Santa Monica 69 Average
Santa Monica Livability #477 ranked city in California#13,294 ranked city in the USARanks better than 54% of areas

Livability Awards

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
219119% more expensive than the US average
14040% 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 88% higher than California
Total crime
4,856107% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 21107% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
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
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:127% higher than the US average
Santa Monica K-12 schools
D+ Santa Monica User Ratings There are a total of 25 ratings in Santa Monica
Overall user rating
58% 25 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
55% 23 total surveys
all Santa Monica poll results

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      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%.

      Santa Monica transportation information

      StatisticSanta MonicaCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute26min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work67.6%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool5.7%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.2%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle3.9%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk6.2%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home10.7%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Santa Monica, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).