Long Beach is located between Gulfport to east and Pass Christian to its west. Long Beach (aka The Friendly City) officially became a city in 1905. Prior to Long Beach’s official incorporation it was a bustling agriculture town thanks in part to the clearing of the native yellow pines. Long Beach residents first flocked to the area as a logging community but slowly, as the pines came down logging transitioned into farming. Long Beach was particularly known for its Long Red Radish produce and was even once known as the “Radish Capital of The World”.
No longer the red crop capital of the world, Long Beach IS known as one of the more prominent academic areas of the state boasting consistently high academic ratings. Long Beach is home to the Gulf Campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Major employers of the area include Island View Casino (and many other casinos in nearby Biloxi), Memorial Hospital and the University of Southern Mississippi.
On August 29, 2005 one of the Nation’s most devastating natural disasters unfolded and a major impact on Long Beach as nearly everything within 500 Meters of the shoreline was either destroyed completely or left uninhabitable. Due to new building codes Long Beach is safer, stronger but slowly. The city is experiencing a slow increase in population as former and new residents are making their way back into the community.