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South Bay Cities Dominate the List of Top 10 LA Suburbs


The County of Los Angeles is the most populous county in the United States, with more than 10 million inhabitants as of 2017. The County’s sprawling 4,083 square miles consists of 88 incorporated cities and many unincorporated areas with a wide range of topography including mountain ranges, valleys, forests, islands, lakes, rivers, and desert.

Home to more than one-quarter of all California residents, you might ask ‘where is the best place to live within LA County?’ That’s why HomeSnacks, a website that combines data from dozens of sources, went on the hunt to find the greatest suburbs in LA. HomeSnacks looked at 77 suburbs in Los Angeles to find the best of the best. Unsurprisingly, LA’s South Bay completely dominated the list with the top 6 slots!

Los Angeles Panorama from Griffith Observatory 2013, Courtesy Tuxyso

2018 Ranking of the 10 Best Suburbs Around Los Angeles:

  1. Hermosa Beach

    • Population: 19,726
    • Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
    • Median Home Price: $1,166,800
    • Median Income: $121,345
  1. Manhattan Beach

    • Population: 35,573
    • Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
    • Median Home Price: $1,537,200
    • Median Income: $144,868
  1. Palos Verdes Estates

    • Population: 13,582
    • Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
    • Median Home Price: $1,609,500
    • Median Income: $200,766
  1. Redondo Beach

    • Population: 67,664
    • Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
    • Median Home Price: $775,300
    • Median Income: $103,782
  1. Rancho Palos Verdes

  1. Rolling Hills Estates

  1. San Marino

    • Population: 13,324
    • Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
    • Median Home Price: $1,518,400
    • Median Income: $139,792
  1. Sierra Madre

    • Population: 11,067
    • Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
    • Median Home Price: $861,200
    • Median Income: $95,256
  1. Calabasas

    • Population: 24,091
    • Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
    • Median Home Price: $926,800
    • Median Income: $111,111
  1. La Habra Heights

    • Population: 5,406
    • Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
    • Median Home Price: $893,200
    • Median Income: $110,329
Hermosa Beach strand house as seen on ’90’s TV show Beverly Hills 90210


HomeSnacks used the following list of criteria to grade suburbs in LA:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then they used data from the American Community Survey (2012-2016) to research each suburb. HomeSnacks defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of the City of Los Angeles. They limited their analysis to places that have at least 4,000 people, which left them with a total of 77 suburbs to evaluate around LA. They ranked each place with scores from 1 to 77 in each category, with 1 as the best. Then, they averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

What’s HomeSnacks?

HomeSnacks combines recent data from the Census, FBI, OpenStreetMaps, and dozens of other sources into bite-sized studies to understand what it’s like to live in different communities across the country.


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