Los Angeles, CA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Large City
  • Population
    3,862,210
  • Population Density
    7,614 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    503 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    4,843 3.2
Los Angeles is a large city in California with 3,862,210 residents. It has very high home values, high rent costs, and high unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and average income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.2 from 4,843 reviews
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    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Van Nuys: You don't really see and policeman around like you would in a dangerous neighborhood.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Van Nuys: This area is not too bad no crime very quiet.
    • 2
    Crime & Safety at Westlake: Where I live the police definitely have a constant presence but when you need them they are nowhere to be found, every interaction with the police is aggressive and sometimes downright rude. The police in Los Angles hold themselves above the law, if they know the law that they are meant to be upholding. Even with this constant police presence crime still runs rampant, I do not feel comfortable having my fiance walking around at night. I have friends that have been assaulted for having the wrong color shirt on.
    • 5
    Crime & Safety at Chatsworth: there is no much that goes on here its stable and safe
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Chatsworth: It is scary at night. I wish I could go on evening walks with my daughter but that is not a good idea.

Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
South Los Angeles 277,605
Southeast Los Angeles 229,907
West Hollywood 126,605
Van Nuys 116,480
Boyle Heights 91,098
Westlake 90,396
Panorama City 88,039
Mid-Wilshire 87,485
Canoga Park 81,700
Sun Valley 80,888
North Hollywood 80,886
Reseda 76,416
Sylmar 72,245
West Los Angeles 69,899
Valley Glen 69,381
Northridge 65,329
Granada Hills 64,429
Wilshire Center 62,887
Pacoima 57,149
Wilmington 56,253
Westwood 53,178
Highland Park 53,173
Chatsworth 52,103
Mid-City West 51,757
El Sereno 48,910
Sherman Oaks 48,703
Mid-City 47,873
Silver Lake 46,351
Woodland Hills 46,020
Pico-Union 42,294
Encino 41,489
Harbor Gateway 40,626
Glassell Park 40,510
Palms 40,150
Mar Vista 39,206
Studio City 37,614
Playa Vista 37,444
Watts 37,327
Hyde Park 36,950
Winnetka 36,550
Lake Balboa 34,071
Brentwood 33,513
Koreatown 33,364
Arleta 32,823
Hollywood 32,624
Westchester/Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 32,620
San Pedro 32,266
Sawtelle 31,699
West Hills 30,735
North Hills 29,197
Lincoln Heights 28,089
Tarzana 27,885
Tujunga 27,861
Los Feliz 27,534
Crenshaw 27,027
Eagle Rock 25,885
Lakeview Terrace 24,182
Pacific Palisades 22,370
Porter Ranch 21,704
West Adams 20,489
Sunland 19,822
Vista del Oro 18,359
Pueblo/Chinatown 16,435
Playa del Rey 16,215
Valley Village 15,884
Echo Park 15,391
Mission Hills 14,986
Rancho Park 14,951
Leimert Park 12,949
Beverly Crest 12,271
San Pedro North 11,161
Mount Washington 11,065
Jefferson Park 10,853
Cypress 10,296
New Downtown 10,055
Holy Trinity 9,847
Historic Core 8,441
Montecito Heights 8,169
Bel-Air 8,082
Atwater Village 7,571
Central 6,902
Old Towne 6,344
East of Lincoln 6,183
Century City 6,047
Oakwood Pentagon 5,902
Elysian Park 5,866
Wholesale District/Skid Row 5,825
Angelino Heights 5,237
South Park 5,010
Toluca Lake 4,150
Pacific Coast Highway 3,875
La Tuna Canyon 3,470
Shadow Hills 3,372
Beach 3,207
South Shores 3,071
Narbonne 3,067
Franklin Village 2,989
Green Meadows 2,976
Windward Circle 2,728
President's Row 2,385
Milwood Trapezoid 2,372
The Pines 2,241
Miraleste Pines 2,190
Silver Triangle 2,179
Fashion District 1,986
Little Tokyo 1,883
North of Rose 1,093
Central City Southeast 1,048
Green Meadows Southwest 909
Canals 871
Civic Center 842
Terminal 219
LA Zoo 84

