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Overview

Introduction to Seal Beach, California

Seal Beach, California, in Orange county, is 5 miles E of Long Beach, California. Seal Beach is part of the surrounding Orange County metro area.

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.

People

Total Population 24,551
Male Share of the Population 45.8%
Female Share of the Population 54.2%
Senior Citizens 37.5%
Employed Population 16+ 9,816
Age of the Population 58

Families

% of people married 49.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $94,516
% Above Poverty Level 91.9%
% Below Poverty Level 8.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 44.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,601
Median House Value $300,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.7%
US/American 0.3%
English 13.9%
Irish 13%

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

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

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 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
Station SANTA ANA FIRE STATION
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
Station NEWPORT BEACH HARBOR
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hawaiian Gardens 14,475 $37,485
Lakewood 81,173 $87,157
Long Beach 470,237 $59,530
Los Alamitos 11,658 $90,054
Signal Hill 11,332 $59,028
Westminster 91,719 $57,194

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

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