Long Beach is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 33,750 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Long Beach is the 33rd largest community in New York.
Long Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Long Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Long Beach is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.04% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Long Beach is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Long Beach who work in sales jobs (14.25%), management occupations (13.31%), and office and administrative support (12.46%).
Long Beach, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
The overall crime rate in Long Beach is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.
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 37.51 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.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Long Beach is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Long Beach, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The education level of Long Beach ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Long Beach, 48.55% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Long Beach in 2010 was $49,055, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $196,220 for a family of four. However, Long Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Long Beach is a very 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 Black or African-American. 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 14.50% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Long Beach include Irish, Italian, German, Russian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Long Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.