Why Long Beach is One of the Fastest Growing Cities in Southern California

Ron Costa  |  March 18, 2022

Real Estate News

Often described as a “small town in a big city,” Long Beach provides its residents with the perfect blend of local charm with the conveniences and opportunities of a major metropolitan area.

As of 2020, the town had a population of 466,742 residents, making it the seventh-largest city in California. Since 2010, the population has grown by 7.1% as more people have relocated to the area. With so much to offer, it’s not hard to understand why Long Beach is one of the fastest-growing cities in Southern California. It appeals to individuals from all walks of life – from couples with children looking for family-friendly neighborhoods and great schools to outdoor enthusiasts who want proximity to the ocean, a Mediterranean climate, and a healthy lifestyle.

Why is Long Beach one of the fastest growing cities in Southern California?


One of the main draws to Long Beach is its prime location. Located between Los Angeles and Orange County, residents can easily head up to popular LA neighborhoods for a night out or down to Disneyland for a weekend of fun. The city also has its own airport, which easily connects residents to every corner of the globe. Significantly smaller than LAX or John Wayne Airport, travelers can enjoy flying without the hustle and bustle that comes from bigger airports. Most importantly, the town lives up to its name with ten miles of beaches along the coastline. The additional 3,100 acres of parks and outdoor spaces make this a popular spot for nature lovers.


Southern California is known for its 70s-and-sunny temperatures, and Long Beach embodies this perfectly. With nearly 345 days of sunshine every year, Long Beach is an ideal escape for those looking to avoid the winter chill. High temperatures in the summer range from 70 to 80 degrees, while winter highs sit at a comfortable 67 to 73 degrees. The year-round temperate weather makes Long Beach an ultimate destination no matter the season and a highly sought-after place to reside.


No trip to Long Beach is complete without a visit to Downtown. This vibrant district comprises several neighborhoods, which means you can always find something exciting to do. The Downtown District also hosts various special events each month, such as the Saturday Art Walk in the East Village and the Friday Twilight Walk along the idyllic Pine Avenue.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat, be sure to check out Pine Avenue. Home to “Restaurant Row,” this avenue features food from across the globe with something delicious for every appetite and budget. After dark, Pine Avenue comes alive with local nightspots featuring music and entertainment.

Meanwhile, if you’re eager to shop, head on over to Shoreline Village, where you can experience waterfront shopping or dining while overlooking Long Beach’s picturesque Rainbow Harbor. Thanks to its proximity to the coast, Shoreline Village is located close to other nearby attractions like the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is a great place to sit and admire views of the Queen Mary docked just across the way. Additionally, plenty of available recreational activities make this the ideal place for a full day of family fun. Kids will love riding on the antique carousel, and there are even boat and bike rentals available to explore the coastline.

Architectural styles 

From Victorian-style homes to Craftsman Bungalows, the architectural styles in Long Beach span a century. When it comes to planting roots in Long Beach, the first order of business is deciding which architectural style resonates with you.

While taking a stroll around the town, you’ll most likely see many Victorian-style homes. Known for their ornate features and dollhouse-like aesthetics, these homes are among some of the oldest houses in Long Beach and offer a glimpse of the city’s rich history.

The Craftsman Bungalow style exudes endless charm and character and is one of the more popular styles represented throughout Long Beach. This style gained popularity in the 1920s and 1930s and has a reputation for its simplicity and warmth. You can recognize Craftsman Bungalows by their low-pitched eaves, exposed rafters, and spacious porches.

The American Four-Square, also referred to as a Prairie Box, is another well-represented style in town. These homes get their name from the basic layout, including four main rooms on the first floor – a kitchen, living room, dining room, and foyer. Other identifying features include a front porch with wide steps, large windows, and a steep roof.

If you prefer something a bit more modern, you can rest assured Long Beach offers plenty of Ranch, Modern, and Contemporary style homes. This wide variety of architectural styles enables you to find a home that perfectly aligns with your aesthetic personality.

Community events and festivals

If you’re new to town, one of the best ways to get involved in the community is by participating in one of Long Beach’s revolving calendar of community events and festivals throughout the year. Be sure to mark the Grand Prix of Long Beach on your calendar in April. Dubbed the largest street race in the country, guests watch race cars reach speeds of up to 200mph while zipping through the streets of Downtown Long Beach. This event is the largest in the city, attracting crowds of nearly 170,000 spectators.

During summer, make plans to attend the Annual Long Beach Sea Festival – a celebration of Southern California. As one of the most treasured town traditions, this event offers fun for the entire family – from the kids sailing competitions to the Grand Sand Sculpture event. The Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival also takes place during summertime and highlights the top jazz artists of the year. In addition to hearing talented musicians, guests can also enjoy a wide variety of food, art displays, and plenty more.

Challenge yourself mentally and physically by participating in the Long Beach Marathon. This marathon course runs along the waterfront in October, providing scenic views throughout the entire race. If a marathon is a bit ambitious, you can consider signing up for the half marathon, bike tour, wheelchair marathon, or 5k.

Quality beaches

Although the town’s name might suggest it is just one beach, the city offers several superb options to choose from. Long Beach is envied for its tranquil and picturesque beaches, enabling residents to enjoy the quintessential southern California lifestyle.

Soak up the sunshine at Alamitos Beach – the perfect place to kick back and relax. Located at Shoreline Drive and Alamitos Avenue, this beach links to downtown via a paved bicycle path and separate pedestrian walking path. The beach is expansive enough to find an ideal spot for laying out a beach towel and enjoying a sunny afternoon.

You might also want to check out Cherry Beach – sometimes referred to as Junipero Beach among locals. This is one of the top places for taking in the sweeping vistas of the Southern California coastline, the ocean, and the Los Angeles harbor.

Healthy lifestyle

Long Beach makes it easy for residents to embrace a healthy lifestyle, with varied offerings like community gardens to free yoga in the park. Bixby Park, spanning nearly seventeen acres, features a community center, playground, sports facilities, and ample green space for picnicking or relaxing. Perhaps most impressively, the park regularly hosts free yoga sessions where everyone is welcome to roll out their mat and participate. The park has plenty of exercise equipment for those looking to get their heart rate going before unwinding at the beach.

Kick off your mornings at the Long Beach Farmers Market, where you can stock up on fresh produce or homemade goods. Spend time exploring an assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods, dried fruits, and plenty more. Long Beach hosts a handful of farmers' markets throughout the week at various spots in town, enabling you to find something close to your neighborhood.

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