Life in Santa Monica, California

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to Santa Monica, California? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in Santa Monica?
Maria Nunez reports in this review:
WeatherHow much crime?What are the neighborhoods like?What are the people like?
Santa Monica has classic Southern California weather, meaning it is sunny with blue skies throughout summer and fall, although you get morning fog in early summer that usually burns off early in the day. Winters are very mild, with temperatures in the fifties. It only rains a few weeks out of the year, usually between December and March.I've never directly experienced crime, but there are a lot of panhandlers and homeless along the waterfront, and along the tourist heavy stretches along the promenade there are known to be shoplifters.Santa Monica is relatively small and wealthy, so there are no really bad areas. At night the blocks near Virginia Park and the freeway are a little sketchy, but find in the daytime.

Ocean Park is probably the coolest part of town, and it's near Venice Beach as well. Anything along the beach is pretty great as well.
People are generally very friendly. It's a tourist town so there are a lot of people from all over, and from all walks of life. Some of the fancier shops and areas can be a little snooty if you don't look like you're a Hollywood hotshot.
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There is tons of great shopping in Santa Monica. The third street promenade is lined with all the major brand stores, plus some smaller boutiques and it ends up at a recently renovated Santa Monica Place mall which has a Macy's as the anchor store, along withYou can find almost any cuisine at all price ranges, which is nice. Wolfgang Puck's Chinois is a great fancy place to impress out-of-towners, while The Penthouse is a bit hipper and has amazing views. Hostaria di Piccolo great for brunch and a little more reasonable. For cheap eats you can find awesome Mexican food at places like Tacos Por Favor.Very good for singles, but also very competitive. There are definitely a lot of actor/model types that can be very intimidating. If you dig around you can find other subcultures, but there is a bit of an air of superficiality sometimes.There is a freeway, but I've never lived near it.
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While it is a small town, the amount of wealth and the proximity to Hollywood means that it feels extremely cosmopolitan. Add to that the beachfront location and shopping districts and it feels more like a neighborhood of a larger city (Los Angeles) than a proper town. It reminds me a bit of Sausalito or even a smaller Santa Barbara.Probably the UCLA Medical Center, which is very highly rated. However I haven't needed to use it.Definitely the beach and pier. You can walk along the waterfront between the 1920s and 1930s architecture on one side and the beach and ocean on the other and visit the pier and maybe catch one of the better street musicians.Santa Monica looks exactly like you would expect SoCal to from watching movies and television. The weather is gorgeous, the pier with its ferris wheel and the beautiful beaches make you feel like you're going to run into a celebrity any second. And sometimes you do! I spotted Donatella Versace coming out of one of the hotel restaurants.
Santa Monica, California population: 89736

How many black people live in Santa Monica? How many white people?
Number of White People69663Percentage of White people77.6%
Number of Black People4475Percentage of Black people5%
Number of Hispanic People12512Percentage of Hispanic people14%
Number of Asian People10623Percentage of Asian people11.8%
Number of American Indian People974Percentage of American Indian people1.1%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

Santa Monica, California

Percent college grads: 62.9%
Percent grad school grads: 27.8%
Unemployment rate: 7.4
Median house value: 985500
Median income: 68842

How many singles in Santa Monica?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
873885101.03men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
490740821.2men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
373138440.97men for each woman

Crimes in Santa Monica, California
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault2120%1%
Auto Theft1660%1%

Weather History for Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica, California Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year0000002858100
How many days and how much precipitation and snow for Santa Monica, California?

Number of days of rain
(.1 inch or greater)
total rainfallNumber of days of snow
(.5 inch or greater)
Total snowfall
Average year191200
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year00000014222300

How many hot humid days a year does Santa Monica, California have?
How many cloudy days a year does Santa Monica, California have?
How many sunny days a year does Santa Monica, California have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does Santa Monica, California have? How windy is it?
See below for the answers!
MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year03520011416171517369

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.