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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$411,950
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,134
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    76%
  • Own
    24%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    309
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    177
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    639
    500
  • Theft
    1,236
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    424
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,083
National
$55,322
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    31%
    13%
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One benefit to living in Van Nuys is that it is very walkable, and has many different mom-and-pop shops and restaurants, but also has a fair share of well-known chains. Van Nuys is great, geographically, because it is central to The West Side (e.g. Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood), as well as Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, North and Granada Hills, making it easy to get to work (as long as you don't get stuck in LA traffic)!
On the other hand, I do not always feel safe in Van Nuys. The east side of Van Nuys is more run down than the west side. I would not feel comfortable walking down the street by myself at night, and for that reason, I never do. Overall, the area is about average in terms of cleanliness and traffic as compared to other neighboring areas. Unfortunately the schools are very poor quality in this area. Many families live here, and have their children attend schools outside of the area, or private schools.
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Currently living across from Grant High School. Kind of a cool quirk because they shot the movie "DOPE" at the school! But after living in numerous parts of L.A. I would definetely say that this area is SO FAR the cleanest, NO BUGS...(yes that's usually a problem), pretty quiet and safe. Close to a lot of good restaurants with a 30 minute bike ride, 7-15 minute drive/uber away depending on where you go. It's a bit pricey but im paying for the 0 amount of bugs and peace of mind. Oh, and for you Hollywood lovers, it's only about 20 minutes away!
I love my neighborhood but the gentrification is really hurting some of us. Luxury apartments go up and so does our rent, even though our old buildings aren't being fixed or updated at all. Three families who lived in a renovated house across the street from me were run out of their apartments in order to be demolished for a new luxury apartment building. I wouldn't mind these new buildings as much if they weren't displacing the people who already live here. Our small neighborhood streets need a lot of help as well. Lots of big cracks pot holes.