57 Facts About Long Beach


Long Beach is a city in Los Angeles County, California.

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Long Beach is approximately 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, and is part of the Gateway Cities region.

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The 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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Long Beach built what is known as the "Los Cerritos Ranch House", a still-standing adobe which is a National Historic Landmark.

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Long Beach failed and was bought out by a Los Angeles syndicate that called itself the "Long Beach Land and Water Company".

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In 1932, the even larger Wilmington Oil Field, fourth-largest in the United States, and which is mostly in Long Beach, was developed, contributing to the city's fame in the 1930s as an oil town.

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Long Beach has a climate that can either be described as a hot semi-arid climate or a hot-summer Mediterranean climate.

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Days in Long Beach are mostly sunny, as in Southern California in general.

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Long Beach suffers from some of the worst air pollution in the entire United States.

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Additionally, Long Beach is directly downwind of several of the South Bay oil refineries.

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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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Long Beach led Southern California in parks access, size and spending, ranking 16th among a survey of 75 large U S cities, with Los Angeles and Anaheim tied for 51st and Santa Ana 69th, according to a study released by a national conservation group.

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The Harbor section of downtown Long Beach was once home to people of Dutch, Greek, Italian, Maltese, Portuguese and Spanish ancestry, most of them employed in manufacturing and fish canneries until the 1960s.

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Long Beach had offered many industrial jobs to African Americans during the years of World War II.

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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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Long Beach was a Navy town for many years before the base closed.

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Long Beach Green Business Association is an organization working to create economic growth through the promotion of green business and promoting a buy local program for Long Beach.

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Trade valued annually at more than $140 billion moves through Long Beach, making it the second busiest seaport in the United States.

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Until the 1950s, Long Beach was the major retail hub between Los Angeles and Santa Ana.

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In 1965, Long Beach State hosted the first International Sculpture Symposium to be held in the United States and the first at a college or university.

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Shops and galleries in the East Village Arts District, in downtown Long Beach hold their monthly art openings and artists exhibit in street galleries on the second Saturday of the month during the Artwalk.

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Long Beach has a percent for art program administered through the Arts Council of Long Beach and the Redevelopment Agency which ensures new private developments contribute to the arts fund or commission artworks for their new projects.

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Long Beach Symphony plays numerous classical and pop music concerts throughout the year.

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Long Beach Opera, founded in 1979, is the oldest professional opera company serving the Los Angeles and Orange County regions.

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Long Beach Community Concert Association is a 49-year-old volunteer organization that provides quality musical entertainment appealing to seniors and others, four Sunday afternoons a year at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB.

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

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Long Beach is the point of origin for bands and musicians such as Daz Dillinger, The Pussycat Dolls, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jenni Rivera, T S O L, Frank Ocean, Sublime, Snoop Dogg, Tha Mexakinz, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound, Knoc-Turn'al, the Long Beach Dub Allstars, Avi Buffalo, Crystal Antlers, The Emperors, The Pyramids, Crooked I, Stick to Your Guns, War and Vince Staples.

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

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Additionally, Long Beach is home to a number of smaller and "black-box" theaters, including the Found Theatre, Alive Theatre, the Garage Theatre and California Repertory Company that performs at the Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary in downtown Long Beach.

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Municipal Fly Casting Pool at Recreation Park in East Long Beach is a 260-by-135-foot clear water, fishless pond built and operated since 1925 by the Long Beach Casting Club as only one of two Southern California city operated casting ponds .

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Long Beach Greenbelt is a section of the old Pacific Electric right-of-way, restored by community activists as native habitat.

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

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CSU Long Beach has one of the few remaining university varsity archery teams in California.

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

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Long Beach is a full-service city that provides nearly all of its own municipal services, in contrast with a contract city.

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Long Beach held its elections for City Council on April and June until the 2018 election.

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Long Beach Unified School District serves most of the City of Long Beach.

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Long Beach State is three miles away from the Pacific Ocean and is known for their resources of the arts, such as the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

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Long Beach City College is a community college established in 1927.

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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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Long Beach Transit provides local public transportation services within Long Beach, Lakewood, and Signal Hill.

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Long Beach Transit operates the Passport shuttle within downtown Long Beach.

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Taxicabs in Long Beach serve the tourism and convention industry and local services such as for elderly and disabled residents.

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Yellow Long Beach is the city's only licensed taxi franchise, with 199 taxicabs in service.

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Long Beach was the nation's first large city to relax restrictions on cabs by allowing them to offer variable, discounted fares, free rides and other price promotions to lure customers while keeping maximum fares in place.

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Long Beach Airport serves the Long Beach, South Bay and northern Orange County areas.

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Several freeways run through Long Beach, connecting it with the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

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The southern end of the Long Beach Freeway joins Long Beach with Terminal Island via the Gerald Desmond Bridge.

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City of Long Beach has five major Class 1 bike paths within its boundaries, encompassing over 60 miles .

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Long Beach was the famous location of Paramount newsreel footage of the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, out-takes from the W C Fields 1933 featurette International House was possibly the first earthquake to be captured in action on film.

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One advantage for Long Beach is that the video and film industry uses a zone that extends 30 miles from Beverly Blvd.

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

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In 2013 Freedom Communications, owner of the Orange County Register, launched a five-day daily newspaper, the Long Beach Register, aimed at competing with the Press-Telegram.

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In September 2014, the Long Beach Register was reduced to Sundays only, and was distributed as an insert in the Orange County Register.

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

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