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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population35,573
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens15.9%
Employed Population 16+16,859
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married58.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher75%
Median Earnings25+$90,704
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree$65,682

Wealth

Median Family Income$176,439
% Above Poverty Level96.3%
% Below Poverty Level3.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home10.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone24.9%
Median Gross Rent$2,232
Median House Value$1,537,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)29.9%
German16.1%
Irish14.2%
English13.5%
Italian8.8%
French Except Basque3.8%
Scottish3.7%
Polish2.7%
Swedish2.7%
Russian2.6%
Norwegian2.1%
Dutch1.7%
Greek1.2%
Welsh1.1%
Danishn1%
Iranian0.8%
Arab0.8%
Lithuanian0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Swiss0.6%
Austrian0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Finnish0.5%
Czech0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
US/American0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Israeli0.3%
Slovak0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Jamaican0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Australian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Moroccan0.1%
Slovene0.1%
African0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Manhattan Beach Almanac

CategoryValue
County Los Angeles County
Standard Zip Codes90266
P.O. Box Zip Codes90267
Phone Area Codes310
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.88
Approximate Longitude-118.4

Manhattan 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)

StationLOS ANGELES INTL AP
Distance3.4 miles
Jan Temp49 to 66 F
Apr Temp54 to 68 F
Jul Temp63 to 75 F
Oct Temp59 to 74 F
Annual Precip13.1 inches
StationTORRANCE
Distance7.3 miles
Jan Temp46 to 66 F
Apr Temp51 to 71 F
Jul Temp61 to 78 F
Oct Temp57 to 75 F
Annual Precip14.7 inches
StationCULVER CITY
Distance8 miles
Jan Temp46 to 67 F
Apr Temp52 to 73 F
Jul Temp62 to 80 F
Oct Temp57 to 77 F
Annual Precip13.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
El Segundo16,901$111,362
Hawthorne86,938$49,339
Hermosa Beach19,726$183,097
Lawndale33,161$51,967
Redondo Beach67,664$124,793
Torrance147,307$97,314

Manhattan Beach Public Schools

Manhattan Beach Preschool
1431 15th St.
ZIP: 90266
Primary
Total Enrollment 6
Opal Robinson Elementary
80 Morningside Dr.
ZIP: 90266
Primary
Total Enrollment 416
Pacific Elementary
1200 Pacific Ave.
ZIP: 90266
Primary
Total Enrollment 654
Meadows Avenue Elementary
1200 Meadows Ave.
ZIP: 90266
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Mira Costa High
1401 Artesia Blvd.
ZIP: 90266
High
Total Enrollment 2517
Grand View Elementary
455 24th St.
ZIP: 90266
Primary
Total Enrollment 729
Manhattan Beach Middle
1501 Redondo Ave.
ZIP: 90266
Middle
Total Enrollment 1520
Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary
110 S. Rowell
ZIP: 90266
Primary
Total Enrollment 568

Manhattan Beach Private Schools

Del Sol School/via Pacifica
1700 Manhattan Beach Blvd
ZIP: 90266
Elementary
Total Enrollment 52
Montessori School Of Manhattan Beach
2617 Bell Ave
ZIP: 90266
Elementary
Total Enrollment 37
Manhattan Academy
1740 Manhattan Beach Blvd
ZIP: 90266
Elementary
Total Enrollment 73
Magic Rainbow Pre School
1159 N Aviation Blvd
ZIP: 90266
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
American Martyrs School
1701 Laurel Ave
ZIP: 90266
Elementary
Total Enrollment 708
Journey Of Faith Christian School
1243 Artesia Blvd
ZIP: 90266
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Beach Cities Learning Center
1431 15th Calssrooms 21 & 24 Street
ZIP: 90266
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 40
First Lutheran Circle Of Love
1100 N Poinsettia Ave
ZIP: 90266
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Montessori School Of Manhattan Beach - Peck
315 S Peck Ave
ZIP: 90266
Elementary
Total Enrollment 52
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