Long Beach 59 Below average
Long Beach Livability #975 ranked city in California#23,596 ranked city in the USARanks better than 19% of areas

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      Living in Long Beach, CA

      Long Beach, California is a big city with a population of 469,793 inhabitants. With a population density of 9,339 people per square mile, Long Beach is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Long Beach identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 34% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

      Living in Long Beach can be a great experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Long Beach and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from cost of living, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

      Long Beach, CA receives 63/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #785 in California and #19,904 in the USA. If we take a closer look at each of the categories on their own, we see that Long Beach ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (A+). There are some categories that Long Beach ranks poorly for, including: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Long Beach, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Aquarium of the Pacific, The Queen Mary, and Long Beach Airport.

      Long Beach real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Long Beach. The median home price for Long Beach homes is $448,800, which is 9.7% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Long Beach, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 8.1, which is 26.6% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Long Beach area were 3.9% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.2%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Long Beach transportation information

      Statistic Long Beach California National
      Average one way commute30min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work73.9%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.4%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit6.8%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.0%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.5%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home4.7%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Long Beach, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).