SANTA MONICA

This stunning locale has all the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles but the laid-back vibe of a classic California beach town.

Welcome to Santa Monica

Boardwalk sunsets, beachfront brunches, and early morning beach strolls make up this oceanside oasis.
 
Santa Monica is a walking haven in California brimming with outdoor adventures, luxurious health spas, and opportunities to unwind under clear blue skies and awe-inspiring sunsets. Beautiful people, crowded beaches, chic stores, and amazing restaurants can all be found in Santa Monica. Its clean streets, pleasant weather, open-air shopping centers, and easily accessible seashore combine with its busy pier, complete with amusement park attractions and a solar-powered Ferris wheel, to create a worldwide beach destination.
 
To the south and west, Santa Monica is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica State Beach, while the sprawling city of Los Angeles flanks its north, east, and northeast sides. Its strategic location is why Santa Monica is a popular area for the entertainment industry’s top actors and actresses. This stunning locale has all the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles but the laid-back vibe of a classic California beach town.
 

What to Love

  • Walkable to great restaurants and shops
  • Excellent schools
  • Beautiful beaches and gorgeous sunsets
  • Sustainable living
  • Amazing weather year-round

Local Lifestyle

Santa Monica exudes an easygoing ambiance because of its prime location along the Pacific coast. The tranquil, opulent neighborhood is a favorite of many due to its charm and lots of available activities. People here are quite forward-thinking and love to spend time outdoors, whether surfing, hiking, or simply strolling through town on a Sunday evening. This beach town is full of interesting people from all walks of life, from young families to professionals and retirees.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

From Santa Monica Place along Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica to the one-of-a-kind stores on Main Street and Montana Avenue, Santa Monica is a shopper's paradise. Located east of the pier, the three blocks that make up the 3rd Street Promenade are anchored by Santa Monica Place, an upmarket shopping center with more than eighty stores. It's a shopper's paradise, replete with everything from gourmet groceries to high-end clothing labels. Wilshire Boulevard, Montana Avenue, and Main Street are where you'll find many of Santa Monica's most interesting boutiques. You can get unique clothing, accessories, home decor, and upmarket gifts in the many shops that line these streets.
 
There are spectacular restaurants and entertainment venues in Santa Monica. You can never go wrong with a flavorful lunch or dinner at Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery. Dozens of patrons wait in line for the eatery’s artisan sandwiches, which feature a wide range of selected meats and freshly baked bread.
 
Melisse Restaurant has been a fixture in Santa Monica for almost 20 years, and it’s easy to see why. Once seated in the cozy dining room, diners can look forward to approximately ten mouthwatering courses, excellent service, and, most importantly, food that exceeds all expectations. 
 
Huckleberry Cafe is wonderful for sweet delights and morning meals, while Milo & Olive is the place to go for delicious baked products and woodfired pizza. 
 
If those options aren’t enough, consider visiting Pasjoli, Rustic Canyon, Cassia, Cobi's, Citrin Restaurant, Crudo e Nudo, and Sunny Blue. These restaurants only add to Santa Monica’s rich and vibrant culinary scene.
 

Things to Do

Santa Monica is the place to be if you enjoy spending time outside and value gorgeous scenery. Palisades Park offers spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. 
 
Santa Monica State Beach, which stretches the length of Santa Monica, is always bustling with activity and exudes a spirit of summer celebration. The largest crowds congregate near the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, the area’s primary draw. This pier provides a wealth of activities, including shopping, dining, and more.
 
Tongva Park includes walking trails, a playground, meadows, waterfalls, and a lookout with stunning views of the Pacific. 
 
If you love music, make sure to stop by McCabe's Guitar Shop. This well-known guitar shop hosts small performances in the store's rear room. Even if you don't plan on attending a show, a trip there is well worth it just to admire the hundreds of stunning guitars that line the walls. 
 
Experience stunning scenery and enjoy a good workout as you climb the Santa Monica Stairs or La Mesa Secret Stairs, both of which offer a plethora of hiking activities for fitness enthusiasts and nature lovers. 
 

Schools 

Santa Monica falls under the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Top schools in this community include:
 
  • Santa Monica Alternative School, Grades K-8
  • Canyon Elementary School, Grades K-5
  • Lincoln Middle School, Grades 6-8
  • Santa Monica High School, Grades 9-12

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Around SANTA MONICA, CA

There's plenty to do around SANTA MONICA, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Very Walkable
Walking Score
97
Biker's Paradise
Bike Score
70
Excellent Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Energy FX Fitness Consultants, Satori Bay, and Advanced Athletics.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Active 3.47 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.57 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.94 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.97 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.15 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.09 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for SANTA MONICA, CA

SANTA MONICA has 48,492 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in SANTA MONICA do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. 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 Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

97,514

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This 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:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
48,492

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$77,549.37

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in SANTA MONICA, CA

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Middle Schools ()
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Mixed Schools ()
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
School rating
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
St Monica Catholic Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Garden Of Angels School
PRIVATE
PreK - 2nd
No rating available
Roosevelt Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Olympic High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Crossroads School For Arts & Sciences
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Waldorf Early Childhood Center
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
John Muir Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Santa Monica Alternative (K-8)
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
Ps 1 Pluralistic School
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
Waldorf Early Childhood Center
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Pacifica Christian High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 9th
No rating available
Acton Academy Venice Beach
PRIVATE
1st - 9th
No rating available
Lighthouse Church School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Will Rogers Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Santa Monica Montessori
PRIVATE
K - 7th
No rating available

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 Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$77,549.37

Average individual Income

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