Long Beach is a city on the Pacific Coast in the Greater Los Angeles area and is the third largest city in Southern California behind Los Angeles and San Diego with a population of 462,257. The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest container port in the United States and is among the world’s largest. Long Beach real estate values have gone up 6.7% over the past year and the median home value is $559,600.
The Long Beach Unified School District serves most of Long Beach, along with ABC Unified School District, Paramount Unified School District, and LAUSD. Long Beach City College is a two-year community college, and California State University Long Beach ranks #38 of 484 best colleges for criminal justice in America.
Notable businesses in Long Beach include Boeing, Epson America, Pioneer Electronics, and formerly Douglas Aircraft Company. The Long Beach Cruise Terminal is operated by Carnival Corporation and is the year-round home of three cruise ships carrying over 600,000 passengers annually.
The Long Beach Museum of Art is owned by the City of Long Beach and operated by the Long Beach Museum of Art Foundation. Long Beach also features the Museum of Latin American Art and the University Art Museum on the Long Beach State campus. The city’s newest museum is The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PieAM). Long Beach is also well-known for its street art murals, many of which are created in conjunction with the city’s Mural and Cultural Arts Program.
Other sites of interest include The Aquarium of the Pacific, which features a collection of more than 12,500 animals of more than 550 species, and the RMS Queen Mary, which is an Art Deco ocean liner permanently docked in Long Beach.