If you are a young urban professional looking to work, live near or mingle with others like you, maybe think outside living in a suburb or small town. Los Angeles, California, is the place to be. The city is full of motivated and budding businesspeople who are on the fast track to success. Los Angeles, which is sometimes dubbed the Creative Capital of the World, is home to many prestigious universities, many major corporations and, of course, Hollywood. It is unique because it features many emerging jobs and career areas for young professions such as technology, healthcare, marketing, sales and entertainment. There is a diverse culture and lifestyle, as well plenty of outdoor activities and nightlife. Let’s take a look at this list of great Los Angeles neighborhoods and communities where many young professionals live.

1. Culver City

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Helpful Statistics

  • Average Age: 40
  • Median Income: $75,424
  • Crime Rate: 286 (U.S. average 295)
Located on LA’s West Side, Culver City has become a desirable place to live over the years, especially since it has seen a lot of economical growth. Unfortunately, like most of Los Angeles, traffic can be a pain at times, but a great mix of families and young professionals live here. It’s also a short hop to Santa Monica and Venice. Since its Downtown-area revival, the local eateries, museums and art galleries are garnering more attention from the locals, as is the Westfield Mall. For professionals looking to further their education, West Los Angeles College, Otis College of Art and Design, and Brandman University are all within the neighborhood’s limits. For those professionals with families, Culver City has pleasant residential communities and parks as well as notable public schools.

2. Mid-Wilshire

Helpful Statistics

  • Average Age: 36
  • Median Income: $46,830
  • Crime Rate: 246
Young professionals are drawn to the Mid-Wilshire area because it is a bustling and happening area of Los Angeles. It is made up of two smaller, culturally diverse neighborhoods -- Little Ethiopia and Miracle Mile. It is also reasonably affordable compared to other Los Angeles neighborhoods. Those living in this area have a lot cultural, foodie and laid-back nightlife venues to take advantage of, including an array of art galleries, restaurants, live indie rock bands and more. It’s not quite your bedroom community, but it’s definitely does not lend itself to the Hollywood crowd regularly.

3. Silver Lake

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Helpful Statistics

  • Average Age: 38
  • Median Income: $59,433
  • Crime Rate: 245
This LA neighborhood attracts young professionals mainly because it has amazingly affordable entertainment and shopping. It is hipster- and family-friendly, has a vibrant art scene and Modernist architecture. Healthy eaters and foodies alike can take advantage of the farmers’ markets and “plethora” of food trucks offering traditional, Mexican and Japanese fare including Gus’s Lunch Box and Flavor Factory Food Truck. Silver Lake is a relatively safe community, although some residents say things to be a bit rougher when you get closer to the border of Echo Park. Nonetheless, Silver Lake has a wide range of entertainment venues such as The Satellite, Mamacita’s Market and Ghost Note Records.

4. Beverlywood

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Helpful Statistics

  • Average Age: 42
  • Median Income: $79,341
  • Crime Rate: 303
For those young industrial professionals with jobs in the San Fernando Valley, living in Beverlywood may be an option to avoid one of the most feared commutes in America. It is conveniently located near the 405 and 101 near Sepulveda Boulevard where you can avoid some of the bottleneck traffic around Beverly Hills and Hollywood. Beverlywood is bordered by Pico-Robertson on the north, Mid-City on the east, Palms the east and Cheviot Hills on the west and Palms on the south. More than 50 percent of its residents older than 25 have four-year college degrees.

5. Los Feliz

Helpful Statistics

  • Average Age: 40
  • Median Income: $66,265
  • Crime Rate: 245
This Los Angeles neighborhood, located right next to Griffith Park, is perfect for young professionals looking to settle down in a little more upscale area. The streets are safe and there is a great mix of extravagant homes and townhouses. No worries about driving to dinner or for a night out on the town. Los Feliz has plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance. For those young professionals who work Downtown, Los Feliz is near the LA Expo Line so you will have access to many venues including Griffith Park. The neighborhood has beautiful historic homes and is perfect for professionals, singles, families, hipsters, gay and lesbians, and the trendy and stylish.

6. Downtown Los Angeles

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Helpful Statistics

  • Average Age: 38
  • Median Income: $32,971
  • Crime Rate: 245
Living Downtown is not for everyone, but for those young professionals always on the go, this is the place to live. Considered the West Coast’s version of Manhattan in New York City, those living in Downtown LA pay a higher housing fee, but love the convenience of being so close to work, the nightlife, restaurants and shopping. Many people who live in Downtown Los Angeles don’t own cars because public transportation is so readily available, and they typically rent cars if they want to get out of the city on a holiday.

Besides being one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Los Angeles, living Downtown also offers a strong sense of community, a large amount of public parks and amenities that are open late into the evening. This area is also gentrifying faster than other LA neighborhood and you can rent a loft with high ceilings in some of the most amazing historic buildings. However, if you are a young professional who doesn’t like much noise or need to park a vehicle daily, this probably isn’t the place to live. Parking can be scarce at times as well as quite expensive. Since it’s a bit farther away from the beach, the weather is a bit hotter, as well as smoggy, compared to other Los Angeles neighborhoods.