Three suburbs of Los Angeles are among the best places to live in California

Every state has certain neighborhoods that are well known for being head and shoulders above others in the area. These particular communities may enjoy low crime rates, higher average household income and better educational institutions. Luckily, homes for sale in Los Angeles fall into three of the top 10 places to live in California.

Yahoo Voices recently published a series ranking the best places to live in all 50 states based on average household income, educational attainment and property crime rate. The only requirements for communities being surveyed was a population restriction of 2,000 residents and up. The following three communities fell into the top 10.

Palos Verdes Estates
This community is located right on the Pacific Coast on a small peninsula that juts out to the south of downtown Los Angeles. According to the Yahoo report, the population here is 13,520, and the average household income was $90,181 after costs of living. A significant majority - 72.2 percent - of citizens held a college or higher education degree, and the rate of property crime per 1,000 people was 3.45 percent.

The town's website lists the average property value in 2009 was $845,757, which is likely to have decreased slightly due to the lower housing inventory and average home pricing. Mayor George F. Bird Jr. said, in a welcome statement on the town's official website, that "Palos Verdes Estates is a semi-rural community, with a small-town atmosphere, tree-lined streets, and breathtaking ocean and pastoral views."

The close proximity of Los Angeles makes this neighborhood the perfect place to raise a family even if you need to commute into the city, which is about a 45 minute drive away depending on traffic.

Hidden Hills
This area is located to the northwest of downtown Los Angeles, on the opposite side of Route 101 from Calabasas. If you are looking for a very small town feel, this is the place for you - the population is listed at only 2,281, barely making the cutoff for the survey. The crime rate is about the same as Palos Verdes Estates, but the average household income is much higher, hovering around $161,015. This is one of the more affluent communities in Los Angeles, so be sure to thoroughly evaluate your finances before you consider relocating here.

San Marino
San Marino has a distinctly rural feel that distinguishes it from the previous two communities despite its close proximity to Los Angeles. The beautiful Huntington Library Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens is located in the center of the town and provides lush greenery for outdoor enthusiasts. This is a wonderful place to raise a family, and as it's only around a 20 minute drive from downtown, you can get there quickly for personal or professional business.