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Old 03-09-2010, 10:43 PM
 
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I am moving to LA this fall from Arlington, VA and am contemplating which area to move to. I know that it will most likely depend on the location of my job, but I was wondering about the safety of Long Beach/Santa Monica and Venice Beach. I visited Santa Monica and Venice last summer and felt completely safe when I was there during the day- but I heard they feel a little different at night. Is there much of a difference in crime/safety between Santa Monica and Venice? How does the crime rate in Long Beach compare to Venice/Santa Monica.
Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 03-09-2010, 11:00 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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santa monica is mostly safe except for a small area near the college, which still is not that bad. venice is hit or miss. odds are nothing would happen to you in venice, but there still are gangs in the area, drug dealers on the corners late at night, and petty theft is very common. long beach is a very big city and has some very safe areas and some others that are not safe at all.
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Old 03-10-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles......So. Calif. an Island on the Land
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I think BrinSM sums it up very well. For the most part, Santa Monica is VERY, VERY safe. Hard to think of a safer area in "urban" LA County.

Venice is more hit or miss but if you research it and find the right neighborhood it is safe.
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:46 PM
 
Location: RSM
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SM seems safe, but also has a large number of homeless, which I'm not fond of strolling around with at night. Venice I'd avoid altogether. LB is fine in coastal areas and suburban parts, but there are areas you'll want to avoid altogether there as well.
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Sawtelle District
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Echoing the same sentiment. Santa Monica is definitely safe, Venice has its fair share of sketch. Long Beach has some great areas and not so great areas- like Belmont Shores, Naples are really nice/ there are also some nice refurbished art deco apartments close to downtown, which a couple of my friends used to live in/ def. a nice scene.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:39 AM
 
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Default long beach

Hey does anyone know where I can find cheap aparments in Long Beach or a sight i could browse? Thanks guys
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:49 AM
 
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Hey does anyone know where I can find cheap aparments in Long Beach or a sight i could browse? Thanks guys
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: The best state - California
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I lived in Long Beach and at that time it was the cheapest beach city however, it is not safe. I often stayed indoors at night b/c there's a high gang element wandering the streets. Parts of LB are VERY nice and accomodating but I couldn't raise my kids there.
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Old 03-22-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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Santa Monica is a lot safer than the other two. My coworker lives there and loves it, but it's a little too urban for me (homeless people, etc).

Long Beach to me is very iffy, I couldn't live there. I don't feel safe there at night. I also live in Thousand Oaks, so I'm used to being able to walk wherever at night with no fear.

My wife has conference down in LB about twice a year so we stay there a few days at a time.
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:17 PM
 
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Crime rankings for violent and property crimes

Long Beach - 7 and 6
Santa Monica - 7 and 7

Crime rankings per melissadata

Long Beach - 676
Santa Monica - 612

Not much of a difference. I would also point out that LB is a much larger city and the crime in LB is heavily concentrated in the western central and western far north areas. Living in the east half and coastal parts of LB is very very safe and a great place to raise a family.

Venice isn't ranked as it isn't it's own city (it's part of LA).

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