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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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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 470,489. 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
$476,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,198
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%
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Long Beach Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    437
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    46.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    208.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    494.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,554.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    484.4
    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
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    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
$58,314
National
$55,322
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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.
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Long Beach is unique in its own way. There's music, art, health, food and so much more!
Several music festivals are held in Long Beach. Fingerprints music store, also has concerts and showcases new musicians/groups.

Fourth Fridays down on 4th street is great. This experience brings people out to support local businesses. First Fridays in Bixby Knolls is also the same concept, just in another neighborhood. This one has a lot of artists who have their art on display and for sale.

I love the different activities available to stay and be fit. Yoga on the Bluff is one of my favorites. Several people come to the Bluff to participate, it's amazing to see. The improve bike/walk path down at the beach is great!

Overall, there's a sense of a community.
Long Beach is nice since its between the beach and busy LA and there's lots of college students throughout the city. It's so close to Disneyland too!
However, I wish that Long Beach had less pollution and was a bit more green and clean. Coming from a smaller town, I miss being more in nature. The city is improving though and they've recently opened up some great attractive looking centers.