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Long Beach Travel Guide

City of Long Beach

Long Beach is a town situated in southern Los Angeles County, California, United States, on the Pacific coast. It borders Orange County on its southeast border. It is approximately 20 miles (30 km) south of downtown Los Angeles.

Long Beach has been as a First Class City within California. The Queen Mary has been situated in Long Beach since her retirement in 1967 and now use like a hotel, convention center, and tourist attraction. The Aquarium of the Pacific, a world-class research facility, is a famous tourist destination. Long Beach also has the biggest municipally owned marina in the country with 3,400 slips. Downtown Long Beach also offers cruises to Catalina Island, restaurant and club nightlife, promenade development, and festival entertainment.

According to the 2000 census, the city population was 461,522. By 2006 its population is appraised to have expanded to 490,166. Long Beach was the most ethnically various large city in the United States in 2000. For example, Long Beach has the second biggest population of Cambodians outside of Asia (after Paris, France), and the area along Anaheim St. is sometimes called "Little Phnom Penh". There are also respectable populations of African Americans, Mexicans, Salvadorians and other Central Americans, Filipino Americans, Vietnamese Americans and other Asians. There is also a several gay and lesbian population in the city.

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