Santa Monica, California Population 2019

Santa Monica is a city located in the state of California. It is located in Los Angeles County and is located on the Santa Monica Bay. This city is most known for its beautiful beaches and attractions, including the Santa Monica Pier. It is because of this that Santa Monica is a top resort city in the United States. Recent estimates show that the population is 92,478.

Santa Monica History

The original inhabitants of what is now Santa Monica were the Tongva people. At the time, the region was known as Kecheek. The first explorer in the region was Gaspar de Portola who arrived in the area in 1769. After the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, the U.S. government took sovereignty over the state of California and with it, Santa Monica. This occurred in 1848.

Santa Monica really started growing during the 1870s with the arrival of the Los Angeles and Independence Railroad that linked the city with Los Angeles. In 1873 a town hall was constructed, and in 1885, Santa Monica had its first hotel.

Growth continued through the 20th century as the Pacific Electric Railroad was connected to the city, also attracting more visitors to the local beaches and the Santa Monica pier. In the early 20th century, a community of Asian Americans populated the city, living primarily in a fishing village set up near Long Wharf.

During the 1920s, industrialization came to the city. A plant for the Douglas Aircraft Company was constructed and continued business in Santa Monica through the 1960s. However, it was shortly after that the city was hit with economic troubles due to the Great Depression. A report showed that just 1,000 people were employed, while many business owners went bankrupt. However, in the years that followed, the city bounced back.

During World War II, Douglas Aircraft employed tens of thousands of people and led to the establishment of the RAND Corporation. The city continued to grow post-war with the construction of the Santa Monica Freeway. In the 1980s, the city experienced a population boom with the revitalization of its downtown area and job growth. Today, the city remains a popular tourist destination, boasting hotels, shopping centers, museums, music venues, a renovated downtown area, and events like the Santa Monica Film Festival.

Santa Monica Demographics

Santa Monica’s population is over 92,000 people. The city’s total area is 8.42 square miles, and it has a population density of over 10,989 people per square mile.

Over three-quarters of the city’s population is white, while 3.9% is black, 9% is Asian, 4.5% are another race, 4.4% are mixed race, and 13.1% are of Hispanic or Latino origin. People aged 25 to 44 make up the largest portion of the population, accounting for over 36% of total residents. Fourteen percent of residents are under the age of 18, while 15% are at least 65 years old. There are more females than males residing in Santa Monica, with 93.2 men for every 100 women. Just over 11% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.

Santa Monica’s top employer is the City of Santa Monica, which employs over 2,500 people. Santa Monica – UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica College, Saint John’s Health Center and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are also top employers in the area. Santa Monica is also the site for many game development studios, including Activision Blizzard.

Santa Monica Population Growth

Santa Monica’s population in its earliest years reflected significant growth. This growth slowed in 1940 after topping 50,000. In the 1980s, growth halted before declining during the 1990s and early 2000s. However, the last census in 2010 showed that the population was once again on the rise. Current estimates show that the population is up over 3% since the last census, indicating that this city is well on its way to hitting 100,000 residents.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201792,306-297-0.32%
201692,603-184-0.20%
201592,7873830.41%
201492,404990.11%
201392,3057730.84%
201291,5329541.05%
201190,5787960.89%
201089,7825,6980.66%
200084,084-2,821-0.33%
199086,905-1,409-0.16%
198088,314250.00%
197088,2895,0400.59%
196083,24911,6541.52%
195071,59518,0952.96%
194053,50016,3543.72%
193037,14621,8949.31%
192015,2527,4056.87%
19107,8474,7909.89%
19003,0571,4776.82%
18901,5801,16314.25%
18804170.00%

Santa Monica Population in 2018Source: By Mfield, Matthew Field, http://www.photography.mattfield.com [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White70,820
Asian9,289
Two or More Races4,846
Black or African American3,948
Some Other Race3,148
American Indian and Alaska Native351
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander93

