Santa Barbara, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 90,922 people. In Santa Barbara, there are 4,665 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. The majority of Santa Barbara residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Santa Barbara are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 29% of the population also speak Spanish. Santa Barbara has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 74% of the population is classified as married and 63% have kids.
Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Santa Barbara could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to search. The best areas in Santa Barbara and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, weather, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.
With a livability score of 66 out of 100, Santa Barbara is ranked #16,694 in the United States and #616 in California. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Santa Barbara has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (A-). Unfortunately for Santa Barbara, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (D-), cost of living (F) and education (D-).
Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Santa Barbara has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Santa Barbara: State Street, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and Santa Barbara Adventure Company.
Assuming that Santa Barbara meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Santa Barbara. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Santa Barbara are simply unattainable. The median home price for Santa Barbara homes is $888,000, which is 117% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Santa Barbara, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 13.3, which is 107.8% higher than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Santa Barbara will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Santa Barbara, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 10.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.5%.
|Average one way commute||17min||28min||26min|
|Workers who drive to work||65.2%||73.5%||76.4%|
|Workers who carpool||9.4%||10.6%||9.3%|
|Workers who take public transit||5.2%||5.2%||5.1%|
|Workers who bicycle||4.8%||1.1%||0.6%|
|Workers who walk||6.9%||2.7%||2.8%|
|Working from home||6.9%||5.4%||4.6%|
|Airports (within 30 miles of city center)||1 (1)||27||354|
|Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)||1 (4)||134||711|