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16 Cities Near Los Angeles, CA to Live in, 2022

May 16, 2022

Los Angeles is known for its thriving entertainment industry, reputable colleges, SoCal living, diversity, and thriving urban lifestyle. It's an attractive option for newcomers worldwide, but it also means a higher cost of living than other nearby areas.

Fortunately, many cities near Los Angeles deliver on amenities, oceanfront living, and exciting activities. You can choose from quick commutes or live further outside the city to find more space and reasonable rents.

If you're not sure where to start your apartment search, we did all the work for you. Here are some of the best cities near Los Angeles, ordered by the closest proximity to downtown. Keep in mind driving times will fluctuate in Los Angeles’ notoriously congested traffic.

1. West Hollywood

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 8.6 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 27 minutes
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 48 minutes from Santa Monica/Larrabee with a transfer at Vermont/Santa Monica to Pershing Square
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 56 minutes via Fountain Ave and Sunset Blvd
  • Median Rent: $2,042
  • Population: 35,757
  • Median Household Income: $71,692
  • Walk Score: 91
  • Transit Score: 68
  • Bike Score: 58

West Hollywood wasn't incorporated as a city until 1984 and is known as the home to the Sunset Strip. The area was once famous for gambling and casinos around the Strip, as it was part of unincorporated Los Angeles County, where there were fewer restrictions. Today, the neighborhood shed its seedy nightlife reputation and is a hip, laid-back part of the Los Angeles metro area.

West Hollywood is a lively, LGBTQ+ friendly place to live with nightlife, shopping, dining, and fun. The Strip, Melrose Avenue, and the outdoor Grove attract shoppers from around Los Angeles. But, of course, you're also ideally located near Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, and Hollywood.

There's no shortage of apartments around West Hollywood. Look for apartments along Santa Monica Boulevard or as close (or far away) to the nightlife as you like.

2. Culver City

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 9.9 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 19 minutes via I-10 E
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 54 minutes via Culver City to 7th Street/Metro Center
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 58 minutes via Venice Blvd**
  • Median Rent: $3,164
  • Population: 40,779
  • Median Household Income: $97,540
  • Walk Score: 76
  • Transit Score: 48
  • Bike Score: 71

Culver City grew during the 1920s when it established itself as a center for film and television production. It's the home of the Metro Goldwyn-Mayer studios and Sony Pictures. It's also the headquarters of Hughes Aircraft Company and National Public Radio West.

Culver City is among the more affordable areas brushing up against Los Angeles and comes with its own film and television production economy. As a result, you'll find attractions like Culver City Park, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, the Wende Museum, and its own nightlife scene. There's always a cocktail bar, gastropub, or trending place to grab a bite.

Take your pick from upscale and modern apartment buildings in Culver City. For an easier commute, look for options near I-10 or I-405

3. Glendale

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 10.0 miles**
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 22 minutes via I-5 S**
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 40 minutes via Brand/Lomita to Hill/5th
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 42 minutes via Sunset Blvd**
  • Median Rent: $1,595
  • Population: 196,543
  • Median Household Income: $70,596
  • Walk Score: 71
  • Transit Score: 45
  • Bike Score: 52

Situated in the San Fernando Valley and the Verdugo Mountains, Glendale is the fourth-largest city in Los Angeles County. Early settlers came to Glendale in the late 1700s, and the area grew when the Pacific Electric Railway brought streetcar service to the area in 1904.

Glendale attracts newcomers looking for temperate weather, a strong economy, quick access to Los Angeles, and high quality of life. You'll find a little bit of everything in Glendale, from shopping to culture. Locals take advantage of the weather at the outdoor mall, Americana at Brand, big-box retailers and dining options at the Galleria, and live music, ballet, and other entertainment at the Alex Theater.

While the median age in Glendale is 41.9 years old, the area is also home to families and retirees. Updated and new mid-rise apartment complexes are plentiful in Glendale. For access to the rest of the metro area, look for options near I-5.

4. Pasadena

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 11.0 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 23 minutes via CA-110
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 38 minutes via Memorial Park with a transfer to Union Station to Pershing Square
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 56 minutes via Arroyo Seco Bike Path**
  • Median Rent: $1,955
  • Population: 138,69
  • Median Household Income: $85,129
  • Walk Score: 69
  • Transit Score: 51
  • Bike Score: 70

Pasadena was founded in 1874 and incorporated in 1886. The city is known for hosting the Tournament of Roses Parade since 1890 and the Rose Bowl football game since 1902. It's also home to the California Institute of Technology.

