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Living in Long Beach

Long Beach is about 25 miles south of Los Angeles; as part of the spread out ecosystem of greater Los Angeles, it’s got some of the commuter challenges you might expect from any Southern California city. But it’s possible to have a walking and transit friendly life in this beach side city. Metro Rail runs into LA and Long Beach Transit provides extensive bus service. Long Beach has great biking and won an award for their “green lane” project – a program designating safe places for cyclists in traffic – in 2010.

Long Beach has the country’s second largest shipping port and there’s oil here too – you’ll see the rigs offshore. Boeing and Verizon are big employers in the region. The Queen Mary, a classic ocean liner, is docked in Long Beach and the Catalina Express leaves from the waterfront to Catalina Island several times a day.

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72 Walk Score of Long Beach, CA

Long Beach is Very Walkable

Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Bluff Park

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Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Long Beach is the 10th most walkable large city in the US with 462,257 residents.

Long Beach has good public transportation and is somewhat bikeable.

Find apartments in Long Beach's most walkable neighborhoods: Franklin School, Saint Mary and Downtown.

Long Beach Apartments for Rent

Long Beach Neighborhoods

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Population

1 Franklin School 93 59 85 12,528
2 Saint Mary 93 72 75 11,742
3 Downtown 92 77 84 19,300
4 Eastside 91 51 71 18,452
5 Belmont Shore 88 39 78 7,123
6 Lee School 87 51 60 8,034
7 Central Long Beach 86 58 69 51,603
8 Bryant School 86 54 62 6,075
9 Washington School 85 71 77 9,007
10 Wilson High 85 53 64 6,605
11 Southeast Wrigley 85 65 74 6,715
12 Belmont Heights 85 46 73 13,585
13 Bixby Park 84 60 74 10,472
14 Willmore City 84 72 83 8,924
15 Bluff Park 83 45 83 2,580
16 Belmont Park 81 41 81 2,121
17 Addams 80 51 65 8,587
18 Traffic Circle 79 51 67 6,189
19 South Wrigley 77 61 75 11,399
20 Dairy 75 47 59 9,055
21 California Heights 73 51 65 7,490
22 Naples 73 37 69 3,435
23 Westside 72 46 61 8,112
24 Lower Westside 72 51 75 3,470
25 Bixby Knolls 71 47 72 18,017
26 Lindbergh 71 43 69 10,040
27 Jordan 69 43 72 19,024
28 Los Altos 68 44 64 9,146
29 Sutter 66 51 59 6,297
30 College Square 65 52 61 3,016
31 Sunrise Park 65 59 62 605
32 Ramona Park 64 39 57 8,713
33 Imperial Estates 63 41 75 1,336
34 Artesia Freeway Corridor 63 40 65 4,617
35 Stearns Park 59 45 62 4,554
36 Cherry Manor 59 39 67 1,496
37 Lakewood Village 59 44 65 7,746
38 Memorial Heights 57 60 65 2,561
39 Freeway Circle 57 51 54 5,103
40 Upper Westside 57 41 53 13,788
41 Park Estates 57 57 72 2,982
42 Paramount and South 57 42 67 4,090
43 Carmelitos 56 47 69 2,088
44 Alamitos Heights 56 59 70 2,594
45 DeForest Park 56 48 60 3,703
46 North Wrigley 55 56 70 7,611
47 Longwood 55 52 52 1,236
48 Coolidge Triangle 54 52 53 2,244
49 Los Cerritos 53 54 64 4,475
50 SEADIP 49 52 68 6,395
51 Cal State University Long Beach 47 56 64 2,017
52 Hamilton 42 42 48 2,653
53 South of Conant 42 39 66 9,991
54 El Dorado Park Estates 40 39 64 3,821
55 Arlington 36 37 47 3,376
56 The Lakes 36 39 64 514
57 Atherton South 34 40 74 1,614
58 College Estates 33 44 73 797
59 Rancho Estates 32 33 64 2,011
60 Wrigley Heights 31 56 55 963
61 Bixby Hill 30 57 64 1,087
62 El Dorado Park South 23 36 65 1,775

Eating & Drinking

There are about 1,317 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Long Beach.

People in Long Beach can walk to an average of 3 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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George's Greek Cafe

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Naples Rib Company

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thumbnail for Bluff ParkThis amazing mural covers what used to be an underground tunnel long ago that you could use to get across ocean blvd.

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on Bluff Park

52 Transit Score of Long Beach, CA

Long Beach has Good Transit

Many nearby public transportation options. Find Long Beach apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Long Beach has good public transportation and about 46 bus and 1 light rail lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Long Beach on public transit.

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Los Altos Park

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Los Altos Park

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Artwork

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East Village

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East Village

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East Village

69 Bike Score of Long Beach, CA

Long Beach is Bikeable

Some bike infrastructure.

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The Russian Submarine Scorpion

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Rose Park

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Los Cerritos Park

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51 Sicilian Way, Long Beach, CA 90803

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Butterfly Beach, Montecito, CA,

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Parking

thumbnail for George's Greek CafeServes delicious Greek favorites in a homey and welcoming atmosphere. Great service too. George himself often swings by to say hello. #patiobar Photo: George’s Greek Cafe

Kelley B.
on George's Greek Cafe

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Napalm Canal

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Broadway and MiraMar

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Long Beach, Beach Bike Path

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Belmont Pier

thumbnail for Broadway and MiraMarWalking on Broadway you get the freshness from the Ocean. If you look down the street you can see the ocean just a few blocks away.

Martin N
on Broadway and MiraMar

Long Beach is Talking About...

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Cal Heights Mural

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Cal Heights Street Scene

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9th Place Beach Entrance

thumbnail for Cal Heights MuralThe Cal Heights mural is a project of the California Heights Neighborhood Association, installed to improve the entrance to the neighborhood in 2004. Painted by artists Art Mortimer, the mural was prepped by neighborhood volunteers to reduce the cost. The mural is visible from the popular Blackbird Café, Hole' Mole' Tacos, Vintage Emporium and Orange Avenue Salvage.

John A Royce
on Cal Heights Mural

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