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 474,140 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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Long Beach who work in office and administrative support (13.81%), sales jobs (11.02%), and management occupations (8.87%).
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Long Beach, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.43 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Long Beach is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Long Beach really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Long Beach citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Long Beach ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Long Beach a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.
The overall education level of Long Beach citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.20% of adults in Long Beach have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Long Beach in 2010 was $27,149, 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 $108,596 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 42.01% 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 Irish, English, Italian, and French .
Foreign born people are also an important part of Long Beach's cultural character, accounting for 25.97% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Long Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Mon-Khmer (Cambodian).