Isla Vista, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Isla Vista, California - Basic Facts

The Isla Vista Census Designated Place had a population of 24,560 as of July 1, 2016. Isla Vista 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 Isla Vista is located at latitude 34.4141 and longitude -119.8579 in Santa Barbara County. The formal boundaries for the Isla Vista Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.85 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Santa Barbara County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 46 feet.

The Isla Vista Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2408433) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

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

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

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


Total Population 24,560
Population in Households 15,934
Population in Familes 2,428
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,626
Population Density1 13,276
Diversity Index2 76


Total Households 5,105
Average Household Size 3.12
Family Households 818
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,378 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 141 ( 2.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,964 (92.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 273 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $778,846
Average Home Value $701,220


Median Household Income $29,598
Average Household Income $45,740
Per Capita Income $13,133
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.99% 0.69%
Households 0.66% 0.94%
Families 1.14% 1.26%
Median Household Income   0.0%
Per Capita Income   0.57%
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.

Isla Vista, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Isla Vista 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 # 303 80th
Population Density1 # 26 98th
Diversity Index2 # 500 67th
Median Household Income # 1446 5th
Per Capita Income # 1393 8th

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