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 (Homes)
- Lakewood Village (Homes)
- Naples-Marina Area (Homes)
- Alamitos Heights (Homes)
- Belmont Heights (Homes)
- The Plaza (Homes)
- Park Estates (Homes)
- Los Cerritos Area (Homes)
- Los Altos (Homes)
- El Dorado Park (Homes)
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
Bixby Knolls is an area of Long Beach adjoining North Long Beach to the north, California Heights on the southeast, Wrigley on the southwest. Its approximate boundaries are the 405 Freeway to the south, Del Amo Blvd to the north, the Los Angeles River and the Lakewood city boundary to the west of Atlantic Avenue, south of Bixby Road. Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard are the main north-south arteries through the neighborhood. The neighborhood includes the Los Cerritos – Virginia Country Club and the original Los Cerritos Ranch House historic site.
More on Bixby Knolls: Real Estate | Data
2. Lakewood Village
Median Income: $75,066
Median Home Value: $588,471
Lakewood Village or simply known as the Village is a neighborhood in the northeast portion of the city of Long Beach, California. It is bordered on the west, north and east sides by the city of Lakewood. It is located south of Del Amo Boulevard, north of Carson Street, east of Lakewood Boulevard and west of Bellflower Boulevard.
More on Lakewood Village: Real Estate | Data
3. Naples-Marina Area
Median Income: $95,088
Median Home Value: $753,942
Naples is a neighborhood of Long Beach, California, United States, built on three islands located in Alamitos Bay. The islands are divided by canals which open into the bay. Most of the streets on the island have Italianate names. The center of Naples features a large fountain which serves as a popular meeting spot.
More on Naples-Marina Area: Real Estate | Data
4. Alamitos Heights
Median Income: $78,713
Median Home Value: $669,833
5. Belmont Heights
Median Income: $70,250
Median Home Value: $602,400
Belmont Heights is a district in the south-east portion of the city of Long Beach, California, United States, bordering the Pacific Ocean and the more commercial community of Belmont Shore. The district commemorates the old City of Belmont Heights, which was incorporated in 1908 and annexed to Long Beach in 1909. Belmont Heights’ borders are Ocean Boulevard and Livingston Drive to the south, Redondo Avenue on the west, 7th Street to the North, and Nieto Avenue to the east. The area is mostly residential, but also has an active business district, the strip of Broadway east of Redondo Avenue.
More on Belmont Heights: Real Estate | Data
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
Los Cerritos is a neighborhood with approximately 700 homes and 2,000 residents located within the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach, California. Established in 1906, the Los Cerritos neighborhood has been used by the film industry of Hollywood with its historic, estate-sized homes. It was one of three finalists in the 2007 Neighborhood of the Year national competition.
More on Los Cerritos Area: Real Estate | Data
9. Los Altos
Median Income: $93,055
Median Home Value: $506,441
Los Altos is a neighborhood located on the east side of Long Beach. It is a quiet residential neighborhood with shopping at the Los Altos Shopping Center, where one can find a Target department store, Sears department store, Trader Joe’s, Lazy Acres grocery store, LA Fitness, and many other shops and stores. Florence Bixby Elementary School, Minnie Gant Elementary School, Stanford Middle School and Robert A. Millikan High School are located in Los Altos. The Los Altos YMCA is located on Bellflower Boulevard and The California State University at Long Beach is in Los Altos.
More on Los Altos: Real Estate | Data
10. El Dorado Park
Median Income: $104,687
Median Home Value: $423,775
The El Dorado Park neighborhood of Long Beach, California is on the east side of the city adjacent to the large El Dorado Regional Park. Lakewood is north of El Dorado Park, while Hawaiian Gardens is northeast, and Los Alamitos is east of El Dorado Park. The park is bounded on the east by the 605 Freeway, on the north by the Long Beach Town Center shopping mall, and on the south by Stearns Street. Because of the barrier of the freeway and park between the neighborhood and the rest of Long Beach, as well as the barrier created by near Norwalk Blvd and the Coyote creek and the neighboring cities, the El Dorado Park neighborhood feels quite separate.
More on El Dorado Park: Real Estate | Data
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|