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A+ Goleta Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Goleta Cost of Living Cost of living is 21% higher than California
16868% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Goleta cost of living
A Goleta Crime Total crime is 45% lower than California
Total crime
1,61941% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6241% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
Goleta crime
B- Goleta Employment Household income is 28% higher than California
Median household income
$81,39847% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$36,21521% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%13% lower than the US average
Goleta employment
C- Goleta Housing Home value is 59% higher than California
Median home value
$650,200252% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,70880% higher than the US average
Home ownership
54%15% lower than the US average
Goleta real estate or Goleta rentals
C- Goleta Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than California
High school grad. rates
86%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
48%2% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:129% higher than the US average
Goleta K-12 schools

Living in Goleta, CA

Located in the state of California, Goleta is a medium-sized city with a population of 30,671 inhabitants. With a population density of 3,907 people per square mile, Goleta is well above the nation's average density level. The majority of Goleta residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Goleta are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 27% of the population also speak Spanish. Goleta is known to be family friendly as more than 72% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 54% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Goleta, California. Finding the best places to live in Goleta and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, cost of living, education, employment and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 74/100, Goleta is ranked #5,910 in the United States and #235 in California. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Goleta ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A), weather (A-) and employment (B-). Goleta does not score well for the following: cost of living (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Goleta, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Goleta: Refugio State Park and Beach, Circle Bar B Guest Ranch, and Sandpiper Golf Course.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 165 crimes per 100,000 residents, Goleta has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

Assuming that Goleta meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Goleta. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Goleta are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Goleta come in at $650,200, which is 58.9% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Goleta, the home price to income ratio is 8, which is 25% higher than the California average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Goleta were 3.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6%.

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Compare Goleta, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Goleta, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mesa, Santa Barbara71810,372
Las Positas, Santa Barbara716.85,327
Upper State, Santa Barbara696.714,832
Westside, Santa Barbara658.216,009
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Waterfront, Santa Barbara5910.32,410
Eastside, Santa Barbara5810.310,899
Downtown, Santa Barbara578.619,688
Riviera, Santa Barbara5410.27,767

Best Cities Near Goleta, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Montecito, CA8213.19,193
Mission Canyon, CA818.32,769
Buellton, CA7522.95,021
Summerland, CA7515.11,146
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Los Olivos, CA7521.6871
Goleta, CA74030,671
Channel Islands Beach, CA7240.82,954
Toro Canyon, CA7216.91,714

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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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