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Santa Monica, CA, City and Education Information

Located just west of Los Angeles, Santa Monica is a small city known for its surfing and Bohemian cultures, high quality of life and booming tourism industry. Residents have access to institutions of higher learning such as Santa Monica College, the University of Southern California and UCLA.

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Information about Santa Monica

The city of Santa Monica is situated in Los Angeles County, a short drive from downtown Los Angeles. Santa Monica had an estimated population of around 92,987 in 2014. The city's 8 square miles is divided into commercial districts and residential communities, surrounded by Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Monica attracts tourists and locals to its beaches, piers and shopping venues. The city boasts 245 acres of state beach where surfing, swimming, sunbathing or simply walking in the sand are all popular activities for visitors and residents alike. The most popular shopping areas include the Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue, Main Street and Santa Monica Place. Temperatures in Santa Monica are mild year-round, making it possible to enjoy the outdoors nearly every day of the year. The city is also a worldwide center of skateboarding culture.

Higher Education in and around Santa Monica

Santa Monica is a highly educated city, with nearly 65 percent of all city residents over the age of 25 holding a bachelor's degree in 2010-2014, compared with only about 29% for the U.S. as a whole. In the city limits, postsecondary students can study at Santa Monica College or the Pardee RAND Graduate School, which offers master's and doctorate programs in public administration and social service professions. Situated in neighboring Los Angeles, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Southern California were both among U.S. News & World Report's top 25 national universities in 2016.

Employment in Santa Monica

In 2014, the largest employers in Santa Monica included city government, Santa Monica College, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the Santa Monica - UCLA and Saint John's health centers. Other major employers were the RAND Corporation, Universal Music Group, Activision Blizzard, hotel operator ET Whitehall and Lion's Gate Entertainment.

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