Santa Monica, California Population 2021

88,991
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Santa Monica is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 88,991, it is the 91st largest city in California and the 384th largest city in the United States. Santa Monica is currently declining at a rate of -0.79% annually and its population has decreased by -0.83% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 89,736 in 2010. Santa Monica reached it's highest population of 92,422 in 2015. Spanning over 16 miles, Santa Monica has a population density of 10,575 people per square mile.

The average household income in Santa Monica is $149,429 with a poverty rate of 9.94%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,802 per month, and the median house value is $1.38 Mn. The median age in Santa Monica is 40.1 years, 38.9 years for males, and 41.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 99.6 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: 75.94%
  • Asian: 10.15%
  • Two or more races: 5.88%
  • Black or African American: 4.48%
  • Other race: 3.13%
  • Native American: 0.31%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.11%
The current population of Santa Monica, California is 88,991, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 91,106.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 89,736.

Santa Monica, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White69,53975.94%
Asian9,29910.15%
Two or More Races5,3855.88%
Black or African American4,1004.48%
Some Other Race2,8693.13%
American Indian and Alaska Native2840.31%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1010.11%
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Santa Monica Population by Race

Santa Monica Population Pyramid 2021

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Santa Monica Median Age

40.1


Total

38.9


Male

41.4


Female

Santa Monica Adults

There are 77,882 adults, (16,267 of whom are seniors) in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Age Dependency

48.6

Age Dependency Ratio

26.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

22.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Monica Sex Ratio

Female

45,887

50.11%

Male

45,690

49.89%

Santa Monica Population by Age

Santa Monica Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Santa Monica Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married48.6%51.4%
Female29.1%70.9%
All29%71%
Male28.2%71.8%
Non Family18%82%

29.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Santa Monica Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All45,3091.9929
Non Family26,4221.2918
Married14,8482.9948.6
Female2,5122.8629.1
Male1,5272.828.2

2.9

Average Family Size

1.99

Average Household Size

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Santa Monica Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,0022.77%
9th to 12th Grade1,6192.24%
High School Graduate6,0858.42%
Some College9,98713.82%
Associates Degree3,5054.85%
Bachelors Degree28,25339.10%
Graduate Degree20,81028.80%
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Santa Monica Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Santa Monica Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White49,37448,47335,830
Hispanic9,9367,7364,636
Asian7,2286,9775,430
Multiple Races3,1452,9212,145
Black2,9712,8301,278
Other Race1,9141,346711
Native American249177103
Islander878739

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 75.12%.

Santa Monica Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$68,076$81,111$57,989
Less Than High School$24,789$32,686$18,100
High School Grad$30,095$34,839$24,210
Some College$39,940$44,495$33,712
Bachelors Degree$74,870$84,618$62,206
Graduate Degree$96,164$116,056$80,984

$68,076

Average Earnings

$81,111

Average Male

$57,989

Average Female

Santa Monica Earnings by Educational Attainment

Santa Monica Language by Age

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Santa Monica Language

71.59% of Santa Monica residents speak only English, while 28.41% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.87% of the population.

Santa Monica Language

Santa Monica Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White58,7244,9808.48%
Hispanic13,9521,62811.67%
Asian9,1861,03011.21%
Black3,95874318.77%
Multiple5,38559511.05%
Other2,79451718.50%
Native2817827.76%
Islander1011716.83%

9.94%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.44%

Male Poverty Rate

10.44%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Monica

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Monica is Native, with 27.76% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Monica is White, with 8.48% 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 10.97%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.85%.

Santa Monica Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School23.63%
High School19.49%
Some College13.64%
Bachelors or Greater6.51%

Santa Monica Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed24.69%
Female Unemployed19.31%
Female Employed4.69%
Male Employed3.10%

Santa Monica Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Santa Monica Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$96,570$149,429
Families$131,845$212,486
Married Families$155,357-
Non Families$74,368$102,307
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Income by Household Type

Santa Monica Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.4%

Male Marriage Rate

38.7%

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 Marital Status

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2,555

Number of Veterans

2,330

Male Veterans

225

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam823
First Gulf War357
Korea344
Second Gulf War311
World War II163

Santa Monica Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+1,044
65 to 74607
35 to 54499
55 to 64305
18 to 34100

Santa Monica Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,1243.52%
Hispanic4403.82%
Black1695.04%
Asian1291.59%
2 or More962.87%
Other230.99%
Indian145.62%

Santa Monica Veterans by Race

Santa Monica Veterans by Education

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13.35%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.89%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Monica Veterans by Education

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69.6%

Labor Force Participation

65.8%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Monica Employment by Age

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Santa Monica Employment by Race

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Santa Monica Employment by Education

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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38.99%

Born in California

76.47%

Native Born

23.53%

Foreign Born

8.94%

Non Citizen

14.58%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

76.47% of Santa Monica residents were born in the United States, with 38.99% having been born in California. 8.94% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Santa Monica Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202188,991-705-0.79%
202089,696-705-0.78%
201990,401-705-0.77%
201891,106-641-0.70%
201791,747-429-0.47%
201692,176-246-0.27%
201592,4223350.36%
201492,087370.04%
201392,0507230.79%
201291,3278510.94%
201190,4767170.80%
201089,7595,6750.66%
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 by Year