Pasadena blends turn-of-the-century architecture, an eclectic food scene, and cultural gems, like the Norton Simon Museum. The nearby Eaton Canyon Natural Area offers hiking and biking opportunities with a stunning waterfall for outdoor fun.

The median age in Pasadena is 38.6 years old and attracts young professionals working at spots like CalTech and NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. You can find midrise, upscale, and updated apartments throughout Pasadena. Also, look for options along I-210 for 1quick access in and out of the city.

5. Beverly Hills

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 12.1 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 29 minutes via I-10 E
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 44 minutes from Wilshire/Bevelery with a transfer to Wilshire/Normandie Station to Pershing Square
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 57 minutes via W 3rd St, W 4th St, and W 7th St
  • Median Rent: $2,692
  • Population: 32,701
  • Median Household Income: $101,241
  • Walk Score: 91
  • Transit Score: 63
  • Bike Score: n/a

Beverly Hills is in the middle of Los Angeles but stands alone as its own city. It was once a ranch that was later sold and turned into neighborhoods that attracted movie stars. Then, during the 1920s, the area exploded with growth and became a hub of arts, culture, and upscale living.

Beverly Hills is attractive for its urban amenities in a stunning, manicured setting. Fine dining, shopping, galleries, and luxury apartments. The city is home to famous attractions, including Mulholland Drive, Greystone Mansion and Gardens, and Rodeo Drive.

Look for apartment buildings, duplexes, and single-family homes for rent in the center of Beverly Hills. Or find a place near I-405 for a more convenient commute.

6. Santa Monica

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 15.4 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 22 minutes via I-10 E
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 1 hour and 6 minutes via 4th/Broadway with a transfer to Willshire/Western Station to Pershing Square
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 1 hour and 34 minutes via Venice Blvd
  • Median Rent: $2,094
  • Population: 93,076
  • Median Household Income: $98,300
  • Walk Score: 83
  • Transit Score: 60
  • Bike Score: 88

Early settlers arrived in Santa Monica during the 1700s, but Nevada Senator John P. Jones helped usher in the city's development. Today, Santa Monica is known for its gorgeous beach, natural beauty, dining, and shopping situated on an iconic shoreline.

The city boasts a laid-back lifestyle without compromising on upscale amenities. Of course, you won't get that bohemian vibe in Santa Monica like other areas along the Pacific Coast. Instead, locals enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean and a thriving boardwalk with a famed Ferris wheel.

Santa Monica attracts young professionals and millennials looking for beachfront living and high quality of life. Look for apartments along I-10 or the Pacific Coast Highway for dazzling views and immediate access to the beach.

7. Venice

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 16.9 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 32 minutes via I-10 E
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 1 hour and 23 minutes via Main/Venice with a transfer to 5th/Main to 5th/Broadway
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 1 hour and 23 minutes via S Venice Blvd
  • Median Rent: Starts at $1,850
  • Population: 29,135
  • Median Household Income: $104,359
  • Walk Score: 83
  • Transit Score: 52
  • Bike Score: 88

Venice was founded in 1905 by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney as a seaside resort town. It was an independent city until 1926 when Los Angeles annexed it. The neighborhood quickly became one of the best places to live in the metro area.

Venice is known for its creative vibe focusing on health and wellness. As a result, you'll find unique shops, an art and music scene, dining, and beachside fun. Plus, locals take fitness seriously and are always out biking, jogging, and surfing.

Young professionals and families flock to Venice, with a median age of 34.1 years old. The draw to Venice is living near the water, and you'll find plenty of options near Venice Beach and the Venice Boardwalk. Search near the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve for more access to green space.

8. El Segundo

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 18.7 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 30 minutes via I-105 E and I-110 N
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 49 minutes from Douglas with a transfer at Harbor Fwy Station to Olive/5th
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 1 hr and 54 minutes via Ballona Creek Bike Path
  • Median Rent: Starts at $2,000**
  • Population: 17,272
  • Median Household Income: $115,846**
  • Walk Score: 76
  • Transit Score: n/a
  • Bike Score: 51

Situated on Santa Monica Bay, El Segundo was incorporated in 1917 and saw early growth with the Standard Oil refinery and Chevron Refinery development. The city is ideally situated between Los Angeles International Airport, Manhattan Beach, and the Pacific Ocean.

El Segundo's nickname is Mayberry USA, and known for its small-town feel that's still relatively affordable for the West Coast. There's still plenty to see and do despite its cozy vibes, like the Automobile Driving Museum, Old Town Music Hall, shopping, dining, and beachfront lounging. You can also skip the commute into Los Angeles and work at the L.A. Times, Los Angeles Airforce Base, or dozens of Fortune 500 companies.

