Part of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, Long Beach is a vibrant city with a major port, diversified industries, and many unique neighborhoods. Today, Long Beach is a thriving commercial, industrial and residential center that is vital not only to California, but to the country as well. The Port of Long Beach is one of the world's largest shipping ports, and the second busiest container port in the U.S. Although a thriving city of nearly 500,000, Long Beach manages to maintain the atmosphere of a smaller town. You can't beat is coastal location and related mild weather, or the variety of attractions and diversions.
Like most cities in Southern California, the cost of living in Long Beach is significantly above the average for the country. Not surprisingly, the rents are higher than average as well. Locations close to the beach and ocean, also command higher rents in general. You can expect about to pay about $1,250 for typical one-bedroom apartments in Long Beach, and up to $1,800 a month for a two bedroom. The city has a nice selection of low-rise apartment complexes as well as a number of luxury buildings, lofts, condos and homes.
Long Beach is ripe with jobs in diversified industries, and it's close to many more throughout the Los Angeles region. The port supports more than 30,000 jobs in Long Beach and more than 300,000 throughout Southern California.
The largest campus of the California State University system can be found in Long Beach. CSULB has been repeatedly recognized by Princeton Review as one America's Best Value Colleges; the only university in the CSU system to earn such an honor. Long Beach City College also maintains two campuses in the city.
The main attraction for those living in Long Beach apartments is the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the miles of white sandy beaches. People are drawn to its sunny shores throughout the year for sunning, sailing, biking along the coast, sightseeing and more. A popular convention destination, the city is overflowing with restaurants from major chains to local eateries, and representing cuisines from many countries.
Some of the city's more popular destinations for visitors and residents alike include the the RMS Queen Mary, the art deco luxury liner than sailed between England and the U.S. from 1936 until her retirement in Long Beach in 1967. You can tour the ship or stay aboard the Queen Mary Hotel. The Aquarium of the Pacific is another popular attraction with a collection of more than 12,000 animals from 500 different species.