Long Beach, NY
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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 33,550 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 86.94% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Long Beach is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Long Beach who work in office and administrative support (11.98%), sales jobs (11.73%), and management occupations (11.73%).

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.69 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Long Beach is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Long Beach area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Long Beach ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Long Beach, 45.06% 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 $45,749, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $182,996 for a family of four. However, Long Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Long Beach is a somewhat 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 18.74% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Long Beach include Italian, German, Russian, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Long Beach's cultural character, accounting for 18.46% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Long Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Hebrew.