Long Beach is a city situated in Los Angeles County in Southern California, on the Pacific coast of the United States. The city is the 36th-largest city in the nation and the seventh-largest in California.
The city is a dominant maritime center of the United States. It wields substantial influence critical to the global economy. The Port of Long Beach is the United States’ second busiest container port and one of the world’s largest shipping ports. Long Beach has grown with the development of high-technology and aerospace industries in the area.
The area that is now Long Beach historically included several ecological communities, with coastal scrub dominating. A handful of the native plants of the region can still be found in the city. The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine received a Gold Medal award from the National Recreation and Park Association in 2002, 2003, and 2004, recognizing the Department’s “outstanding management practices and programs.”
The City of Long Beach’s vision is to be the most bicycle-friendly urban city in the nation. A 2011 study by Walk Score ranked Long Beach the eleventh most walkable of fifty largest U.S. cities.
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.
Long Beach Unified School District serves most of the city of Long Beach.