Los Angeles

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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
249/263
Details
Large apartment$2609.88
Medium apartment$2093.51
Rent index [score]0.22
Small apartment$1577.15

Cost of Living

4
200/261
Details
5km taxi ride$10.00
A Cappuccino$4.20
A beer$2.70
A kilogram of Apples$3.50
Bread$1.10
Inflation [score]0.43
Lunch$15.00
Monthly fitness club membership$44.00
Monthly public transport$96.00
Movie ticket$14.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$81.93

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 members196119
Number of investors3338
Number of startup events in the last 12 months6697
Number of upcoming meetup events188
Startup climate scene [score]0.89
Startup events594
Startup events712
Startup events [score]1.00
Startups [score]1.00
Total number of startups5101

Venture Capital

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

Travel Connectivity

4
91/260
Details
Airport hub150
Airport hub [score]0.66
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.13

Commute

4
234/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Los_Angeles
Traffic handling [score]0.33

Business Freedom

9
130/259
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
209/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.42
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]0.68
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.73

Healthcare

6
201/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.28
Healthcare quality [score]0.76
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

9
3/230
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)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
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
189/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.41
Cleanliness [score]0.47
Drinking water quality [score]0.43
Urban greenery [score]0.50

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

5
108/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.60
Income tax level [score]0.37
Profit tax (% of profit)0.41
Time overhead to file company taxes175

Internet Access

6
90/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)43.91
Internet access (download) [score]0.72
Internet access (upload) [score]0.48
Upload speed (Mbps)10.92

Leisure & Culture

9
12/263
Details
Art galleries279
Art galleries [score]0.96
Cinemas222
Cinemas [score]0.93
Comedy clubs216
Comedy clubs [score]1.00
Concert venues282
Concerts [score]0.95
Historical sites263
Historical sites [score]0.91
Museums224
Museums [score]0.92
Performing art venues227
Performing arts [score]0.99
Sport venues233
Sports [score]0.98
Zoos126
Zoos [score]0.92

Tolerance

9
14/264
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]0.75

Outdoors

7
18/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.38
Median peak in meters973.50
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 200th place of all 261 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)

$1,774$2,413
$2094
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$44
Movie ticket$14
Broadband internet connection$51
Monthly public transport$96
Lunch$15
-19%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$83,461
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Homicide
Low
7/11
Assault
Very Low
27/49
Theft
Low
28/47
Robbery
Moderate
33/43
Motor vehicle theft
Low
26/31

Crime rate development in the last 12 months

Change in the last 12 months

  • Assault-35%
  • Robbery-46%
  • Theft-44%

Gun crimes & Ownership

67.63
Guns per 100 people
7.89
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Los Angeles in position 203 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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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

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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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