Long Beach, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Long Beach, California - Basic Facts

The City of Long Beach is the 7th largest city in California with a population of 476,253 as of July 1, 2016. Long Beach ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Long Beach is located at latitude 33.8092 and longitude -118.1553 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Long Beach (see map below) encompass a land area of 50.3 sq. miles and a water area of 1.14 sq. miles. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 30 feet.

The City of Long Beach (GNIS ID: 2410866) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Long Beach is located within Long Beach-Lakewood CCD of Los Angeles County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Long Beach population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Long Beach: Willmore City.

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Long Beach, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 476,253
Population in Households 467,674
Population in Familes 359,922
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,579
Population Density1 9,468
Diversity Index2 88


Total Households 166,872
Average Household Size 2.8
Family Households 101,391
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 179,969 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 66,595 (37.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 100,277 (55.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 13,097 ( 7.3%)
Median Home Value $498,263
Average Home Value $543,064


Median Household Income $52,937
Average Household Income $77,223
Per Capita Income $27,645
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.48% 0.61%
Households 0.32% 0.53%
Families 0.35% 0.54%
Median Household Income   1.32%
Per Capita Income   1.55%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Long Beach, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Long Beach to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 7 100th
Population Density1 # 72 95th
Diversity Index2 # 70 95th
Median Household Income # 828 45th
Per Capita Income # 761 50th

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