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Best Cities 2010: Long Beach, CA

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Best Cities 2010: Long Beach, CA

Home to Port of Long Beach, the second-largest sea port in the US, this California city is worth a visit

City: Long Beach


State: California


Best Cities Overall Rank: 83


About Long Beach:


The Port of Long Beach is the second-largest seaport in the United States.


The RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed the North Atlantic from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line. It’s now permanently berthed in Long Beach and serves as a museum and hotel.


County: Los Angeles


Population: 463,789


Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website


Newspaper with the largest circulation: Impacto USA (race and ethnic coverage)


Long Beach blogs:
Long Beach Seen
Day Tripping Mom
Everything Long Beach


Long Beach‘s Facebook page: Follow Long Beach on Facebook


Long Beach‘s Twitter page: Follow Long Beach on Twitter


 


Education rank: 99


High School graduation rate 2008: 79%


Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 1


Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.216


NEAYC-accredited preschools: 6


NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.29


NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 253


Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 20.90


Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,638


 


Health rank: 81


Quality children’s hospitals: 1


Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.216


Quality Pediatricians: 7


Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 1.51


Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 24.33


 


Safety rank: 38


Violent Crimes, 2008: 3,158


Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 680.91


Sex Offenders: 674


Sex Offenders per 100,000: 145.32


 


Economy rank: 81


Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 27.70


Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 12.4


Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,165.49


Median Home Sale Price: $362,500


5-Year Home Value Index: -4.49%


Percent of homes sold for a loss: 29.06%



Recreation Rank: 73


Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 3,275


Parkland per 100,000: 706.14


Photo courtesy of Vmenkov