Long Beach is a very diverse city. When discussing this city one may look at it from a number of ways; architecturally, culturally, ethnicity, and life-style are but few ways to examine the fabric of each community within the bounds of the city.
Keeping this in mind, I would say the biggest misconception of Long Beach is that it is still 'Iowa by the Sea'. For many years, Recreation Park would be the site of the "Annual Iowa Picnic". So many mid-Westerners were in our city, this annual event enabled them to maintain ties to their past, see old friends and make new friends.
Long Beach is a vibrant city with much to offer to all! Yes, there is a past. A past that offers history buffs much to learn and enjoy.
The city offers a future, a very bright future to all. There is the harbor, one of the largest in the world, which brings in trade, and with that jobs. We enjoy a wonderful tourist trade, bring many people to the city for fun and recreation.
There are many different destination life-style areas; Belmont Shore/Naples, Downtown, and Bixby Knolls to name but a few. There are many parks, with more being planned or under construction for the citizens to enjoy. There are wonderful museums such as the Museum of Latin American Art and the Long Beach Art Museum.
We enjoy world class entertainment, performed at top-notch locations.
Long Beach is no longer "Iowa by the Sea". Long Beach is a growing and glowing community with much to offer and to be enjoyed!