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 Ladera Heights 7,362
4.33 Culver City 39,353
2.66 Inglewood 111,133
4.00 West Hollywood 35,053
2.66 Lennox 22,039
4.33 Beverly Hills 34,536
2.66 Westmont 30,835
4.33 Marina del Rey 9,157
3.33 Hawthorne 85,889
4.00 Del Aire 10,406
3.00 West Athens 8,615
4.00 El Segundo 16,839
Santa Monica Township 91,619
4.33 Santa Monica 91,619
3.33 Gardena 59,682
4.33 South Bay Cities Township 139,609
2.66 West Rancho Dominguez 21,739
2.66 Huntington Park 58,787
2.00 Willowbrook 20,897
4.00 Burbank 104,484
South Gate-East Los Angeles Township 505,317
2.00 Lynwood 70,789
4.33 Torrance 147,181
Compton Township 345,211
2.33 East Los Angeles 127,610
3.33 Carson 92,475
3.66 West Carson 20,766
2.33 Commerce 12,975
4.00 Glendale 195,380
4.33 South Pasadena 25,914
3.33 Monterey Park 60,966
3.66 Lomita 20,539
4.00 Alhambra 84,400
San Fernando Valley Township 1,812,673
Southwest San Gabriel Valley Township 322,619
4.00 Rancho Palos Verdes 42,282
4.00 Pasadena 139,065
3.00 Topanga 8,923
Long Beach-Lakewood Township 576,964
2.66 San Fernando 24,050
4.00 Long Beach 468,594
4.00 Hidden Hills 1,749
3.66 Calabasas 23,956
Agoura Hills-Malibu Township 65,420
3.33 South Antelope Valley Township 211,876
3.66 Simi Valley 125,699
4.00 Palos Verdes Township 92,502
3.66 Newhall Township 259,156

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 San Francisco 829,072
4.00 San Diego 1,341,510
3.66 Las Vegas 597,353
3.33 New York City 8,354,889
3.66 Chicago 2,712,608

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Granada Hills Charter High School Public, Charter, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Palisades Charter High School Public, Charter, Magnet, Coed 9-12 High
3.33 Community Magnet Charter Elementary School Public, Charter, Magnet, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.00 El Camino Real Charter High School Public, Charter, Coed 9-12 High
4.00 Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School Public, Charter, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies Public, Magnet, Alternative, Coed 6-12 Middle, High
3.00 Ivy Bound Academy Public, Charter, Coed 5-8 Middle
3.00 Synergy Charter Academy Public, Charter, Coed K-5 Elementary
3.00 KIPP LA Prep Public, Charter, Coed 5-8 Middle
3.00 Ivy Academia Public, Charter, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Larchmont Charter School Public, Charter, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 High Tech La Public, Charter, Coed 9-12 High
2.66 Celerity Dyad Charter School Public, Charter, Coed K-8 Elementary, Middle
Ernest P. Willenberg Special Education Center Public, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Diane S. Leichman High School Public, Coed 6-12 Middle, High
3.00 Open Charter Magnet Public, Charter, Magnet, Coed K-5 Elementary
3.33 Canyon Charter School Public, Charter, Coed K-5 Elementary
View Park Continuation Public, Alternative, Coed 9-12 High
4.00 L.A. County High School for the Arts Public, Alternative, Coed 9-12 High
Joaquin Miller Career & Transition Center Public, Coed 6-12 Middle, High
3.33 Kenter Canyon Elementary School Public, Charter, Coed K-5 Elementary
3.33 Marquez Charter School Public, Charter, Coed K-5 Elementary
Cheviot Hills Continuation Public, Alternative, Coed 9-12 High
3.66 Valley Alternative Magnet Public, Magnet, Alternative, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 Palisades Charter Elementary School Public, Charter, Coed K-5 Elementary

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Villa Esperanza Services Private, Special Education, Coed 1-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Hillsides Education Center Private, Special Education, Coed 2-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Vista School Private, Special Education, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Harvard-Westlake School Private, Coed 7-12 Middle, High
4.00 Southwestern Academy Private, Boarding, Coed 6-12 Middle, High
4.33 Polytechnic School Private, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Regency High School Private, Special Education, Coed 8-12 Middle, High
Gethsemane Baptist Christian School Private, Religious, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Chadwick School Private, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Northpoint School & Intensive Outpatient Program Private, Special Education, Coed 3-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Parkhill School Private, Special Education, Coed 3-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Los Angeles Computer Science Academy Private, Religious, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Marlborough School Private, All-Girls 7-12 Middle, High
Switzer Learning Center Private, Special Education, Coed 5-12 Middle, High
Zinsmeyer Academy Private, Special Education, Coed 5-12 Middle, High
4.00 Crawford Academy Private, Coed 7-12 Middle, High
4.00 Ribet Academy Private, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Westridge School Private, All-Girls 4-12 Middle, High
4.33 Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences Private, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Logsdon School Private, Special Education, Coed 3-12 Elementary, Middle, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
California Institute of Technology
University of Southern California
University of California - Los Angeles
Occidental College
California Institute of the Arts
Pepperdine University
Loyola Marymount University
Biola University
California State University - Long Beach
The Master's College & Seminary
Chapman University
University of California - Irvine
California Lutheran University
University of La Verne
Bethesda University of California
California State University - Fullerton
Otis College of Art & Design
Azusa Pacific University
Vanguard University of Southern California
Southern California Institute of Architecture
Hope International University
Life Pacific College
California State University - Northridge
Woodbury University
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

