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.
Long Beach is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.62%), sales jobs (10.23%), and management occupations (9.36%).
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.
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.
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 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 31.13 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.
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: 29.88% of adults in Long Beach have a college degree.
The per capita income in Long Beach in 2010 was $29,586, 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 $118,344 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 42.83% 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.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Long Beach's cultural character, accounting for 25.95% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Long Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.