Best Neighborhoods in Long Beach, CA

Long Beach CA is everything you want to find in a city – easy commute to neighboring cities, beautiful and clean beaches, nice and affordable houses, good infrastructure, countless job opportunities, active nightlife, decent schools, and more.

Long Beach CA has something to offer to all types of people – whether you are single, a newlywed couple, are young with a big family or happily retired, — there is a neighborhood for you! There are a few things that you need to keep in mind when choosing a neighborhood, like graduation rate, crime rates, house prices, population and parks. Proximity to some popular attractions such as the Art Theatre of Long Beach CA, the Aquarium of the Pacific or the Japanese Garden may also affect your decision.

Best Neighborhoods in Long Beach CA

Here are 7 most attractive neighborhoods in the area.

BIXBY KNOLLS

Most of the residents in this neighborhood are wealthy families who want to escape the big city. The neighborhood is safe with a low crime rate; population is approximately 4,400, unemployment rate is only 4.4% and an average house costs about $730,000. Bixby Knolls offers its residents a variety of social events, art exhibitions, live music concerts, festivals, green parks, good nightlife, nice and clean beach trails.  If you are energetic and outgoing, you will not go wrong if you choose this neighborhood.

BELMONT HEIGHTS

Most residents here are married or engaged couples in their mid 30s and 40s. Crime rate is very low in this beautiful neighborhood despite population being high – there are approximately 11,320 people here. Unemployment rate is only 5.0% and house prices are about $650,000. This is a fun neighborhood, too, with a variety of spas, internet cafes, restaurants, shops, malls, parks, bars and more. If you are bird lover you will love the colorful parrots resting on the palm trees.

NAPLES-MARINA AREA

This top neighborhood in Long Beach CA deserves the nickname “Venice in America.” It is located on three mesmerizing islands with a population of approximately 8,400 people and house prices around $830,000. It is a middle class, artsy neighborhood with very low unemployment and drop-out rates. One can easily walk in the streets of this neighborhood at night – it is very safe. There are a lot of picnic and barbecue areas, volleyball courts, sandy beaches, boats, nice cafes and restaurants, shopping centers, parks, and more.

EL DORADO PARK

This neighborhood offers so many parks, shops, attractions, and restaurants! There are approximately 560,000 people living there, yet the unemployment rate is only about 4.7% and house prices are approximately $600,000. El Dorado Regional Park has basketball and volleyball courts, softball and soccer fields, a skate park, picnic sites, disc golf course, tennis center, golf course, duck ponds, barbecue areas, roller hockey court, fishing lakes, and fishing pond.

The housing market is stable, the weather is relatively sunny and there are a lot of things to do in the neighborhood and a lot of places to visit like El Doro East Regional Park, El Doro Nature Center, San Gabriel River, El Doro Park West, El Doro Park Golf Course and Lilly Park.

THE PLAZA

Population here is not very dense: only 23,000 and the home price is quite reasonable – approximately $500,000. Unemployment rate is low – 4.2% and as you might have already guessed this neighborhood is very peaceful and family-friendly. There is a lot to do in this neighborhood thanks to the variety of places you can visit: shops, cafes, restaurants, golf fields, parks, and shopping centers. There are also a number of high schools in the neighborhood.

LAKEWOOD VILLAGE

This neighborhood offers beautiful houses like townhomes, duplexes, condominiums, modern and Victorian houses.  Population here is around 7,500. One of the issues, however, is the unemployment rate which is slightly high – 7%. Nevertheless, there are a lot of job positions for those who seek a new career, as well as enough entertainment sources for those who have more spare time. On the plus side, house prices are quite reasonable – approximately $600,000. Lakewood Village offers a lot of shops, malls, restaurants, cafes, parks, gyms, libraries, and decent schools.

EAST VILLAGE

The majority of the people you will see in this neighborhood won’t be families or newly married couples but rather young singles. Crime rates are low here, job can be easily found and schools are quite decent. Since mainly young people live in this neighborhood one can find a lot of social and cultural events, antique shops, cafes, shopping centers, entertainment programs, clubs and bars.

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