These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Long Beach


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:

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

Read on to see how we determined the places around Long Beach that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Long Beach?

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, Naples-Marina Area.

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.

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1. Naples-Marina Area

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,387
Median Home Price: $826,028
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,252
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

2. El Dorado Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,578
Median Home Price: $565,500
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,252
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

3. Belmont Heights

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,319
Median Home Price: $647,508
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,252
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

4. Bixby Knolls

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,351
Median Home Price: $726,450
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,252
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

5. Belmont Shore

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,975
Median Home Price: $751,690
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,252
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

6. State College Area

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,077
Median Home Price: $565,086
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,425
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

7. Los Cerritos Area

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,780
Median Home Price: $561,150
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,252
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

8. The Plaza

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,144
Median Home Price: $510,548
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,825
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

9. Park Estates

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,913
Median Home Price: $800,667
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,252
Unemployment Rate: 9.0%

10. Lakewood Village

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,459
Median Home Price: $611,029
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,403
Unemployment Rate: 7.4%

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. North West Long Beach
  3. North Long Beach

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Long Beach

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Naples-Marina Area 1 8,387 $826,028 1,252 4.2%
El Dorado Park 2 5,578 $565,500 1,252 4.7%
Belmont Heights 3 11,319 $647,508 1,252 4.7%
Bixby Knolls 4 4,351 $726,450 1,252 4.4%
Belmont Shore 5 6,975 $751,690 1,252 4.8%
State College Area 6 9,077 $565,086 1,425 4.1%
Los Cerritos Area 7 6,780 $561,150 1,252 3.0%
The Plaza 8 23,144 $510,548 1,825 4.2%
Park Estates 9 2,913 $800,667 1,252 9.0%
Lakewood Village 10 7,459 $611,029 1,403 7.4%
Californial Heights 11 6,568 $533,833 1,996 4.3%
Los Altos 12 13,705 $529,641 1,857 4.8%
City College Area 13 10,416 $487,473 2,061 5.7%
Alamitos Heights 14 2,543 $582,367 1,252 5.9%
East Side 15 34,685 $464,095 2,544 7.2%
Bixby Area 16 14,816 $394,127 2,985 8.9%
Circle Area 17 30,301 $390,069 3,336 8.7%
Downtown 18 70,657 $292,243 3,655 7.9%
Wrigley 19 38,632 $352,275 3,740 9.2%
City Of Signal Hill 20 9,574 $374,267 3,149 9.1%
Poly High District 21 31,106 $340,906 4,111 9.8%
West Side 22 25,275 $305,806 4,034 9.7%
North Long Beach 23 80,804 $280,322 4,134 10.3%
North West Long Beach 24 10,345 $278,112 4,161 10.5%
Wilmington 25 1,659 $319,050 4,094 8.2%

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