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An Overview of West Long Beach

West Long Beach, also known as the Westside, is a working-class neighborhood located in the westernmost part of Long Beach, California. This neighborhood is separated from the rest of the city by the Long Beach Freeway and the Los Angeles River. West Long Beach is characterized by a combination of industrial buildings, older residential housing, apartments, and townhouses. The area is heavily influenced by the presence of the combined Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, as well as a large Shell Oil refinery in the nearby Wilmington area.

Despite its historical association with the working class, West Long Beach has faced economic decline since the 1970s. Deindustrialization led to a significant decrease in job opportunities, resulting in poverty and limited access to essential services. However, efforts have been made to improve living conditions in the neighborhood through organizations like the West Long Beach Association.


Key Attractions in West Long Beach

  • Silverado Park: This neighborhood features three official parks, one of which is Silverado Park. It offers recreational facilities, including sports fields, a playground, and picnic areas. The magnificent park is a popular gathering place for residents of all ages.
  • Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd Park: Spanning over 12.39 acres, this newly completed park is named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd. It provides ample green space for outdoor activities and serves as a testament to the neighborhood's commitment to enhancing its livability.
  • Shell Oil Refinery: The Shell Oil refinery, located in the nearby Wilmington area, has been a prominent feature of West Long Beach's industrial landscape. While not open to the public, its presence has significantly influenced the area's history and economy.
  • Proximity to Long Beach and Los Angeles Ports: The neighborhood's location near the combined Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles provides unique opportunities for residents to witness the bustling maritime industry and international trade. It adds a distinct character to West Long Beach.
  • Santa Fe Avenue: Serving as the main thoroughfare, Santa Fe Avenue runs through the heart of West Long Beach. It is a vibrant street lined with businesses, shops, and restaurants, offering a diverse range of goods and culinary experiences.

Statistics for West Long Beach

  • Population: The population of the 90810 ZIP code, which encompasses West Long Beach, is diverse. It consists of approximately 23.8% Caucasian, 16.4% African American, 0.8% American Indian, 23.2% Asian, 3.1% Pacific Islander, 27.2% other races, and 5.5% two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos accounted for 45.6% of the population.
  • Housing: West Long Beach offers a mix of housing options, including older residential housing, apartments, and townhouses. The median real estate price is $627,647, making it more expensive than 37.3% of neighborhoods in California and 79.9% of neighborhoods in the U.S. Rental prices are currently lower than 80.4% of California neighborhoods, with an average rent of $2,269.
  • Income Level: The West Side neighborhood has a lower-than-average income level, and it has a higher rate of childhood poverty compared to other U.S. neighborhoods.
  • Employment: Residents of West Long Beach are employed in various occupations, including manufacturing and laborer jobs, sales and service roles, and executive and professional positions.
  • Diversity: West Long Beach is a diverse neighborhood with a significant Mexican population and people of Asian, German, Norwegian, and Irish ancestry. The primary language spoken in the neighborhood is Spanish, followed by English and Tagalog.


Frequently Asked Questions about West Long Beach

  • What schools serve West Long Beach?

The Long Beach Unified School District operates several schools in West Long Beach, including Cabrillo High School, Stephens Middle School, Muir Academy, Garfield Elementary School, and Hudson School.

  • What are the main law enforcement agencies in the area?

Law enforcement in West Long Beach is provided by the Long Beach Police Department Western Division, which has a station located at Pacific Coast Hwy and Santa Fe.

  • Is West Long Beach safe?

Unfortunately, West Long Beach has experienced significant gang activity and a high rate of violent crime. The neighborhood is home to several gangs, which have contributed to safety concerns.

  • Are there parks and recreational facilities in West Long Beach?

Yes, West Long Beach features three official parks, including Silverado Park and Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd Park. These parks provide green spaces and recreational amenities for residents to enjoy.

  • What is the West Long Beach Association?

The West Long Beach Association was established in 1997 with the aim of enhancing living conditions in the area. It has been involved in initiatives to improve the neighborhood's infrastructure and overall quality of life.

West Long Beach, or the Westside, is a neighborhood in Long Beach, California, known for its working-class character and its unique blend of industrial and residential areas. Despite the neighborhood's economic challenges, it has a vibrant community that is actively working to improve living conditions and overall quality of life.


With its diverse population and proximity to the combined Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, West Long Beach offers a distinct experience. If you ever need personal injury legal services in this neighborhood or any other area of Long Beach, MVP Accident Attorneys is dedicated to providing excellent legal representation and support to their clients.


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Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.

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