Long Beach is a city on the Pacific Coast of the United States, within the Los Angeles metropolitan area of Southern California. As of 2010, its population was 462,257.[ It is the 39th most populous city in the United States and the 7th most populous in California. 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. Long Beach is a charter city.
The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest container port in the United States and is among the world's largest shipping ports. The city also maintains a progressively declining oil industry with minor wells located both directly beneath the city as well as offshore. Manufacturing sectors include those in aircraft, automotive parts, electronic equipment, audiovisual equipment, petrochemicals, precision metals and home furnishings.
Long Beach lies in the southeastern corner of Los Angeles County and borders Orange County. Downtown Long Beach is approximately 22 miles (35 km) south of downtown Los Angeles, though the two cities share an official border for several miles. Long Beach has a scenic downtown and waterfront marina that is "walkable," and provides plenty of shopping opportunities, many entertainment options, and more than 100 restaurants all within an eight-block area. Other neighborhoods within Long Beach, each with a unique local flair, include the area around Pine Avenue, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, and Shoreline Village. In all, Long Beach has eight distinct neighborhoods. Experience the big-city feel with small-town charm in a unique oceanfront setting – Welcome to Long Beach.