Silver Lake, Los Angeles
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Median household income: $62,800
Median home value: $632,000
Typical 2-bedroom rental: $2,100

Pros: Want a snapshot of Silver Lake? Try the two-mile jogging path that surrounds the area's reservoirs, where you'll spot people of all ages and ethnicities walking dogs, working out, and pushing strollers.

Close to 4,200-acre Griffith Park, this area has blossomed in recent years, becoming a haven for families as well as the hipsters who first popularized it. The stretch of Sunset Boulevard that runs through Silver Lake is packed with shops and hotspots, defying the "no walking in L.A." cliché.

Locals say Ivanhoe Elementary is excellent, and involved parents are beginning to raise the bar at other local schools.

Cons: The housing market, especially for homes that feed into Ivanhoe Elementary, can be fiercely competitive, says real estate agent Brian Ades. --Sarah Max

What's your favorite L.A. neighborhood and why? Send a photo of the area and tell us why you love it to bestplaces@cnnmoney.com or #mybestplaces and your top pick may be featured in an upcoming CNNMoney gallery.

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Source: NeighborhoodScout.com, MONEY research, Maponics, OnBoard Informatics, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Methodology: Reporters began by looking at walkability, green spaces, public transport, a variety of housing, a diverse group of neighbors, easy access to stores, eateries, culture -- and more. After narrowing the list, we crunched dozens of data points from NeighborhoodScout.com to see which 'hoods rose to the top, and then visited to find our top 10 here.

Notes: All median data are for Q1 2013. Considered data include education (local school quality), crime (total crime and crime relative to other U.S. neighborhoods), housing (appreciation, vacancy rate, affordability, and diversity of choices), ease of living (walkability, family-friendliness, population density, and features like green spaces, grocery stores, and movie theaters), and diversity (language, racial, and age).
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