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table B03002

Santa Monica Population Pyramid 2019

1,0002,0003,0004,0005,000 Male Population1,0002,0003,0004,0005,000 Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Santa Monica Median Age

40.5


Total

39.2


Male

41.7


Female

Santa Monica Adults

There are 78,944 adults, (15,831 of whom are seniors) in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Age Dependency

46.6

Age Dependency Ratio

25.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

21.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Monica Sex Ratio

Female

47,105

50.93%

Male

45,390

49.07%

Santa Monica Households and Families

Santa Monica Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1101

Santa Monica Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married48.9%51.1%
Male37.2%62.8%
Female31.4%68.6%
All27.7%72.3%
Non Family16.4%83.6%

27.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Santa Monica Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All46,3581.9627.7
Non Family28,0441.316.4
Married13,944348.9
Female3,0762.931.4
Male1,2942.8837.2

2.91

Average Family Size

1.96

Average Household Size

5.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Santa Monica Households

Santa Monica Education

Santa Monica Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,0812.85%
9th to 12th Grade2,1002.88%
High School Graduate6,3108.65%
Some College9,91913.60%
Associates Degree3,6244.97%
Bachelors Degree28,17938.65%
Graduate Degree20,69528.39%

Santa Monica Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White49,76248,57435,721
Hispanic10,5508,0154,555
Asian7,3127,1315,461
Black2,8262,6181,392
Multiple Races2,8102,5951,880
Other Race2,0731,311549
Native American26720881
Islander939354

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 74.69%.

Santa Monica Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$61,572$73,339$52,845
Less Than High School$22,552$30,406$14,247
High School Grad$30,833$31,658$28,405
Some College$39,909$50,070$31,404
Bachelors Degree$65,990$79,028$55,247
Graduate Degree$87,075$101,586$78,088

$61,572

Average Earnings

$73,339

Average Male

$52,845

Average Female

Santa Monica Language

Santa Monica Language by Age

Santa Monica Language

70.76% of Santa Monica residents speak only English, while 29.24% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 11.61% of the population.

Santa Monica Poverty

Santa Monica Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White59,5875,3388.96%
Hispanic14,6522,45616.76%
Other3,10187928.35%
Asian9,1728579.34%
Black3,82359715.62%
Multiple4,84156511.67%
Native35120959.54%
Islander931516.13%

10.70%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.47%

Male Poverty Rate

10.92%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Monica

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Monica is Native, with 59.54% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Monica is White, with 8.96% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.22%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.84%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.51%.

Santa Monica Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School28.56%
High School20.12%
Some College13.98%
Bachelors or Greater5.92%

Santa Monica Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Male Unemployed35.25%
Female Unemployed23.06%
Female Employed4.81%
Male Employed3.93%

Santa Monica Income

Santa Monica Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$86,084$130,610
Families$118,564$183,378
Married Families$134,921$203,450
Non Families$66,288$94,576

Santa Monica Marital Status

Santa Monica Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.4%

Male Marriage Rate

35.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Santa Monica Married by Age and Sex

Santa Monica Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Santa Monica Marital Status by Race


Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1201

Santa Monica Veterans

Santa Monica Veterans by War

2,912

Number of Veterans

2,587

Male Veterans

325

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam845
Korea684
World War II356
First Gulf War322
Second Gulf War297

Santa Monica Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+1,450
65 to 74530
35 to 54447
55 to 64361
18 to 34124

Santa Monica Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,4774.03%
Hispanic3823.15%
Black1865.74%
Asian1511.85%
Other602.39%
2 or More280.90%
Indian103.32%

Santa Monica Veterans by Education

15.13%

Veteran Poverty Rate

37.32%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Monica Employment Status

Santa Monica Employment by Age

70.7%

Labor Force Participation

65.6%

Employment Rate

7.3%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Monica Employment by Race

Santa Monica Employment by Education

Santa Monica Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

39.52%

Born in California

76.17%

Native Born

23.83%

Foreign Born

9.79%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

76.17% of Santa Monica residents were born in the United States, with 39.52% having been born in California. 9.79% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.