Long Beach, California Population 2024

437,166

Long Beach is a city located in Los Angeles County and Orange County California. Long Beach has a 2024 population of 437,166. Long Beach is currently declining at a rate of -1.59% annually and its population has decreased by -6.08% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 465,448 in 2020.

The average household income in Long Beach is $104,313 with a poverty rate of 15.05%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Long Beach is 36.1 years, 35.5 years for males, and 36.7 years for females.

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: 43.86%
  • Other race: 18.21%
  • Asian: 12.67%
  • Black or African American: 12.03%
  • Two or more races: 11.33%
  • Native American: 1.26%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.63%
Land Area (mi²)
50.7 sq mi
Density (mi²)
8,627.40/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-6.08% (-28,282)
The current population of Long Beach, California is 437,166 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 465,448.

Long Beach, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White202,77843.86%
Other race84,17118.21%
Asian58,59212.67%
Black or African American55,62312.03%
Two or more races52,39611.33%
Native American5,8071.26%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander2,9260.63%

White

Other race

Asian

Black or African American

Two or more races

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Long Beach Population by Race

Long Beach Population Pyramid 2024

Long Beach Median Age

36.1

Total

35.5

Male

36.7

Female

Long Beach Adults

There are 366,570 adults, (57,847 of whom are seniors) in Long Beach.

Long Beach Age Dependency

49.7

Age Dependency Ratio

18.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31

Child Dependency Ratio

Long Beach Sex Ratio

Female233,61950.53%
Male228,67449.47%

Long Beach Population by Age

Long Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All170,1742.6540.659.4
Non Family70,0761.3330.469.6
Married62,7323.5558.541.5
Female25,9973.673070
Male11,3693.5129.270.8

3.44

Average Family Size

2.65

Average Household Size

40.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Long Beach Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade36,85111.54%
9th to 12th Grade23,0197.21%
High School Graduate56,31217.64%
Some College72,83622.81%
Associates Degree22,8297.15%
Bachelors Degree69,31921.71%
Graduate Degree38,13211.94%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Long Beach Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Long Beach Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
Hispanic122,65779,70922,057
White101,39697,37652,374
Other Race50,64630,9306,607
Asian44,36435,82518,585
Black39,44235,86910,044
2+ Races31,35225,1669,732
Native American4,1313,122897
Islander1,9901,694299

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.04%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 51.65%.

Long Beach Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$47,291$52,291$41,867
Less Than 9th Grade$28,815$33,407$23,127
High School Graduate$36,683$41,856$32,128
Some College$43,619$51,130$36,877
Bachelors Degree$67,222$74,526$59,595
Graduate Degree$93,669$103,276$89,142

$47,291

Average Earnings

$52,291

Average Male

$41,867

Average Female

Long Beach Earnings by Educational Attainment

Long Beach Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Long Beach Language

54.82% of Long Beach residents speak only English, while 45.18% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 33.78% of the population.

Long Beach Language

Long Beach Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic201,66434,88317.3%
Other82,96415,01418.1%
Black54,67612,02221.99%
White122,74311,7729.59%
Asian57,7768,12414.06%
Multiple52,0407,46114.34%
Native5,78578613.59%
Islander2,9212077.09%

15.05%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.58%

Male Poverty Rate

16.5%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Long Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Long Beach is Black, with 21.99% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Long Beach is Islander, with 7.09% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.75%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.7%.

Long Beach Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade22.52%
High School16.1%
Some College12.91%
Bachelors or Greater5.68%

Long Beach Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed36.95%
Male Unemployed25.56%
Female Employed7.23%
Male Employed5.16%

Long Beach Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Long Beach Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$78,995$104,313
Families$89,469$118,781
Married Families$114,952$144,112
Non Families$59,919$77,892

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Long Beach Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

37.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.6%

Male Marriage Rate

35.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Long Beach Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Long Beach Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Long Beach Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Long Beach Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

14,647

Number of Veterans

13,332

Male Veterans

1,315

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam5,190
Second Gulf War3,501
First Gulf War2,625
Korea904
World War II250

Long Beach Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 743,566
75+3,438
35 to 543,224
55 to 642,805
18 to 341,614

Long Beach Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White7,7464.66%
Black3,1547.11%
Hispanic2,8311.9%
2+ Races1,5354.13%
Asian1,2152.47%
Other Race8081.31%
Islander1194.76%
Native American701.46%

Long Beach Veterans by Race

Long Beach Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

12.04%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.17%

Veteran Disability Rate

Long Beach Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

66.6%

Labor Force Participation

62.1%

Employment Rate

6.6%

Unemployment Rate

Long Beach Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Long Beach Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Long Beach Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

60.13%

Born in Long Beach

75.4%

Native Born

24.6%

Foreign Born

12.02%

Non Citizen

12.58%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

75.4% of Long Beach residents were born in the United States, with 60.13% having been born in California. 12.02% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Long Beach Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029401,813-7,071-1.73%
2028408,884-7,070-1.7%
2027415,954-7,071-1.67%
2026423,025-7,070-1.64%
2025430,095-7,071-1.62%
2024437,166-7,070-1.59%
2023444,236-7,071-1.57%
2022451,307-3,027-0.67%
2021454,334-11,114-2.39%
2020465,4486,9611.52%
2019458,487-4,145-0.9%
2018462,632-3,633-0.78%
2017466,265-2,219-0.47%
2016468,484-924-0.2%
2015469,4086230.13%
2014468,7857680.16%
2013468,0171,4910.32%
2012466,5262,2520.49%
2011464,2741,9630.42%
2010462,3117890.17%
2000461,52232,0897.47%
1990429,43367,93518.79%
1980361,4982,6190.73%
1970358,87914,7114.27%
1960344,16893,40137.25%
1950250,76786,49652.65%
1940164,27122,23915.66%
1930142,03286,439155.49%
192055,59337,784212.16%
191017,80915,557690.81%
19002,2521,688299.29%
189056400%
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Long Beach Population by Year