DOWNTOWN — The number of people who can call Santa Monica home grew slightly over the last 10 years, from 84,084 to 89,735, representing a 6.7 percent increase, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Of those residents, 77,156 are over the age of 18, according to the 2010 Census.

There are 11,716 Hispanic or Latino residents of any race. Of the residents who identified themselves as being of one race, 62,917 are white, 7,960 are Asian, 3,364 are black or African-American, 173 are American Indian/Alaska native, 116 are Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander and 316 as “some other race,” according to the census. The number of Santa Monicans who identified themselves as being of two or more races was 3,174.

The census figures also indicated that there are 50,912 housing units in Santa Monica, 46,917 of which are occupied and 3,995 of which are vacant.

In December, the Census Bureau released state population figures indicating that the population of California grew from 33.9 million residents in 2000 to 37.3 million in 2010. Though California’s 10 percent growth rate makes it the 20th fastest-growing state in the country, it remains the most populous state.

More detailed demographic characteristics were not made available by presstime. To learn more about Santa Monica’s data, go to www.census.gov and search for the American FactFinder page.

kevinh@www.smdp.com

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