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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Santa Barbara is a town in California with a population of 91,443. 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.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$934,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,640
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%
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Santa Barbara Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    248.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    72.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    86.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    353.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,127.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    220.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    14%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Santa Barbara

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$71,160
National
$55,322
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Santa Barbara Reviews

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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!
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Amazing and beautiful city! There is always something going on event wise whether it be concerts or festivals. There is something here for everyone whether your an outdoors enthusiast or art admirer. This town is loaded with fantastic restaurants, breweries, and wine tasting room so you can always count on having options any night of the week. It is a vacation destination for global travelers and a peaceful retreat for those looking to get away from the big city. Santa Barbara has my vote for being in the Top 5 places to live in the US.
I love this city; incredible weather, great restaurants, very little traffic, safe, and full of happy people! There are several college campuses in the county, so there are lots of young, fun people everywhere.