Ranked in the 85th percentile


  • Goleta is ranked #162 in California
  • Goleta is ranked #4,185 in the USA
  • Lots of Local Amenities
  • Sunny Weather
  • Stable Housing Market
  • Low Crime Rates
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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Goleta, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mesa, Santa Barbara78810,372
Downtown, Santa Barbara788.619,688
Upper State, Santa Barbara776.714,832
Las Positas, Santa Barbara766.85,327
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Waterfront, Santa Barbara7510.32,410
Eastside, Santa Barbara7310.310,899
Westside, Santa Barbara668.216,009
Riviera, Santa Barbara5910.27,767

Best Cities Near Goleta, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Montecito, CA8313.19,193
Mission Canyon, CA828.32,769
Buellton, CA8122.95,021
Los Olivos, CA8021.6871
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Summerland, CA7815.11,146
Ballard, CA7719.8362
Goleta, CA77030,671
Toro Canyon, CA7516.91,714

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Goleta, CA - Everything You Need

If you have ever wanted to live by the ocean, by the mountains, far from the city yet close to the city, in a small town but not too small of a town, in warm weather yet close to snowboarding, then Goleta, California is the place for you. I moved to Goleta, California about four years ago when I got a new job. I had no idea the type of breathtaking beauty I was getting myself into. I suppose anyone would love to live in a calendar worthy place and I am no exception. In Goleta, the mountains run right into the deep blue Pacific Ocean. This means that both the beach and the snowy slopes can be utilized almost year round. The city itself experiences fairly mild temperatures that are characteristic to Southern California. But because it is so closely nestled against the mountains, the winds can get to be cooler than elsewhere in the area. Because of this Goleta homes are equipped with both swimming pools as well as fireplaces. With a population of just over 50,000, Goleta is not your typical large city. However, the astonishing ocean-side drive to Los Angeles is only two hours long. This makes the city perfectly isolated from the large city noise and pollution but close enough to enjoy a weekend out on the town if necessary. Goleta is also very near another large (smaller than Los Angeles, of course) campus. The University of California Santa Barbara is only a 15 minute drive from Goleta and many kids make the commute from school to home. The beaches in Santa Barbara are more popular with the young crowd and hundreds of teenagers gather there in the summer time. Goleta is not a large city but its location make it a very convenient place to live.
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Source: The Goleta, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).