Santa Barbara

The subtropical climate of this seaside city encourages an outdoor lifestyle.

Welcome to Santa Barbara

If you need to be convinced of what Santa Barbara has to offer, you obviously haven't visited! Known as the American Riviera, the Santa Barbara area features architecture tying together Spanish and Mediterranean influences with its Mexican and Californian distinctiveness.

There are many Spanish- and Mission-style homes here in Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Carpinteria. And because there are no new developments either under construction or planned in Santa Barbara, these houses, including existing homes on bluff-top property, are highly sought after. Even with the demand, however, the area does not feel crowded. Here it is possible to own 5 acres of land and ride your own horses on the beach.
 
There are less than 100,000 people in the Santa Barbara city limits, and surrounding areas such as Montecito and Carpinteria add only a few tens of thousands to that count, thus maintaining a rural feel to the Santa Barbara Metropolitan area. From Santa Barbara, it is only five traffic-free minutes to Montecito, Summerland, and Hope Ranch, and ten minutes to Carpinteria.
 
Local schools are excellent, and the surrounding communities of Montecito, Carpinteria, and Summerland are within minutes of downtown Santa Barbara. And, of course, there are the stretches of beach, which abound along the oceanfront communities around Santa Barbara.
 
The subtropical climate of this seaside city encourages an outdoor lifestyle, from biking to hiking, from riding horses to riding jet skis. Because of our south-facing waters, which are also protected by the Channel Islands, we typically do not have large surf to contend with, making our waters perfect for sea kayaking and scuba diving.
 
Santa Barbara offers plenty of local activities and places to visit, from historical buildings such as Mission Santa Barbara to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, to the popular Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara Zoo. Popular shopping venues include Paseo Nuevo, which features an outdoor, Mediterranean-like walking avenue lined by shops, cafes, and restaurants.

Overview for Santa Barbara, CA

89,132 people live in Santa Barbara, where the median age is 39.1 and the average individual income is $54,426. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

89,132

Total Population

39.1 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$54,426

Average individual Income

Around Santa Barbara, CA

There's plenty to do around Santa Barbara, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

74
Very Walkable
Walking Score
86
Very Bikeable
Bike Score
43
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Semi Private Chef, Organic Soup Kitchen, and Gipsy Hill Bakery.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.81 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.71 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.77 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.73 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.54 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.71 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara has 36,932 households, with an average household size of 2.38. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Santa Barbara do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 89,132 people call Santa Barbara home. The population density is 4,569.18 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

89,132

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

39.1

Median Age

49.58 / 50.42%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

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10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
36,932

Total Households

2.38

Average Household Size

$54,426

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Marital Status

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Single
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Commute Time

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30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Santa Barbara, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Santa Barbara. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
The Knox School Of Santa Barbara
PRIVATE
1st - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
6th - 9th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Cachuma Elementary And Middle School
PRIVATE
PreK - 7th
No rating available
Eureka School Of Santa Barbara
PRIVATE
10th - 12th
No rating available
El Montecito School San Roque
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Bishop Garcia Diego High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Olive Grove Charter - Santa Barbara
PUBLIC
K - 12th
2/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
Harding University Partnership
PUBLIC
K - 6th
2/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
3/5
Santa Barbara Junior High
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Santa Barbara Community Academy
PUBLIC
K - 6th
2/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Monte Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
2/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
1/5
Alta Vista Alternative High
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5

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