Santa Monica, California Population 2020

90,555
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Santa Monica is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 90,555, it is the 89th largest city in California and the 374th largest city in the United States. Santa Monica is currently declining at a rate of -0.47% annually but its population has increased by 0.91% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 89,736 in 2010. Santa Monica reached it's highest population of 92,545 in 2015. Spanning over 16 miles, Santa Monica has a population density of 10,761 people per square mile.

The average household income in Santa Monica is $142,957 with a poverty rate of 10.39%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,734 per month, and the median house value is $1.24 Mn. The median age in Santa Monica is 39.9 years, 38.8 years for males, and 41.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.2 males.

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.

Santa Monica Population Statistics

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 community is up over 3% since the previous census, indicating that this city is well on its way to hitting 100,000 residents.

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 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

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Santa Monica was:

  • White: 75.98%
  • Asian: 9.92%
  • Two or more races: 5.88%
  • Black or African American: 4.41%
  • Other race: 3.34%
  • Native American: 0.35%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.12%
The current population of Santa Monica, California is 90,555, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 91,411.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 89,736.

Santa Monica, California Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White69,96275.98%
Asian9,1329.92%
Two or More Races5,4125.88%
Black or African American4,0624.41%
Some Other Race3,0763.34%
American Indian and Alaska Native3190.35%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1150.12%
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Santa Monica Population Pyramid 2020

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Santa Monica Median Age

39.9


Total

38.8


Male

41.3


Female

Santa Monica Adults

There are 78,299 adults, (15,332 of whom are seniors) in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Age Dependency

46.2

Age Dependency Ratio

24.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

21.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Monica Sex Ratio

Female

46,942

50.98%

Male

45,136

49.02%

Santa Monica Households and Families

Santa Monica Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Santa Monica Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married49.4%50.6%
Male34.7%65.3%
All28.6%71.4%
Female27%73%
Non Family17.5%82.5%

28.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All45,4871.9928.6
Non Family26,9831.317.5
Married14,140349.4
Female2,9912.9127
Male1,3733.0534.7

2.93

Average Family Size

1.99

Average Household Size

5.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Santa Monica Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,9912.75%
9th to 12th Grade1,7682.44%
High School Graduate5,9908.27%
Some College10,09413.94%
Associates Degree3,6405.03%
Bachelors Degree28,07638.78%
Graduate Degree20,83428.78%
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Santa Monica Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White49,30448,29835,592
Hispanic10,1397,8624,603
Asian7,1446,9495,460
Black3,0432,8731,328
Multiple Races2,9712,7822,061
Other Race1,9951,293629
Native American274235119
Islander989844

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 asian people with a rate of 76.43%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$64,756$77,788$56,789
Less Than High School$23,608$29,978$14,767
High School Grad$31,937$36,524$28,500
Some College$38,354$48,568$33,195
Bachelors Degree$69,443$81,307$59,595
Graduate Degree$95,051$107,244$80,567

$64,756

Average Earnings

$77,788

Average Male

$56,789

Average Female

Santa Monica Language

Santa Monica Language by Age

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Santa Monica Language

70.81% of Santa Monica residents speak only English, while 29.19% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 11.50% of the population.

Santa Monica Poverty

Santa Monica Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White58,7415,0968.68%
Hispanic14,4562,12014.67%
Asian9,00490110.01%
Other3,02078425.96%
Black3,93669117.56%
Multiple5,41063511.74%
Native31913442.01%
Islander1151714.78%

10.39%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.47%

Male Poverty Rate

11.27%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Monica

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Monica is Native, with 42.01% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Monica is White, with 8.68% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.36%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.46%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.43%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School28.37%
High School20.16%
Some College13.59%
Bachelors or Greater5.87%
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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed28.61%
Female Unemployed26.46%
Female Employed5.13%
Male Employed3.64%

Santa Monica Income

Santa Monica Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$93,865$142,957
Families$126,239$200,538
Married Families$148,500$226,935
Non Families$72,044$101,489
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Santa Monica Marital Status

Santa Monica Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

37.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.8%

Male Marriage Rate

35.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Santa Monica Married by Age and Sex

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Santa Monica Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Santa Monica Marital Status by Race

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Santa Monica Veterans

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2,879

Number of Veterans

2,554

Male Veterans

325

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam941
Korea417
First Gulf War391
Second Gulf War365
World War II321
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Age Group Veterans
75+1,190
65 to 74637
35 to 54519
55 to 64397
18 to 34136
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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,3393.85%
Hispanic3723.12%
Black2126.24%
Asian1872.34%
2 or More882.67%
Other451.86%
Indian82.79%

Santa Monica Veterans by Education

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11.40%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.61%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Monica Employment Status

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70.5%

Labor Force Participation

65.8%

Employment Rate

6.7%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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40.31%

Born in California

76.57%

Native Born

23.43%

Foreign Born

9.70%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

76.57% of Santa Monica residents were born in the United States, with 40.31% having been born in California. 9.70% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202090,555-428-0.47%
201990,983-428-0.47%
201891,411-491-0.53%
201791,902-428-0.46%
201692,330-215-0.23%
201592,5453650.40%
201492,180650.07%
201392,1157460.82%
201291,3698770.97%
201190,4927290.81%
201089,7635,6790.66%
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%