Is North Hollywood Safe To Visit? Everything You Need To Know


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If you are thinking about visiting North Hollywood and have some qualms about the safety of the city, we got you covered.

We are going to deep dive into the statistics, look at some maps, graphs and talk to the residents of the city to give you a better understanding of how safe North Hollywood really is.

Is North Hollywood Safe To Visit?

Statistically speaking, North Hollywood is a slightly unsafe place to visit. In 2020 we estimated its violent crime rate was 924.2 per 100,000 people.

Out of the 100 most populous cities in the United States, North Hollywood’s violent crime rate would rank 28th place. Atlanta, Philadelphia and Washington all have similar violent crime rates.

North Hollywood’s Population

The population for the North Hollywood in 2020 was 107,337

(source)

North Hollywood Crime Stats

Here’s a breakdown of all the crimes in North Hollywood for the time period of Jan 1 – Nov 20 of 2020 and 2021

2020

2021

2020 vs 2021

Murder

8

8

0.00%

Rape

53

51

-3.8%

Robbery

226

257

+13.7%

Aggravated Assault

622

641

+3.1%

Burglary

732

712

-2.7%

Larceny/Theft

2,724

3,016

+10.7%

Motor Vehicle Theft

927

917

+1.0%

TOTAL

5,292

5,602

-5.92%

North Hollywood Violent Crime Rate

We couldn’t find the complete yearly totals for 2020, however we were able to estimate the total number of violent crimes based on trends for each category.

We estimated the total number of violent crimes in 2020 was 992, giving North Hollywood a violent crime rate of 924.2 per 100,000 people

The national average for violent crime is 366.7 per 100,000 residents. North Hollywood’s violent crime rate is 2.5x GREATER than the national average.

*All data is from the LAPD COMPSTAT

North Hollywood Property Crime Rate

We couldn’t find the complete yearly totals for 2020, however we were able to estimate the total number of property crimes based on trends for each category.

We estimated the total number of property crime in 2020 is 4,823, giving North Hollywood a property crime rate of 4493.32 per 100,000 people.

The national average for property crime is 2,109.9 per 100,000 residents. North Hollywood’s property crime rate is 2.1x GREATER than the national average.

*All data is from the LAPD COMPSTAT

North Hollywood vs The Rest Of California

Here’s a graph showing you how North Hollywood’s violent crime rate compares with 20 of the most populous cities in California.

North Hollywood’s violent crime rate of 924.2 would place it at 4th highest behind Oakland.

north hollywood crime stats

North Hollywood’s property crime rate of 4493.3 would place it at 3rd place behind San Francisco.

north hollywood property crime stats

City

Population

Violent Crime Rate

Property Crime Rate

Stockton

313,604

1,396.67

3,943.51

San Bernardino

216,715

1,318.78

4,190.30

Oakland

434,036

1,271.78

6,420.67

North Hollywood 107,337 924.2 4493.32

Modesto

216,542

811.85

3,317.14

Los Angeles

4,015,546

732.15

2,383.34

San Francisco

886,007

669.63

5,505.60

Fresno 542,107 656.69 3,038.88

Sacramento

513,934

627.12

3,182.12

Long Beach

467,974

506.22

2,414.02

Riverside

333,260

505.91

2,937.65

Bakersfield

388,080

467.29

4,377.68

San Jose

1,040,008

438.36

2,419.60

Santa Ana

333,664

436.6

2,040.38

San Diego

1,441,737

361.72

1,882.52

Fontana

215,883

342.32

1,433.18

Chula Vista

275,230

328.45

1,386.48

Anaheim

353,915

320.03

2,333.33

Fremont

240,887

166.05

1,877.64

Santa Clarita

218,103

127.00

944.05

Irvine

292,673

64.24

1,306.24

The Most Dangerous Areas of North Hollywood

Here’s a map showing you which areas of North Hollywood you should avoid. The red lines indicates areas you should avoid, especially at night. The green line indicates areas that are generally safe to visit. A good general rule of thumb is the further south you are, the better.

dangeroous neighborhoods north hollywood

What do residents of North Hollywood say about its safety

  1. "The further south of North Hollywood you are, the safer it is. The north parts are sketchy. Stay above Burbank Blvd."
  2. "I live in NoHo on the border of Toluca Lake and I feel safe here. If you go north of Victory it gets rough."
  3. "North Hollywood is generally safe. And safer the further south you are of Burbank Blvd."
  4. "When you travel north of Victory Blvd, then you get into the more questionable neighborhoods."
  5. "You can pretty much go anywhere in North Hollywood during the daytime. At night time parts of it gets sketchy, especially northern North Hollywood. I would suggest staying south of Victory or Burbank."
  6. "Stay away from northern NoHo. Theres not much going on there except for crime. Stay in the Arts District instead. Much safer and plenty to walk to."
  7. "There’s lots of homeless right now, so if you know how to navigate around homeless, you shouldn’t have a problem."
  8. "Parts of NoHo can be really rough. You probably wouldn’t want to visit those areas anyways. Stick to the downtown arts district."

Tips To Stay Safe In North Hollywood

  • Don’t walk through the parks at night, especially the Valley Village park. It gets sketchy at night, as homeless people and riff-raff take over the park.
  • Learn the layout of the area. Avoid going into the northern parts of North Hollywood at night. The northern part is anything above Victory or Burbank.
  • Don’t wear expensive jewelry or watches or flash anything of value.
  • Don’t engage or make eye contact with homeless people. Just keep walking.
  • The public transportation system is not the best in North Hollywood. You best options for getting around town is by car.
  • Don’t wander around aimlessly at night. Know exactly where you are going and how to get there and back.
  • Walk with confidence, like you know where you are going.
  • Don’t walk down any alleys or unlit areas at night. Avoid going down streets that look desolate.
  • Don’t be a walking advertisement. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or watches or anything like that.
  • Don’t walk around at night. Drive, take an Uber or get a taxi.
  • Don’t use the public transportation at night.

Is North Hollywood safe at night?

North Hollywood is only safe at night in certain sections of the city. It is not particularly safe to be walking through sections of northern North Hollywood at night. Stay below Burbank blvd.

Is it safe to visit alone?

North Hollywood is safe to visit alone. You can mitigate your chances of being a victim of crime if you avoid northern North Hollywood and use street smarts.

Driving tour of North Hollywood

Final Thoughts

North Hollywood is a moderately unsafe place to visit. It’s violent crime rate and property crime rate are significantly higher than the national average and higher than Los Angeles as a whole.

It’s unsafe to the point that we advised you avoid the northern part of North Hollywood at night.

If you are visiting North Hollywood, we suggest that you avoid going anywhere north of Burbank Blvd at night.

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Mariska Lee

Mariska is a recovering attorney who gave up her professional job to discover new perspectives of life while traveling in a 2009 Ford Transit. She has been living the van life for 3 years and has not looked back since.

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