Santa Monica is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 92,478 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Santa Monica is the 80th largest community in California.
Santa Monica home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Santa Monica real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Santa Monica is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.18% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Santa Monica is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Santa Monica who work in management occupations (16.74%), art, media, and design (12.84%), and sales jobs (10.46%).
Of important note, Santa Monica is also a city of artists. Santa Monica has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Santa Monica’s character.
Also of interest is that Santa Monica has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Santa Monica telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.80% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Santa Monica is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Santa Monica is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Santa Monica, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Santa Monica, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Santa Monica is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 65.27% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Santa Monica in 2010 was $59,704, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $238,816 for a family of four. However, Santa Monica contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Santa Monica is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Santa Monica home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Santa Monica residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Santa Monica also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.38% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Santa Monica include Irish, English, Russian, and Italian.
In addition, Santa Monica has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (23.29%).
The most common language spoken in Santa Monica is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.