Long Beach is made up of more than two dozen neighborhoods. Many are named after parks, schools, city features, or thoroughfares. Popular neighborhoods include Alamitos Heights, a wealthy neighborhood right on the beach, Los Altos, known as a family-oriented neighborhood, and Carroll Park, laid out in 1907, with a richness of Craftsman Bungalows.
Landmarks in the city include the 1936 Art Deco ocean liner RMS Queen Mary, permanently docked in Long Beach, and the Aquarium of the Pacific, a five-acre site with more than 12,500 animals and 550 species. There are more than 92 parks that cover upwards of 3,100 acres throughout the city, and archery, youth campgrounds, and picnic areas can be found in various parts of these parks. Community activists have worked to restore the Long Beach Greenbelt, and Rancho Los Alamitos is a 7+ acre site owned by the city.
Long Beach has 61,937 single-family homes, 16,952 multi-family homes, and 17,189 condo units. There are 173 coop units and another 2,163 vacant lots with potential to build. 3,732 commercial properties are located within the city, with an additional 1,447 industrial buildings, and 765 structures zoned for mixed use.
Public transportation is overseen by Long Beach Transit and includes 38 bus routes that offer services within the city as well as throughout Signal Hill and Lakewood. Most routes begin and/or end at the downtown Long Beach Transit Mall. The free Passport shuttle operates in downtown Long Beach and takes passengers to some of the most popular attractions, like the Long Beach Convention Center, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and Shoreline Village. In summer months, the AquaLink takes passengers on a 68-foot catamaran from Downtown to Alamitos Bay Landing. A light rail service takes riders from Long Beach to Los Angeles.
Most of the city of Long Beach is served by the Long Beach Unified School District but some sections of the city are served by ABC Unified School District, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and Paramount Unified School District. Higher education options include California State University Long Beach, Long Beach City College, and DeVry University.
More than a dozen hospitals and large medical centers are located within Long Beach’s city limits. The largest is Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, which is nationally ranked in one specialty. It has 458 beds, sees about 103,000 patients per year in its emergency room, and performs just over 10,000 inpatient and outpatient surgeries. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center is also a teaching hospital, and has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
There are several divisions of the Long Beach Police Department. The North Division employs 110 officers and was built in 2004, the East Division station opened in 2016 and is home to a patrol division and the Juvenile Investigations section, and the West Patrol Division employs 136 sworn officers and three civilians. According to FBI statistics from 2015, there were 2,766 reported violent crimes and 14,337 property crimes.
World-class museums are aplenty in Long Beach. The Long Beach Museum of Art, Museum of Latin American Art, the University Art Museum, and the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum are some of the most popular art museums. There are a number of art galleries in the East Village Arts District, which holds a monthly artists exhibit with an Artwalk, and the Arts Council of Long Beach oversees private developments that contribute to local art.
Favorite upscale eateries in Long Beach include seafood at L’Opera Ristorante, steaks at 555 East American Steakhouse, and American fare at The Sky Room. Those with a taste for something more casual may be found at spots like Long Beach Café, Roscoe’s House of Chicken, or Joe Jost’s.
Alex’s bar offers live punk rock and a rocking vibe, and local beers can be sipped in the church-themed Congregation Ale House Long Beach Chapter or at the Federal Bar.