Santa Monica, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Santa Monica, California - Basic Facts

The City of Santa Monica had a population of 94,956 as of July 1, 2018. Santa Monica ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Santa Monica is located at latitude 34.0195 and longitude -118.4912 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Santa Monica encompass a land area of 8.41 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 105 feet.

The City of Santa Monica (GNIS ID: 2411825) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Santa Monica is located within Santa Monica CCD of Los Angeles County.

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Santa Monica, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 94,956
Population in Households 92,767
Population in Familes 53,701
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,189
Population Density2 11,284
Diversity Index3 57


Median Household Income $85,171
Average Household Income $132,381
Per Capita Income $69,336


Total Housing Units 52,421 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,006 (24.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 36,123 (68.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,292 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $1,350,495
Average Home Value $1,425,796


Total Households 49,129
Average Household Size 1.89
Family Households 18,802
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.69% 0.7%
Households 0.56% 0.6%
Families 0.58% 0.7%
Median Household Income   4.23%
Per Capita Income   3.58%

Santa Monica, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Santa Monica to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 83 95th
Population Density # 48 97th
Diversity Index # 896 41st
Median Household Income # 339 78th
Per Capita Income # 96 94th

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