Long Beach is the fifth largest city in the state of California, and one of the forty largest in the USA. There are many nice areas of Long Beach besides Belmont Shore and Belmont Heights, as the City of Long Beach has identified over 40 distinct neighborhoods in the city.
Long Beach grew a lot over the last 100 years, so you should be aware of some of the confusing terms used to describe Long Beach. Downtown Long Beach is situated on the Southwest of the City. The Bixby (Knolls) Area is north of Downtown and Wrigley, east of the Los Angles River & south of North Long Beach. There are many areas with Bixby in the name (Bixby Hill, Bixby Village, Bixby Park, Bixby Highlands, Bixby Knolls, New Bixby) because Long Beach was developed by two families named Bixby one with a ranch on the eastern half of the city and the other with a ranch on the western half.
The area known as Westside is West of the Los Angeles River. The area known as Wrigley is North of Downtown and South and West of Bixby. The area known as the Eastside is actually mostly in the current geographic south center of Long Beach (Termino Street means last street in Spanish and it was originally the terminal/border street in Long Beach).
East Long Beach tends to refer to the current geographic eastern portion of the city and may include Naples, Belmont Shore, Los Altos, Park Estates, Bixby Hill, Alamitos Heights, (Lakewood) Plaza, Carson Park, Lakewood Village, the Eastside and Circle Areas, Lakewood City Area(which half is in the City of Lakewood, which incorporated 5 years after the development was built, and half in Long Beach), and there are many more neighborhoods. Long Beach is a great place to live.
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