City of Santa Monica Information.
Santa Monica was founded in 1875 and become an incorporated city in 1886. Up until WW II, Santa Monica was a small beachside community connected to distant Los Angeles by the Red Trolley line. The war and the subsequent years of commercial development brought exceptional growth as housing construction surged to accommodate an amazing influx of people. Despite decades of some of the most intense concentration of commercial and residential development, Santa Monica remains today a beachside community whose diverse residents strongly identify with the neighborhoods and community they live in.

> Motto:
"Fortunate people in a fortunate land"
> Incorporated:
November 30, 1886
> Land Area:
8.3 square miles
> Population:
2000 census: 84,084
46% of population concentrated in 22-44 age group
1/3 population resides in the 90405 zip code
> Industry:
10,000 licensed businesses generate nearly $7.3 billion of sales
68,000 jobs
Greater than 50% of employed work in managerial, professional and technical positions
Median household income in 1998: $48,934
> Housing:
49,500 housing units in Santa Monica
69% are occupied by renters
> Median Home Prices:
Single Family:
From $390,000 in 90404 zip code
to $1,425,000 in 90402 zip code
Condominiums:
From $321,000 in 90404 zip code
to $600,000 in 90402 zip code

The above statistical information was taken from the City of Santa Monica website. For a more fascinating look at the people of Santa Monica, please visit the recently published Rand Corporation 2000 Report. http://www.rand.org/publications/DRU/DRU2211.pdf.

 
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