Los Angeles is an amazing place to live. The entire county is literally jam-packed with amazing places to go, things to see, fine arts, culture, nightlife, and more. However, that all comes at a high real estate price. According to our Market Reports, the median sale price of a single-family home in L.A. County is $819,000. That’s why we’ve put together this list to help you find an affordable place to settle in this amazing county.
There are approximately 90 cities within Los Angeles County, so we started to form our list by first finding the top 30 cities with the lowest average listing price. From there we decided to use one other factor to find the cities you should be living in – crime rates. The average violent crime rate in the state of California is 4.49 (number of violent crimes per 1,000 people).
The cities that made our top 10 list were those within the most affordable 30 cities which all had crime rates below the state average according to areavibes. So not only are these some of the most affordable Los Angeles cities, they’re the safest which means you should take a good look!
1. Bell Gardens
Bell Gardens made it to the top of our list because it has the lowest crime rate on our entire list, just below West Covina. The city is one of five in L.A. County to legally allow casino gambling. The luxury Bicycle Casino is a major source of revenue for the city and community resource offering conference rooms for business and delicious dining for pleasure.
Average Listing Price: $540,300
Average Sold Price: $520,888
Crime Rate: 2.33
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2. West Covina
Inventory in West Covina has been on the rise which means more home choices than ever. The low crime rate in West Covina gave it a high ranking on our list and for the price tag, this is a great city to settle into if you love Los Angeles County.
Listing Price: $562,717
Sold Price: $556,090
Crime Rate: 2.54
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3. La Verne
If the suburban life is for you, La Verne is a great place to live and own a home. The city is popular among young professionals and retirees. The public schools are highly rated and the unemployment rate is only 3.9%!
Listing Price: $474,453
Sold Price: $458,656
Crime Rate: 2.82
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Norwalk is bordered by the cities of Downy, Bellflower, Cerritos, Artesia, and Sante Fe Springs. It is a relatively large city and traffic-heavy because of its location off of the 5 Freeway – you’ll have to weigh those pros and cons yourself. The city is also home to Cerritos College and is served by several different school districts including the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. Affordable Los Angeles cities don’t get better than this!
Listing Price: $501,451
Sold Price: $499,408
Crime Rate: 4.11
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5. Pico Rivera
Pico Rivera is centrally located within the county, just 11 miles from downtown Los Angeles and within close proximity to LAX airport and the ports of Long Beach. Community friendly, the city has 9 parks including 18 athletic fields, four community centers, a nine-hole golf course and a skate park.
Listing Price: $468,586
Sold Price: $472,409
Crime Rate: 3.70
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6. El Monte
Located near the 10 and 60 freeways, El Monte is centrally located and a diverse community. El Monte is also the home of the metro station which is really convenient for those residents who do not drive or own a car. The city has several parks, tons of local eateries, and affordable real estate!
Listing Price: $591,589
Sold Price: $584,965
Crime Rate: 3.88
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7. La Puente
The city of La Puente has a population of 114,928 and has a 70% homeownership rate among residents. La Puente is a great city to invest in now because home values and prices have appreciated since last year – listing prices are up 23.9%. Take a look at La Puente homes for sale and see if this community is right for you.
Listing Price: $509,283
Sold Price: $505,558
Crime Rate: 3.66
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Duarte is a relatively small city in L.A. County with a population of 29,160, located just outside of one of the most expensive zip codes in the country. Bounded to the north by the San Gabriel Mountains, Duarte is surrounded by the cities of Irwindale, Bradbury, Monrovia and Azusa. Fun fact, historic Route 66 runs through the heart of the city and every September the city holds a Salute to Route 66 Parade.
Listing Price: $530,394
Sold Price: $523,480
Crime Rate: 2.93
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Located on the Orange County border, this LA suburb is brimming with charm. With its convenient location and small town feel, Whittier was ranked as one of the top 100 cities in live in the United States back in 2013. Downtown Whittier is welcoming and walkable, and the city is made up of several smaller neighborhoods each with their own flair including several historic districts.
Listing Price: $578,453
Sold Price: $570,484
Crime Rate: 3.44
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Public schools in Downey are above average and the diverse community offers tons of things to do. The suburb is starting to become more urban, recently opening more bars, restaurants and shopping centers. More modern, upbeat, and exciting opportunities have risen within the city for homeowners.
Listing Price: $595,011
Sold Price: $582,711
Crime Rate: 3.37
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For more information on any of the cities and the most affordable Los Angeles County real estate, contact us at First Team. With over 2,500 agents across Southern California, we’ve got local experts in all areas ready to help you find the right home to fit your budget.