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 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
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

0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Santa Monica Median Age

40.5


Total

39.3


Male

41.7


Female

Santa Monica Adults

There are 79,332 adults, (14,944 of which are seniors) 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 Sex Ratio

Female

47,071

51.03%

Male

45,176

48.97%

Santa Monica Households and Families

Santa Monica Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Santa Monica Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married49.7%50.3%
Male37.9%62.1%
Female33.7%66.3%
All27.5%72.5%
Non Family15.8%84.2%

27.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Santa Monica Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All46,4531.9527.5
Non Family28,4011.3215.8
Married13,5672.9549.7
Female3,1442.8933.7
Male1,3412.8937.9

2.88

Average Family Size

1.95

Average Household Size

5.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Santa Monica Households

Santa Monica Education

Santa Monica Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,7882.45%
9th to 12th Grade1,8422.53%
High School Graduate6,5599.00%
Some College10,18013.97%
Associates Degree3,6695.04%
Bachelors Degree28,26738.80%
Graduate Degree20,54428.20%

Santa Monica Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White50,34749,18436,111
Hispanic10,2258,1464,236
Asian7,2147,0885,480
Black2,7762,5701,438
Multiple Races2,5962,5031,713
Other Race1,589952298
Native American33824774
Islander693836

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 98.25%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 75.96%.

Santa Monica Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$60,692$70,285$51,721
Less Than High School$22,188$26,439$16,094
High School Grad$30,331$31,706$27,264
Some College$39,880$46,411$35,118
Bachelors Degree$62,498$72,204$53,524
Graduate Degree$84,673$99,517$75,670

$60,692

Average Earnings

$70,285

Average Male

$51,721

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 11.29% of the population.

Santa Monica Poverty

Santa Monica Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White59,7925,4159.06%
Hispanic14,6632,58917.66%
Asian9,1441,08911.91%
Other2,20781036.70%
Black3,63274720.57%
Multiple4,49948010.67%
Native44028264.09%
Islander912325.27%

11.28%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.33%

Male Poverty Rate

11.22%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Monica

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Monica is Native, with 64.09% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Monica is White, with 9.06% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.29%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.28%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.86%.

Santa Monica Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.35%
High School18.02%
Some College15.29%
Bachelors or Greater5.87%

Santa Monica Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Male Unemployed34.10%
Female Unemployed22.36%
Female Employed5.69%
Male Employed4.36%

Santa Monica Income

Santa Monica Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$82,123$121,924
Families$117,297$172,933
Married Families$133,358$
Non Families$63,620$87,983

Santa Monica Marital Status

Santa Monica Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.5%

Male Marriage Rate

34.5%

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

Santa Monica Veterans

Santa Monica Veterans by War

3,232

Number of Veterans

2,853

Male Veterans

379

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam946
Korea684
First Gulf War486
World War II412
Second Gulf War346

Santa Monica Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+1,400
65 to 74642
35 to 54512
55 to 64468
18 to 34210

Santa Monica Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,7334.37%
Hispanic4743.93%
Black1946.24%
Asian1471.80%
2 or More1023.33%
Other562.99%

Santa Monica Veterans by Education

14.44%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.34%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Monica Employment Status

Santa Monica Employment by Age

71.3%

Labor Force Participation

65.3%

Employment Rate

8.3%

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

40.19%

Born in California

76.78%

Native Born

23.22%

Foreign Born

9.39%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

76.78% of Santa Monica residents were born in the United States, with 40.19% having been born in California. 9.39% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.