A coastal city in western Los Angeles County, California, USA. As of the 2005 census, the city had a population of 96,500, but an early 2006 estimate has the population at 103,255. Santa Monica is named for Saint Monica of Hippo because the area on which the city is now located was first visited by Spaniards on her feast day. In the skateboard and surfing communities, Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood and adjacent parts of Venice are sometimes called Dog-town. Santa Monica is sometimes referred to with the colloquial abbreviation “SaMo”. Because of its agreeable weather, Santa Monica had become a famed resort town by the early 20th century.