Seal Beach, California

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Seal Beach, California

Introduction to Seal Beach, California

Seal Beach, California, in Orange county, is 5 miles E of Long Beach, California. Part of the surrounding Orange County metro area, Seal Beach is home to some 24,157 residents.

Seal Beach History

Originally, the Seal Beach area was known as "Anaheim Landing", as it was a boat landing and seaside recreation area near the town of Anaheim. It came to be known as the Bay City in the 20th century, but when it was incorporated on October 25, 1915, the name was changed to Seal Beach. This was largely due to the presence of the seals that would swim the waters of this quaint seaside town. World War II saw the development of the United States Navy's Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach that was used for loading, unloading, and storing of ammunition for the Pacific Fleet.

Seal Beach and nearby Attractions

  • Seal Beach Pier
  • Bay Theatre
  • History of Tea Museum in Best of Times Tea Cottage and Hospitality Shop
  • Stingray Bay
  • National Wildlife Refuge
  • Old Ranch Country Club Private Golf Course

Things To Do In Seal Beach

Seal Beach has the second longest wooden pier in California that is used for fishing and sightseeing. Visitors can go surfing at the Stingray Bay that is at the mouth of the San Gabriel River. The Tea Cottage and Hospitality Shop houses a small museum that features displays of the 5,000 year history of tea and tea leaf reading in the Japanese tea garden. Visitors can also enjoy a round of golf at the 18-hole golf course in the Old Ranch Country Club. One can also enjoy foreign and unique films that are screened at the Old Town Theater and Bay Theater.

Seal Beach Transportation

The Orange County International Airport serves the area.

Seal Beach Higher Education

The nearest university is the California State University-Long Beach.

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High Points

Seal Beach strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 10% Seal Beach Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Seal Beach Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Seal Beach Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Seal Beach Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Seal Beach College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Seal Beach, California

Comparing Seal Beach to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Racial Diversity 8 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 1
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 8
College Educated Adults 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
People Above Poverty 7 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 6
Working at Home 8 6
Public Transportation Use 6 3
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 3
Housing Recently Built 5 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5
Affordability of Rents 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 9 10
Low Violent Crime 6 8

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Seal Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles E of Long Beach, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 90740
Phone Area Codes 562
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.741
Longitude -118.103

Seal 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 5.8 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
Distance 13.7 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
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 64 F
Apr Temp 54 to 66 F
Jul Temp 63 to 71 F
Oct Temp 59 to 71 F
Annual Precip 11.6 inches
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Seal Beach Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 24,157 100%
Male 10,612 43.9%
Female 13,545 56.1%
Under 18 3,217 13.3%
18+ 20,940 86.7%
65+ 9,068 37.5%
Median Age 54.1
Average Family Size 2.65
White 21,477 88.9%
African-American 347 1.4%
Asian 1,386 5.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 73 0.3%
Other 309 1.3%
Mixed Race 522 2.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,554 6.4%

Estimated Seal Beach Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 24,295
Growth 138
Growth % 0.6%

Seal Beach Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.3%
German 13%
English 11.8%
Irish 9.9%
Italian 5.9%
US/American 5.6%
Russian 2.6%
Polish 2.6%
Dutch 2.5%
Scottish 2.5%
Scotch-Irish 2.3%
European 2%
Swedish 2%
Norwegian 2%
Danish 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Hungarian 1.1%
French Canadian 0.8%
British 0.8%
Portuguese 0.7%
Austrian 0.7%
Greek 0.7%
Iranian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Canadian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Czech 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Israeli 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Seal Beach 24,157 $72,071
Hawaiian Gardens 14,779 $31,840
Lakewood 79,345 $63,342
Long Beach 461,522 $40,002
Los Alamitos 11,536 $60,767
Signal Hill 9,333 $46,439
Westminster 88,207 $52,677

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(As of 2005)
Seal Beach Blvd. & St. Cloud
12430 Seal Beach Blvd
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