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parking, which was cited by 16 percent (up from 8 percent).

A third of those polled said the City -- which spent $1.6 million on homeless services during the past fiscal year -- is spending too little, while 17 percent said it spends too much.

Half of the residents polled said the City wasn't doing enough to enforce homeless laws, with 51 percent giving the City negative ratings when it came to cracking down on "aggressive begging or panhandling" and 49 percent saying it wasn't doing enough about camping in parks and doorways.

Aside from the homeless, traffic and parking, at least 10 percent of the residents polled mentioned "crime/gangs/drugs" and "education" as top concerns.

The survey also found that most Santa Monica residents use alternative forms of transportation, with 71 percent reporting that they have "intentionally not used their car for a trip in the past month."



According to the United States Census Bureau, as of the 2000 census, the City of Santa Monica had a total population of 84,084.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Santa Monica is located at 34°1'19" North, 118°28'53" West. The city has a total area of 41.2 km² (15.9 mi² . 21.4 km² (8.3 mi²) of it is land and 19.8 km² (7.7 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 48.08% water.

The population density is 3,930.4/km² (10,178.7/mi²). There are 47,863 housing units at an average density of 2,237.3/km² (5,794.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 78.29% White, 3.78% African American, 0.47% Native American, 7.25% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 5.97% from other races, and 4.13% from two or more races. 13.44% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 44,497 households out of which 15.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 27.5% are married couples living together, 7.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 62.3% are non-families. 51.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 1.83 and the average family size is 2.80.

In the city the population is spread out with 14.6% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 40.1% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $50,714, and the median income for a family is $75,989. Males have a median income of $55,689 versus $42,948 for females. The per capita income for the city is $42,874. 10.4% of the population and 5.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 9.9% are under the age of 18 and 10.2% are 65 or older.