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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 92,078. 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
92,078

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,242,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,734
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    71%
  • Own
    29%
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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
    408.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    43.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    269.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    629.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,430.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    266.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    21%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    29%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Santa Monica

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$93,865
National
$55,322
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Santa Monica Reviews

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Great experience! Unfortunately, too many homeless people. It’s really changed since I grew up there and graduated in 1981. But the weather is perfect! It starts off with an overcast morning leading into beautiful sunshine by noon. Not to be missed!
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I absolutely love living in Santa Monica! The beach is beautiful, streets are clean and full with life. People around here are very kind. There’s an abundance of nice restaurants, bars, and stores. It is definitely filled with tourism but other than that, Santa Monica is the perfect spot to settle in!
Santa Monica is marvelous! I was born, raised, and am currently living here, and it just keeps progressing. The eco-friendly transportation is remarkable - and it's right on the beach. The neighborhood is cordial and helpful, full of art and music, and the FOOD IS ASTONISHING. The best bakery is Sweet Lady Jane.