Goleta is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 30,821 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Goleta is the 244th largest community in California.
Goleta home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Goleta real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Goleta is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.57% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Goleta is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Goleta who work in office and administrative support (12.22%), management occupations (10.36%), and teaching (9.76%).
Also of interest is that Goleta has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Goleta, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
Goleta is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One of the benefits of Goleta is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.99 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The education level of Goleta ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Goleta, 46.16% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Goleta in 2010 was $39,538, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $158,152 for a family of four. However, Goleta contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Goleta is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Goleta home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Goleta residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Goleta also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 34.72% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Goleta include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Goleta's cultural character, accounting for 21.55% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Goleta is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.