Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsA-
- Crime & SafetyC+
- Good for FamiliesA-
- Cost of LivingD
- Health & FitnessA
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
Santa Barbara is a town in California with a population of 91,325. Santa Barbara is in Santa Barbara County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Santa Barbara offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Santa Barbara there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Santa Barbara and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Santa Barbara are highly rated.
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Breathtakingly beautiful town on the Central Coast, with homes located between the ocean and the mountains. Safe and centrally located within a hour and a half from Los Angeles. I love living here as it’s enjoyable by both locals and visitors alike. The fact the SB City College and UCSB are in SB, makes it a mix of students, professionals and retirees. Lots of restaurants, wine tasting/bars and activities all year around. Great hiking and surfing, and about 20 mins to World famous Rincon Surf point. It’s expensive to live on the CA Coast, but well worth it!
This is a special town. I graduated from UCSB about 5 years ago and have been here ever since. I feel lucky to have spent time in Isla Vista for 4 years, Goleta for 3, and now Downtown Santa Barbara for 1. If you can make life work in this town, even if it's for only a few years, I highly recommend it. The landscape here has brought so beauty to my life! Where else can you surf in the morning and hike in the afternoon? Where else can you see the sun rise out of the Pacific and then fall back into it in the evening?
Santa Barbara has thee sights and the glamour. There are many places to go that are perfect for the sightseeing and tourist experience, but also the community is very tight knit. The mission is a great stopping place as well as the courthouse but the weather truly makes Santa Barbara amazing!