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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  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 91,325. 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.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$993,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,737
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%
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Santa Barbara Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    267.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    83.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    96.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    281.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,044.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    192.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 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
    21%
    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
    13%
    13%

Working in Santa Barbara

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$74,798
National
$55,322
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Santa Barbara Reviews

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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!
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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!