Long Beach, California Population 2023

468,086

Long Beach is a city located in Los Angeles County California. With a 2023 population of 468,086, it is the 7th largest city in California and the 41st largest city in the United States.Long Beach is currently growing at a rate of 0.10% annually and its population has increased by 0.29% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 466,742 in 2020. Spanning over 80 miles, Long Beach has a population density of 9,233 people per square mile.

The average household income in Long Beach is $86,806 with a poverty rate of 19.46%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Long Beach is 35.3 years, 34.7 years for males, and 36 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: 49.38%
  • Other race: 17.17%
  • Asian: 12.83%
  • Black or African American: 12.60%
  • Two or more races: 6.65%
  • Native American: 0.79%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.59%
The current population of Long Beach, California is 468,086 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 466,742.

Long Beach, California Population 2023

Long Beach Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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 2023

Long Beach Median Age

35.3

Total

34.7

Male

36

Female

Long Beach Adults

There are 361,671 adults, (54,161 of whom are seniors) in Long Beach.

Long Beach Age Dependency

50.3

Age Dependency Ratio

17.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Long Beach Sex Ratio

Female234,44950.74%
Male227,63249.26%

Long Beach Population by Age

Long Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.51

Average Family Size

2.72

Average Household Size

40.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Long Beach Households and Families

Male

Female

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

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 86.58%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 44.55%.

Long Beach Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$40,673

Average Earnings

$44,247

Average Male

$36,234

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

54.40% of Long Beach residents speak only English, while 45.60% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 33.92% of the population.

Long Beach Language

Long Beach Poverty by Race

rate

19.46%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.19%

Male Poverty Rate

17.10%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Long Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Long Beach is Hispanic, with 26.07% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Long Beach is White, with 10.12% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.09%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.49%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.90%.

Long Beach Poverty

Long Beach Poverty Rate by Education

Long Beach Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Long Beach Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Long Beach Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

38.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.1%

Male Marriage Rate

37.0%

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 35-44.

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

16,379

Number of Veterans

14,769

Male Veterans

1,610

Female Veterans

Long Beach Veterans by War

Long Beach Veterans by Age

count

Long Beach Veterans by Race

Long Beach Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

12.38%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.80%

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

58.74%

Born in Long Beach

74.15%

Native Born

24.85%

Foreign Born

12.28%

Non Citizen

12.57%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

74.15% of Long Beach residents were born in the United States, with 58.74% having been born in California. 12.28% 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 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Long Beach Population by Year