Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica, from Santa Mónica (Spanish for 'Saint Monica'),[11][12][13] is a city in Los Angeles County, situated along Santa Monica Bay on California's South Coast. Santa Monica's 2020 U.S. Census population was 93,076. Santa Monica is a popular resort town, owing to its climate, beaches, and hospitality industry.[14] It has a diverse economy, hosting headquarters of companies such as Hulu, Universal Music Group, Lionsgate Films, and The Recording Academy.

Santa Monica
City of Santa Monica
Official seal of Santa Monica
Populus felix in urbe felice
(Latin for 'Happy people in a happy city' / 'Fortunate people in a fortunate land')[2]
Coordinates: 34°01′19″N 118°28′53″W
CountryUnited States
CountyLos Angeles
Spanish encampmentAugust 3, 1769
IncorporatedNovember 30, 1886[3]
Named forSaint Monica
  MayorGleam Davis (D)[5]
  Mayor Pro TemLana Negrete
  City CouncilOscar de la Torre
Caroline Torosis
Christine Parra
Phil Brock
Jesse Zwick
  City ManagerDavid White
  Total16.00 sq mi (41.43 km2)
  Land8.41 sq mi (21.80 km2)
  Water7.58 sq mi (19.64 km2)
Elevation105 ft (32 m)
  Rank83rd in California
  Density11,067/sq mi (4,273/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
  Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP Codes
Area codes310/424
FIPS code06-70000[9]
GNIS feature IDs1652792, 2411825[10]

Santa Monica traces its history to Rancho San Vicente y Santa Mónica, granted in 1839 to the Sepúlveda family of California. The rancho was later sold to John P. Jones and Robert Baker, who in 1875, along with his Californio heiress wife Arcadia Bandini de Stearns Baker, founded Santa Monica, which incorporated as a city in 1886. The city developed into a seaside resort during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with the creation of tourist attractions such as Palisades Park, the Santa Monica Pier, Ocean Park, and the Hotel Casa del Mar.

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