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%).
One of the nice things about Long Beach is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
In Long Beach, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.43 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
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.
In terms of college education, Long Beach is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.20% of adults in Long Beach have a college degree.
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 .
In addition, Long Beach has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (25.97%).
The most common language spoken in Long Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Mon-Khmer (Cambodian).