Santa Barbara, CA
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Santa Barbara is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 91,350 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Santa Barbara is the 82nd largest community in California.

Santa Barbara home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Santa Barbara real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Santa Barbara is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.87% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Santa Barbara is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Santa Barbara who work in management occupations (12.41%), sales jobs (11.08%), and office and administrative support (10.34%).

Of important note, Santa Barbara is also a city of artists. Santa Barbara has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Santa Barbara’s character.

Also of interest is that Santa Barbara has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Another interesting thing about Santa Barbara, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Santa Barbara 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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Santa Barbara spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.99 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Santa Barbara is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Santa Barbara, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Santa Barbara is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.35% of adults in Santa Barbara have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Santa Barbara in 2010 was $41,525, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $166,100 for a family of four. However, Santa Barbara contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Santa Barbara is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Santa Barbara home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Santa Barbara residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Santa Barbara also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 37.00% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Santa Barbara include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.

Santa Barbara also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 23.23%.

The most common language spoken in Santa Barbara is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.