Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, often referred to as the "American Riviera," is a coastal gem located in southern California. This picturesque city is known for its stunning Mediterranean-style architecture, beautiful beaches, and a laid-back yet sophisticated lifestyle. With its year-round pleasant climate and a rich cultural scene, Santa Barbara is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, and those seeking a relaxed coastal escape.

SANTA BARBARA

Known as The American Riviera thanks to its Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, rich heritage, world-renowned food and wine scene, stunning natural beauty and near-perfect weather.
 

 

WELCOME TO SANTA BARBARA

Welcome to Santa Barbara, the breathtaking jewel of the California coast! Nestled between the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains and the azure Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara is a city that effortlessly combines natural beauty with cultural charm.

As you stroll along our sun-kissed beaches, explore our historic Spanish-style architecture, and savor the flavors of our world-class cuisine, you'll discover why Santa Barbara is often called the 'American Riviera.' Our Mediterranean climate and picturesque scenery make every day feel like a vacation.

 

WHAT TO LOVE

  • Scenic Beauty: Santa Barbara's natural beauty is breathtaking. From its pristine beaches to the Santa Ynez Mountains, there are stunning vistas around every corner.
  • Beach Lifestyle: With its beautiful beaches, Santa Barbara is a paradise for surfers, sunbathers, and water sports enthusiasts.
  • Spanish Architecture: The city's architecture is a blend of Spanish Revival and Mediterranean styles, creating a unique and charming atmosphere that's seen in its iconic red-tiled roofs and whitewashed buildings.
  • Outdoor Activities: Hiking, biking, and water sports are popular pastimes thanks to the city's natural surroundings.
  • Diverse Dining: The city offers a culinary scene that includes everything from seafood shacks to upscale farm-to-table restaurants.

 

LOCAL LIFESTYLE

Residents in Santa Barbara enjoy an active and outdoorsy lifestyle, whether it is a day at the beach, an afternoon spent perusing the upscale stores on State Street, or chic boutiques in the Funk Zone.

 

DINING, SHOPPING, & ENTERTAINMENT

Santa Barbara offers a diverse range of dining options, shopping experiences, and entertainment venues, ensuring there's always something to satisfy your tastes and keep you entertained. Whether you're into gourmet cuisine, boutique shopping, or live performances, Santa Barbara has it all.

 

Dining:

  1. Farm-to-Table Excellence: Santa Barbara is renowned for its farm-to-table dining. Restaurants like The Lark and Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant embrace fresh, local ingredients to create culinary masterpieces.
  2. Seafood by the Shore: Enjoy the freshest seafood at spots like Brophy Bros. and The Hungry Cat, where you can savor the catch of the day while taking in ocean views.
  3. Winery Dining: Experience exquisite winery dining in the Santa Ynez Valley, where restaurants like The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn pair delectable dishes with local wines.
  4. Mexican Delights: Santa Barbara offers fantastic Mexican cuisine. La Super-Rica Taqueria is a local favorite, known for its delicious tacos.
  5. Gourmet Burgers: For a juicy burger, visit The Habit Burger Grill or The Shop Kitchen, where they take the classic burger to the next level.

Shopping:

  1. State Street: Santa Barbara's main shopping district, State Street, is a hub for retail therapy. Find everything from high-end boutiques to charming local shops.
  2. Paseo Nuevo: This open-air shopping center on State Street offers a mix of national and local brands, making it a shopping destination for all.
  3. Funk Zone: Known for its artistic vibe, the Funk Zone features boutique shops, art galleries, and wine tasting rooms for a unique shopping experience.
  4. La Arcada Plaza: This charming Spanish-style plaza is home to specialty shops, galleries, and restaurants in a tranquil setting.

Entertainment:

  1. The Arlington Theatre: This historic theatre hosts concerts, film festivals, and live performances in a grand and opulent setting.
  2. Santa Barbara Bowl: Enjoy open-air concerts at the Santa Barbara Bowl, set against a backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
  3. Live Music: Downtown Santa Barbara boasts live music venues like SOhO Restaurant and Music Club, where you can catch local and touring acts.
  4. Art Galleries: Explore the city's vibrant art scene with numerous galleries, including Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB).
  5. Outdoor Movie Nights: The city hosts outdoor movie nights during the summer, providing an opportunity to enjoy films under the stars.

THINGS TO DO

Experience everything Santa Barbara has to offer, from the world-class food and wine scene with hundreds of restaurants to pick from and dozens of exciting events, to the arts, culture, outdoor recreation, and more. There are many activities to do in Santa Barbara, including lounging on the beach, kayaking around the Channel Islands, discovering salt caves below ground, and perusing innumerable art galleries, museums, and unique shops.

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

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

$54,426

Average individual Income

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

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Education Level

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  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
36,932

Total Households

2.38

Average Household Size

$54,426

Average individual Income

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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
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
Harding University Partnership
PUBLIC
K - 6th
2/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Alta Vista Alternative Junior High
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
1/5
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
6th - 9th
No rating available
Sunrise Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
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
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
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
4/5
Monte Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
El Montecito School San Roque
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Bishop Garcia Diego High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
No rating available
Alta Vista Alternative High
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Olive Grove Charter - Santa Barbara
PUBLIC
K - 12th
2/5
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