Long Beach, California Population 2020

463,218
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Long Beach is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 463,218, it is the 7th largest city in California and the 43rd largest city in the United States. Long Beach is currently declining at a rate of -0.44% annually but its population has increased by 0.21% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 462,257 in 2010. Long Beach reached it's highest population of 470,708 in 2015. Spanning over 80 miles, Long Beach has a population density of 9,137 people per square mile.

The average household income in Long Beach is $83,896 with a poverty rate of 18.14%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,252 per month, and the median house value is $519,300. The median age in Long Beach is 34.6 years, 34 years for males, and 35.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.2 males.

Long Beach is most known for being the home of the Port of Long Beach, which is one of the largest ports in the world.

Top Employers in Long Beach

The city’s top employer is the Long Beach Unified School District, which has over 12,000 employees. Other top employers in the city including Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, the City of Long Beach, Boeing and California State University at Long Beach.

Long Beach Population Growth

Long Beach has seen substantial population growth throughout its history, even recording almost 700% growth between the census taken in 1900 and 1910. In recent years, however, growth has slowed, with the statistics of 2000 and 2010 showing only a 0.2% increase in population. Current estimates show that since the 2010 census, the population has grown by 1.7%, indicating that the city still has some growing to do, although not quite at the rate observed in the past.

The region that is now Long Beach has been inhabited for thousands of years. Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th century, and during this time the Tongva people resided in the area. The Tongva people relocated during the 19th century because of political issues, missionization, and death by diseases. The region was initially known as Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos. Rancho Los Cerritos was purchased by Jonathan Temple in the 1840s, using the land to build a cattle ranch. He later sold it in the 1860s to a group of men who had previously purchased land that would later become Irvine. In 1880, 4.000 acres of the property was sold to William Willmore, who subdivided it. His venture of creating a farm community was unsuccessful, and the land was purchased by the Long Beach Land and Water Company.

Following this purchase, the name was changed to Long Beach. It was incorporated as a city in 1897. Later in the early 1900s, the remaining land of Rancho Los Cerritos was divided into neighborhoods including North Long Beach. Long Beach got its start as a seaside resort, complete with an amusement park that operated until the late 1960s. During its early history, the city’s industry was centered on the Navy shipyard and the oil industry. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Long Beach was known for its thriving oil industry, and in the 1960s, many immigrants also came to call Long Beach home.

The city faced challenges in 1933 when an earthquake hit, killing over 100 people and destroying many of the buildings. However, the city persevered, and it became home to the Ford Motor Company Long Beach Assembly. Douglas Aircraft Company also built its largest facility in Long Beach – a plant that is over 1.4 million square feet. Today, Long Beach is a very multicultural city that boasts museums, theaters, and cultural events. Long Beach is the site of beautiful beaches and multiple parks that have fishing lakes, campgrounds, bike trails, and other recreational activities.

Long Beach Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Long Beach was:

  • White: 52.00%
  • Other race: 15.61%
  • Asian: 13.14%
  • Black or African American: 12.89%
  • Two or more races: 4.65%
  • Native American: 0.90%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.81%
The current population of Long Beach, California is 463,218, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 467,354.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 462,257.

Long Beach, California Population 2020

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202013,277,000-7,300-0.05%
201913,284,300-7,200-0.05%
201813,291,500-7,200-0.05%
201713,298,7007,5000.06%
201613,291,20040,2000.30%
201513,251,00072,3000.55%
201413,178,70072,6000.55%
201313,106,10087,2000.67%
201213,018,90091,3000.70%
201112,927,60088,6000.69%
201012,839,0000.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White243,80452.00%
Some Other Race73,19715.61%
Asian61,62213.14%
Black or African American60,44312.89%
Two or More Races21,8144.65%
American Indian and Alaska Native4,2210.90%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3,7820.81%
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Long Beach Population Pyramid 2020

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Long Beach Median Age

34.6


Total

34


Male

35.3


Female

Long Beach Adults

There are 361,655 adults, (51,486 of whom are seniors) in Long Beach.

