As you lean back and loosen your belt following a weekend of leftover stuffing and alcoholic gluttony, consider for a moment if the neighborhood you call home could be keeping you in good health.
We looked at seven types of community rankings from the L.A. Health Atlas, including crime rates, homicides, car accidents, number of fast food outlets, access to "modified food," proximity to truck routes, and childhood obesity rates. Then we weighed the top 10 communities in each category to come up with ...
... our unscientific version of the city's 10 healthiest neighborhoods. Yes, the Westside dominates, but there are a few surprises:
10. Palms/Mar Vista/Del Rey. Lowly Palms/Mar Vista/Del Rey gets no respect. Yes, it's an apartment-land on the lower edge of this gilded part of town (though Mar Vista is pretty nice). But the numbers show that this region ranks among L.A.'s lower-crime areas. And being alive and uninjured is healthy.
9. Sherman Oaks and Westchester/Playa Del Rey (tie). We're starting to see the pattern here. The Westside and the West Valley are good for your vital signs. Sherman Oaks has a low murder rate. Westchester/Playa Del Rey had even lower homicide and crime numbers.
8. West L.A. Ah, yes. The LAPD's West Los Angeles Division has the lowest crime in the city. The area also has good scores on modified food and car accident rates.
See also: L.A.'s 5 Surliest Neighborhoods.
7. Encino. I think we all know that Encino, land of the hillside McMansion, onetime home of the Jacksons, belongs on this list. It scored quite well in the ratings for both homicide (with one of the lowest rates in town) and low childhood obesity. If the iconic '80s Valley girl is still around, she lives here ... and she does yoga.