Around Los Angeles

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Los Angeles, CA United States California Los Angeles Metro Area Chicago, IL Las Vegas, NV New York City, NY San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA
Hispanic 48.59% 16.62% 38.18% 44.61% 28.95% 32.17% 28.82% 29.54% 15.26%
White 28.49% 63.25% 39.16% 31.28% 32.17% 46.27% 32.74% 43.65% 41.42%
Asian 11.38% 4.83% 13.30% 14.77% 5.69% 6.18% 13.15% 16.39% 33.30%
African American 8.85% 12.23% 5.66% 6.56% 31.45% 11.04% 22.58% 6.38% 5.51%
Multiracial 2.09% 2.05% 2.74% 2.12% 1.45% 3.14% 1.67% 3.25% 3.41%
Other 0.28% 0.19% 0.22% 0.23% 0.16% 0.18% 0.82% 0.17% 0.50%
Native American 0.16% 0.66% 0.38% 0.18% 0.13% 0.44% 0.19% 0.25% 0.20%
Pacific Islander 0.15% 0.16% 0.36% 0.25% 0.02% 0.57% 0.03% 0.38% 0.41%

Age

Los Angeles, CA United States California Los Angeles Metro Area Chicago, IL Las Vegas, NV New York City, NY San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA
9 years and under 13% 13% 13% 13% 13% 14% 12% 12% 8%
10 to 17 years 10% 11% 11% 11% 10% 11% 9% 9% 5%
18 to 24 years 11% 10% 10% 11% 11% 9% 10% 13% 9%
25 to 34 years 17% 13% 14% 15% 19% 14% 17% 18% 22%
35 to 44 years 15% 13% 14% 14% 14% 14% 14% 14% 16%
45 to 54 years 13% 14% 14% 14% 12% 14% 13% 13% 14%
55 to 64 years 10% 12% 11% 11% 10% 11% 11% 10% 12%
65 and over 11% 13% 12% 11% 11% 13% 13% 11% 14%

Education Levels

Los Angeles, CA United States California Los Angeles Metro Area Chicago, IL Las Vegas, NV New York City, NY San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA
Less than a high school diploma 25% 14% 19% 22% 18% 17% 20% 13% 13%
High school diploma or equivalent 19% 28% 21% 20% 23% 29% 24% 16% 13%
Some college or associate degree 24% 29% 30% 27% 23% 32% 21% 29% 21%
Bachelor's degree 21% 18% 20% 20% 21% 14% 21% 25% 32%
Master's degree or higher 11% 11% 11% 11% 14% 7% 14% 17% 21%

Gender

Los Angeles, CA United States California Los Angeles Metro Area Chicago, IL Las Vegas, NV New York City, NY San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA
Female 50.4% 50.8% 50.3% 50.7% 51.5% 49.7% 52.4% 49.6% 49.2%
Male 49.6% 49.2% 49.7% 49.3% 48.5% 50.3% 47.6% 50.4% 50.8%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Los Angeles, CA United States California Los Angeles Metro Area Chicago, IL Las Vegas, NV New York City, NY San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA
Own 37.2% 64.9% 54.8% 49.7% 44.7% 52.5% 31.9% 47.5% 36.6%
Rent 62.8% 35.1% 45.2% 50.3% 55.3% 47.5% 68.1% 52.5% 63.4%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Los Angeles, CA United States California Los Angeles Metro Area Chicago, IL Las Vegas, NV New York City, NY San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA
Assault 251.8 264.1 226.0 169.7 460.0 463.1 371.3 255.2 368.9
Murder 6.7 5.2 4.2 4.3 15.1 8.0 3.9 2.3 5.3
Rape 28.8 36.8 24.3 49.3 51.0 25.8 27.1 41.8
Robbery 203.5 135.0 136.3 139.6 359.9 319.1 195.7 96.3 379.2

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Los Angeles, CA United States California Los Angeles Metro Area Chicago, IL Las Vegas, NV New York City, NY San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA
Burglary 385.7 575.0 523.6 441.9 533.6 924.3 187.8 373.7 615.9
Larceny 1389.4 2114.0 1621.6 1430.0 2224.6 1530.6 1323.0 1219.5 3966.9
Motor vehicle theft 352.9 257.3 402.8 343.5 367.9 468.5 91.2 365.8 720.5

Income

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Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 161 responses

  • 48% Yes
  • 24% Not sure
  • 28% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 240 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate the public services in this area:     Based on 231 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 222 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 225 responses

  • 10% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 32% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 40% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 18% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 90 responses

  • 36% Very accepting.
  • 52% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 12% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 0% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 267 responses

  • 10% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 49% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 31% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 10% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 112 responses

  • 11% I love everything about it.
  • 47% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 36% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 6% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 127 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments