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A+ Santa Monica Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Santa Monica Cost of Living Cost of living is 57% higher than California
Santa Monica
217117% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Santa Monica cost of living
F Santa Monica Crime Total crime is 86% higher than California
Total crime
5,46598% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 1998% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
20%Year over year crime is up
Santa Monica crime
B- Santa Monica Employment Household income is 29% higher than California
Median household income
$82,12348% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$62,874111% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%27% higher than the US average
Santa Monica employment
A- Santa Monica Housing Home value is 165% higher than California
Median home value
$1,086,300488% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,62671% higher than the US average
Home ownership
28%57% lower than the US average
Santa Monica real estate or Santa Monica rentals
A- Santa Monica Schools HS graduation rate is 18% higher than California
High school grad. rates
94%13% higher than the US average
School test scores
61%24% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:127% higher than the US average
Santa Monica K-12 schools or Santa Monica colleges

Living in Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica, California is a mid-sized city with a population of 92,247 inhabitants. In Santa Monica, there are 10,962 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (78% White). Given that fact, Santa Monica could be considered less diverse than other cities. Santa Monica has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 75% of the population is classified as married and 62% have kids.

Living in Santa Monica can be a positive experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Santa Monica, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like weather, employment, housing and more.

The livability score in Santa Monica is 75/100 and the city is ranked in the 82nd percentile of all cities across America. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Santa Monica could be a great choice! For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Santa Monica ranks very well for amenities (A+), weather (A), education (A-), employment (B-) and housing (A-). Santa Monica does not rank well for the following: crime (F) and cost of living (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Santa Monica, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade, and Third Street Promenade.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Santa Monica has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Santa Monica. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Santa Monica are affordable. Median real estate prices in Santa Monica come in at $1,086,300, which is 165.4% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Santa Monica, the home price to income ratio is 13.2, which is 106.3% higher than the California average. Real estate appreciation rates in Santa Monica are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Santa Monica homes comes in at 5.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 12.6%.

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Compare Santa Monica, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Santa Monica, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Brockmont, Glendale8116.6596
El Miradero, Glendale7915.73,627
Westwood, Los Angeles773.755,285
Verdugo Mountains, Glendale7717.54,172
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Bel Air, Los Angeles775.58,746
West Los Angeles, Los Angeles76442,797
Toluca Lake, Los Angeles7611.43,727
Century City, Los Angeles764.45,574

Best Cities Near Santa Monica, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
La CaƱada Flintridge, CA8520.720,477
Marina del Rey, CA853.69,782
Hermosa Beach, CA851219,726
Manhattan Beach, CA8410.435,573
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Marino, CA8422.213,324
Hidden Hills, CA8414.11,573
South Pasadena, CA8319.525,936
Newport Beach, CA8342.386,813

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A Beautiful Disaster

I lived in Santa Monica for 5 years and I loved some things about it and hated many things about it. The crime and homeless problem are out of control. It's a beautiful city with many things to do and centered around families: many organizations that cater to families and the schools are decent. It's a small congested town and the crime was out of control; mostly gang shootings weekly that claimed many young lives, the shooting that occurred at Santa Monica College and homeless on the beach; most occurred in the Pico neighborhood. It was time for me to move on when the Police started to racial profile. Once the train was built it really became a nightmare. I like to say that Santa Monica is an overpriced ghetto because it is outrageously overpriced for what little you get in return. I'm not kidding rent is $5,000-$10,000.
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Santa Monica, CA: Always Beautiful and Trendy

One of the most beautiful cities in California is Santa Monica. This gorgeous city has even inspired musicians like Sheryl Crow to create songs centering around it. One of Sheryl Crow's most famous songs "All I Wanna Do" centers around various parts of Santa Monica and its free spirit. The people visiting Santa Monic are eccentric, free spirited, and above all other things, beautiful. There is great shopping, a wonderful beach, and restaurants that Santa Monica has to offer.

The Santa Monica pier is a central point of activity in the city. During the day, it can be an amazing experience to grab a drink or ride on the ferris wheel of the pier. It is situated right on Santa Monica beach. During the night, it becomes a center point of nightlife. The Promenade is another popular location in Santa Monica. This is the elegant outdoor shopping center and has some of the trendiest stores.

Living in Santa Monica is a dream of many Californians. If you are moving to California, you would be doing yourself a service to move to Santa Monica and live on the pier or near the Promenade shopping center (if you can afford it). Overall, Santa Monica is a chill place with great people.
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Source: The Santa Monica, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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