Majestically located on the Pacific Ocean between Los Angeles and Orange County, the City of Long Beach, California (population 461,564) is frequently described as a series of strong, diverse interwoven smaller communities within a large city. (View two-minute Long Beach video.)
Enjoying an ideal Southern California climate, Long Beach is home to an abundance of cultural and recreational options. The Long Beach Convention Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Queen Mary, the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach plus a wide variety of other attractions serve to draw 5.5 million visitors a year. The City is also home to Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach, which was ranked the No. 3 best-value public college in the nation.
While offering all the amenities of a large metropolis, many say the City has the added benefit of having maintained a strong sense of community and cohesiveness despite its growth. As the sixth-largest city in California, Long Beach has been referred to as the "most diverse city" in the country by USA Today. A superb climate, quality schools, a vibrant downtown and a wide variety of neighborhoods help make Long Beach one of the most livable communities in the country.
In addition to the Port, the City also has its own full-service commercial airport which has become a favored travel-friendly alternative to other Southern California airports by offering preferred flight schedules, carriers, and overall accessibility. Los Angeles' rail transit system, the Metro Blue Line, has numerous stops within Long Beach and throughout the region.