This little city is near the intersection of the 710 and the 105 in south Los Angeles. Not only that, but this is the 11th most dangerous suburb you can live in if you choose to live near L. To put that into perspective, in Fairfax, the schools have a 16 to 1 teacher-to-student ratio, which is the best in the area.
Income levels here are the 9th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about ,000 a year, which doesn’t go a long ways on a Southern California budget. Quartz Hill has a higher than average crime rate (by far), and nearly 8% of residents are out of work.
This is a very dangerous, very poor place with overcrowded schools. In Rancho Palos Verdes, the most hard-working city in the Los Angeles area, only 2.5% of the population is out of work. You’d be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Population: 42,393 Crime Index: 98 Median Income: ,393 Rounding out the ten worst Los Angeles suburbs to call home is Bell Gardens.
It’s also the place with the most out of work residents in the L. Population: 27,956 Crime Index: 152 Median Income: ,594 Maywood is a little city along the Los Angeles ‘River’, just outside of downtown L. Maywood is the 3rd poorest, 4th most dangerous, and has the 5th highest unemployment rate (11.3%) in the entire L. Located between Commerce and Downey, Bell Gardens is a real pit when you look at the data.
Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Los Angeles proper, although Beverly Hills certainly tries. Using the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used: We crunched the numbers from the Census’s 2009-2014 American Community Survey and — like magic — got the list from worst to best.
Then, we ranked the list based on places that are the worst in all of these categories. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 115 suburbs ranked from worst to best.
Read on below to learn more about these places around L. Note: Crime index numbers are based on an average of 100, so anything higher than 100 is worse.
A city so famous it lives on in pop culture for seemingly years to come. This is a very dangerous place to live, and more than 1 in 10 residents is out of work.
But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area. But at least you have pretty mountains to stare at instead of freeway overpasses. Population: 14,321 Crime Index: 92 Median Income: ,638 Hawaiian Gardens is the 2nd smallest city in Los Angeles County, and certainly a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. Population: 54,303 Crime Index: 112 Median Income: ,494 If you absolutely have to live in south central Los Angeles, and you value a good education, then Paramount would be a place for you.
Population: 151,293 Crime Index: 104 Median Income: ,233 Back up to the desert we go for the third worst Los Angeles suburb you can live in. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for crime, and the schools are fairly overcrowded when compared to other L. Population: 19,554 Crime Index: 129 Median Income: ,005 If you live in Willowbrook, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. (Or, if you’ve ever been there, you don’t need to look at the data.) Incomes are towards the bottom, and the schools are fairly overcrowded. The teacher-student ratio for Paramount schools is actually pretty low (20 to 1).
Its residents have the 2nd highest unemployment rate (12.4%), and crime is far above the area average. As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Los Angeles aren’t all bad.
Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding L. Beverly Hills takes the cake as the best place to live around Los Angeles.
Approximately 14,000 assaults went unreported as "minor offenses" rather than violent crimes.