air, and read on as we divulge Los Angeles’ best neighborhoods.

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The Best Neighborhoods In Los Angeles For 2024

  1. Playa Vista
  2. Mar Vista
  3. Palms
  4. Bel Air
  5. Pacific Palisades
  6. Brentwood
  7. Pico-Robertson
  8. Westwood
  9. West Los Angeles
  10. Eagle Rock

The biggest cities in most states do tend to have the most problems; and while Los Angeles does have its fair share of problems and some pretty dangerous neighborhoods, it does have some of the best, most unique, neighborhoods to call home.

So, what’s the best neighborhood in Los Angeles for 2024? That would be Playa Vista.

To see how your favorite LA neighborhoods compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don’t see it there, head to the bottom.

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Population: 8,485
Median Home Value: $1,225,967 (12th best)
Median Income: $151,877 (Fifth best)
More on Playa Vista: Data | Real Estate

Population: 36,353
Median Home Value: $1,249,943 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $102,786 (19th best)
More on Mar Vista: Data | Real Estate

If you want to live close to the Los Angeles Airport and close to Venice Beach, but not on the beach, then Los Angeles’ second for 2024 neighborhood should be right up your alley.

But, folks, the Mar Vista neighborhood comes with a price. Homes in this neighborhood will run you around $1,249,943 and the median income is around $102,786. Fortunately, however, it’s cheaper to rent in Mar Vista than buy. With rental rates currently topping $2,129, this gives you an opportunity to check out the neighborhood at discount before making any major, life changing, financial decisions.

Population: 37,859
Median Home Value: $987,476 (20th best)
Median Income: $83,954 (36th best)
More on Palms: Data | Real Estate

The Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Woodbine Park are two of the reasons why Palms is the third best neighborhood in Los Angeles, but they’re not the only reasons.

Made up of Craftsman and Spanish Colonial style homes, the Palms neighborhood is another neighborhood that made our list with only 37,859 residents. It is also LA’s 15th least dangerous.

Most people get to Palms via the 405 and the 10 freeways, but the coolest feature in this neighborhood is that you can get to it by LA’s only rail line, the Metro Expo Line.

Bel Air Los Angeles, CA

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Population: 6,984
Median Home Value: $1,880,401 (Second best)
Median Income: $198,758 (Second best)
More on Bel Air: Data | Real Estate

You, too, can live in Los Angeles’ fourth best neighborhood if you can afford to buy a $1,880,401 home.

But don’t let that price tag scare you. Bel Air, or Bel Air Estates as the locals call it, does have its many perks. It’s located in the Westside area of LA in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains; and, people, it’s gated. Probably why it’s LA’s second safest neighborhood.

Bel Air is another lightly populated neighborhood that made our list reporting only 6,984 residents. So, if you’re into living next to older, well-educated neighbors who make a lot of money, definitely give Bel Air a second look.

Pacific Palisades Los Angeles, CA

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Population: 21,864
Median Home Value: $2,000,001 (best)
Median Income: $205,646 (best)
More on Pacific Palisades: Data | Real Estate

If you guessed that Los Angeles’ fifth best neighborhood, Pacific Palisades, got its name because it is located on the Pacific coastline, you guessed right.

But I bet you didn’t know that if you want to live in this coveted LA neighborhood, you’re going to have to make the big bucks and you’re going to have to drop those big bucks on a home if you choose to buy or rent. Pacific Palisades is currently the first wealthiest and has the most expensive homes on our list.

So, if you’re looking for a true LA gem, look no further than Pacific Palisades.

Brentwood Los Angeles, CA

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Population: 31,709
Median Home Value: $1,392,827 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $163,253 (Fourth best)
More on Brentwood: Data | Real Estate

There are many advantages to living in Los Angeles’ sixth best neighborhood, Brentwood. For one, you have a better chance of having your bike stolen than getting mugged. This neighborhood only had 309 violent crimes recorded at the time of this report, making them the sixth safest on our list.

Secondly, Brentwood scored off the charts on our snackability scale with an emphasis on education and employment, too. So, if you’re looking for a safe place to send your kids to school, walk your dog, and/or go to work, Brentwood delivers.

Population: 18,291
Median Home Value: $1,296,346 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $103,804 (18th best)
More on Pico-Robertson: Data | Real Estate

Population: 57,287
Median Home Value: $1,266,754 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $78,789 (40th best)
More on Westwood: Data | Real Estate

Westwood is the largest neighborhood in terms of population on our list, currently recording 57,287 residents.

The bonus to this neighborhood, it’s super safe. It ranked the fourth safest neighborhood on our list.

The one downfall to this neighborhood, however, is that the unemployment rate is currently above the national average at 4.6 percent. This tells us two things: 1).You should probably have a job in mind before you consider Los Angeles’ eighth best neighborhood; and 2). Local notables like Mila Kunis and Johnny Depp won’t live next to just anyone.

West Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

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Population: 13,682
Median Home Value: $1,069,617 (15th best)
Median Income: $116,735 (12th best)
More on West Los Angeles: Data | Real Estate

Located on the corner of the 405 and the 10 is the ninth best neighborhood in the City of Angels, West Los Angeles.

This is one of the many neighborhoods on the list that hails from the northwest side of LA. And can we just say, if you like shopping at Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, you will be super close if West Los Angeles is your jam.

The homes in West Los Angeles are going to run you around $1,069,617, but the neighborhood is super worth it.

Population: 31,016
Median Home Value: $820,187 (27th best)
Median Income: $95,550 (25th best)
More on Eagle Rock: Data | Real Estate

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Los Angeles, CA Neighborhoods In 2024

To rank the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles, we had to determine what criteria define “best” and then apply Saturday Night Science to it.

