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 469,450 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 (13.60%), sales jobs (10.53%), and management occupations (9.05%).
Long Beach is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Long Beach. This makes Long Beach a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Long Beach presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
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 30.70 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.
One of the benefits of being a big city like Long Beach is having a public transportation system, but in Long Beach the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Long Beach benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.
The education level of Long Beach citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.50% of adults in Long Beach have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Long Beach in 2010 was $27,752, 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 $111,008 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 42.42% 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.
In addition, Long Beach has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.05%).
The most common language spoken in Long Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.