Long Beach : California


What It Is Like to Retire in Long Beach

Long Beach is a sizable city of over 466,742 people on the California coast (2020 census), 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. Long Beach State University is a large presence here. Photo of beach courtesy of Wolfram K from Pexels. Photo of Walter Pyramid at Cal State University Long Beach by Summum, and Wikipedia.


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-Glendale area to be $797,900 in the 4th quarter of 2021. However, if you move inland a bit or go for a smaller place you can do better.


What Is Special about Long Beach

Great beaches. Convention center located in prime location. Many interesting residential neighborhoods and very walkable. 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.



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.



Long Beach has just about every form of transportation. In addition to 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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