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Income/capita 29%
Household income 21%
Unemployment 22%
IndexSanta BarbaraCaliforniaNational
Income per capita$38,345$31,458$29,829
Median household income$66,916$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$106,129$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$50,526$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$35,118$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$27,481$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate3.7%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level13.9%15.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Santa Barbara is 29% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Santa Barbara is 21% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Santa Barbara is 22% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Santa Barbara is 8% lower than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $44,606$66,916$133,832
      City
      $42,517$63,783$127,566
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Santa Barbara median earnings by income bracket

      Santa Barbara employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry10.8%0.7%
      Manufacturing sector7.0%2.0%
      Financial & insurance services3.3%3.1%
      Wholesale & retail services11.8%12.8%
      Public administration3.4%3.1%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities2.9%0.8%
      Education, health & social services13.2%33.9%
      Other44.2%38.5%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Montecito, CA9,193$138,872151%
      Mission Canyon, CA2,769$137,727149%
      Toro Canyon, CA1,714$91,12565%
      Goleta, CA30,671$81,39847%
      Carpinteria, CA13,553$72,90132%
      Santa Barbara, CA90,922$66,91621%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Plantation, FL90,878$67,51022%
      Longmont, CO90,719$62,84714%
      Sunrise, FL91,177$50,2979%
      Redding, CA91,320$44,57319%
      Germantown, MD90,494$85,22554%
      Santa Barbara, CA90,922$66,91621%
      Source: The Santa Barbara, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).