The 10 Safest Los Angeles, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Los Angeles are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our second time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Los Angeles.
Safest Neighborhoods In Los Angeles

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Los Angeles are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Los Angeles. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Los Angeles neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Los Angeles in 2021? That would be Bel Air. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood's statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Los Angeles.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Los Angeles neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Los Angeles that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

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How We Determined The Safest Los Angeles Hoods In 2021

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Los Angeles.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

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

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the "Safest City Neighborhood In Los Angeles." We're lookin' at you, Bel Air.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the safest places Los Angeles. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Los Angeles For 2021

Bel Air Los Angeles, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,746
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 130
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,124
More on Bel Air: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 20,424
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 200
Property Crime Per 100k: 968
More on Tujunga: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 55,285
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 129
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,256
More on Westwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Portar Ranch Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,688
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 115
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,416
More on Portar Ranch: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,744
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 273
Property Crime Per 100k: 953
More on Glendale: Homes For Sale | Data

Brentwood Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 23,965
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 89
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,599
More on Brentwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 42,620
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 218
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,493
More on Mar Vista: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,577
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 190
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,643
More on Shadow Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Playa Del Ray Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 16,056
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 190
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,692
More on Playa Del Ray: Homes For Sale | Data

Pacific Palisades Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 22,500
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 121
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,824
More on Pacific Palisades: Homes For Sale | Data

Summing Up The Safest Places In Los Angeles

Looking at the data, you can tell that Bel Air is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most California residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Los Angeles For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Bel Air 1,264
2 Tujunga 1,158
3 Westwood 1,365
4 Portar Ranch 1,561
5 Glendale 1,236
6 Brentwood 1,718
7 Mar Vista 1,681
8 Shadow Hills 1,813
9 Playa Del Ray 1,862
10 Pacific Palisades 1,905
11 Sunland 1,889
12 Arleta 1,803
13 Palms 1,948
14 Sylmar 1,883
15 West Hills 2,028
16 Glassell Park 1,931
17 Playa Vista 2,056
18 Lakeview Terrace 2,016
19 Highland Park 1,974
20 Eagle Rock 2,036
21 North Hills 2,013
22 Granada Hills 2,267
23 El Sereno 2,016
24 Mount Washington 2,164
25 Reseda 2,180
26 Panorama City 2,284
27 Mission Hills 2,388
28 Pacoima 2,174
29 Encino 2,587
30 Winnetka 2,289
31 Chatsworth 2,561
32 Toluca Lake 2,702
33 Northridge 2,552
34 San Pedro 2,382
35 Montecito Heights 2,378
36 Harbor City 2,340
37 Tarzana 2,724
38 Sun Valley 2,477
39 Cypress Park 2,463
40 Los Feliz 2,645
41 Hollywood Hills 2,686
42 West Los Angeles 2,799
43 Sawtelle 2,805
44 Woodland Hills 2,803
45 Wilmington 2,646
46 Pico-Robertson 2,718
47 Silver Lake 2,812
48 Atwater Village 2,820
49 Van Nuys 2,773
50 Beverly Glen 3,022
51 Boyle Heights 2,810
52 Studio City 3,340
53 North Hollywood 2,827
54 Harbor Gateway 2,888
55 Mid City 2,947
56 Valley Village 3,072
57 New Downtown 2,983
58 Century City 3,498
59 Echo Park 3,111
60 Westlake 3,344
61 Jefferson Park 3,280
62 Canoga Park 3,431
63 Watts 3,753
64 Mid Wilshire 3,334
65 Downtown 3,526
66 Southeast Los Angeles 4,229
67 Wholesale District-Skid Row 4,176
68 Fashion District 4,207
69 Hyde Park 4,432
70 Central City 4,450
71 Crenshaw 4,455
72 Mid City West 5,285
73 Westchester 5,857
74 Venice 5,392
75 South Los Angeles 4,627
76 Hollywood 5,338
77 Chinatown 5,846
78 West Adams 6,675
79 Central City East 9,697
80 Leiment Park 7,047
81 Lincoln Heights 10,319
82 Civic Center-Little Tokyo 12,362
83 South Park 12,736

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.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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