Long Beach, a large coastal city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, is home to one of the world’s most lively shipping ports and a burgeoning downtown district. The city, nicknamed the ‘Aquatic Capital of America’, provides many different types of residences to its population of nearly half a million people. From bungalows by the beach to high-rise coastal condos to spacious, efficiently designed townhomes, Long Beach has it all.
Though the names and divisions of Long Beach’s many diverse neighborhoods are not formally recognized by its local government, they represent distinctive cultural and residential segments of the city. More than four dozen different communities are located within Long Beach, among them well-known names such as Shoreline Village, University Park Estates, West Long Beach, Wrigley Heights, Promenade, Los Altos, Belmont Park, Coolidge Triangle, Hamilton Neighborhood, and El Dorado Park. Downtown Long Beach is the main hub for most of the city’s tourist attractions and much of its fine dining, art galleries, and retail spaces, as well as apartments, townhomes, and condominiums. Neighborhoods like the Long Beach Marina are located on the water, while enclaves like North Long Beach are predominantly residential and and are home to much of the working class population of the city.
Long Beach is home to a varied and growing economy based on manufacturing, oil and agriculture, technology, industry and trade, retail and commerce, tourism and hospitality, education and health, government, and professional and business services. The area is an epicenter for the production of automotive and airplane parts, with major corporations like Boeing and Toyota located in Long Beach. Epson America and Pioneer Electronics are two large companies that are headquartered in Long Beach. The top employers in the city are the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, City of Long Beach, California State University, Long Beach City College, and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.