This was a fun search. Los Angeles is a very interesting town that
offers a tremendous variety of working, recreation and housing
options. I?ve collected a selection of resources to help you get
started taking into account your scenario of a young couple with one
child. Considering that he will be working at UCLA in Westwood and she
will be flying out of LAX, choosing the neighborhood where they want
to live will be the first assignment. Los Angeles is comprised of many
distinct neighborhoods and a collection of incorporated cities.
I suggest that you start your explorations by getting familiar with
the geography and demographics of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Next, do some more focused research on the communities that look
interesting. Finally, evaluate where you will be able to live
considering your budget constraints.
The amount of information available is overwhelming. I?ve barely
scratched the surface with the links below.
Wishing you well for your project.
~ czh ~
LOS ANGELES ? VISUAL ORIENTATION
I suggest that you orient yourself by conducting some image searches
and browsing the search results for anything that interests you. This
will help you familiarize yourself with the geography of the area, the
names of regions, neighborhoods, cities, the look and feel of
transportation, housing, public spaces, parks and other services.
Below I?ve provided some starting points but I suggest that you modify
your searches to look for topics of specific interest to you.
los angeles metropolitan area
los angeles freeways
los angeles suburbs
After you?ve gotten a visual orientation to Los Angeles, I also
suggest that you do some general exploration using Google Maps. I
especially recommend that you use the Satellite and Hybrid versions to
give you a better understanding of the influence of topography on the
layout of the city and its suburbs.
In addition, I suggest that you download the free version of Google
Earth to do some in-depth exploration. This is a wonderful tool to
help you get a feel of the entire metropolitan area and to get a sense
of the distances involved and why the suburbs have evolved the way
they did. Be sure to use zoom in and out to get close-in and panoramic
views of the places you?re interested in.
Finally, you might want to rent some DVDs of movies that are set in
Los Angeles to give you a broader visual impression.
LOS ANGELES ? METROPOLITAN AREA, SUBURBS, GEOGRAPHY
After you?ve gotten oriented visually and geographically, I suggest
that you review some of the official websites offered by the city and
county of los angeles and various cities that you might be interested
City of Los Angeles
County of Los Angeles
These are very comprehensive websites that give you lots of
information about demographics, housing, transportation and other
LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY PROFILE
Communities near Los Angeles, CA
LOS ANGELES ? COST OF LIVING STATISTICS, DEMOGRAPHICS
Cost of Living Index for Selected U.S. Cities
You can see that Los Angeles is one of the most expensive cities in
the US and the cost of housing is astronomical.
CAPS pathfinder: So You're Going to... Los Angeles
General Resources for Relocation
Look here for info about cost of living, salary comparison, moving, etc.
City Information for Los Angeles and surrounding areas
MOVING TO LOS ANGELES ? Where to live
Lots of good information here about getting familiar with LA.
California Cost of Living - Los Angeles
CONSUMER SPENDING PATTERNS IN LOS ANGELES-RIVERSIDE-ORANGE COUNTY
Los Angeles City, California Statistics and Demographics (US Census 2000)
State & County QuickFacts ? Los Angeles, CA County
Los Angeles Statistics
LOS ANGELES ? YOUR CASE STUDY (UCLA RESEARCHER / FLIGHT ATTENDANT)
UCLA Postdoctoral Researcher
Faculty Housing Rates and Information
This site will give you an overview of university sponsored housing
prices and help you set your expectations.
UCLA Community Housing Office.
We are proud to offer rental housing assistance to UCLA students,
faculty and staff. We list and accept ads for a variety of living
alternatives from the private sector. These listings, updated daily,
include rooms in private homes, roommate situations, private residence
halls, apartments, houses, and guest houses.
This site provides you a wealth of information about anything and
everything to do with the research programs at UCLA.
Academic Apprentice Salary Scales
Graduate Student Researcher Salary Scale
Postdoctoral Scholar Appointment Types & Criteria
Effective October 1, 2005, the minimum of the Postdoctoral Scholar
salary/stipend range is $31,668 or $2639/month. The maximum of the
range is $76,836 or $6,403/month. The rates will be adjusted in
subsequent years to the same extent as for other non-exclusively
represented non-Senate academic appointees.
Personal links between passengers and airline companies
A Salary.com survey indicates a typical flight attendant working in
Los Angeles is expected to earn an annual median base salary of
$53,067, with a range from $43,152 to $66,191. Beginners earn from
approximately $16,000 to $30,000 per year.
According to the United Airlines Association of Flight Attendants
contract manager, salaries vary slightly with each airline, but
entry-level UA attendants earn $18.24 per hour.
This site provides links to dozens of airlines and posts current
hiring and interview schedules.
Association of Flight Attendants
The Association of Flight Attendants is not involved with hiring at
airlines. Hiring in the aviation industry is dependent on the needs of
the individual airline. We are not able to provide employment
applications or specific requirements for a particular airline. Listed
below are airlines that are currently hiring and/or accepting
applications. We have indicated what union, if any, the flight
attendants belong to. Check the airlines? websites for additional
Median annual earnings of flight attendants were $43,440 in May 2004.
The middle 50 percent earned between $31,310 and $67,590. The lowest
10 percent earned less than $23,450, and the highest 10 percent earned
more than $95,850.
Based on the above information it seems that your couple would be
earning about $90,000 - $100,000 per year.
Housing Choices -- Working at UCLA and LAX
The general cost of living guidelines indicate you should expect to
spend about 35-40 percent of your monthly income on housing and
another 15-20 percent on transportation. This means you will be
looking for a rental home or apartment for roughly $3,000 - $3,500 per
Westwood, Los Angeles, California
West LA Online: News and information for West Los Angeles. Serving
Westwood, Bel Air, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Culver
How much house can you afford?
Cities in Los Angeles County
Search for HOMES and OPEN HOUSES in The Greater Los Angeles Metro Area
This is a great site because you can pick the geographic areas from a
map. My preliminary search shows that unless you will be able to make
a substantial down payment you will not be able to afford to buy a
home on your combined $100,000 salaries.
Community Profiles ? California ? Los Angeles County
homes for sale los angeles
Choosing a School and School District
How to Evaluate and Choose a School
How to Evaluate a Community's Schools
Search for schools after you?ve made a list of possible cities to
live. Evaluate schools before making housing decision.
Los Angeles Unified School District
The Los Angeles Unified School District ( the "LAUSD") is the largest
(in terms of number of students) public school system in California
and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City
Department of Education has a larger student population. As of 2005,
LAUSD serves over 710,000 students.
LOS ANGELES LIFESTYLES AND CULTURE
An Unflinching Eye on a Never-Have-Enough Town
move to los angeles
Los Angeles: A History of the Future
Demographic Dynamism and Metropolitan Change
Los Angeles newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations.
Los Angeles resorts suit lifestyles from urban chic to surf culture:
Santa Monica, Beverly Hills lead county's top-tier resort destinations
Whole Foods goes Hollywood with Lifestyle Store
Los Angeles Events
Los Angeles City Guide