Santa Monica, California Population 2018

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 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%
201089,7825,6986.78%
200084,084-2,821-3.25%
199086,905-1,409-1.60%
198088,314250.03%
197088,2895,0406.05%
196083,24911,65416.28%
195071,59518,09533.82%
194053,50016,35444.03%
193037,14621,894143.55%
192015,2527,40594.37%
19107,8474,790156.69%
19003,0571,47793.48%
18901,5801,163278.90%
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
White71,939
Asian9,250
Two or More Races4,510
Black or African American3,750
Some Other Race2,265
American Indian and Alaska Native442
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander91

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Santa Monica Population Pyramid 2018

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Santa Monica Median Age

40.5


Total

39.3


Male

41.7


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 79,383 adults in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Age Dependency

43.2

Age Dependency Ratio

23.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

20.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Monica Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
3.8
Houses Without Mortgage
4,157
Houses With Mortgage
8,635
Vacancy Rate
9.4
Median Rent
1,626
Median Home Value
1,086,300
Renter-Occupied Units
33,661
Owner-Occupied Units
12,792
Total Housing Units
51,281

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Santa Monica for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 5.9% and the labor force participation rate is 71.3%.

Santa Monica Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
1.95
Average Family Size
2.88
Total Households
46453
Married Couple Households
13567
Male Householder (no wife) Families
1341
Female Householder (no husband) Families
3144
Non Family Households
28401
Total Families
18052
Households With Own Children
7409
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
5.6
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.6

Santa Monica Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
2,692
$10,000 to $14,999
2,678
$15,000 to $24,999
3,393
$25,000 to $34,999
2,579
$35,000 to $49,999
4,232
$50,000 to $74,999
6,120
$75,000 to $99,999
5,045
$100,000 to $149,999
8,315
$150,000 to $199,999
4,074
Over $200,000
7,325

Santa Monica Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Santa Monica

California

$82,123

$63,783

$121,924

$91,149

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Santa Monica Education Data

Santa Monica Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
1,7882.45%
9th to 12th Grade
1,8422.53%
High School Graduate
6,5599.00%
Some College
10,18013.97%
Associates Degree
3,6695.04%
Bachelors Degree
28,26738.80%
Graduate Degree
20,54428.20%