Long Beach, NY
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Living in Long Beach


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 33,534 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 88.48% 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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Long Beach who work in sales jobs (13.33%), management occupations (13.02%), and office and administrative support (11.40%).

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, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Overall, Long Beach’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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 38.70 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.

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.

Long Beach is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.09% of adults in Long Beach have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Long Beach in 2010 was $52,043, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $208,172 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 13.50% 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 Slavic languages.