Has seen an ebb and flow of economic success throughout its existence.

Overview for Santa Monica, CA

97,514 people live in Santa Monica, where the median age is 40.2 and the average individual income is $77,549.37. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

97,514

TOTAL POPULATION

40.2 YEARS

MEDIAN AGE

HIGH

POPULATION DENSITYPopulation DensityThis is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$77,549.37

AVERAGE INDIVIDUAL INCOME

Welcome to Santa Monica

A lively, community-oriented town with a love for nature, food, and music

An energized, coastal city just west of Los Angeles. It has seen an ebb and flow of economic success throughout its existence. The 1980s were incredibly influential for Santa Monica as the city saw a redesign. The increase in theaters and the town’s now-famous promenade brought in more visitors and residents. It is located along a stretch of the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway, making it easy to take a gorgeous drive to Los Angeles, Malibu, or even San Francisco.

What to love

  • Great dining and entertainment options
  • Public beaches and parks
  • Friendly to all ages
  • Fun activities year-round

Local Lifestyle

Santa Monica is the epitome of SoCal living. The community is friendly and lively and takes full advantage of the beach and pier. The community promotes and maintains a sustainable way of life, which is seen through the use of public bikes, art programs, and public green accessible to all of Los Angeles. The town is community-oriented, featuring many events and destinations that accommodate fun for all ages. Many residents love it for the abundance of diverse restaurants with one-of-kind meals, all made fresh using local ingredients.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Santa Monica has a spectacular array of dining and entertainment. Chinois is a luxurious Chinese-French fusion establishment. This Wolfgang Puck restaurant has a timeless interior and substantial wine list. Pasjoli is another elegant option, serving seasonal French fare in a quaint setting. 

Rustic Canyon is a Michelin- starred restaurant serving seasonal California fare with locally sourced ingredients. They also have a great wine selection and sell custom cakes and pies. Birdie G’s is another cherished seasonal institution focused on bringing locally sourced and a strong sense of community. The Buffalo Club serves New American cuisine in a beautiful garden courtyard.

Many Santa Monica locals enjoy the area’s musical performances. The Broad Stage features drama, music, and dance and is a good option for families. TRiP is more adult-oriented with concerts, trivia, and burlesque nights. McCabe’s Guitar Shop is both a store and musical venue, and Harvelle’s Blues Club is a historical venue showcasing rhythm and blues, hip hop, jazz, and spoken word.

Head to Third Street Promenade, located at the heart of Santa Monica’s downtown, for your shopping needs. This foot-traffic-only strip is home to local and big-name shops, boutiques, restaurants, and street musicians. The pier is located just east of the promenade. 

Santa Monica is a great place to be for energetic individuals and families. The Santa Monica Pier is a popular hangout spot. Besides shopping and dining, it also features an amusement park and aquarium. Every year, the pier hosts annual fairs and events such as the Twilight Dance Festival. Neighboring streets throughout the town host weekly, colorful farmers’ markets. Locals also enjoy spending the day at Palisades Park, a 26.4-acre park located on Ocean Avenue. This park has gorgeous views of the city, ocean, and mountains and is shaded by surrounding towering trees. 

The Annenberg Beach House is a wonderful destination for any beach lover. Once home to actress Miriam Davies, this five-acre site is now a public, community-centered event space with a splash pad, playground, pool, and volleyball court. It also frequently hosts family events, fitness classes, and intramural sports tournaments. 

The California Heritage Museum is a great place to learn more about California’s history. This preserved home showcases various artifacts and stories unique to California and Santa Monica. The Museum of Flying is another fun spot, informing visitors about all things aerospace. 


Visitors to Bergamot Station enjoy viewing artists of all kinds at work in this art center’s numerous galleries. Art lovers from near and far consider Bergamot Station a cultural landmark and enjoy the gallery’s frequent receptions and artist talks.

Schools

There are many schools in the Santa Monica area. Some options include:

Demographics and Employment Data for Santa Monica, CA

PopulationHouseholdsEmployment

Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 97,514 people call Santa Monica home. The population density is 10,307.49 and the largest age group is between 25 and 64 years old. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

97,514

TOTAL POPULATION

HIGH

POPULATION DENSITYPopulation DensityThis is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

40.2

MEDIAN AGE

48.94 / 51.06%

MEN VS WOMEN

POPULATION BY AGE GROUP

0-9: 9.03%

0-9 Years

10-17: 6.15%

10-17 Years

18-24: 5.6%

18-24 Years

25-64: 61.35%

25-64 Years

65-74: 9.28%

65-74 Years

75+: 8.6%

75+ Years

EDUCATION LEVEL

4%

12%

84%

  • Less Than 9th Grade1510 (4%)
  • Associate Degree4125 (12%)
  • Bachelor Degree29880 (84%)

Schools in Santa Monica, CA

All (24)

Primary Schools (8)

Middle Schools (2)

High Schools (2)

Mixed Schools (12)

The following schools are within or nearby Santa Monica. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

TYPE

NAME

CATEGORY

GRADES

SCHOOLRATING

Lincoln Middle

1501 CA Ave., Santa Monica, CA, 90403

Public

6th – 8th

5/5

Roosevelt Elementary

801 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA, 90403

Public

K – 5th

5/5

Santa Monica High

601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90405

Public

9th – 12th

5/5

Grant Elementary

2368 Pearl St., Santa Monica, CA, 90405

Public

K – 5th

5/5

Santa Monica Alternative (K-8)

2525 Fifth St., Santa Monica, CA, 90405

Public

K – 8th

5/5

Franklin Elementary

2400 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA, 90403

Public

K – 5th

5/5

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