Best Places to Live

Santa Monica , CA

Population: 92,169
LIV
SCORE
619
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A beachfront city gracing Santa Monica Bay, Santa Monica is a palm tree-laden community with more than 300 days of sunshine a year.

A diverse economy features strong sectors in education, healthcare and technology, and the median household income tops $80,000. The city scored well in the healthcare category thanks to a network that includes Saint John’s Health Center and Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center.

Santa Monica might be best known for its eponymous pier that attracts thousands of tourists a year. Visitors and residents alike never run out of things to explore here, whether they're enjoying the amusement park or enjoying the local boutiques and restaurants downtown. In addition, Santa Monica scored well in civic-social engagement — the city is one of the most conservation-conscious municipalities in the nation as evidenced by its own Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

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Santa Monica , CA Ranking Data

Civic
72
Demographics
59
Economy
60
Education
89
Health
69
Housing
37
Infrastructure
60