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Gateway Cities Census Data

Long Beach



Description: A vibrant urban center with miles of beautiful beaches, Long Beach has all the amenities of a major metropolis interwoven with a tapestry of diverse and unique neighborhoods. Strategically located between Orange County and Los Angeles, Long Beach is a growing commercial, cultural and tourism center and, with a population nearing half-a-million people, it is California’s fifth largest city. With over 5,000 residential units planned or under construction, Downtown Long Beach has become one of Southern California’s prime real estate markets.

Its strategic location has made Long Beach the ideal place for business in Southern California. Crisscrossed by four freeways and an airport, Long Beach is just a 30 minute commute from all major Southern California destinations. Combine those assets with an award-winning, state-of-theart Convention Center, free wireless Internet Districts (“Hot Zones”), and a can-do city government, and it is easy to see why Long Beach is a smart location for smart businesses.Long Beach is the nation’s primary gateway for international trade.The combined ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are the 5th busiest in the world. Over forty percent of goods entering the United States do so via the ports.

The City has 6.5 miles of beaches covering 541 acres, 468 acres of navigable waterways, two city-owned and operated marinas, 35 miles of bike paths, 88 parks covering 2,235 acres, the busiest municipal golf course system in the nation with five golf courses. Long Beach is home to some of the finest venue’s for live entertainment in all of Southern California, including the International City Theatre, Musical Theatre West, the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, the Carpenter Center at CSULB and the award-winning Long Beach Playhouse. Several museums provide a rich and diverse reservoir of visual arts. Long Beach is home to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the premier open-wheel motor sports race on the West Coast.

Our sailing heritage is celebrated during the annual summerlong Sea Festival with the sailing’s world famous Trans Pacific race from Long Beach to Hawaii, the Mayor’s Cup Race with all women crews, and the dramatic Dragon Boat Festival. Drawing over 5.5 million visitors annually, the City of Long Beach is a city to be explored. From the iconic and majestic Queen Mary to the nighttime excitement of Pine Avenue, the East Village Arts District, Shoreline Village, Belmont Shore, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the Pike at Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach is a perfect coastal getaway.

(city description courtesy of Press Telegram 2006 Almanac)

  1990 2000 2010
Population 429,433 461,522 462,257
Percent of Los Angeles County Population 4.85% 4.85% 4.71%
Median Age   30.8 33.2
Number of Households 158,975 163,088 163,531
Unemployment Rate 6.86% 9.41% 13.90%
Average Household Income (in 2010 dollars)   $69,345 $71,126
Median Household Income (in 2010 dollars) $56,163 $48,781 $51,173



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Long Beach Annual Household Income Graph


Long Beach Population by Race & Ethnicity 1990


Long Beach Population by Race & Ethnicity 2000


Long Beach Population by Race & Ethnicity 2010