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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A
Santa Monica is a town in California with a population of 92,495. Santa Monica is in Los Angeles County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Santa Monica offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Santa Monica there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Santa Monica and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Santa Monica are highly rated.
About Santa Monica...
Population
92,495

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,168,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,669
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    72%
  • Own
    28%
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Santa Monica Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    487.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    64.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    300
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    714.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,138.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    253.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    20%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    28%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Santa Monica

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$86,084
National
$55,322
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Santa Monica Reviews

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Santa Monica is fabulous! I've lived in or around this neighborhood for nearly 7 years and it just keeps getting better. The bike/scoot/walkability is phenomenal - and it's only steps to the beach. The community is warm and friendly, full of art and music, and the FOOD IS AMAZING. Seriously, you've got some of the best food in some of the most beautiful locations to be found anywhere. 10/10 love my home.
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I've lived and/or worked in Santa Monica for over 12 years. In addition to it's gorgeous weather and beaches, Santa Monica is both family & pedestrian friendly, as well as a vacation destination and hot spot for evening events. Although Santa Monica has faced years of traffic congestion due to its popularity, however the City continues to strive to be environmentally conscious through offering fantastic public transportation--the new metrorail, (hulu) bike rental kiosks, becoming anti-smoking, and banning plastic bags. From healthy fast casual restaurants offering vegan cuisine, bistros and fresh sushi to high end restaurants...Santa Monica offers it all!
Santa Monica is an amazing place to live and THRIVE. Living here has drastically improved my overall well being which is all too important living in a major city such as Los Angeles. The city cares about their community and if there was anything I would change, it would be more opportunities to engage with my neighbors and events (however there already is a lot)!