Santa Monica, CA
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Living in Santa Monica


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 90,401 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 94.83% 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 (17.02%), art, media, and design (11.71%), and business and financial occupations (10.68%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.25% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

One thing noticeable about Santa Monica, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Santa Monica is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Santa Monica a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the nice things about Santa Monica is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy 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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Santa Monica. 67.56% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Santa Monica in 2018 was $72,280, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $289,120 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 15.87% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Santa Monica include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Santa Monica's cultural character, accounting for 23.43% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Santa Monica is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Persian.