The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Long Beach For 2023

The most dangerous and worst Long Beach neighborhoods are North West Long Beach and Wilmington for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

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Long Beach’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Long Beach.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in California thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Long Beach. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Long Beach neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which Long Beach hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Long Beach area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Alamitos Heights ranks way above the rest.

We examined 27 of Long Beach’s neighborhoods to find out the most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Long Beach’s reputation.

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Long Beach for 2023? According to the most recent census data, North West Long Beach looks to be the worst neighborhood in Long Beach.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Long Beach that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

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Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Long Beach For 2023

Population: 10,728
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 576
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,623
Median Home Value: $317,288 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $55,268 (3rd worst)

More on North West Long Beach:  Data

Population: 329
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 748
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,587
Median Home Value: $466,333 (9th worst)
Median Income: $97,746 (19th worst)

More on Wilmington:  Data

Population: 12,810
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 987
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,194
Median Home Value: $447,410 (7th worst)
Median Income: $73,868 (10th worst)

More on Downtown:  Data

Population: 28,178
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 843
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,286
Median Home Value: $443,412 (6th worst)
Median Income: $49,979 (worst)

More on Poly High District:  Data

Population: 10,207
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16
Property Crime Per 100k: 321
Median Home Value: $295,029 (worst)
Median Income: $63,499 (7th worst)

More on City Of Signal Hill:  Data

Population: 28,465
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 431
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,213
Median Home Value: $418,255 (5th worst)
Median Income: $61,102 (6th worst)

More on West Side:  Data

Population: 28,815
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 357
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,389
Median Home Value: $377,553 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $54,626 (2nd worst)

More on Circle Area:  Data

Population: 88,756
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 449
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,092
Median Home Value: $411,422 (4th worst)
Median Income: $58,126 (5th worst)

More on North Long Beach:  Data

Population: 6,988
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 253
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,716
Median Home Value: $466,250 (8th worst)
Median Income: $74,520 (11th worst)

More on Californial Heights:  Data

Population: 408
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 700
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,798
Median Home Value: $628,300 (13th worst)
Median Income: $86,875 (13th worst)

More on Airport Area:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Long Beach neighborhoods in 2023

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Long Beach:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Long Beach, California for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Long Beach.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2023. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Long Beach.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 27 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Long Beach

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Long Beach with North West Long Beach landing at the bottom of the pack.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Long Beach aren’t all bad. Alamitos Heights takes the cake as the best place to live in Long Beach.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Long Beach For 2023?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 North West Long Beach 10,728 $317,288 $55,268
2 Wilmington 329 $466,333 $97,746
3 Downtown 12,810 $447,410 $73,868
4 Poly High District 28,178 $443,412 $49,979
5 City Of Signal Hill 10,207 $295,029 $63,499
6 West Side 28,465 $418,255 $61,102
7 Circle Area 28,815 $377,553 $54,626
8 North Long Beach 88,756 $411,422 $58,126
9 Californial Heights 6,988 $466,250 $74,520
10 Airport Area 408 $628,300 $86,875
11 Wrigley 26,743 $538,806 $71,180
12 Bixby Knolls 4,266 $791,050 $69,693
13 Naples-Marina Area 8,881 $896,633 $96,927
14 Bixby Area 13,274 $537,640 $80,680
15 East Side 13,802 $538,344 $57,304
16 Los Altos 9,578 $672,010 $115,735
17 Dominguez 381 $1,090,600 $102,266
18 Los Cerritos Area 4,992 $628,414 $99,321
19 Belmont Heights 11,972 $826,515 $105,042
20 Belmont Shore 6,524 $1,025,930 $94,172
21 Lakewood Village 7,786 $673,983 $89,878
22 City College Area 12,643 $660,512 $117,857
23 Park Estates 3,071 $972,533 $87,060
24 El Dorado Park 1,096 $713,033 $115,995
25 The Plaza 20,109 $676,764 $113,703
26 State College Area 5,340 $688,167 $112,954
27 Alamitos Heights 3,291 $941,800 $94,919
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.