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Santa Monica Among County's Fastest Growing Cities, Census Data Shows

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August 13, 2021 -- Santa Monica added more than 3,300 residents over the past decade, making it one of the fastest growing large cities in Los Angeles County, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday.

The beach city's population grew by 3,340 residents, from 89,736 in 2010 to 93,076 last year, a 3.7 percent increase, according to the data.

The ten-year hike was more than double the population growth in Santa Monica over the previous 40 years, when a total of 1,447 residents were added between 1970 and 2010.

Of the 37 cities in LA County with populations of more than 50,000 -- those for which the census released data -- Santa Monica was the seventh fastest growing city.

The biggest population increases took place in cities on the eastern fringes of the County -- Palmdale, which saw its population increase by 10.9 percent, and Lancaster, which grew by 10.8 percent.

Closer to Santa Monica, Redondo Beach and Hawthorne, both in the South Bay, saw their populations grow by 7.2 and 4.5 percent respectively. Burbank's population grew by 3.9 percent.

By comparison, Pasadena's population grew by 1.2 percent, while Long Beach's grew by 1 percent.

East Los Angeles saw its population drop 6.1 percent, the largest decrease in the County.

The latest Census marks the first time Santa Monica's population tops 90,000 and follows a 6.7 percent increase between 2000 and 2010, when the population grew by 5,652 residents after decreasing or remaining stagnant for 30 years.

Santa Monica's 3.7 percent increase comes as the County's population grew by 2 percent, while the City of Los Angeles' grew by 2.8 percent -- from 3,792,621 residents to 3,898,747.

Los Angeles County was the slowest growing county in the region, according to an analysis of the data by ABC7.

Riverside County saw the most growth over the last decade, increasing by 10.4 percent, followed by San Bernardino County with 7.2 percent growth, Orange County with 5.9 percent, and Ventura County with 2.5 percent growth.

The fastest growing cities in the state were Irvine, which saw its population skyrocket over the past decade by 44.9 percent, from 212,375 to 307,670.

It was followed by Santa Clarita with a 29.7 percent population leap, from 176,320 to 228,673.

In the Bay area, Berkeley's population increased by 10.4 percent, while San Francisco's grew by 8.5 percent.

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