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Population of Santa Monica Rises as State Total Nears 40 Million  

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May 5, 2017 -- The estimated population of Santa Monica increased from 93,282 to 93,834 from January 2016 to January 2017 for a change of .59 percent, according to information released this week by the California Department of Finance.

Santa Monica is the 80th-largest city in the state, sitting on the list just behind San Marcos in San Diego County (94,042) and ahead of Carson (93,674).

Los Angeles is the state’s largest city, and its population reached a milestone this year by cracking the 4 million mark with 4,041,707 for a 1.1 percent increase.

The entire state is nearing a milestone, with the population having increased .9 percent to 39,523,613. The population could reach 40 million later this year, and definitely by next year if trends continue.

California’s smallest city is Amador in Northern California with 193 people. Its population did not change at all from last year.

The Department of Finance determines the population with a formula based on the 2010 U.S. Census and other factors. The 2017 population is considered provisional and could change after further research.

The uptick in the number of people living in Santa Monica continues a trend, with the city’s population having increased every year since 2006.

Santa Monica passed the 90,000 mark in 2011. But this was not the first time it had done that. The city’s population was above 90,000 from 1974 to 1979, then dipped to 88,314 in the 1980 census.

Santa Monica is ranked 222 of California’s 482 cities this year in population change by percentage. The majority of California’s cities (393) saw their population increase over the course of the year.

The biggest increase was in Northern California’s Ione, which rose 10.62 percent to reach 7,772.

Total housing units was also included in the information released this week. There are 52,410 residential units in Santa Monica, up from 52,082 in 2016.

The breakdown of the residential units is 9,735 houses (increase of 15 from 2016), 40,645 multi-family units (increase of 312), 1,826 single units attached to houses (increase of one) and 204 mobile homes (unchanged from 2016).

There is a vacancy rate of 8 percent in Santa Monica, and the average household has 1.9 people. Those numbers are nearly identical to what they were in 2016.

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