Long Beach, CA
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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, Long Beach isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Long Beach are a mix 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 (14.19%), sales jobs (11.04%), and management occupations (9.11%).

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.

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.

In terms of college education, Long Beach is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.97% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Long Beach in 2010 was $27,014, 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 $108,056 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. The greatest number of Long Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Long Beach also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 41.69% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Long Beach include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Long Beach also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.14%.

The most common language spoken in Long Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Mon-Khmer (Cambodian).