Los Angeles has a very diverse cultural demographic, second only to New York. The city boasts many sub neighborhoods with ethnic diasporas and businesses, as well as mixed areas. Los Angeles has a special way of integrating different cultures, while still allowing them to have their own independence and style. Places like Chinatown, Little Ethiopia, Thai Town, Olvera Street, Little Armenia, Little Tokyo, Korea Town and Cambodia Town, all can be places for expats to feel at home, while still slowly getting accustomed to the way of life in the city.
The population of Los Angeles has increased dramatically, but the racial demographics are still relatively the same, with White Americans making up for 50.3% of the population. Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin are at a close second, and the language demographics are pretty even as well, with English and Spanish being the top two dialects.
All of that said, when looking for a place to live in the city, make sure to consider all factors, such as, crime, transportation, and schools. There are some areas that are safer than others and it helps to know these places and avoid them after dark. Media has made these areas seem scarier than they really are, but it is still smart to know them for good measure. Places like South Central LA, East LA, Echo Park, Watts, Compton, and Inglewood all have their bad sides, due to gang activity.
Places like Venice, Santa Monica, Westwood, West LA, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake, are more relaxed and upscale. If you are a beach lover, Venice and Santa Monica have nice atmosphere and cool breezes. Malibu also has beautiful settings for the laid back type.
There are many neighborhoods to choose from, depending on what you are looking for as far as scenery. High end retail and real estate line the Beverly Hills streets, while the San Fernando Valley has more of a laid back “suburban” feel. The Santa Monica area has a nice beach scene, as well as a good school district, and Hollywood has nice new homes as well as vintage houses and apartment buildings with a rich history. Other areas to be considered are West LA, Westwood, West Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silverlake, and others.
Los Angeles has a place for everyone ultimately, but at a slower pace than that of the New York City, clearly. The public transit system can get you started on your journey if you have no car of your own, most of the town is accessible by bus, train or both.
Depending on the type of person you are, there are many places for one to consider for residency. If you are the outgoing type with a flare for nightlife, or if you have a desire for the beaches or hillside views, there is a spot for anyone in this city, you just have to know how to find it.
One should probably ask themselves a few basic questions like:
- Will I have a car?
- What is the public school climate in certain neighborhoods?
- What are the crime statistics in my potential neighborhood, if any?
- How far will you be from your place on employment?
- What is the traffic situation?