Los Angeles

Quality of life in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a sprawling city of 500 square miles and the heart of a metropolitan area with 18 million residents. It is a fabled California region, home to Hollywood and America's entertainment industry with year-round sunshine, world-famous beaches, and an intense car culture. The "City of Angels" is a magnet to people from around the world and a uniquely exciting environment.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

2
250/265
Details
Large apartment$2500.00
Medium apartment$2000.00
Rent index [score]0.22
Small apartment$1600.00

Cost of Living

4
203/250
Details
5km taxi ride$12.00
A Cappuccino$4.00
A beer$2.60
A kilogram of Apples$3.40
Bread$1.10
Inflation [score]0.42
Lunch$15.00
Monthly fitness club membership$46.00
Monthly public transport$95.00
Movie ticket$13.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$81.89

Startups

10
1/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups217
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]1.00
Coworking spaces [score]1.00
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co70
Meetups [score]0.93
Meetups groups199
Meetups members207730
Number of investors3338
Number of startup events in the last 12 months7898
Number of upcoming meetup events176
Startup climate scene [score]0.89
Startup events954
Startup events [score]1.00
Startups [score]1.00
Total number of startups4960

Venture Capital

10
1/227
Details
Funding accelerator namesAmplify.LA, StartEngine, LaunchpadLA
Number of funding accelerators7
Venture capital [score]1.00

Travel Connectivity

4
93/265
Details
Airport hub152
Airport hub [score]0.66
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.13

Commute

4
200/251
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Los_Angeles
Traffic handling [score]0.33

Business Freedom

9
132/263
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business8.00
Time to open a business [score]0.92

Safety

6
201/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.53
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year8
Guns per 100 residents68
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.79
Lack of guns [score]0.67
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.73

Healthcare

6
205/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.27
Healthcare quality [score]0.77
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

9
3/239
Details
Best university in rankingCalifornia Institute of Technology
Best university ranking2
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]1.00

Environmental Quality

5
179/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.42
Cleanliness [score]0.51
Drinking water quality [score]0.46
Urban greenery [score]0.54

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

5
127/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.60
Income tax level [score]0.36
Profit tax (% of profit)0.41
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.09

Internet Access

7
32/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)53.94
Internet access (download) [score]0.79
Internet access (upload) [score]0.65
Upload speed (Mbps)16.98

Leisure & Culture

9
11/264
Details
Art galleries323
Art galleries [score]0.96
Cinemas223
Cinemas [score]0.93
Comedy clubs214
Comedy clubs [score]1.00
Concert venues291
Concerts [score]0.95
Historical sites259
Historical sites [score]0.91
Museums225
Museums [score]0.92
Performing art venues176
Performing arts [score]0.97
Sport venues226
Sports [score]0.98
Zoos128
Zoos [score]0.93

Tolerance

7
149/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index93.19
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.96
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.39

Outdoors

7
15/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.34
Median peak in meters966.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)107.00
Water access [score]1.00
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Los Angeles are in the most expensive 20 percent of all 250 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Los Angeles will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,800$2,300
$2000
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$46
Movie ticket$13
Broadband internet connection$51
Monthly public transport$95
Lunch$15
-19%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Los Angeles are very high. For this job type, Los Angeles ranks 10th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Los Angeles.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$87,795
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Homicide
Low
5/8
Assault
Low
28/51
Theft
Moderate
29/49
Robbery
Moderate
30/41
Motor vehicle theft
Moderate
21/24

Crime rate development in the last 9 months

Change in the last 9 months

  • Assault-19%
  • Robbery-12%
  • Theft-7%

Gun crimes & Ownership

67.81
Guns per 100 people
7.89
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Los Angeles in position 159 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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  • Internet Access
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  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities

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    Who lives here

    • Professionals
    • Singles
    • Families with kids
    • Retirees
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    People in Los Angeles

    Population of Los Angeles

    19,090,900
    716 /km²
    159/264
    Density (people per unit of area)
    3%
    Growth in 2015-2020
    Los Angeles

    Demographics of United States

    Median age
    38
    Elderly people
    15%
    Life expectancy at birth
    80
    GDP per capita (in USD)
    $54,597
    12/262
    Unemployment
    5%
    117/263

    Languages

    English proficiency score
    100
    1/228
    Common spoken languages
    English

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    Teleport Users  X  Los Angeles

    Teleport users who are      Los Angeles

    Work in:

    Software Engineer
    9.45%
    Marketing Manager
    6.08%
    Founder
    5.61%
    Project Manager
    3.46%
    Web Developer
    3.09%
    Graphic Designer
    3.09%
    Web Designer
    3.09%
    Other
    66.14%

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    Climate

    Average number of clear days per year

    147

    Climate type

    Mediterranean

    Average daily maximum temperature

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    Impressions from Los Angeles

    2:14 Los Angeles Hyperlapse/Timelapse Compilation

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    On living in Los Angeles

    Frank Lloyd Wright is said to have quipped, "Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles," a quote that has since been repeated both by those who love and hate L.A. The "City of Angels" is a city of sharp contrasts, home to people who hail from all parts of the globe and an important center of culture, business, media, and international trade. However, it's most famous for being a major center of the world's television, motion picture, and music industry, which forms the base of the city's status and lures visitors for its show business history and celebrity culture. Visitors are also drawn to Los Angeles for its Mediterranean climate and numerous beaches, which gave birth to California's famed surf culture.

    California's most populous city and the second most populous city in the United States (after New York City), Los Angeles is spread across a broad basin in Southern California surrounded by vast forested mountain ranges, valleys, the Pacific Ocean, and nearby desert. Los Angeles sits at the heart of a metropolitan area of over 18 million people that spreads across Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, and the Inland Empire region of San Bernardino County and Riverside County.

    For travel purposes, this guide covers the entirety of Los Angeles County, a region of nearly 5,000 square miles in Southern California (roughly the same size as Rhode Island). There are 88 cities (municipalities) in the county; the largest, the city of Los Angeles, spreads throughout the county from the Port of Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley.

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    Good Country Index

    Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

    Overall ranking

    United States
    23rd from a total of 163 countries

    World Order

    26th

    Refugees hosted

    Refugees generated

    Charity giving

    Birth rate

    UN Treaties signed

    International Peace & Security

    66th

    Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

    International violent conflict

    Peacekeeping troops

    Arms exports

    Internet security (2014)

    Planet & Climate

    34th

    Ecological footprint

    Reforestation since 1992

    Hazardous pesticides exports

    CO2 emissions

    Ozone

    Prosperity & Equality

    46th

    Development assistance

    FDI outflows

    Fairtrade market size

    UN volunteers abroad

    Open trading

    Culture

    53rd

    Freedom of movement

    Press freedom

    Creative services exports

    UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

    Creative goods exports

    Science & Technology

    20th

    Nobel prizes

    Patents

    Journal exports

    International publications

    International Students

    Health & Wellbeing

    12th

    Pharmaceutical exports

    Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

    Food aid

    Humanitarian aid donations

    International Health Regulations Compliance

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