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What to Know About Moving to Long Beach

If you’re considering making a move to Long Beach, you need to know a few things. From its arts and culture scene to its educational opportunities, we will go over all the things to know when moving here.

Relative Affordability

This southern California city on the Pacific Coast is a suburb of Los Angeles. This LA metro neighborhood is actually a relatively affordable place to live, with a median home price of $448,800. This is less than LA’s $496,300 median home price. You also get access to all the best neighborhoods, such as Belmont Shore which is known for its beachside living and waterfront activities.

Park Estates is a great place to raise a family, boasting an active, walkable community with lots of parks, a low crime rate, and gorgeous homes. East Village at the eastern edge of Downtown is great for singles and young professionals due to its close proximity to restaurants and bars.

Job Opportunities

Whether you want a career in tech, education, aerospace, healthcare, or business, you will love Long Beach’s growing job market. Major employers include:

  • Boeing
  • Frontier Communications
  • California State University-Long Beach Long Beach Transit
  • Port of Long Beach

Tech companies abound here, with many of them boasting headquarters in Long Beach such as Laserfiche and Zwift.  

Public Transportation

There are lots of convenient ways to navigate the town. You can walk pretty much anywhere, plus it’s peppered with lots of bike-friendly paths if you love to bike. Check out the BikeShare Program, too. If you prefer to travel by water, hop on one of the water taxis that covers 100 square miles. Stop off at Aquarium of the Pacific, The Queen Mary, or Shoreline Village.

Long Beach Transit bus is another alternative to commuting by car. Hope on a free shuttle bus with the Passport Bus connecting the downtown area to popular attractions, shops, and restaurants in Long Beach.

Education

Home to California State University-Long Beach (CSULB), this public university is one of the 10 best schools for undergraduate teaching in the U.S. You can take legal studies, engineering education, the arts, health and human services – or hundreds of others classes. This school has a high-ranked Division I athletics program if you’re into golf, basketball, volleyball, soccer, or baseball.

Retirement

Looking to live out your Golden Years in a beautiful, warm oasis? As one of the most affordable beach towns to retire in, you will love the many retirement communities that abound here. You’ll have access to health care institutions such as St. Mary Medical Center and Long Beach Medical Center. If you plan to travel in retirement, good news is, you’re close to the Long Beach Airport.

Hit the links at one of the many golf courses in Long Beach, or participate in activities at the Long Beach Senior Center.

The Great Outdoors

Because the city boasts such beautiful weather and local scenery, you can’t go wrong living here. Check out the ShoreLine Aquatic Park to view the Lions Lighthouse or go for a bike ride. Los Cerritos Park has great playgrounds for the kids and tennis courts as well. Or head to Bixby Park for barbecue grilling or walking. Go fishing or check out the nature center at El Dorado East Regional Park. Bluff Park spans 13 acres park with awesome views of the majestic Pacific Ocean.

Hit the Beach

Did you know Long Beach sees nearly 300 sunny days per year? Average yearly temps range from 60 to 80 degrees, which means you’ll want to head to the beach frequently. Belmont Shore Beach is the perfect place for a swim, some volleyball, or sunbathing. Mother’s Beach is perfect for the kiddos, as it boasts a protected swim area, concessions stands, toys, and plenty of green spaces.

Downtown Long Beach

This is a hot spot when it comes to entertainment, dining, shopping, and local attractions. Bring Fido to Rosie’s Dog Beach, check out the World War II-era ship at The Queen Mary, get fresh fruit at the Downtown Long Beach Farmers Market or sample some good eats at the Beach City Food Tour. The Pike Outlets is great for shopping, plus it’s known for its 90-foot Ferris wheel.

Murals

There’s lots of street art and public murals in Long Beach. POW! WOW! Long Beach is a popular annual week-long event for local artists to perform murals and street art in all the most open and public spaces. Check out the many galleries of the East Village Arts District, where there are plenty of bright murals to view. Every second Saturday of the month, the Long Beach Art Walk takes place, with many paintings and sculptures on display. It’s breathtaking to see all the beautiful art offset by the sounds of the sea not far away.

Arts & Culture

Long Beach boasts an exceptional culture and arts scene, which is evidenced by its many museums and theaters. Don’t miss the Long Beach Museum of Art, home to more than 3,000 works of art crafted by contemporary artists. Latin American art collections and exhibits…summer art camps…fun community events…the possibilities are endless at the Museum of Latin American Art.

If you like contemporary art, head to the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, and don’t miss a visit to The Art Theatre for the best indie films in the LA metro. Like Shakespeare and other plays? The Long Beach Playhouse is the place to be. There’s also the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, too.

As you can see, there’s plenty to see and do in Long Beach, so let us help you get here!

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