29 Facts About Long Beach

1. Long Beach is one of the top 10 Turnaround Downtowns recognized by the Urban Land Institute.

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2. Long Beach has an average of 345 days of sunshine every year.

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3. Long Beach is an hour's ferry ride from Catalina Island, and it's home to the famed 1930s-era cruise ship the Queen Mary, which now serves as a floating hotel as well as host to various restaurants and event venues.

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4. Long Beach began when Henry Harrison Tinker bought a land claim from Charles E Reed in 1880.

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5. Long Beach has an active nightlife scene, loaded with fine restaurants, cigar bars, sports bars, jazz clubs and Latin-themed dance clubs.

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6. Long Beach has a nationally recognized park system, with 92 city-owned parks.

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7. California State University, Long Beach known as The Beach, offers a vibrant, diverse, environment for international students.

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8. Long Beach is a major industrial port, ranked second-busiest in the US and tenth-busiest in the world.

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9. Long Beach is the seventh-largest city in California and is situated on San Pedro Bay, south of Los Angeles, in Los Angeles County.

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10. Long Beach hosts Pomona-Pitzer for the play-in game at 7 pm on Saturday, and the winner advances to the quarterfinals against UC San Diego at Stanford next weekend.

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11. The Port of Long Beach received a $14 million grant from the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program to offset construction costs for a $25 million rail project to increase efficiency and reduce local traffic.

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12. Long Beach is part of the Los Angeles DMA radio and television markets.

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13. Long Beach gets distribution of the daily Los Angeles Times and La Opinion newspapers, plus the weekly Los Angeles Sentinel.

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14. California State University, Long Beach has a student newspaper published four times a week during the fall and spring semesters, the Daily Forty-Niner.

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15. Long Beach has contributed to the Alameda Corridor project to increase the capacity of the rail lines, roads, and highways connecting the port to the Los Angeles rail hub.

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16. Long Beach was first incorporated in 1888 with 59 buildings and a new school.

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17. Long Beach is a California charter city, and is governed by nine City Council members, who are elected by district, and the Mayor, who is elected at-large since a citywide initiative passed in 1988.

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18. Long Beach is home to "Rosie's Dog Beach"—the only legal off-leash area on the beach for dogs in all of Los Angeles County.

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19. Long Beach offers singing gondolier trips through the romantic canals of Naples.

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20. Long Beach has several resident professional and semi-professional theater companies.

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21. Long Beach is the host to a number of long-running music festivals.

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22. Long Beach once had a sizable Japanese American population, which largely worked in the fish canneries on Terminal Island and on small truck farms in the area.

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23. Long Beach is the first city in California to join the 'EcoZone' Program, intended to measurably improve environmental conditions through public-private partnerships.

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24. Long Beach is located at 33° 47' North, 118° 10' West, about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

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25. The City of Long Beach was officially incorporated in 1897.

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26. Long Beach lies in the southeastern corner of Los Angeles County and borders Orange County.

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27. Port of Long Beach is the second busiest container port in the United States and is among the world's largest shipping ports.

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28. Long Beach is the second-largest city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and the third largest in Southern California behind Los Angeles and San Diego.

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29. Long Beach is a city on the Pacific Coast of the United States, within the Los Angeles metropolitan area of Southern California.

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