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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$888,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,575
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%

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
    246
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    67
    41
  • Robbery
    89
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    468
    500
  • Theft
    2,624
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    215
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$66,916
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%
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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.
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If you want to live by the beach and pay a fortune for housing, then look no further because Santa Barbara is the place for you! The weather is excellent almost all year around; as well as, there are plenty of out door activities to do there such as hiking, surfing, kayaking, etc. Unfortunately, the cost of living is so high you might find yourself with no spare time away from work to enjoy those calming beaches. In addition, Santa Barbara is know for its terrible drivers. Want to take a drive out to the yacht club? Look out because you might find drivers cutting you off without using their blinkers and braking at green lights.
I came to Santa Barbara from Sweden one year ago. The sun is shining, the people are awesome, there's lots of stuff to do. One activity that has become a favorite is Beach Volleyball!

The only thing they could improve on is the homeless situation. There are a huge amount of homeless people in Santa Barbara, especially downtown. The strict police work toward students in Isla Vista could be died down a notch. We are students, not criminals. We have no money so why enforce so many tickets and fines on us... Unnecessary