A
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
$846,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,514
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%

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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
    244
    273
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    67
    41
  • Robbery
    83
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    407
    525
  • Theft
    2,404
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    146
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$66,107
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%
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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.
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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
The weather is great! No severe winters here. Mild most of the season except for about a month or so in mid sept to October.
Very bad town if your poor or middle class. Rents are through the roof. Real estate is even worse. For a regular track house with no thrills or spills , expect 650,000 and up unless you want to live in a gang infested area.
Oh, did I mention gangs? SB area has a boat load of them. A lot of crime occurs in the area, but is seeep under so visitors here don't know about it. Good luck financially if you move here.