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Santa Monica is a city in Los Angeles County, in the Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area.

The latitude of Santa Monica is 34.019N. The longitude is -118.49W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 105 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 87,162.


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Median household income
Local
$50,714
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Santa Monica demographic reports
Santa Monica is on Santa Monica Bay
Developed as a resort, and then as a center for aircraft manufacturing
Public transportation: Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 555. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 6.3 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1982 movie, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
· 1963 movie, "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World"
· 2001 movie, "The Majestic"
Setting for the 2005 movie, "Lords of Dogtown"
Well-known residents have included:
· Sean Penn, actor
· Tobey Maguire, actor
· Robert Redford, actor, director, producer
· Shirley Temple, child movie star
· Suzanne Vega, singer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Diedrich Coffee, Panera Bread, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Nearby parks & recreation: Palisades Park, Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area
Santa Monica attractions: Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Historic routes: Route 66
Historic sites and museums: California Heritage Museum, Children's Nature Institute, Angels Attic Museum, Museum of Flying, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Colleges and universities: Santa Monica College, Rand Graduate School of Policy Studies
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 129
Quotes:
Santa Monica -- a former beach town of funky bungalows and windswept Pacific views that has now become an overbuilt enclave on the westernmost edge of the Los Angeles sprawl.
-- North of Montana
April Smith
Songs:
· "Santa Monica Pier" (Christine Lavin)

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Neighborhoods in Santa Monica include Ocean Park ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Santa Monica demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Los Angeles County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 90404 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

10% of Santa Monica residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Santa Monica ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Santa Monica was $42,874, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

55% of Santa Monica residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Guides to Santa Monica
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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Santa Monica, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $747.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $2,726.


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Libraries

Libraries in Santa Monica include Fairview Branch Library, Montana Ave. Branch Library, Ocean Park Branch Library, Santa Monica Public Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Santa Monica include Santa Monica Daily Press

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KCRW.

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Politics

Los Angeles County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Santa Monica political report.

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Restaurants

Santa Monica restaurants taking online reservations include 310 Lounge & Bistro, Akwa Restaurant, BOA Steakhouse - Santa Monica, Border Grill - Santa Monica, Brass Cap, Capo, Cinch, Daily Grill - Santa Monica, Drago, Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Monica ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Santa Monica workers is 25 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 12 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Santa Monica between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ Santa Monica -- a former beach town of funky bungalows and windswept Pacific views that has now become an overbuilt enclave on the westernmost edge of the Los Angeles sprawl. ”
~ North of Montana
April Smith

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