The median age in El Segundo is 37.3 years old, though it attracts young professionals, Millenials, and families. Mid-rises, updated, and older apartment units are clustered near the coast in El Segundo, with quick access to I-405 and Highway 1.

9. Torrance

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 20.7 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 31 minutes via I-110 N
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 1 hour and 5 minutes via Artesia/Hawthorne to Olive/Fifth
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 1 hour and 52 minutes via S Hoover St
  • Median Rent: $2,254
  • Population: 147,067
  • Median Household Income: $94,781
  • Walk Score: 67
  • Transit Score: 37
  • Bike Score: 54

During the early 1900s, real estate developer Jared Sidney Torrance looked to the area of Torrance for its potential for a mixed industrial-residential community. The town was founded in 1912 and later incorporated in 1921.

Torrance is a diverse, close-knit community with sandy beaches, great restaurants, and gorgeous year-round weather. Unfortunately, there's not much nightlife in Torrance, but you're also not far from Los Angeles.

Like anywhere in the Los Angeles area, waterside living will cost more. But, of course, you can choose apartments near major highways and boulevards for commuting, shopping, and getting around town.

10. Long Beach

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 25.0 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 34 minutes via I-110 N
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 1 hour and 6 minutes from Downtown Long Beach with a transfer at 7th St Metro Center to Pershing Square
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 2 hours and 9 minutes via Los Angeles River Bicycle Path
  • Median Rent: $1,597
  • Population: 466,742
  • Median Household Income: $66,410
  • Walk Score: 73
  • Transit Score: 49
  • Bike Score: 70

Long Beach was first settled as a Spanish land grant to soldier Manuel Nieto in 1784. Today, "LBC" is known for its urban waterfront attractions, small-town feel, and dazzling oceanfront views.

Long Beach residents have access to thriving industries, including education, aerospace, tech, and healthcare. In addition, college students attend California State University-Long Beach while living near the beach. Local attractions include the Aquarium of the Pacific, Catalina Express, The Queen Mary, and Long Beach Waterfront.

If you want to live the SoCal lifestyle, look for apartments near the beach or I-405 to get into Los Angeles.

11. Anaheim

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 28.5 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 49 minutes via I-5 N
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 1 hour and 2 minutes from Anaheim Regional Transportation Center with a transfer at Union Station to Pershing Square
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 2 hours and 52 minutes via W La Palma Ave
  • Median Rent: $1,816
  • Population: 346,824
  • Median Household Income: $76,723
  • Walk Score: 56
  • Transit Score: 34
  • Bike Score: 52

Anaheim was founded by fifty German families in 1857 and grew into the tenth-most populous city in California. The town was mainly residential and agricultural until Disneyland opened in 1955. Hotels, motels, and supporting businesses soon followed. Beyond tourism industries, Anaheim also developed electronics and aircraft parts into an industrial center.

Anaheim is a popular choice for Los Angeles commuters who still want access to many restaurants, coffee shops, and greenspace. Happy hours and shopping are also plentiful. Sports lovers also make themselves in Anaheim at home with Mighty Ducks and the U.S. National Volleyball team.

The median age in Anaheim is 34.5 years old, making it an appealing option for young professionals and families. Luxury and upscale apartment options are scattered throughout Anaheim, with options near Highway 39 and I-5 for quick access.

Cities Near Los Angeles with Higher Commute Times

Los Angeles traffic isn’t for the faint at heart. However, if you don’t need to commute every day or want to live near Los Angeles, there are plenty of options to consider. You’re also likely to find cheaper rents and more space. Here’s where to start your apartment search.

1. Santa Ana

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 34.1 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 53 minutes via I-5 N
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 1 hour and 11 minutes via Santa Ana with a transfer at Union Sation to Pershing Square
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 3 hours and 46 minutes via San Gabriel River Md Trail
  • Median Rent: $1,784
  • Population: 310,227
  • Median Household Income: $72,406
  • Walk Score: 56
  • Transit Score: 34
  • Bike Score: 52

Santa Ana got its start when the Spanish governor of California granted Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana to José Antonio Yorba. As a result, the area grew into a diverse community with significant Latino representation.

Locals love Santa Ana for its proximity to L.A. and beaches, reputation for safety, and infrastructure of wide lanes for bikers, walkers, and cars. In addition, Santa Ana is home to its share of attractions, including the Discover Science Center with interactive exhibits like an archeological-themed Indiana Jones exhibit.

The median age in Santa Ana is 31.8 years old, attracting renters looking for urban amenities without Los Angeles rent prices. Look for upscale apartment buildings and updated units along I-5 or Highway 55.

