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Santa Monica, California - Basic Facts

The City of Santa Monica had a population of 95,008 as of July 1, 2017. 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 34.0234 and longitude -118.4817 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Santa Monica (see map below) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Santa Monica population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Santa Monica, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 95,008
Daytime Population: Workers 107,547
Daytime Population: Residents 40,462
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 148,009
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.56
Population in Households 92,795
Population in Familes 52,753
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,213
Population Density2 11,290
Diversity Index3 57


Median Household Income $80,476
Average Household Income $124,421
Per Capita Income $65,284


Total Housing Units 52,576 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,131 (25.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 36,069 (68.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,376 ( 6.4%)
Median Home Value $1,000,001
Average Home Value $1,036,661


Total Households 49,200
Average Household Size 1.89
Family Households 18,774
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.79% 0.74%
Households 0.66% 0.67%
Families 0.64% 0.66%
Median Household Income   4.16%
Per Capita Income   2.97%

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, 2017 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 # 81 95th
Population Density # 48 97th
Diversity Index # 894 41st
Median Household Income # 347 77th
Per Capita Income # 99 94th

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