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 91,842 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 86.93% 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 (11.63%), office and administrative support (10.87%), and sales jobs (10.63%).

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.

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 18.43 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Santa Barbara use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Santa Barbara‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of Santa Barbara ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Santa Barbara, 43.10% 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 $37,692, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $150,768 for a family of four. However, Santa Barbara contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Santa Barbara is a very 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 40.41% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Santa Barbara include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

In addition, Santa Barbara has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (25.93%).

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