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The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest container port in the United States and is among the world's largest shipping ports.
The city also maintains a progressively declining oil industry with minor wells located both directly beneath the city as well as offshore.
The M6.4 1933 Long Beach earthquake caused significant damage to the city and surrounding areas, killing a total of 120 people.
Most of the damage occurred in unreinforced masonry buildings, especially schools.
Images from top, left to right: Long Beach skyline from Bluff Park, RMS Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific Blue Cavern exhibit, TTI Terminal at Port of Long Beach, Villa Riviera, Metro Blue Line, Long Beach Lighthouse It is the 36th most populous city in the United States and the 7th most populous in California.
Long Beach is the second largest city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, and the third largest in Southern California behind Los Angeles and San Diego.
Willmore, who subdivided it in hopes of creating a farm community, Willmore City. In the 1950s it was referred to as "Iowa by the sea," due to a large influx of people from that and other Midwestern states.
Manufacturing sectors include those in aircraft, automotive parts, electronic equipment, audiovisual equipment, petrochemicals, precision metals and home furnishings.
Long Beach lies in the southeastern corner of Los Angeles County and borders Orange County.
Indigenous people have lived in coastal Southern California for over 10,000 years, and several successive cultures have inhabited the present-day area of Long Beach.
By the 16th-century arrival of Spanish explorers, the dominant group were the Tongva people.
A portion of western Long Beach was originally part of the Rancho San Pedro.