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What it's Like to Retire in Long Beach

Long Beach is a sizable city of over 462,000 people on the California coast, just 23 miles south of Los Angeles. It is one of America's busiest ports as well a residential community with great beaches.  The city is rated one of the most walkable cities in the country by Walkscore.com (Walk Score of 66.4).  Long Beach State University is a large presence here. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia: Queen Mary a remix of a work by D Ramey Logan; Walter Pyramid at Cal State University Long Beach by Summum, and girl on beach by Carraroe1.

 

Where to Retire in Long Beach and Home Prices

There are many residential developments in Long Beach where retirees would be happy. The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price of a home in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana area to be $506,800 in the 3rd quarter of 2015.

 

What is special about Long Beach

Great beaches. Convention center located in prime location. Many interesting residential neighborhoods. High Walk Score - 66.4.  Considered one of the top urban bicycling towns in America. The Queen Mary, proud siren of the seas, is a converted hotel in the harbor. Cal State University Long Beach and its amazing Walter Center pyramid sports arena. Long Beach is famous for its sports and athletes as well as the Long Beach Grand Prix race.

 

What is not special about Long Beach

Real estate is expensive.  Traffic can be heavy.

 

Who will like retirement in Long Beach

People who want to live in an outdoors oriented community by the sea in southern California.

 

Local economy is driven by

There is a variety of industry and tourism here.  The 3 largest employers are the school district, Boeing, and Cal State University, Long Beach.

 

Climate and Physical Environment

Long Beach is located on the Pacific Coast in southern California between LA and San Diego.  The average Jan temp is in the high 50's and the average July temp is in the mid 70's.

 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are a number of cultural attractions in Long Beach in addition to Cal State University.  Those include the Rancho Los Alamitos historical site, the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, street art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the East Village Arts District. There are also classical music concerts and opera.

 

Crime

The crime rate is slightly above average.

 

Medical facilities

There are 6 hospitals and medical centers in Long Beach, in addition to be being very close to those in LA.

 

Transportation

Long Beach has just about every form of transportation. From great walkability and biking, it also has freeways, bus service and commuter rail going north and south from LA Metro. Long Beach Airport has commercial flights.

 

Valuable Links

Long Beach on Wikipedia

Visit Long Beach

 

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Facts about LONG BEACH
  • State: CA
  • Environment: Urban,Coastal,Small-mid Sized City,Boating Community,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: jb

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