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:
- Bixby Knolls
- Lakewood Village
- Naples-Marina Area
- Alamitos Heights
- Belmont Heights
- The Plaza
- Park Estates
- Los Cerritos Area
- Los Altos
- 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
Median Income: $73,539
Median Home Value: $702,225
2. Lakewood Village
Median Income: $75,066
Median Home Value: $588,471
3. Naples-Marina Area
Median Income: $95,088
Median Home Value: $753,942
4. Alamitos Heights
Median Income: $78,713
Median Home Value: $669,833
5. Belmont Heights
Median Income: $70,250
Median Home Value: $602,400
6. The Plaza
Median Income: $104,364
Median Home Value: $507,278
7. Park Estates
Median Income: $74,829
Median Home Value: $616,933
8. Los Cerritos Area
Median Income: $84,810
Median Home Value: $523,675
9. Los Altos
Median Income: $93,055
Median Home Value: $506,441
10. El Dorado Park
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:
- Poly High District
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Long Beach
|8||Los Cerritos Area||7,357|
|10||El Dorado Park||5,495|
|13||City College Area||10,733|
|14||State College Area||9,503|
|15||North West Long Beach||10,543|
|19||City Of Signal Hill||10,154|
|20||North Long Beach||81,860|
|23||Poly High District||31,999|