Long Beach, California is in Los Angeles County, sometimes referred to as L.A. County. It is one of the largest counties in the U.S., with a population estimated to reach 9,861,224 by 2022. It is the most populous non-state-level government entity in the United States.
Long Beach is located in southern California and is the seventh-largest city in the state. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 1.7 million. The city was incorporated in 1888 and is part of Los Angeles County. However, residents soon became dissatisfied with city governance and voted to disincorporate the city on May 28, 1897. Eventually, however, they voted to re-incorporate the city.
Long Beach is surrounded by the Los Angeles River, which runs through the city. The majority of the city is located on the east bank of the river. However, there are some areas on the west bank, including the San Pedro Transit District. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation operates regional bus lines in the city, while the Orange County Transportation Authority offers limited service to Orange County. The city is serviced by Route 1, which travels along the Pacific Coast Highway and takes between two and 2.5 hours to complete. Additionally, there are Amtrak Thruway bus shuttles available from San Pedro and Union Station.
Long Beach was founded by William E. Willmore in 1882 and was originally called Willmore City. Later, the Long Beach Land & Water Company purchased the land and renamed it Long Beach.