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Overview

Introduction to Long Beach, California

Long Beach, located on San Pedro Bay, just south of Los Angeles, was initially developed as a beachside resort in the 1880s. The city was incorporated in 1888. Today, Long Beach is one of the busiest port in the country and a center of commerce and industry, with companies like Boeing, Raytheon and Gulfstream based in the city. The oil industry and tourism (the Queen Mary is now based there) are also important to the city's economy.

Long Beach Culture

The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center has the Long Beach Arena and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, which hosts the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the International City Theater, and a wide variety of musical acts. The city is home to the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Museum of Latin American Art and one of the country's largest aquariums. Each summer Long Beach is home to a 3-day Bayou Festival, featuring Louisiana music and food, plus the 2-day Long Beach Blues Festival, with some of the biggest names in the genre's past and present.

Long Beach Sports and Leisure

For spectator sports, Long Beach Ice Dogs play minor league hockey at Long Beach Arena. In April, the 3-day Grand Prix of Long Beach is one of the world's largest grand prix events, featuring America's premier street race, celebrity races and musical entertainment. Major league team sports are accessible in neighboring cities Los Angleles and Anaheim. LA has major league baseball's Dodgers, the NBA's Lakers and Clippers and the NHL's Kings. Anaheim has major league baseball's Angels and the NHL's Mighty Ducks.

Long Beach Outdoors

With 81 miles of beaches, Long Beach's top recreational attraction is obvious, with swimming, boating, jet skiing and kayaking all available. Land lubbers can use the 5-1/2 mile paved trail along the beach for walking, jogging or rollerblading. Long Beach has a nationally recognized park system, with 92 city-owned parks. El Dorado Regional Park has 815 acres offering fishing lakes, an archery range, bike trails and camp grounds. Surfing is extremely popular in the area, from Santa Monica to the north down to Huntington and Newport Beaches to the south.

Long Beach at Night

Long Beach has an active nightlife scene, loaded with fine restaurants, cigar bars, sports bars, jazz clubs and Latin-themed dance clubs. Pine Avenue is the most concentrated area for hotspots to spend an evening.

People

Total Population 470,237
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 10.2%
Employed Population 16+ 211,523
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 37.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.2%
Median Earnings25+ $36,007
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,161
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,291

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,530
% Above Poverty Level 79.4%
% Below Poverty Level 20.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 7%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,122
Median House Value $431,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.4%
Irish 5.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Long Beach Almanac

Category Value
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90745, 90746, 90755, 90802, 90803, 90804, 90805, 90806, 90807, 90808, 90810, 90813, 90814, 90815, 90822, 90831, 90833, 90834, 90835
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90749, 90801, 90809, 90832, 90853
Company Zip Codes 90747, 90840, 90842, 90844, 90845, 90846, 90847, 90848, 90888, 90899
Phone Area Codes 562
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.766
Longitude -118.188

Long Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LONG BEACH AP
Distance 4.1 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 68 F
Apr Temp 53 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 58 to 79 F
Annual Precip 12.9 inches
Station MONTEBELLO
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 70 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 64 to 89 F
Oct Temp 58 to 82 F
Annual Precip 14.4 inches
Station SANTA ANA FIRE STATION
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 69 F
Apr Temp 52 to 74 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 58 to 80 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Long Beach, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Belmont Shore (90803)

Bixby Knolls (90807)

Cabrillo (90810)

Dominguez (90810)

East Long Beach (90804)

Long Beach Shared Firm (90822)

Naples (90803)

North Long Beach (90805)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carson 92,691 $79,375
Lakewood 81,173 $87,157
Lomita 20,622 $66,774
Los Alamitos 11,658 $90,054
Seal Beach 24,551 $94,516
Signal Hill 11,332 $59,028

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Long Beach Public Libraries

Library
Long Beach Public Library
101 PACIFIC AVE.
Long Beach, California
(562) 570-6291

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Long Beach Hospitals

ST MARY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1050 LINDEN AVE
(562) 491-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OF LONG BEACH
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1720 TERMINO AVENUE
(562) 494-0600
Emergency Service: Yes

PACIFIC HOSPITAL OF LONG BEACH
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2776 PACIFIC AVE
(562) 595-1911
Emergency Service: Yes

LONG BEACH MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
2801 ATLANTIC AVE
(562) 933-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Long Beach High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

POLYTECHNIC HIGH
1600 ATLANTIC AVE.
562-591-0581
A Magnet School.
Serves 4,779 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.3

WILSON HIGH
4400 E. TENTH ST.
562-433-0481
A Magnet School.
Serves 4,383 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.2

JORDAN HIGH
6500 ATLANTIC AVE.
562-423-1471
A Magnet School.
Serves 4,340 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.8

MILLIKAN SENIOR HIGH
2800 SNOWDEN AVE.
562-425-7441
Serves 3,939 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.1

CABRILLO (JUAN RODRIGUEZ) HIGH
2001 SANTA FE AVE.
562-951-7700
A Magnet School.
Serves 3,100 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.8

EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP HIGH (IND. STUDY)
3960 STUDEBAKER ROAD #104
562-427-9766
A Non-traditional School
Serves 802 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 40.1

REID SENIOR HIGH (CONT.)
235 E. 8TH ST.
562-432-0227
A Non-traditional School
Serves 694 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.1

RENAISSANCE CAREER ACADEMY
235 E. 8TH ST.
562-901-0168
A Non-traditional School
Serves 535 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.8

SOUTHERN COMMUNITY DAY
445 LONG BEACH BLVD.
562-983-9827
A Non-traditional School
Serves 213 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

PACIFIC LEARNING CENTER CHARTER
780 ATLANTIC AVE.
562-437-0681
A Charter School.
Serves 181 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

PROMISE ACADEMY
5875 ATLANTIC AVE.
562-423-3006
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 119 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 39.7

SELECT COMMUNITY DAY
5869 ATLANTIC AVENUE
562-728-1077
A Non-traditional School
Serves 8 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.7

FOCUS COMMUNITY DAY
4343 ATLANTIC AVENUE
562-427-6860
A Non-traditional School
Serves 4 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

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