Where are you from?
That is the most common question you get asked when you travel a lot. When I answer the question, I say California. The most common response to that is Los Angeles?
For whatever reason (probably Hollywood movies), people picture L.A. as this magical place where dreams come true. It is that for some. Don’t get me wrong, there are some excellent reasons to live in Los Angeles. But, there are some genuine negatives that they don’t talk about in the movies.
The biggest problem is that the negative aspects of Los Angeles are not sustainable.
Reasons Not to Live in L.A.
Los Angeles is part of California, the state with the highest income tax. High taxes are not necessarily a bad thing, though. Taxes can be used to help the homeless, make the state safer, keep our streets clean, fight a global pandemic, or build infrastructure to ease traffic.
The only problem is California doesn’t do any of those things well. So paying high taxes sucks.
Homelessness is a problem that keeps getting worse. In the city of L.A., there are approximately 41,290 people experiencing homelessness, according to NPR. There are approximately 66,433 homeless people in L.A. County as a whole.
The number of homeless people in LA city and county is up more than 10% since 2019.
It is hard to drive anywhere in Los Angeles these days without seeing the homeless. That is a sight we will all have to get used to since the problem is getting worse, not better.
The one positive that has come out of the Coronavirus pandemic is that fewer people need to commute to work. That allows some people to avoid the horrendous L.A. traffic.
It is great that there are so many great things to see in L.A. It just sucks that traffic makes it impossible to see most of them unless you have a plethora of free time to spend sitting in traffic.
Our high tax bill is not being used to keep us safe, either. Homicides, shootings, and car thefts are all up this year.
Look at the bright side. If you get murdered or carjacked, you won't have to sit in traffic anymore.
California also has been by far the worst state at containing Covid-19.
5. FEMA Ranking
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Los Angeles County is the most dangerous county in all of the USA.
FEMA’s ranking does not even take into account the current COVID-19 pandemic. It also does not take into account the crime or homelessness problems in Los Angeles County.
Foreigners often have a high opinion of the city of Los Angeles. And many good arguments make them look right.
But, anyone who lives here knows that all the positives come with some downsides also.
We get to pay more taxes than any other state. In return, we get a rise in homelessness, a rise in violent crimes, more Covid-19, and many wasted hours in traffic.
How much longer can people tolerate things getting worse, not better?