Santa Monica, which is a wonderful beachfront city, is named after Monica, the Christian Saint. The city is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the West, Pacific Palisades to the North, Venice to the South, and West Los Angeles to the East. Many Hollywood celebrities have homes in Santa Monica along with a large mix of executives, renters, surfers, students, and professionals.
Since the climate of Santa Monica is very pleasant it quickly became a resort town famed by early 20th century. After the late 1980s the city started to experience a boom through the momentous growth in job opportunities, increased tourism, and a renaissance of its downtown core.
Santa-Monica-1The people of Tongva originally settled Santa Monica. They used to call Santa Monica, Kecheek in their language. The first people who set foot in the city were the explorers known as Gasper de Portola. The Independence Railroad eventually connected Santa Monica with Los Angeles in the 1970s. This has been seen as the first step in building the infrastructure of the city.
The population started to increase by the start of 20th century when Asian Americans started to live in or near Venice and Santa Monica. Amusement wharfs started to become popular in the first few decades of the 20th century and the widespread Pacific Electric Railroad brought people to the beaches of the city from the Greater Los Angeles Area.
The three main shopping districts in Santa Monica are Montana Avenue, Downtown District, and Main Street. Each of the districts are unique in their own beautiful way. Montana Avenue is an expansion of extravagance boutique outlets, small offices, and restaurants that feature more fashionable shopping. The Downtown area is comprised of the Santa Monica Place, the Third Street Promenade and several other surrounding streets. Downtown is always lively and has great restaurants, stores, and even talented street performers. Main Street has some of the best restaurants and shops in town and has a very eclectic mix of bars that can be enjoyed all year round.
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts the Taste of Santa Monica on the Santa Monica Pier every fall. Visitors can enjoy drinks and food from the restaurants of Santa Monica during annual functions such as Consumer Expo, and Wellness Festival. Santa Monica is a main point for skateboarding culture and is referenced in movies about the Zephyr skate team such as Lords of Dogtown.
Santa-Monica-3Santa Monica is classified to have a subtropical Mediterranean climate and enjoys sunshine throughout the year. The temperature near the beach is cooler during summers and warmer during winters. Historically, rain starts from late October till late March. Winter storms approach from the northwest and cross quickly through the Southland. The rest of the year there is rarely any rain. The city has seen hail but never snowfall or frost. However, cool breezes from the ocean makes the temperature of the city cool and keeps the air fresh and clean.
The environment of Santa Monica is greatly energetic and it is one of the first cities in the nation to adopt an inclusive sustainability plan, water conservation and setting waste reduction policies for both private and public sector. A Community Energy Independence has been adopted by Santa Monica in order to achieve complete independence in terms of energy level by the year 2020.
The educational level for the residents of 25 years of age and older is as high as 54.8% and people above that have a four-year bachelor’s or master’s degree and some go beyond these two degrees. The median age for the county is 38 years and the highest percentage of residents’ ages is 35-49 followed by 65 and older and 50-64.
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