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  4. Nightlife
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  7. Jobs
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Rancho Palos Verdes is a suburb of Los Angeles with a population of 42,463. Rancho Palos Verdes is in Los Angeles County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Rancho Palos Verdes offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Rancho Palos Verdes there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many retirees live in Rancho Palos Verdes and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Rancho Palos Verdes are highly rated.
About Rancho Palos Verdes...
Population
42,463

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,051,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,391
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    20%
  • Own
    80%
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Rancho Palos Verdes Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    49.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    14.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    11.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    282.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    565.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    68.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    6%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    31%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Rancho Palos Verdes

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$124,552
National
$55,322

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Rancho Palos Verdes Reviews

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The city of Rancho Palos Verdes is quite beautiful. When you are at the top of Hawthorne boulevard and driving southbound down the hill, you can view the ocean from the right hand side and in front of you.

The city is clean. The fire department is awesome. Be careful not to speed because the sheriff's will definitely catch you and give you a speeding ticket. The downside is the fact that many of the drivers in this city drive poorly. There is a reason automobile insurance is higher here than off the hill.

Due to the close vicinity of the post office, mall, grocery stores, large parks with playgrounds, gas stations, and five different Starbucks within a five mile radius, there is really no reason to leave the city. The neighborhood is very safe.
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Rancho Palos Verdes has been my home for all seventeen years of my life, and I cannot imagine living anywhere else. This little suburb outside of Los Angeles is sleepy and quiet, but I would not have it any other way. All of my interactions everyday with the people around me are extraordinary, whether it be with my next door neighbors or the cashier at the local Pavilions, as each and every one of the people are eager to help you, no matter who you are or where you come from. Safety has also never been a prominent issue to me or my family, as there are local sheriff that patrol our city and keep us safe. The weather and the view is always tremendous in RPV, as living right by the ocean and never being more than a fifteen minute drive from a beach keeps winters warm and summers warmer.
Rancho Palos Verdes is a lovely suburb nested on a hill right by the coast, granting not only gorgeous views but a cool sea breeze as well. The area is quite safe, and in general, the scenery is pleasant. Many of the schools in this area are well-known for their quality of education. Malls like the Peninsula Shopping Center allow for lots of jobs and plenty of things to do.

The area has much diversity, which I've seen mainly at my high school. I feel safe, as a woman, walking around at night on my way home from work--I wouldn't feel that way in a lot of other areas.

However, one of the few downsides is that because of these pleasant aspects, the cost of living is very high. Unfortunately, there isn't much of a nightlife to this area either--no bars or clubs in sight. The major roads can get very busy. The local restaurants can get crowded sometimes as well.

Despite the above, I think Rancho Palos Verdes is a wonderful place and if you can afford it, it's worth living here.