Well, it looks like someone is interested in moving to California but doesn’t have enough money to live in LA.
Hey, no shame. We can’t all be Jeff Bezos and keep all that tax money for ourselves.
And this lack of funds has led you to do the practical thing and choose a cheaper alternative to some of the bigger cities. Enter good ol’ Long Beach, CA.
Honestly, this is a pretty cool city. And if you decide to live here, you might find yourself just as happy as you would be if you did move to a major city in California.
However, that doesn’t mean the city is without its cons.
So in this video, I’ll share the important pros and cons of moving to Long Beach so you can make an informed decision.
Let’s get started.
Con #4, Cost of living
Ok, we’re talking about California here so I’m assuming you don’t expect to save much money. And when I say much, I really mean…any.
The cost of living in this city is pretty high. So high in fact that I heard most Cali wildfires were caused by residents burning through their cash.
The cost of living in this city is 60% higher than the national average. Just to throw some more numbers out there, the average home in Long Beach will cost you around $750,000.
I just cringed at the thought of that. So I can just imagine how you feel.
Sending thoughts and prayers.
Con #3, Natural disaster
You know how every year when you turn on the news and there’s some sort of natural disaster in California?
Yea, Long Beach is within that disaster zone.
Southern California is not a stranger to the occasional wildfire.
And if you plan to move to Long Beach, you should be aware that this directly affects you.
But before you start installing industrial sprinklers in your already overpriced home, you should know one thing.
Since Long Beach is close to the coast, you won’t be at much risk of experiencing a takeover by the fire nation. The worst you’ll probably have to deal with is the smoke…which can get pretty bad.
Speaking of natural disasters. There’s nothing natural about this next con, but it’s still a disaster nonetheless.
Con #2, Traffic
C’mon. Are you really surprised?
At this point, I’m pretty sure traffic was invented in California. So it’s not a shocker that Long Beach has plenty of it to go around.
You must understand. Long Beach is between LA and Orange County. And as such, a lot of the traffic of those cities bleeds over to Long Beach.
This means you’ll need to do adequate stretching before you get in your car so your butt cheeks won’t fall asleep.
And sleep is something that might be hard to come by in Long Beach after you consider this next con.
Con #1, Crime rate
Long Beach is one of the only cities that has twice as many mugshots as it does selfies.
Ok, I totally made that up. But there is a considerable amount of crime in this city.
17% more than the national average if you want to be specific. Violent crime is even 33% higher than the national average.
So if you don’t own a firearm, I suggest Jiu-Jitsu classes at the very least.
But honestly, any city of considerable size is going to have a fair amount of riff-raff. And crime seems to be on a downward trend in the city, so moving here isn’t a death sentence after all.
But I would still be on the safe side and get life insurance.
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Ok, now let’s check out some pros of living in Long Beach.
Pro #4, Beaches
Did you know Long Beach used to be called Wilmore City?
Yea, that sucks. Fortunately,
the guy who names western cities was fired and it was quickly replaced by something that made a lot more sense.
The reason why this name is more appropriate is due to the many beaches located here.
It doesn’t really matter what part of the city you live in. You’re guaranteed to have some sort of beach within a few minutes’ drive.
But this pro does come with a con…that is unless you’re not a surfer.
The beaches in Long Beach don’t really have waves. I’ll spare you an explanation but you’ll essentially have water and sand and that’s pretty much it.
However, Long Beach is extremely close to other noteworthy beaches such as Malibu and Huntington Beach. So your wave problem can be easily solved.
Pro #3, Proximity to LA
This might be the main reason why many people call Long Beach home.
Remember in the intro where I insulted listeners for not being able to afford to live in cities like LA?
Well, if you ask me, moving to Long Beach is a pretty intelligent decision. Because you’ll only be a 25-minute drive from LA if you make the move.
That means you’ll get all the benefits of living in LA without having to resort to selling drugs to pay the bills.
I’d call that a win.
Pro #2, Space
If you happen to be claustrophobic, Long Beach might be your dream destination.
Because this city is known for having a lot of open space.
Long Beach has 170 parks and a fair amount of rec centers, pools, and golf courses. Additionally, it’s one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country.
While going out for a stroll you’ll often find many people taking advantage of all this open space.
It’s not uncommon to go to the park and see people walk their dogs, do yoga, or even see a California cult mass suicide take place.
You’ll never know what you’re going to get!
Pro #1, Food
Now for my favorite pro of all.
I’d say this is the best pro of the city, but I also didn’t eat breakfast so take this with a grain of salt.
Sorry, starting fantasizing for a sec there. But Long Beach is a city that has a large amount of diversity. And this diversity leads to a ton of diverse cuisine in the area.
Seriously, it’s almost impossible to be racist in this city because once you taste a dish, you’ll quickly realize that we’re all connected by our stomachs.
You’ll be able to experience everything from Thai food to excellent vegan options.
So if you ask me, moving to Long Beach is a win just off of this pro alone.