The 10 Cheapest Long Beach, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Long Beach.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Long Beach

Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Long Beach might be more expensive than living in rural California, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Long Beach neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

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 cheapest.

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Long Beach for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Airport Area looks to be the cheaptest Long Beach neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Long Beach. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Long Beach Hoods In 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Long Beach, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

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

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 27 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the ‘Cheapest City Neighborhood In Long Beach.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Airport Area.

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

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Long Beach For 2019

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 416
Cost Of Living Index: 99 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.5 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.012 (4th cheapest)
More on Airport Area: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Airport Area comes in at $52,282 and the median home value is $132,750 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,146
Cost Of Living Index: 96 (1st cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.8 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.018 (14th cheapest)
More on Wilmington: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Wilmington comes in at $36,858 and the median home value is $103,800 for 2019.

El Dorado Park Long Beach, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,378
Cost Of Living Index: 137 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.1 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.006 (1st cheapest)
More on El Dorado Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

The median income in El Dorado Park comes in at $112,662 and the median home value is $458,325 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,097
Cost Of Living Index: 143 (15th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.7 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.01 (3rd cheapest)
More on City College Area: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in City College Area comes in at $102,980 and the median home value is $483,400 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,207
Cost Of Living Index: 122 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.6 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (13th cheapest)
More on City Of Signal Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in City Of Signal Hill comes in at $63,499 and the median home value is $295,029 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,427
Cost Of Living Index: 142 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.9 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (5th cheapest)
More on State College Area: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in State College Area comes in at $94,105 and the median home value is $460,222 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 37,908
Cost Of Living Index: 116 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.7 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (18th cheapest)
More on Wrigley: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Wrigley comes in at $53,128 and the median home value is $247,317 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,143
Cost Of Living Index: 120 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.0 (9th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (19th cheapest)
More on West Side: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in West Side comes in at $54,794 and the median home value is $273,829 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 21,865
Cost Of Living Index: 154 (20th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.5 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (6th cheapest)
More on The Plaza: Homes For Sale | Data

Plaza is a neighborhood of Long Beach, California, located adjacent to El Dorado Park West. It is part of the greater ‘East Long Beach’ area.

The median income in The Plaza comes in at $101,520 and the median home value is $553,678 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 363
Cost Of Living Index: 136 (11th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.0 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (22nd cheapest)
More on Dominguez: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Dominguez comes in at $87,500 and the median home value is $353,200 for 2019.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Long Beach

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Long Beach where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Long Beach aren’t all cheap. Belmont Heights takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Long Beach.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Long Beach For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Airport Area 99
2 Wilmington 96
3 El Dorado Park 137
4 City College Area 143
5 City Of Signal Hill 122
6 State College Area 142
7 Wrigley 116
8 West Side 120
9 The Plaza 154
10 Dominguez 136
11 Bixby Area 137
12 North West Long Beach 124
13 Los Altos 151
14 North Long Beach 121
15 Downtown 116
16 Los Cerritos Area 152
17 Lakewood Village 155
18 Park Estates 173
19 Circle Area 134
20 Poly High District 122
21 Californial Heights 146
22 Alamitos Heights 168
23 Belmont Shore 156
24 Bixby Knolls 168
25 East Side 145
26 Naples-Marina Area 195
27 Belmont Heights 165

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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