Long Beach Facts

Population

461,564 (Fifth largest in California)

Location

Overlooking San Pedro Bay on the south coast of Los Angeles County, Long Beach is 22 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, 10 miles southwest of Anaheim

Incorporated

First incorporated on February 10, 1888, disincorporated July 24, 1896. Second incorporation effective December 13, 1897.

Area

50 square miles

Port of Long Beach

Busiest port on the West coast (handling the most cargo tonnage). Recently named #1 container port in the U. S

Total Visitors

Approximately 5 million
(based on City of Long Beach resource Allocation Plan FY 2003)

Visitor Spending

With total economic impact estimated to be $950 million, direct visitor spending accounted for $343 million.

Hotel Rooms

5,000+ within greater Long Beach area

Convention Attendance

1.6 million annually
(Estimated 2005 figure)

Convention Center

224,000 sq. ft. of Exhibit Space
83,000 sq. ft. of Meeting Space
75,000 sq. ft. Arena (13,500 seats)
20,456 sq. ft. Ballroom

Average Days of Sunshine

345

Average Temperatures
(Fahrenheit)

Jan.-Mar. 46-69
Apr.-June 52-75
July-Sept. 60-83
Oct.-Dec. 50-75

Golf Courses

5

Tennis Courts

69

Marinas

Long Beach Marina, including the Downtown Shoreline Marina, holds 3,400 slips, making it the largest municipally owned and operated marina system in the country.

Alamitos Bay Marina holds 1,991 slips.

Major Highways

710 Long Beach Fwy (north/south)
405 San Diego Fwy (north/south)
605 San Gabriel River Fwy (north/south)
110 Harbor Fwy (north/south)
105 Century Fwy (east west)
Route 1 Pacific Coast Highway (along coastline)

Light Rail

Metro Blue Line: Long Beach to Los Angeles. Metro Green Line: Northern tip of Redondo Beach to Norwalk

Transit Service

Greyhound (long distance service); Long Beach Transit, Los Angeles MTA, Orange County RTD and Torrance Transit.

Airports

Long Beach - 10 minutes from downtown Los Angeles International - 25 minutes north (23 miles) Orange County/John Wayne - 35 minutes south(27 miles)

Nearby Attractions / Recreation Areas

Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Grand Prix, Long Beach Marine Stadium, Carnival Cruise Lines, Catalina Island, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood. Visit the Long Beach Convention & Visitor Bureau web site for all the exciting possibilites in Long Beach.

Water-Oriented Activities

Sailing, jet skiing, windsurfing, water skiing, fishing, sea kayaking and sunbathing.

Nearby Professional Sports Teams

Major League Baseball Dodgers and Angels; National Basketball Association Lakers and Clippers; National Hockey League Kings and Mighty Ducks.