2. Costa Mesa

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 44.2 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 50 minutes via I-405 N and I-110 N
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 3 hours and 48 minutes via Newport-18th with a transfer at Brookhurst-La Palma to La Palma Beach and a transfer at Knots Berry Farm to 6th/Hill
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 3 hours and 52 minutes via San Gabriel River Mid Trail
  • Median Rent: $2,363
  • Population: 111,918
  • Median Household Income: $90,370
  • Walk Score: 65
  • Transit Score: 37
  • Bike Score: 66

Costa Mesa is located on the "coastal tableland" above Newport Bay. It was once a cattle grazing ground before growing with the development of building and oil drilling industries.

Costa Mesa's laid-back lifestyle attracts newcomers, as well as its great restaurants, trendy pubs, clubs, live music, and outdoor fun. Locals explore Noguchi Garden and Fairview Park or take in live entertainment at the South Coast Repertory Theater.

Costa Mesa apartments are found throughout the city, near I-405 and the John Wayne airport. Look for renovated, modern, or upscale units to fit your lifestyle.

3. Irvine

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 46.2 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 52 minutes via I-405 N and I-110 N
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 1 hour and 23 minutes from Irvine with a transfer at Union Station to Pershing Square
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 4 hours and 12 minutes via San Gabriel River Mid Trail
  • Median Rent: $2,849
  • Population: 307,670
  • Median Household Income: $108,318
  • Walk Score: 43
  • Transit Score: 26
  • Bike Score: 69

Irvine is a master-planned city in Orange County, California, designed with a village concept in mind. Each village includes its own commercial district, schools, and religious institutions.

Millennials and college students make themselves at home in Irvine, with higher learning opportunities at the University of California Irvine and Concordia University. The city is also home to tech giants like Google and Blizzard Entertainment.

You'll find comfortable apartments and new buildings across Irvine. Consider living off-campus near the University of California Irvine or I-405 to access the rest of the metro area.

4. Newport Beach

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 47.4 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 53 minutes via I-405 N and I-110 N
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 2 hours and 45 minutes from Newport Transportation Center and a transfer at PCH & 1st S.E. to PCH & L.B. Blvd NE, and a transfer at Pacific Coast Hwy to 7th St/Metro Center
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 3 hours and 39 minutes via San Gabriel River Mid Trail
  • Median Rent: $2,632
  • Population: 85,239
  • Median Household Income: $133,849
  • Walk Score: 49
  • Transit Score: 27
  • Bike Score: 53

Newport Beach was first explored by Europeans during the 1500s, though it didn't see development until Captain Samuel S. Tunnels steered his river steamer through upper Newport Bay in 1870. The city was eventually incorporated in 1906 and grew into a famous oceanfront city.

Newport Beach represents the dreamy, SoCal lifestyle of water recreation, upscale shopping, dining, pubs, and more. Although you can commute to Los Angeles, Newport Beach offers its own economy and job market fueled by employers like Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.

You can find upscale and modern apartments throughout Newport Beach, with options along Highway-1 for waterfront views and I-405 for access to the rest of the metro area.

5. Riverside

  • Miles away from downtown Los Angeles: 58.0 miles
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Car: 1 hour and 12 minutes via CA-60 W and I-10 W
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bus/Train: 3 hours and 2 minutes from Riverside with a transfer at Union Station to Pershing Square
  • Commute time to Los Angeles via Bike: 5 hr 59 min via Pacific Electric Trail
  • Median Rent: $1,736
  • Population: 314,998
  • Median Household Income: $72,738
  • Walk Score: 43
  • Transit Score: 30
  • Bike Score: 49

Riverside was founded in 1970 by John North and other easterners looking to establish an education and culture-minded colony. The city is part of California's "Inland Empire" and was once known for its citrus industry and location along its namesake river.

Today, Riverside is known for its outdoor recreation, annual festivals, and reasonable cost of living. You don't need to stay car-dependent when living in Riverdale, as The Metrolink and Riverside Transit Agency help you stay connected.

The median age in Riverside is 31.8 years old, although the city also attracts college students to La Sierra University, University of California Riverside, and Riverside City College. Apartment options are available near public transportation and local colleges.

Finding the Best City for You

You can find beachfront living, nightlife, fabulous dining, or a laid-back lifestyle in cities near Los Angeles. It's all about choosing the best option to create your dream lifestyle.

Want to narrow down your Los Angeles apartment search? Take the quiz to get started.

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Susan Finch is a freelance writer and content manager focusing on local experiences, travel, and anything relating to really good food and craft brews. Her work has appeared in travel guidebooks and national magazines and newspapers. Read More
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