Long Beach 69 Good
Long Beach Livability #258 ranked city in California#7,930 ranked city in the USARanks better than 72% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Long Beach

  • Amenities

    Within the vicinity, you'll find a wealth of amenities, from restaurants and coffee shops to grocery stores and local shops, all easily accessible on foot.

  • Commute

    High scores in the commute category could indicate that this area offers short commute times to work and readily available public transportation options.

  • Employment

    This area scores extremely well in the employment category. This is primarily due to the combination of low unemployment rates, higher median home income and income per capita.

  • Cost Of Living

    Residents of this area contend with a high cost of living, resulting in increased expenditures for everyday goods and services, housing, utilities and health care.

  • Crime

    High crime rates per 100,000 people are reported in this area, potentially indicating that it is an unsafe place to live. These statistics consider both violent and property offenses.

  • Ratings

    Polls and surveys done by AreaVibes among area residents did not yield positive feedback when it came to the walkability of amenities, safety, nearby parks and the overall sense of community.

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What's it like Living in Long Beach?

Long Beach is a highly populated city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 462,081 inhabitants. With a population density of 9,111 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. Long Beach is very likely to be a great place to live for singles as only 44%, of the population (over fifteen) are classified as married. An important consideration when living in Long Beach is the longer-than-average commute times. If you seek a short work commute, this area may not be the best choice for you. The one-way commute time here typically takes 31 minutes, far surpassing the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Long Beach could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, commute, education, you can easily compare the best places to live in Long Beach and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Long Beach to California and the national average.

Long Beach has a livability score of 70/100 and is ranked #250 in California and #6,311 in the USA. If we check out each of the categories on their own, we see that Long Beach ranks well for education (A-) and employment (B+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Long Beach. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (D-) and cost of living (F).

Long Beach has many conveniently situated amenities and captivating attractions that adds to the continuous enjoyment of your everyday life. Having the assurance of abundant conveniences and a wide array of activities ensures your easy access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants, bars, fitness facilities, coffee shops and exciting entertainment options. This not only simplifies daily routines but also fosters a vibrant and dynamic lifestyle within the community. With a wealth of resources at your fingertips, you can savor the convenience and variety that Long Beach has to offer, making it a desirable destination for those seeking both accessibility and enjoyment in their daily lives. Some of the more notable entertainment options include: Aquarium of the Pacific, The Queen Mary, and Long Beach Airport.

Assuming that Long Beach meets all of your requirements like low crime rates, good schools and great local amenities, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Long Beach. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Long Beach are simply unattainable. The median home price for Long Beach homes is $584,200, which is 42.7% 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 8.8, which is 37.5% higher than the California average.

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      Long Beach transportation information

      Statistic Long Beach California National
      Average one way commute31min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work73.1%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.0%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit5.3%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.7%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.8%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home7.7%5.4%4.6%
      Source: The Long Beach, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).