California is the sunshine state and is justifiably associated with the outdoor life, warm weather, and the beach scene.
Originally a part of the Spanish Empire in the new world, the area where Long Beach is currently located has been inhabited continuously by Native Americans and later by Europeans, for over 10,000 years.
Long Beach has a population of approximately 463,000 people, making it the second largest city in the Los Angeles metro area. Long Beach is located on the southeastern corner of L.A. County, bordering Orange County and is just 22 miles away from downtown L.A.
What can seniors who decide to spend their retirement years in Long Beach expect from living here? Continue reading to find out about the people who live here, the climate you can expect, and the natural wonders you’ll enjoy.
Long Beach is a wonderfully diverse American city. Non-Hispanic Whites make up less than 30% of the population, while Hispanics comprise nearly 41% of the population. African Americans contribute a little less than 15% of Long Beach residents, while people of Asian descent are a little less than 13% of the total.
Long Beach has a population density of about 9,200 people per square mile, with almost 92% of the population living in households. 35% of households in Long Beach have children under age 18. While 28% of households were comprised of people living alone, almost 7% of those people were over the age of 65.
The age distribution is Long Beach is comprised mostly of people between the ages of 25 and 65 years; that age group makes up almost 53% of the population.
Financially, Long Beach is doing well with a median family income of almost $53,000 per year, and 42.2% of Long Beach residents live in owner-occupied housing.
Like much of Southern California, Long Beach has a Mediterranean climate, but it tends toward the semi-arid. Most Long Beach days are sunny with low clouds and fog occurring frequently during the summer months.
Although it can get quite warm during the summer months, humidity remains low, which makes the heat less uncomfortable. Most rain will fall in the winter months, and some storms can be heavy with a risk of flooding.
Smog has been a problem in the area due to its unique geographic circumstances which create atmospheric inversions. People with respiratory disease will want to keep that in mind.
As a result of local industry, the water quality in the area is also somewhat poor.
Seniors who relocate to Long Beach can enjoy bird-watching in the El Dorado Nature Center where you’ll find Mallard Ducks, graceful Herons, the Snowy Egret with its unique plumage, and the amazing Anna’s Hummingbird.
The Anna’s Hummingbird has a complicated courting ritual where the male will fly straight up, only to fall straight back down in a breathtaking dive.
Long Beach has nature for every preference; enjoy the beach, woods, and mountains all nearby.
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