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