"The Most Livable City in Los Angeles County"
Report issued by Meyers Group Consulting Services
"The Second Safest City of its Size in the United States"
Report issued by police analysts
Great Reasons to Live and Work in the Long Beach Area
Schools The Long Beach Unified School District is a nationally recognized leader in school reform. As the third largest school district in the state of California we serve over 79,000 students in 88 schools. When you join this progressive district, you become part of an extraordinary team.
Climate The Long Beach area has an average of 278 days of sunshine every year. The average temperature June through October is in the eighties, while the average November through May is in the mid-sixties. Only a two hour drive to major mountain ski resorts and a short drive to beautiful desert areas, the Long Beach area offers a convenient location to experience the rich and varied beauty of Southern California.
Neighborhoods Long Beach’s Belmont Shore and Naples are known for their sandy beaches, calm lagoons, picturesque canals, elegant home-lined boardwalks, and fabulous shopping. The city’s Spanish roots are reflected in the Bixby Knolls area, while Anaheim Street showcases the culture of the Cambodian community. Lakewood and Signal Hill offer a variety of distinct neighborhoods, while Catalina Island provides a small town atmosphere less than an hour’s boat ride away from the mainland.
Island Getaway Catalina Island is only 26 miles off the coast but feels like a world away. Arrive by helicopter in 14 minutes or take the 45-minute express boat trip. Once there, enjoy shopping while strolling the quaint streets of Avalon and explore the adventurous village of Two Harbors. Spend the day hiking past grazing buffalo; or relaxing on the beach; or enjoying water sports in the crystal clear water.
Culture and History Visit the Long Beach Museum of Art and enjoy the ocean view, or see the beauty of the Museum of Latin American Art, the only one of its kind on the West Coast. For music lovers, the Long Beach Symphony performs a Classics series and a Symphony POPS! series each season while the Long Beach Municipal Band holds free performances in our parks each summer. If it is romance you seek, listen to your gondolier serenade you as you wind your way through the Naples Canals, or enjoy jazz and other live entertainment in the downtown Pine Avenue area. History aficionados will enjoy visiting the legendary Queen Mary to tour the historic ocean liner and World War II troopship, and see restored areas that have been under wraps since the final voyage in 1967. Or visit one of our beautiful Spanish ranchos that remind us of life in Long Beach before we were a big, bustling city.
Sports For the water enthusiast, the Long Beach Marina offers one of the greatest sailing locations in California. Our marina is the home of the Congressional Cup, Transpac and Olympic trial races and also offers an array of water and water-related activities. With over 3,800 boat slips, ours is the largest municipality-run marina in the world. Long Beach is also the home of the Toyota Grand Prix, a race that transforms the city each spring. Golfers will enjoy our beautiful nine and 18-hole courses.
Shopping Second Street in the Belmont Shore area features 15 blocks of specialty shops and boutiques, scores of restaurants, and entertainment. Shoreline Village, reminiscent of a 19th century California seaport village with its colorful, quaint architecture features a unique collection of shops, restaurants and entertainment and is located on the beautiful waterfront of downtown Long Beach. Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach features a combination of upscale restaurants, a movie theater, and an assortment of chain and specialty stores, while the Lakewood Mall offers a variety of Department and other stores.
Nature Enjoy the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, one of the largest aquariums in the United States. Its 500+ species fill 17 major living habitats, 50 exhibits. Visitors take a journey throughout the Pacific Ocean’s three regions. Enjoy a relaxing walk through the El Dorado Nature Center, or experience the beauty of traditional Japanese landscaping by visiting the Japanese Gardens. For the action-oriented nature lover, take a whale-watching cruise from the Long Beach harbor.