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 462,628 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 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 (11.77%), sales jobs (9.49%), and management occupations (9.35%).
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 one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Long Beach is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
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.
In Long Beach, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.63 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.
Of the large cities in America, Long Beach is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 80.02% of people in Long Beach drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Long Beach, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.
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: 31.14% of adults in Long Beach have a college degree.
The per capita income in Long Beach in 2018 was $32,323, 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 $129,292 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 42.61% 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 25.15% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Long Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.