Isla Vista

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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Isla Vista, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Las Positas, Santa Barbara716.75,327
Mesa, Santa Barbara717.810,372
Waterfront, Santa Barbara7110.22,410
Upper State, Santa Barbara68714,832
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Westside, Santa Barbara648.116,009
Downtown, Santa Barbara578.619,688
Eastside, Santa Barbara5710.310,899
Riviera, Santa Barbara5310.47,767

Best Cities Near Isla Vista, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Montecito, CA8213.29,193
Mission Canyon, CA818.62,769
Buellton, CA7523.75,021
Summerland, CA7515.11,146
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Los Olivos, CA7522.6871
Goleta, CA741.430,671
Channel Islands Beach, CA7240.12,954
Toro Canyon, CA7216.91,714

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Isla Vista, La - A Busy City

Living in Isla Vista, La can be challenging, but has some advantages worth getting used to. First off, the weather in the city is amazing. I love the fact that winter weathers fail to reach anything below 20 degrees; zero degree weathers can be tough for me. Now, the income per capita is a big concern. Compared to the national average, Isla Vista is 69% lower than other cities. The violent crime rate is excessive, nearly 100% higher than the average in the nation. Now, this puzzles me, because the cost of living in every category from housing to goods and services, exceeds the national average, housing costs are over 100% higher. The educational system, pertaining to student test scores, is nearly average. The poverty level is over 300% higher than the average in the nation. This city appears [on paper] to be a tough city to live in. However, the number of amenities in the city is extremely excessive: fitness, shopping, parks, coffee shops, bars, public transportation, etc. A population of under 28,000, but this city can get extremely busy, if you are a fan of the busy life. Many people thrive in a busy city. It can be very neighbor interactive. The best areas to live near Isla Vista are Downtown Santa Barbara, which is just nine miles away from the city, and Motecito, which is just under 15 miles away from the city.
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Source: The Isla Vista, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).