Santa Barbara

Discover Santa Barbara: The Jewel of the American Riviera

Overview

Santa Barbara, known as the American Riviera, is a picturesque city nestled between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. With its Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara offers a blissful blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and a relaxed lifestyle, making it one of the most sought-after places to live in California.

 

History

Santa Barbara's history is a tapestry of Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and American influences, each adding a distinct character to the city. The area was originally home to the Chumash people, and Spanish missionaries and settlers arrived in the 18th century, leaving a lasting architectural and cultural impact, notably seen in the historic Mission Santa Barbara, established in 1786.

 

Lifestyle: Shops, Restaurants, Art Galleries, and Clubs

 

Shops: State Street in downtown Santa Barbara serves as the city’s vibrant shopping artery, featuring a wide variety of shops that appeal to both locals and tourists alike. This bustling street is lined with trendy boutiques, familiar retail chains, and unique local stores, ensuring a rich and diverse shopping experience. At Diani Boutique, fashion-forward shoppers can explore contemporary women's apparel and accessories, while Wendy Foster offers high-end fashion selections. Outdoor enthusiasts will find Mountain Air Sports an essential stop for gear and apparel suited for adventures in nature. Book lovers are drawn to Chaucer's Bookstore, a local favorite that stocks an extensive range of titles across various genres. Whether you're in search of the latest fashion trends, outdoor equipment, or a special book, State Street in Santa Barbara offers a comprehensive and enjoyable shopping experience that reflects the city’s unique charm and character.

 

Restaurants: Santa Barbara’s culinary scene is a paradise for food lovers. The Lark, located in the Funk Zone, offers artisanal fare in a trendy setting, while Brophy Bros provides a classic Santa Barbara seafood experience with harbor views. For those seeking authentic Mexican cuisine, La Super-Rica Taqueria is a must-visit.

 

Art Galleries: Art enthusiasts will enjoy the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, which features a wide range of artworks, from ancient to contemporary. The Funk Zone, the city’s arts district, is home to numerous galleries, studios, and murals, offering a more eclectic and modern art experience.

 

Clubs: Santa Barbara hosts various clubs and societies catering to diverse interests, including the exclusive Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, and the historic Santa Barbara Club, offering social and networking opportunities in an elegant setting.

 

Things to Do: Beaches, Hiking, and Outdoor Experiences

 

Santa Barbara's natural landscape is perfect for outdoor activities. East Beach is great for volleyball and sunbathing, while Leadbetter Beach is popular among surfers and sailors. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden showcases California's native plants in a tranquil setting. For hiking, the Santa Ynez Mountains provide numerous trails with panoramic views of the city and ocean, such as the Inspiration Point trail.

 

Places to Stay

From luxury resorts to quaint inns, Santa Barbara has accommodations for every taste. The iconic Hotel Californian, located in the Funk Zone, combines Spanish Colonial heritage with modern luxury. The Belmond El Encanto offers a secluded hilltop retreat with stunning city and ocean views.

 

What We Love

Growing up in Santa Barbara, a place I’m privileged to call home, has been an unparalleled experience. Our city’s heart beats along State Street, with its eclectic restaurants and shops, while our office thrives in the lively Funk Zone, fostering creativity and connection. We start our days with Dart Coffee’s rich blends and savor lunch at Mony's Tacos or Shalhoob's patio. Santa Barbara's charm unfolds in leisurely harbor strolls, serene beach days, and hikes through majestic mountain sides. It's a lifestyle that celebrates the beauty and community spirit of our city.

Demographics and Employment Data for Santa Barbara , CA

Santa Barbara has 36,932 households, with an average household size of 2.38. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Santa Barbara do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 89,132 people call Santa Barbara home. The population density is 4,569.18 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

89,132

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

39.1

Median Age

49.58 / 50.42%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
36,932

Total Households

2.38

Average Household Size

$54,426

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

Blue Collar:

White Collar:

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Overview for Santa Barbara , CA

89,132 people live in Santa Barbara , where the median age is 39.1 and the average individual income is $54,426. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

89,132

Total Population

39.1 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$54,426

Average individual Income

Schools in Santa Barbara , CA

All ()
Primary Schools ()
Middle Schools ()
High Schools ()
Mixed Schools ()
The following schools are within or nearby Santa Barbara . The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
The Knox School Of Santa Barbara
PRIVATE
1st - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
6th - 9th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Cachuma Elementary And Middle School
PRIVATE
PreK - 7th
No rating available
Eureka School Of Santa Barbara
PRIVATE
10th - 12th
No rating available
El Montecito School San Roque
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Bishop Garcia Diego High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Olive Grove Charter - Santa Barbara
PUBLIC
K - 12th
2/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
Harding University Partnership
PUBLIC
K - 6th
2/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
3/5
Santa Barbara Junior High
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Santa Barbara Community Academy
PUBLIC
K - 6th
2/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Monte Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
2/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
1/5
Alta Vista Alternative High
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5

Around Santa Barbara , CA

There's plenty to do around Santa Barbara , including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

74
Very Walkable
Walking Score
86
Very Bikeable
Bike Score
43
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Luna Cakes by Cinthia, Destination Vine, and Get Hooked Seafood.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.27 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.68 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.39 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.9 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.01 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.77 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars

Work With Us

Based out of Santa Barbara, California, Evans Realty + Investments specializes in the purchase, sale and brokerage of luxury high-end residential properties.