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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Playa del Rey is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California with a population of 10,758. Playa del Rey is in Los Angeles County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Playa del Rey offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Playa del Rey there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Playa del Rey and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Playa del Rey are above average.
About Playa del Rey...
Population
10,758

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$904,095
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,045
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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Playa del Rey Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    120
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    67.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    885.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    892.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    382.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$110,490
National
$55,322
Families with Children
12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    27%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    41%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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Playa del Rey Reviews

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Playa del Rey is a neighborhood that is really close to Loyola Marymount University. I think the area itself is safe, but housing in LA is absolutely ridiculous no matter where you go. I wouldn't be upset about it if I really felt like I was getting what I was paying for, but when you pay almost $2,000 for an old rundown apartment it gets a little hard to validate paying for the space. There are nearby high-end grocery stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's in the marina, along with several Ralph's. Additionally, you are super close to the beach and walking to get some sun on a weekend day can be really relaxing. It can just be hard to justify paying so much for a space that doesn't even have it's own washer and dryer, or AC.
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The best thing about this city is the vibe of the people. Unfortunately, there are a few bad apples (and I mean really bad), but it's like that in every city. On the good side, majority of everyone are extremely friendly, making you really feel like you're connected to the community. People look out for you and make it feel like home. Right near the beach (I don't like the beach, but most LA people do). Close to so many parks (and even near 3 dog parks, which is more important for me). Generally safe in 90% of this city. Close to scenic trails, grocery markets, movie theaters, schools, the airport! The worst part is Lincoln Avenue during rush hours. Would not live here when I have a family but perfect for temporary renting.
Playa del Rey use to be much nicer, but it has been filled with a lot of crime (muggings, car theft, verbal assault, home break-ins) as of late, lots of transients, lots of trash, and speeding on many streets which has ended in car accidents and a hit and run that ended in death. Rent is very high when you consider all the negatives. Some residents look out their window at transients that have made the park their home. Restaurants aren’t anything special.