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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Downtown is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California with a population of 42,769. Downtown is in Los Angeles County. Living in Downtown offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Downtown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Downtown and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Downtown are above average.
About Downtown...
Population
42,769

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$632,422
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,614
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    90%
  • Own
    10%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,592.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    22.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    1,174.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    2,156.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    5,475.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    984.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$53,784
National
$55,322
Families with Children
9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    22%
    13%
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Downtown Los Angeles is rapidly being gentrified. As such, there are lots of beautiful new apartments, restaurants, hotels, markets, people and money! That said, it hasn’t lost its gritty underbelly with the sub-culture of Skid Row just blocks from all things shiny. City living comes with city peril. For this reason, Downtown Los Angeles has something for everyone — great private schools, entertainment, cultural and sports venues, employment centers — it’s good for families and singles alike. It is also the Muse of many Street Photographers.
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I love living downtown. It’s a denser area than most, but it doesn’t feel like a lot of people actually live here and everything necessary is within walking distance. There are days I don’t even touch my car because it’s easier to walk— I’ll even forget about rush hour sometimes. Plenty of gyms, a few grocery stores, lots of restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment venues, etc keep living downtown exciting and fun. Rent is comparable to the rest of LA, especially Santa Monica and the west side, and all of the “fun” things that are on the west side are also downtown so I don’t have to commute super far like I did when I lived elsewhere. Weekends, weekend mornings especially, make DTLA feel like a ghost town which is incredible. The only part I don’t love is homelessness and the human waste on sidewalks. I don’t go out much and see what happens at night but it breaks my heart to see people sleeping on sidewalks.
I live on Wilshire (near 6th and Bixel). I enjoy being in walking distance to sports and entertainment venues, bars and restaurants. The drawback is that you will walk past homeless people daily and have to see the deplorable living conditions they have. It’s heartbreaking and I hope there will he steps towards fixing this.