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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Long Beach is a city in California with a population of 468,883. Long Beach is in Los Angeles County. Living in Long Beach offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Long Beach there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Long Beach and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Long Beach are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$519,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,252
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%
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Long Beach Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    241
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    53.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    204.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    466.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,443.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    503.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%

Working in Long Beach

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$60,551
National
$55,322
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Long Beach Reviews

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I have lived here for a little over 3 years. It’s an up and coming city, so to speak. There is crime and homelessness in different areas. There is a need for vehicle safety and more clean up. But the beaches are nice and not too trashy. I love how diverse and inclusive the area is. There is an entire area of the city dedicated to local LGBTQ and that’s one of the most important things about living here! The arts district is cute and the restaurants are plenty and diverse as well.
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I've loved growing up in Long Beach--the public school system is great, the neighborhoods are diverse, and it's beautiful! The downtown is becoming more popular every year, and new development has revitalized The Pike and the area near the airport (LBX). It's a wonderful place to be active, from free yoga on the bluffs to well designed bike paths and a beach boardwalk. There are all sorts of restaurants, and the cultural and ethnic diversity makes Long Beach a very vibrant city. Finally, Long Beach is super LGBTQ friendly, and every June I love driving by the rainbow colored crosswalks in downtown.
I love living in Long Beach, and I would live here a long time if I could afford it. It's a vibrant city that benefits from its close proximity to Los Angeles and Orange County but still has its own particular flavor and essence all its own. There's nowhere like Long Beach, with its miles of oily beaches and distinct neighborhoods, its civic pride and funky personality. I've heard many long-term residents refer to the LBC as a checkerboard--each block is unique, a mixture of high- and low-income residents, renters and homeowners, all nestled together square by square. Parts of Long Beach are beautifully verdant, with historical properties and character, while other parts are rundown and dangerous, often on the next block over. There are hundreds of family-owned businesses interspersed with chains. If only I could afford to buy one of those Craftsman Bungalows in Alamitos Beach--I would make LBC my permanent home.