Ryan Peabody | September 13, 2023
Los Angeles is home to a host of both safe and dangerous neighborhoods. The city consistently ranks high on the list of California’s most dangerous cities, coming in as one of the top three most dangerous cities in 2022. But Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis with many diverse neighborhoods, and not all of them carry the same risks.
Whether you are a visitor to Los Angeles or a lifelong resident, it is vital to understand where the city’s safest and most dangerous areas are located.
Identifying Safe and Dangerous Neighborhoods
By analyzing statistics compiled and displayed on a data map by USA Today and looking closely at the number of violent crimes that occur within the city’s various neighborhoods, you can see that certain areas stand out as being more dangerous than others. Similarly, statistics suggest that you are less likely to be the victim of a violent crime in other areas.
The Most Dangerous Los Angeles Neighborhoods
The following three neighborhoods had some of the worst crime statistics in the Los Angeles area. The list includes downtown Los Angeles, where over 2,200 violent crimes took place in 2022. The crime rate was a staggering 372 crimes per 1,000 people.
Next, the Vermont Slauson neighborhood played host to an above-average number of violent and property crimes during 2022. The rate for violent crimes in this area to the southwest of downtown Los Angeles was 28 crimes per 1,000 people. For property crimes, the rate was 34 crimes per 1,000 people. Overall, the crime rate for this area increased by 4% from 2018.
Finally, Central Hollywood also saw a significant amount of crime during 2022. The overall crime rate was 117 crimes per 1,000 people. Property crimes were a bigger problem than violent crimes, with there being 41 property crimes per 1,000 people versus 14 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
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