Introduction to Manhattan Beach, California

Manhattan Beach, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles NW of Redondo Beach, California (center to center) and 15 miles SW of Los Angeles, California. The scenic town is situated along the Pacific Coast in the South Bay region. The city is known for its excellent beach, expensive houses, upscale restaurants and prosperous residents. The Hill Section includes homes located on steep hills which have scenic views of the ocean and Los Angeles. The city hosts the prominent AVP beach volleyball tournament.

Manhattan Beach History

In the early years the city was included in the Rancho Sausal Redondo. Later, it was named Shore Acres by George Peck. In 1901 the southern portion was purchased by Stewart Merrill and named after his old residence in New York City. Peck and Merrill flipped a coin to determine the name of the city and Manhattan was the winner. Two notable wooden piers were constructed in 1901. The population significantly increased after World War II ended. The defense industry had been a major factor for the economy.

Manhattan Beach Attractions

  • The Manhattan Beach Grand Prix is a prominent Pro-Am cycling race.
  • The AVP Beach Volleyball Championship is a well known event.
  • Farmer's Market Tuesdays.
  • Manhattan Avenue features a wide variety of shops and is a popular destination.

Manhattan Beach Activities

The excellent beach is popular for sunbathing, volleyball, surfing and swimming. There are more than 150 volleyball courts located on the beach. A scenic walking path traverses along the coastline. A picturesque pier is located at the end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and is available for fishing. Residents are close to Hollywood and the popular attractions situated in Southern California including Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott's Berry Farm.

Hermosa, Redondo and Venice beaches are close by. The Abalone Cove Shoreline Park located in nearby Rancho Palos Verdes is a scenic destination which includes tide pools, beautiful sandy beaches and impressive bluffs. The area features popular golf courses including Marriott Golf Course, Westchester Golf Course, Palos Verdes Golf Club and Chester Washington Golf Course. The Los Angeles Zoo is a short distance away.

Manhattan Beach Transportation

Air travel is offered at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Manhattan Beach Higher Education

The University of West Los Angeles is nearby.


Total Population 35,603
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 16,790
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 57.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 73.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $170,842
% Above Poverty Level 96%
% Below Poverty Level 4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 10.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%


People Living Alone 25%
Median Gross Rent $2,122
Median House Value $1,398,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.2%
US/American 0.5%
English 13.9%
Irish 15%

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

Manhattan Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NW of Redondo Beach, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles SW of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90266
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90267
Phone Area Codes 310
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.884
Longitude -118.41

Manhattan Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 66 F
Apr Temp 54 to 68 F
Jul Temp 63 to 75 F
Oct Temp 59 to 74 F
Annual Precip 13.1 inches
Distance 7.3 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 66 F
Apr Temp 51 to 71 F
Jul Temp 61 to 78 F
Oct Temp 57 to 75 F
Annual Precip 14.7 inches
Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 67 F
Apr Temp 52 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 80 F
Oct Temp 57 to 77 F
Annual Precip 13.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
El Segundo 16,929 $107,823
Hawthorne 86,564 $49,040
Hermosa Beach 19,747 $170,747
Lawndale 33,231 $48,639
Redondo Beach 67,695 $122,895
Torrance 147,589 $94,806

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

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701 S. PECK AVE.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,419 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.5

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