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Santa Monica Population Increases Slightly
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By Jonathan Friedman
Associate Editor

May 5, 2016 -- The population of Santa Monica increased from 93,093 to 93,640 between January 2015 and January 2016 for a change of .6 percent, according to information released this week by the California Department of Finance Santa Monica ranked 264th of California’s 482 cities in population change by percentage.

Vernon, the second-smallest city in the state, ranked first on that list with a 72.1 percent increase (froom 122 persons to 210). Ranking last was Avenal in Kings County (located in Central California) with a 5 percent decrease (from 13,029 to 12,373).

There were population gains in 437 cities, while 44 saw their numbers go down.

The City of Tehama in Northern California’s Tehama County kept the same population of 431, making it the only city in the state experiencing no change in population over the course of 12 months.

California's population rose from 38,907,642 to 39,255,883 (.9 percent). The population of Los Angeles County increased .8 percent--from 10,155,069 to 10,241.335.

San Joaquin County was the fastest growing county, increasing by 1.3 percent to 733,383.

Santa Monica has the 80th-largest population in California, placing it just behind Carson (93,993) and ahead of San Marcos in San Diego County (93,295).

The city’s population has been increasing each year during this decade, beginning with 89,736 in 2010, according to the U.S Census.

Estimates by the State government of Santa Monica's population since the census year include 90,306 in 2011, 90,723 in 2012, 91,271 in 2013 and 92,235 in 2014.

The year 2011 was significant because it was the first time Santa Monica’s population surpassed the 90,000 threshold in more than three decades.

Santa Monica's population was above the 90,000 mark from 1974 to 1979, but dipped to 88,314 in the 1980 U.S. Census.

The last time Santa Monica’s population decreased from one year to the next was in 2006, when the number fell slightly from 88,795 to 88,692.

Total housing units were also included in the State's information released this week. There are 52,082 residential units in Santa Monica, up from 51,977 in 2015.

The breakdown of the residential units includes 9,720 houses (an increase of one from 2015); 40,333 multi-family units (up from 40,229); 1,825 single units attached to houses (unchanged from 2015) and 204 mobile homes (unchanged from 2015).

There is a vacancy rate of 8 percent in Santa Monica, and the average household has 1.91 people. Those numbers are nearly identical to what they were in 2015.

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