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Isla Vista is a town in California with a population of 27,179. Isla Vista is in Santa Barbara County. Living in Isla Vista offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many young professionals live in Isla Vista and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$428,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,399
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    98%
  • Own
    2%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
NG
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$22,304
National
$55,322
Children
2%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    34%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Isla Vista Reviews

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This neighborhood is full of college students from either the University of California, Santa Barbara or Santa Barbara City College. People are mostly friendly and laid back but occasionally there are fights, especially on the weekends when the entire town turn into a party scene. Streets are clean, and parking is hard to find. Therefore, some residents here opt to park on the campus of UCSB. Crimes are not at all uncommon, occasionally there are crime reports on break-ins, rapes, and smashed car windows. Local law enforcement are generally responsive. Many Isla Vista businesses are also constantly hiring.
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Isla Vista is a community full of UCSB/SBCC college students. Depending on the rental property, houses/apartments in I.V have 1-10 residents, and can range from $500-$2000 per person. In the summer, I.V is relatively quiet due to students leaving for vacation. Throughout the school year, I.V is loud and populated. Residents are free to drink alcohol and listen to loud music any day of the week until midnight. Isla Vista is minutes away from UCSB and the beach.
Such a fun lively place to be. Next to multiple beaches, on the water, plenty of night life, decent food, and plenty of dogs!