The question of whether a city is safe can be pretty subjective. It can depend on who you ask, what neighborhood they live in, and what time of day you're thinking of visiting. The same street can seem totally fine at ten a.m. and sketchy at two a.m. So when travelers are thinking of heading to Los Angeles, which are the safest and most dangerous neighborhoods?
People who live in any urban environment often say that you have to be careful, watch your surroundings, and keep your wits about you no matter where you are. And people in L.A. tend to say that as long as you're cautious, you should be fine. That being said, according to crime rates, there are some areas in the city that are considered better than others.
Read on to find out the safest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, along with dangerous places to avoid.
Century City Is Considered Safe
According to Smarter Travel, Century City is considered safe as the L.A. County Sherrif Department notes that it has some of the "lowest crime rates." According to Compass.com, "Century City wouldn’t exist without 20th Century Fox: The neighborhood was built on one of the movie studio’s backlots." Since 1963 when the very first building was constructed, it has been a neighborhood in L.A.
Good Migrations mentions the "low crime rate" and says there's restaurants, stores, and a mall. It's a pretty fancy, nice area. Niche.com gives it an A-plus rating for nightlife, A for diversity, A-minus for families, but C for housing. The house prices in this area are definitely expensive: a quick look at Realtor.com and many of the prices are above $1 million.
Los Feliz Is Also Safe
Los Feliz is another Los Angeles neighborhood that is considered to be safe. Extra Space calls it "safer than 57% of California cities" and says that it feels like "an urban-suburban blend." A lot of creative people live here, but it's also super attractive for families. People consider it not only safe but also not super expensive.
It's good to hear that this area is safe because it's definitely really popular and loved. It also seems like it has some unique features that you don't find everywhere in L.A. as someone posted on Reddit, "Los Feliz has a truly walkable neighborhood where you can do most day to day errands without a car."
Chinatown Is Considered Dangerous
According to Areavibes.com, Chinatown is considered the "most dangerous" area in L.A. There are 23,676 people and the amount of crimes per population is really high: 2,964 crimes per 100,000 people. Good Migrations says that there is one big apartment building but besides that, people live in their own houses or live in tinier apartment buildings.
A post on Quora sheds some light on why it might not feel super safe: "It is safe during the day if you are in the main areas. However, Chinatown is surrounded by gang areas in several directions. So if you venture more than a couple of blocks in the wrong direction during the night you might find yourself in an unsafe situation. Like all areas of Los Angeles, you have to pay attention to what's going on around you and listen to your inner voice. Chinatown is in closer proximity to some gang areas than many tourist areas of Los Angeles."
Lincoln Heights Is Said To Be Dangerous, Too
Areavibes.com says that Lincoln Heights has 2,964 crimes per 100,100 people and it's considered one of the most dangerous areas in Los Angeles. According to Good Migrations, "Lincoln Heights has a high violent crime rate and an above-average property crime rate for Los Angeles." The website notes that it's considered to be a cheaper area of the city to find a place in than other areas. It seems like the high crime rate could account for that, as one of the safer areas in the city, Century City, is said to have pretty steep rents.
How do people who live in L.A. feel about it? According to this Reddit post, people don't feel that comfortable there: someone wrote, "Gentrification is underway, but it's not a place I'd walk alone at night." Another Los Angeles resident shared that it's "a lot safer than what it used to be" and they "know which areas to stay around from."
If you're curious about which neighborhoods in Los Angeles are considered the safest and most dangerous, these four are definitely on the list. This is definitely helpful if you're planning on a vacation to L.A. sometime soon.