Long Beach is a large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 462,628 people and 111 constituent neighborhoods, Long Beach is the seventh largest community in California.
Housing costs in Long Beach are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Long Beach is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Long Beach is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Long Beach who work in office and administrative support (11.77%), sales jobs (9.49%), and management occupations (9.35%).
Also of interest is that Long Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing noticeable about Long Beach, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Long Beach is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Long Beach a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Long Beach is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.
Long Beach is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One downside of living in Long Beach is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Long Beach, the average commute to work is 31.63 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Of the large cities in America, Long Beach is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 80.02% of people in Long Beach drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Long Beach, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.
Long Beach, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Long Beach are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.
The education level of Long Beach citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.14% of adults in Long Beach have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Long Beach in 2018 was $32,323, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $129,292 for a family of four. However, Long Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Long Beach is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Long Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Long Beach, accounting for 42.61% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Long Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Long Beach include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
Long Beach also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 25.15%.
The most common language spoken in Long Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.