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  • At an average of 30.1 minutes each way, Los Angeles serves as one of the worst markets for commuting within the United States and ranks 10th among cities with the longest drives to work.

  • Some Angelinos have managed to maintain faster-than-average commutes, particularly throughout the Westside and Verdugo Hills communities. However, this kind of convenience comes at a premium as residents living here on average spend between 17 and 48 percent more on housing. Westside residents in particular spend on average nearly 60 percent more in annual rent. Much of this type of convenience can be attributed to local job availability as both submarkets host three to five thousand jobs per square mile (two to five times the county average).

  • Given that the City of Los Angeles’s population just rose  to over four million people, it is likely that the city’s traffic will continue to worsen, making these easy-to-drive, live-work communities even more appealing and by extension, much more expensive for residents and  businesses. 

Source: JLL Research

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