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Goleta, California - Basic Facts

The City of Goleta had a population of 30,955 as of July 1, 2016. Goleta ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Goleta is located at latitude 34.4349 and longitude -119.8577 in Santa Barbara County. The formal boundaries for the City of Goleta (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.85 sq. miles and a water area of 0.07 sq. miles. Santa Barbara County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 20 feet.

The City of Goleta (GNIS ID: 2015546) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Goleta is located within Santa Barbara CCD of Santa Barbara County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Goleta population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Goleta: La Patera Village.

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Goleta, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 30,955
Population in Households 30,734
Population in Familes 22,914
Population in Group Qrtrs 221
Population Density1 3,943
Diversity Index2 76


Total Households 11,072
Average Household Size 2.78
Family Households 7,050
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 11,862 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,889 (49.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,183 (43.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 790 ( 6.7%)
Median Home Value $725,517
Average Home Value $720,962


Median Household Income $77,097
Average Household Income $97,232
Per Capita Income $34,596
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.56% 0.88%
Households 0.25% 0.66%
Families 0.57% 0.67%
Median Household Income   2.16%
Per Capita Income   1.53%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Goleta, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Goleta to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 257 83rd
Population Density1 # 314 79th
Diversity Index2 # 497 67th
Median Household Income # 358 76th
Per Capita Income # 459 70th

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