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 92,101 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 86.94% 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 (12.22%), sales jobs (11.06%), and office and administrative support (10.51%).

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.

One thing that you will notice about Santa Barbara is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Santa Barbara a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One of the benefits of Santa Barbara is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.74 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.

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.

The education level of Santa Barbara ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Santa Barbara, 45.87% 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 Santa Barbara in 2010 was $38,345, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $153,380 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 38.24% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Santa Barbara include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Santa Barbara's cultural character, accounting for 24.14% of the city’s population.

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