The area of Long Beach is 52 square miles, making it the 2nd largest city in the Greater Los Angeles area. The population is estimated to be 469,428 people. The population density of Long Beach is in line with the average density of LA County.
Given its proximity to Palos Verdes, Long Beach’s weather is somewhat different from the other coastal cities in southern California. The place experiences a semi-arid Mediterranean climate and is sunny most of the year. It rains during the winters.
The Port of Long Beach is an important trade site. As one of the largest ports in the world, Long Beach boasts a prosperous economy. Apart from the oil industry, there is a strong presence of the manufacturing units of audiovisual equipment, aircrafts, automobile parts, and home furnishings. Prominent companies have their operations in Long Beach, including Boeing, Toyota, Epson America Inc., and Pioneer Electronics.
The Long Beach community is outdoorsy, with people up and about all the time. Recreational sports including water skiing, sailing, and archery are popular. There is a great fervor among the youth for basketball, baseball, and rugby. Every year, the city witnesses a major car racing event, the Long Beach Grand Prix, the origins of which date back to 1975. The Long Beach Marathon is yet another popular event. Residents who enjoy theater and musicals flock to The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center to be a part of entertaining events throughout the year.
Nicholas Cage, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Snoop Dogg, Dominick Wickliffe aka Crooked I, and Bill Maher are among the celebrities with roots in Long Beach, CA. Long Beach has also been the site of numerous movie and TV show filmings, including Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Gone in 60 Seconds, Speed, a Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Glee, CSI: Miami and Dexter.