About the city of Long Beach
Story of Long Beach
Long Beach is the fifth largest city in California with a population of about 472,500.
City officials often refer to a 2000 USA Today study of the 65 largest cities that found Long Beach to be the most diverse.
The population is about 45 percent white, 36 percent Latino, 15 percent black and 12 percent Asian.
- Persons below poverty (1999) 22.8% - (California: 14.2%)
- Median household income (1999) $37,270 - (California: $47,493)
- People living with AIDS (June 2008) 2,963
- AIDS incidence rate per 100,000 residents 1,242 (Los Angeles County: 567.3, California: 443.27)
- Homeless people on the streets (Jan. 2007) 1,792 adults, 358 children
- Homeless people in facilities (Jan. 2007) 1,353 adults, 326 children
- Seniors under the poverty line - 11 %
"The Working Poor: Living on the Edge" series by Long Beach Press-Telegram
U.S. Census Bureau
City of Long Beach Health and Human Services
City of Long Beach 2007 Homeless Count (opens in PDF)