Using FBI crime, Census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 83 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index, the “Best City Neighborhood In Los Angeles.” We’re lookin’ at you, Playa Vista.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Los Angeles, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city, from best to worst.

We updated this article for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Los Angeles.

Summary: Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Los Angeles

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Los Angeles where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

The best neighborhoods in Los Angeles are Playa Vista, Mar Vista, Palms, Bel Air, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Pico-Robertson, Westwood, West Los Angeles, and Eagle Rock.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Los Angeles aren’t all good. Fashion District takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Los Angeles.

The worst neighborhoods in Los Angeles are Fashion District, Wholesale District-Skid Row, Leiment Park, South Park, and Lincoln Heights.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Best Neighborhoods To Live In Los Angeles For 2024 Detailed Data

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Playa Vista 8,485 $1,225,967 $151,877
2 Mar Vista 36,353 $1,249,943 $102,786
3 Palms 37,859 $987,476 $83,954
4 Bel Air 6,984 $1,880,401 $198,758
5 Pacific Palisades 21,864 $2,000,001 $205,646
6 Brentwood 31,709 $1,392,827 $163,253
7 Pico-Robertson 18,291 $1,296,346 $103,804
8 Westwood 57,287 $1,266,754 $78,789
9 West Los Angeles 13,682 $1,069,617 $116,735
10 Eagle Rock 31,016 $820,187 $95,550
11 Portar Ranch 22,688 $681,550 $122,141
12 Century City 5,810 $1,267,517 $111,840
13 Sawtelle 34,435 $807,986 $92,728
14 Mid Wilshire 39,181 $1,204,131 $99,711
15 Beverly Glen 12,053 $1,705,700 $193,885
16 Venice 32,030 $1,713,615 $122,750
17 Los Feliz 28,163 $1,174,050 $101,089
18 Mid City West 44,687 $1,457,400 $98,680
19 Arleta 39,928 $500,739 $84,270
20 Playa Del Ray 16,056 $873,850 $104,607
21 Shadow Hills 4,677 $719,933 $100,458
22 Northridge 82,432 $622,194 $94,583
23 Mid City 82,665 $994,947 $73,044
24 West Hills 40,760 $666,650 $123,412
25 Reseda 70,313 $528,697 $74,808
26 Granada Hills 53,139 $633,692 $107,829
27 Atwater Village 10,765 $789,870 $91,126
28 Encino 51,628 $881,117 $117,836
29 Silver Lake 38,829 $943,164 $91,137
30 Sylmar 78,715 $471,372 $78,184
31 Highland Park 45,611 $685,910 $73,793
32 North Hills 59,369 $515,014 $72,890
33 Mount Washington 18,109 $739,788 $89,732
34 Chatsworth 41,206 $592,150 $101,676
35 San Pedro 77,099 $609,528 $77,474
36 Valley Village 28,134 $837,730 $84,571
37 Westchester 36,173 $1,001,476 $129,931
38 Studio City 40,742 $1,041,634 $117,445
39 Sunland 16,555 $551,050 $91,974
40 Tarzana 39,168 $696,533 $89,012
41 Mission Hills 21,378 $497,623 $84,609
42 Hollywood Hills 31,163 $1,232,129 $113,863
43 Lakeview Terrace 13,477 $459,025 $82,779
44 Glassell Park 23,038 $711,482 $76,170
45 Woodland Hills 77,392 $762,283 $109,058
46 Echo Park 23,799 $848,314 $72,527
47 Westlake 98,864 $755,085 $46,523
48 Pacoima 71,405 $431,452 $62,298
49 Winnetka 50,815 $542,476 $75,166
50 Jefferson Park 31,402 $729,400 $57,065
51 El Sereno 44,421 $556,110 $66,447
52 North Hollywood 71,248 $623,486 $57,555
53 Toluca Lake 9,150 $890,544 $83,615
54 Canoga Park 55,504 $444,276 $65,037
55 Van Nuys 109,844 $545,731 $58,231
56 Sun Valley 79,154 $526,454 $63,454
57 Hollywood 143,022 $803,580 $53,967
58 Tujunga 26,088 $546,061 $77,320
59 Panorama City 62,980 $420,144 $55,198
60 Boyle Heights 77,778 $472,252 $49,528
61 West Adams 25,628 $609,010 $52,313
62 Montecito Heights 8,572 $647,575 $81,139
63 Glendale 29 $1,053,600 $53,438
64 Harbor Gateway 42,327 $554,804 $67,380
65 Crenshaw 25,072 $642,111 $51,584
66 New Downtown 6,396 $282,200 $49,413
67 Cypress Park 10,713 $578,810 $58,239
68 Harbor City 22,398 $456,657 $63,462
69 South Los Angeles 207,640 $469,672 $50,087
70 Central City East 23,663 $630,142 $58,266
71 Hyde Park 31,100 $567,417 $58,128
72 Southeast Los Angeles 194,788 $410,964 $45,171
73 Wilmington 50,695 $437,323 $56,607
74 Chinatown 9,144 $488,417 $53,225
75 Downtown 45,198 $704,691 $50,463
76 Civic Center-Little Tokyo 3,457 $306,133 $55,760
77 Central City 57,489 $440,243 $43,878
78 Watts 40,431 $354,525 $36,669
79 Lincoln Heights 33,525 $547,919 $51,775
80 South Park 7,021 $209,983 $48,922
81 Leiment Park 10,458 $460,217 $51,933
82 Wholesale District-Skid Row 7,245 $218,186 $29,771
83 Fashion District 2,466 $89,350 $39,866
About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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