With a population of just under 500,000 residents, Long Beach is the 7th largest city in California and the 2nd largest in the Greater Los Angeles Area. (Second only to Los Angeles itself.) This city includes over 150 public schools, the majority of which are elementary schools. Most of Long Beach is served by the Long Beach Unified School District, but parts of the city overlap with the ABC Unified School District, the Paramount Unified School District, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Downtown Long Beach lies about 22 miles south of the Los Angeles city center, on the southeastern edge of Orange County. It is also located directly to the east of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a fact that affects the community’s weather patterns. The peninsula blocks a lot of the storm clouds that come in over the ocean, and as a result, Long Beach gets less rain than the other communities on the coast of California. Aside from the lack of winter rainstorms, Long Beach has a Mediterranean climate, with sunny days year round and early morning fog during the summer.
Living in Long Beach
The largest employers in Long Beach are all city owned, including the Long Beach Unified School District, the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and the City of Long Beach itself. Long Beach is home to the Port of Long Beach, one of the largest shipping ports in the world. Approximately $140 billion worth of trade passes through the Port of Long Beach each year.
The area also has a booming manufacturing industry and several belowground and offshore oil wells. The factories in Long Beach specialize in airplane and automobile parts, electronics, audiovisual equipment, and furniture for homes and gardens. Boeing is the largest private employer in Long Beach and has been a huge player in the aerospace industry for many years. Another major employer is TABC, Inc., which is a part Toyota. This factory produces automobile parts such as steering columns and catalytic converters.
Long Beach’s coast is ideal for sailing offshore and the beaches are great for beach volleyball, swimming, and surfing. This community is home to a particularly athletic group of residents, including several Olympic athletes and world record holders. These athletes tend to excel in beach volleyball, diving, swimming, water polo, rowing, and sailing.
Real Estate in Long Beach
Since Long Beach covers such a big area, the real estate in Long Beach is incredibly varied. The median home value for properties in Long Beach is between $500,000 and $550,000, but it is possible to find properties price far higher or lower depending on the neighborhoods you are exploring. The median price per square foot is not too far off the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim metro average.
If you are interested in purchasing a home in Long Beach or another nearby community in the Los Angeles Metro area, let us know. Our team is happy to assist you throughout the buying process.