Long Beach Age Dependency

51.2

Age Dependency Ratio

16.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Long Beach Sex Ratio

Female

237,725

50.70%

Male

231,158

49.30%

Long Beach Households and Families

Long Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Long Beach Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married57.4%42.6%
All40.1%59.9%
Non Family30.9%69.1%
Male30.7%69.3%
Female25.1%74.9%

40.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All166,4602.7640.1
Non Family67,3081.3630.9
Married63,1513.6657.4
Female25,7153.8325.1
Male10,2863.7530.7

3.57

Average Family Size

2.76

Average Household Size

7.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.9%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Long Beach Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade38,07112.21%
9th to 12th Grade23,7367.61%
High School Graduate57,18918.34%
Some College74,03423.75%
Associates Degree23,4147.51%
Bachelors Degree61,32119.67%
Graduate Degree34,02210.91%
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Long Beach Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic111,92467,77415,527
White106,706102,15350,518
Asian44,82335,99917,153
Other Race42,40725,7244,572
Black39,38335,7619,415
Multiple Races10,2409,0743,413
Native American2,9081,791437
Islander2,3442,134322

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.73%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 47.34%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,381$41,802$35,897
Less Than High School$22,329$26,243$16,876
High School Grad$29,722$31,920$25,766
Some College$37,634$42,273$33,759
Bachelors Degree$58,538$67,654$50,842
Graduate Degree$80,352$85,976$74,236

$39,381

Average Earnings

$41,802

Average Male

$35,897

Average Female

Long Beach Language

Long Beach Language by Age

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Long Beach Language

53.89% of Long Beach residents speak only English, while 46.11% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 33.97% of the population.

Long Beach Poverty

Long Beach Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic197,31145,16622.89%
Other72,74915,62521.48%
White129,15814,30511.08%
Black59,61312,40620.81%
Asian60,7069,92716.35%
Multiple21,4243,35615.66%
Native4,18896122.95%
Islander3,76444311.77%

18.14%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.09%

Male Poverty Rate

19.17%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Long Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Long Beach is Native, with 22.95% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Long Beach is White, with 11.08% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.67%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.11%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.16%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.33%
High School17.00%
Some College12.77%
Bachelors or Greater5.68%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed39.55%
Male Unemployed31.24%
Female Employed8.81%
Male Employed7.21%

Long Beach Income

Long Beach Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$60,551$83,896
Families$68,510$94,260
Married Families$89,693$117,325
Non Families$48,275$63,929
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Long Beach Marital Status

Long Beach Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.0%

Male Marriage Rate

36.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Long Beach Married by Age and Sex

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Long Beach Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Long Beach Marital Status by Race

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Long Beach Veterans

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17,208

Number of Veterans

15,726

Male Veterans

1,482

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam6,201
Second Gulf War3,387
First Gulf War2,903
Korea1,324
World War II836
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Age Group Veterans
65 to 744,539
35 to 543,907
75+3,553
55 to 643,090
18 to 342,119
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Name Veterans % of Total
White10,9545.65%
Black3,5267.64%
Hispanic2,8032.04%
Asian1,0902.15%
Other7791.52%
2 or More5984.61%
Hawaiian1324.49%
Indian1293.93%

Long Beach Veterans by Education

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11.13%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.87%

Veteran Disability Rate

Long Beach Employment Status

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65.7%

Labor Force Participation

61%

Employment Rate

7.1%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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58.81%

Born in California

74.57%

Native Born

25.43%

Foreign Born

12.59%

Non Citizen

12.85%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

74.57% of Long Beach residents were born in the United States, with 58.81% having been born in California. 12.59% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020463,218-2,068-0.44%
2019465,286-2,068-0.44%
2018467,354-13-0.00%
2017467,367-2,068-0.44%
2016469,435-1,273-0.27%
2015470,7081,1690.25%
2014469,5391,2360.26%
2013468,3031,2390.27%
2012467,0642,4950.54%
2011464,5692,1290.46%
2010462,4409180.02%
2000461,52232,0890.72%
1990429,43367,9351.74%
1980361,4982,6190.07%
1970358,87914,7110.42%
1960344,16893,4013.22%
1950250,76786,4964.32%
1940164,27122,2391.47%
1930142,03286,4399.83%
192055,59337,78412.06%
191017,80915,55722.97%
19002,2521,68814.85%
18905640.00%