Santa Barbara 66 Below average
Santa Barbara Livability #631 ranked city in California#16,859 ranked city in the USARanks better than 42% of areas
A+ Santa Barbara Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Santa Barbara Cost of Living Cost of living is 38% higher than California
Santa Barbara
19393% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Santa Barbara cost of living
D Santa Barbara Crime Total crime is 9% higher than California
Total crime
2,81020% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3620% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
2%Year over year crime is up
Santa Barbara crime
C+ Santa Barbara Employment Household income is 5% higher than California
Median household income
$66,91621% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$38,34529% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%22% lower than the US average
Santa Barbara employment
D+ Santa Barbara Housing Home value is 117% higher than California
Median home value
$888,000381% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,57566% higher than the US average
Home ownership
39%38% lower than the US average
Santa Barbara real estate or Santa Barbara rentals
C- Santa Barbara Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than California
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:122% higher than the US average
Santa Barbara K-12 schools
C+ Santa Barbara User Ratings There are a total of 22 ratings in Santa Barbara
Overall user rating
67% 22 total ratings
User reviews rating
65% 6 total reviews
User surveys rating
69% 16 total surveys
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      Living in Santa Barbara, CA

      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%.

      Santa Barbara transportation information

      StatisticSanta BarbaraCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute17min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work65.2%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.4%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit5.2%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle4.8%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk6.9%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home6.9%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Santa Barbara, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).