These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Long Beach, CA For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Long Beach are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Long Beach, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Long Beach neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Long Beach are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Long Beach for 2018:

  1. Bixby Knolls
  2. Lakewood Village
  3. Naples-Marina Area
  4. Alamitos Heights
  5. Belmont Heights
  6. The Plaza
  7. Park Estates
  8. Los Cerritos Area
  9. Los Altos
  10. El Dorado Park

Read on to see how we determined the places around Long Beach that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Long Beach.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Long Beach for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Long Beach, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 25 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Long Beach.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Bixby Knolls.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Long Beach has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Bixby Knolls

Population: 4,341
Median Income: $73,539
Median Home Value: $702,225

2. Lakewood Village

Population: 7,869
Median Income: $75,066
Median Home Value: $588,471

3. Naples-Marina Area

Population: 8,407
Median Income: $95,088
Median Home Value: $753,942

4. Alamitos Heights

Population: 2,626
Median Income: $78,713
Median Home Value: $669,833

5. Belmont Heights

Population: 11,017
Median Income: $70,250
Median Home Value: $602,400

6. The Plaza

Population: 22,517
Median Income: $104,364
Median Home Value: $507,278

7. Park Estates

Population: 2,871
Median Income: $74,829
Median Home Value: $616,933

8. Los Cerritos Area

Population: 7,357
Median Income: $84,810
Median Home Value: $523,675

9. Los Altos

Population: 13,967
Median Income: $93,055
Median Home Value: $506,441

10. El Dorado Park

Population: 5,495
Median Income: $104,687
Median Home Value: $423,775

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Long Beach

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Long Beach where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Long Beach:

  1. Wilmington
  2. Wrigley
  3. Poly High District

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Long Beach

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Bixby Knolls 4,341 $702,225 1,433 3.7%
2 Lakewood Village 7,869 $588,471 1,538 2.5%
3 Naples-Marina Area 8,407 $753,942 1,433 5.6%
4 Alamitos Heights 2,626 $669,833 1,433 4.9%
5 Belmont Heights 11,017 $602,400 1,433 7.1%
6 The Plaza 22,517 $507,278 1,994 5.2%
7 Park Estates 2,871 $616,933 1,433 6.6%
8 Los Cerritos Area 7,357 $523,675 1,958 4.4%
9 Los Altos 13,967 $506,441 2,142 4.6%
10 El Dorado Park 5,495 $423,775 1,956 4.4%
11 Belmont Shore 7,083 $571,855 1,433 7.2%
12 Californial Heights 7,137 $489,400 2,446 5.6%
13 City College Area 10,733 $445,167 2,474 5.3%
14 State College Area 9,503 $423,289 2,359 5.9%
15 North West Long Beach 10,543 $265,112 4,723 11.8%
16 West Side 25,316 $252,362 4,822 10.0%
17 Bixby Area 15,151 $388,700 3,382 8.9%
18 East Side 35,990 $479,561 2,751 7.5%
19 City Of Signal Hill 10,154 $285,371 4,052 7.7%
20 North Long Beach 81,860 $261,687 4,740 11.4%
21 Circle Area 29,091 $346,359 3,921 7.8%
22 Downtown 71,157 $243,048 4,302 7.5%
23 Poly High District 31,999 $317,711 4,713 9.4%
24 Wrigley 38,394 $256,660 4,643 8.7%
25 Wilmington 1,940 $95,850 5,732 8.5%

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