The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Long Beach For 2022


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

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If you're planning a move to Long Beach in the near future, then you're in the right place. We've taken the guesswork out of finding the Long Beach's best neighborhoods by turning to science and data.

Just a half hour south of Los Angeles, Long Beach is among the best cities that California has to offer. It has pristine beaches, heaps of farmers markets, and the nicest weather in the country. It's also an incredibly walkable city that will allow you to ditch your car and cut down on your carbon footprint. On top of that, it's a "paws-a-tively" dog-friendly city, so even your pup will agree that you've made a good choice by moving here. I mean, Snoop Dogg and Sublime both got their starts here, so you know Long Beach has a solid track record for producing excellence.

With all these great amenities, it's hard to go wrong in Long Beach. But we at Homesnacks aren't satisfied with merely not going wrong -- we want to provide you with the tools to discover the very best that Long Beach has to offer. The places where unemployment is low, property values are going up, streets are safe, and amenities are aplenty.

So where are the best neighborhoods in Long Beach? By and large, neighborhoods that made the cut are located in the city's south and east ends. Italophiles with deep pockets will absolutely adore life in Naples, where canals complete with gondoliers are a part of the everyday landscape. Folks looking to live in the wealthiest corner of the city will find plenty of one-percenters in El Dorado Park. Those who want an affordable spot with plenty of vibrancy and youth will feel right at home in City College Area. And if you're a movie buff that wants to live among estate-sized homes that frequently feature in Hollywood films, then Los Cerritos will provide a truly cinematic experience.

So get ready to walk along some of the nation's nicest beaches with your dog in tow, because we're taking a little stroll through Long Beach's best neighborhoods.

If you end up in any of the above Long Beach neighborhoods, you're going to have a good time. Don't worry if some of your favorite activities, like movies on the beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific, or Naples Island aren't in your neighborhood -- as one of the most walkable cities in America, you'll be able to get wherever you want without any hassle.

All in all, Long Beach is a great place to live regardless of what you prioritize in a home. But of Long Beach's 27 neighborhoods, only one can be dubbed the best. So what Long Beach neighborhood takes the title for 2022? According to the data and our SnackAbility scale, Park Estates is the best neighborhood in Long Beach.

What about the rest of Long Beach's neighborhoods? Have a look at the full list below to see how each neighborhood did in the rankings.

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Best Neighborhoods In Long Beach

The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Long Beach

Population: 2,646
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $759,767 (Second best)
Median Income: $91,803 (Seventh best)
More on Park Estates: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 21,865
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $553,678 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $101,520 (Third best)
More on The Plaza: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 10,097
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $483,400 (12th best)
Median Income: $102,980 (Second best)
More on City College Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 7,774
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $591,314 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $76,252 (13th best)
More on Lakewood Village: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,873
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $673,967 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $90,102 (Ninth best)
More on Alamitos Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 13,766
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $531,288 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $92,172 (Sixth best)
More on Los Altos: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,610
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $695,625 (Third best)
Median Income: $77,510 (12th best)
More on Bixby Knolls: Homes For Sale | Data

Bixby Knolls Long Beach, CA

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,391
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $508,075 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $91,663 (Eighth best)
More on Los Cerritos Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 8,881
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $896,633 (best)
Median Income: $96,927 (Fourth best)
More on Naples-Marina Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Naples-Marina Area Long Beach, CA

Population: 5,378
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $458,325 (15th best)
Median Income: $112,662 (best)
More on El Dorado Park: Homes For Sale | Data

El Dorado Park Long Beach, CA

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Methodology: How We Determined The Best Long Beach, CA Neighborhoods In 2022

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 27 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, Park Estates.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Long Beach, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Summary: Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In 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.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Long Beach aren't all good. Wilmington takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Long Beach.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Best Neighborhoods To Live In Long Beach For 2022 Detailed Data

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Park Estates 2,646 $759,767 $91,803
2 The Plaza 21,865 $553,678 $101,520
3 City College Area 10,097 $483,400 $102,980
4 Lakewood Village 7,774 $591,314 $76,252
5 Alamitos Heights 2,873 $673,967 $90,102
6 Los Altos 13,766 $531,288 $92,172
7 Bixby Knolls 4,610 $695,625 $77,510
8 Los Cerritos Area 7,391 $508,075 $91,663
9 Naples-Marina Area 8,881 $896,633 $96,927
10 El Dorado Park 5,378 $458,325 $112,662
11 State College Area 9,427 $460,222 $94,105
12 Californial Heights 6,988 $466,250 $74,520
13 Belmont Heights 10,797 $642,092 $72,825
14 Belmont Shore 7,093 $562,827 $81,361
15 East Side 36,317 $485,122 $57,436
16 Circle Area 28,815 $377,553 $54,626
17 Bixby Area 14,916 $428,209 $71,633
18 City Of Signal Hill 10,207 $295,029 $63,499
19 Dominguez 363 $353,200 $87,500
20 North Long Beach 82,907 $285,992 $52,199
21 North West Long Beach 10,728 $317,288 $55,268
22 West Side 25,143 $273,829 $54,794
23 Wrigley 37,908 $247,317 $53,128
24 Poly High District 31,628 $297,411 $39,432
25 Downtown 72,348 $245,927 $40,620
26 Airport Area 416 $132,750 $52,282
27 Wilmington 2,146 $103,800 $36,858

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Long Beach.

About Chris Kolmar

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