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Sean Perfit,  in Hermosa Beach, CA

Is San Pedro a good place raise a family?

Asked by Sean Perfit, Hermosa Beach, CA Mon Nov 26, 2007

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Hello Sean, Hope all is well. As a current resident of San Pedro with children that attend school here in San Pedro, I have to say that San Pedro is a Great place to raise a family. Several of the Schools are California Distinguished Schools. The Area's with excellent schools are South Shores "South Shore Performing Arts Magnet" Palisades "Whites point Magnet School" and the Taper Area "Taper Ave Audio Visual Magnet School" these are the area's with the higher rated schools "API Scores", and low student teacher ratio. Hope this helps you out.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 11, 2007
Yes. There are better and worse areas of San Pedro. There are better and worse schools. Many families in San Pedro are multi-generational. They just stay because they love it so much. In general San Pedro is an excellent community to raise a family and the most affordable beach town in Southern California.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 26, 2007
I left San Pedro many years ago due to the school district. Some of the elementary schools are good but it is the junior high and high school that are horrible. I was tired of the bumbs on gaffey and pacific.. I never felt safe driving through downtown in the evening hours. This is not where i wanted to raise my children. A better choice would be Rancho palos Verdes. But it will cost you more money to purchase a home in that area.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 20, 2011
Every area has it's good with bad, but as for sharing stats why not? Many if not most of San Pedro's residents have shared the employment opportunities provided by the port of LA. Which was founded by a Wilmington resident Phineas Banning. He came from Wilmington DE, (hence the name) and he begsn the building of what is today know as Port of LA. As for police stats, they are properly reflecting an area known as Harbor area that surrounds the port. Realty is both Of cities have areas that are not the best to live in but go further away from port and it improves
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 27, 2010
I am not a real estate agent, I am a relatively new resident to San Pedro moving from Redondo Beach, CA.. I bought a town home downtown, to be part of the ongoing city redevelopment and I reside at 7th and Grand Ave. Personally, I love it here. I realize San Pedro has some problem areas but, it is a city...not a suburb. To me, nothing is scarier than a suburb.

Weather is great, you can walk to stores, resturants....even wine tasting! San Pedro gets a bad rap because the City of Los Angeles insists on putting San Pedro in the "Harbor Division" of the police stats. Unfortunately, we have to share those stats with Wilmington and Harbor City.

San Pedro is changing.....for the better.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 22, 2009
Hi Sean,

San Pedro is a great area! The schools are a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the largest in the state. Size has both pros & cons. There are also private schools.

Like most cities, San Pedro has some fabulous & some less than desirable areas.

Email me if you would like more information about what is currently available in San Pedro.

Best of luck,

Karen Miller
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 28, 2007
Here is a great site to find out about a neighborhood:

Best Regards,

Lisa Fong
Tel. (626) 731-9563
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 5, 2015
San Pedro is just like any other city. There are pros and cons, good and bad areas. I would spend some time there, talk to residents, business owners, realtors, etc. You can access crime statistics online and also visit school websites if the schools are important to you. Judging from the feedback in this forum, most would say that it is a fine city to live in. Plenty to do in San Pedro... restaurants, cinemas, shopping, music, bar scene, farmers markets, etc

Best of luck,

Alex Montelongo/Broker
Coldwell Banker Star Realty
562-810-7387 Cell
BRE Lic #01456982
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 4, 2015
I have lived in San Pedro for 12 years now and love it. Like with every city there will some not so good areas. I went to the Harbor Police Dept. website where they show all crimes and where they occured going back 12 weeks. San Pedro is a great little city to raise a family.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 5, 2015
I am a resident in San Pedro and believe it is a good place to raise a family. I always recommend that home buyers spend time driving the neighborhoods they are interested in at varying times of day and night to make sure they are comfortable.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 15, 2014
Hi Sean Perfit,

Trulia has a Crime Maps feature which can help you determine the crime levels of neighborhoods.

To find the Crime Maps feature in San Pedro, follow this link:

If I can help with anything else, just let me know!

Community Manager, Trulia Voices
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 13, 2012
Well I have great news for you! There are options now. As far as middle schools, Holy Trinity is the best in my eyes. And for the High School, the newest school, now 5 years old or so, is Port of Los Angeles High School, its a Charter High School and the best kept secret in town. You will want to apply early and once you know the first child is accepted it paves the way for the other siblings. Only about 700 students now in the school. Uniforms are required and the staff is the most caring you will find. Kids come from all over and really excel there. Home this helps you Sean...let me know if I can tell you more.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 13, 2012
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