Santa Monica, California Population 2022

93,744
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Santa Monica is a city located in Los Angeles County California. With a 2020 population of 93,744, it is the 85th largest city in California and the 380th largest city in the United States. Santa Monica is currently growing at a rate of 0.36% annually and its population has increased by 0.72% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 93,076 in 2020. Spanning over 16 miles, Santa Monica has a population density of 11,140 people per square mile.

The average household income in Santa Monica is $149,429 with a poverty rate of 10.13%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,900 per month, and the median house value is $1.45 Mn. The median age in Santa Monica is 40.1 years, 38.9 years for males, and 41.4 years for females.

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 Monicawas:

  • White: 73.11%
  • Asian: 10.32%
  • Two or more races: 8.59%
  • Black or African American: 4.18%
  • Other race: 3.36%
  • Native American: 0.34%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%
The current population of Santa Monica, California is 93,744 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 93,076.

Santa Monica, California Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White66,97373.11%
Black or African American3,8314.18%
American Indian and Alaska Native3120.34%
Asian9,45110.32%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander780.09%
Some Other Race3,0823.36%
Two or More Races7,8738.59%
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Santa Monica Population by Race

Santa Monica Population Pyramid 2022

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Santa Monica Median Age

40.5


Total

39.6


Male

41.4


Female

Santa Monica Adults

There are 77,791 adults, (16,411 of whom are seniors) in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

26.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

22.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Monica Sex Ratio

Female

46,329

50.58%

Male

45,271

49.42%

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
Married47.7%52.3%
All27.9%72.1%
Male26.3%73.7%
Female25.5%74.5%
Non Family17.5%82.5%

27.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Santa Monica Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All45,7061.9727.9
Married14,549347.7
Male1,6062.7326.3
Female2,9592.8125.5
Non Family26,5921.2717.5

2.9

Average Family Size

1.97

Average Household Size

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Santa Monica Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,2783.13%
9th to 12th Grade1,9992.75%
High School Graduate5,8898.10%
Some College9,18812.63%
Associates Degree3,9425.42%
Bachelors Degree28,11638.65%
Graduate Degree21,33429.33%
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Santa Monica Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Santa Monica Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian7,2707,0175,518
White48,70847,51135,441
2+ Races4,7454,1522,866
Black2,9442,7591,437
Hispanic10,4568,0134,792
Other Race2,1031,507899
Islander666627
Native American28516877

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 75.90%.

Santa Monica Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$72,091$81,503$61,608
Less Than 9th Grade$28,684$31,020$25,402
High School Graduate$33,635$38,984$30,000
Some College$40,472$41,079$39,343
Bachelors Degree$77,415$86,728$65,819
Graduate Degree$97,936$122,886$82,242

$72,091

Average Earnings

$81,503

Average Male

$61,608

Average Female

Santa Monica Earnings by Educational Attainment

Santa Monica Language by Age

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Santa Monica Language

72.20% of Santa Monica residents speak only English, while 27.80% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 11.09% of the population.

Santa Monica Language

Santa Monica Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native3038327.39%
Black3,67467118.26%
Islander781417.95%
Asian9,3761,13912.15%
White57,3425,3399.31%
Other528NaN%
Hispanic14,6441,3539.24%
Multiple7,8655907.50%

10.13%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.67%

Male Poverty Rate

10.58%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Monica

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Monica is Native, with 27.39% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Monica is Multiple, with 7.50% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.37%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.04%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.06%.

Santa Monica Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade21.21%
High School21.17%
Some College14.52%
Bachelors or Greater6.91%

Santa Monica Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed3.32%
Male Unemployed21.08%
Female Employed3.94%
Female Unemployed23.86%

Santa Monica Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Santa Monica Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$98,300$151,652
Families$130,933$209,645
Married Families$167,299-
Non Families$78,176$108,082
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Income by Household Type

Santa Monica Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

39.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.9%

Male Marriage Rate

38.6%

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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2,428

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War342
First Gulf War437
Vietnam708
Korea267
World War II161

Santa Monica Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34128
35 to 54532
55 to 64269
65 to 74507
75+992

Santa Monica Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,9903.40%
Black1554.89%
Native American7927.72%
Asian500.62%
Other Race180.71%
2+ Races1362.67%
Hispanic4313.60%

Santa Monica Veterans by Race

Santa Monica Veterans by Education

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13.02%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.81%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Monica Veterans by Education

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68.7%

Labor Force Participation

64.3%

Employment Rate

6.3%

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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38.96%

Born in Santa Monica

77.38%

Native Born

22.62%

Foreign Born

8.64%

Non Citizen

13.98%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

77.38% of Santa Monica residents were born in the United States, with 38.96% having been born in California. 8.64% 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

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18804170.00%
18901,5801,16314.25%
19003,0571,4776.82%
19107,8474,7909.89%
192015,2527,4056.87%
193037,14621,8949.31%
194053,50016,3543.72%
195071,59518,0952.96%
196083,24911,6541.52%
197088,2895,0400.59%
198088,314250.00%
199086,905-1,409-0.16%
200084,084-2,821-0.33%
201089,7365,6520.65%
201190,0703340.37%
201290,4043340.37%
201390,7383340.37%
201491,0723340.37%
201591,4063340.37%
201691,7403340.37%
201792,0743340.36%
201892,4083340.36%
201992,7423340.36%
202093,0763340.36%
202193,4103340.36%
202293,7443340.36%

Santa Monica Population by Year