I agree with Jim Watson’s answer. But here is some additional information. Long Beach was at one time a high crime area that was above the US and Californa averages for both violent crimes and theft. Violent crime peaked in 1990–1991. Since then crimes rates have plummeted as have crime rates nationally. But currently, crime rates are at or near national and CA average rates and continue downward trends. This is not to say that there are not unsafe places in Long Beach. The police reports by neighborhood show wide variations in both violent and property crimes. It is common sense to be more careful in some places versus others. Long Beach Ca is no exception. Parking is always a struggle to find near the downtown area, as much of the housing there does not come with an allotted parking spot. Every street/block has its own No Parking rules, so you better memorize them if you don’t want to get a ticket. My apartment got broken into two weeks before I was moving to a better location. After I moved to my “better” apartment, someone broke into our mailboxes. I used to run everyday. I can’t count how many times I’ve almost gotten hit by a car speeding out of the driveway with the driver totally unaware of what’s happening on the sidewalk. Hermosa is a great place to be a young professional. If you don’t mind roommates, then a young non-professional. Parking is horrible in the summer when everybody from everywhere else comes to enjoy the beach. Most people are fairly local and stay fairly local, driving to other hotspots in LA is a pain.
Manhattan is full of snobs, hipsters and second & third tier celebrities. They are completely trendy, mostly rich and somewhat drug addled. It’s mostly power couples and guys with show-off cars. They have good volleyball players and cater to tourists. The Apple Store, BMW & Mercedes mechanic, luxury hotel and Williams & Sonoma store are here. You would expect to find a divorce attorney with a custom 2 million dollar house living in Manhattan. He drives a Range Rover, of course. Hermosa is full of singles on the make. They are younger, athletically inclined and drunk (on craft beer) more often than not. They have better volleyball players and wish tourists would stay away from their parking spaces. They are smart and affluent and dig artsy stuff, but not foo foo. The basketball courts, rock bars, comedy club, and skate park are here. Hermosa is like Venice, minus the riff raff and the crazy. You would expect to find a marketing manager for Big 5 sporting goods living here with her dog, but she’ll just tell you she’s a skier who likes wine. She drives a Jeep. Redondo is family oriented and down to earth. They are more boring and hard-working and full of middle aged professionals on their obnoxious $3000 bicycles and ridiculously perky children. The fishing pier, big modern library and the Whole Foods market are here as is the largest high school West of the Mississippi whose sports facilities put most colleges to shame. You would expect to find a guy in a ball cap, polo shirt and cargo pants who’s an engineer at Lockheed Martin driving an Audi here.