Information about Long Beach
Long Beach boasted a population of nearly 473,577, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, and was among the most diverse cities in the United States. Hispanic, Caucasian, African and Asian ancestries are all represented in significant numbers in Long Beach.
True to its name, this city has several beaches, which are protected by a breakwater. This means they don't have waves that are good for surfing, but it makes them ideal for kayaking, windsurfing, kiteboarding and other activities more amenable to calm waters. Long Beach is an hour's ferry ride from Catalina Island, and it's home to the famed 1930s-era cruise ship the Queen Mary, which now serves as a floating hotel as well as host to various restaurants and event venues.
Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific, or eat and play at the Pike at Rainbow Harbor, a waterfront dining, shopping and entertainment mecca. The city also features the annual Motorsport Walk of Fame, a public sidewalk honoring important figures in the sport of auto racing, with new members inducted each year in conjunction with the Long Beach Toyota Grand Prix.
Long Beach is home to California State University - Long Beach, one of the larger institutions of higher learning in the state by enrollment. CSU - Long Beach is well-known for its high value for students, low fees and excellent graduate programs. Long Beach City College operates two campuses in the city and offers two-year associate degrees and professional training in a variety of disciplines.
Economy and Employment
Long Beach's economy, like that of the greater Los Angeles area, is notably diverse. The largest employers in the city include the Long Beach Unified School District, the aeronautics manufacturer Boeing, the City of Long Beach, Verizon and California State University at Long Beach. Per 2012 census data, health care and social assistance employed about 26,000 people. Transportation and warehousing employed about 20,500 people, while accommodation and food services employed nearly 17,000 people.