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Santa Barbara, California - Basic Facts

The City of Santa Barbara had a population of 91,554 as of July 1, 2016. Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara is located at latitude 34.4006 and longitude -119.713 in Santa Barbara County. The formal boundaries for the City of Santa Barbara (see map below) encompass a land area of 19.49 sq. miles and a water area of 22.5 sq. miles. Santa Barbara County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 49 feet.

The City of Santa Barbara (GNIS ID: 2411815) 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 Santa Barbara is located within Santa Barbara CCD of Santa Barbara County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara: La Laguna de la Concepcion *.

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


Total Population 91,554
Population in Households 89,603
Population in Familes 58,849
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,951
Population Density1 4,698
Diversity Index2 72


Total Households 36,164
Average Household Size 2.48
Family Households 18,719
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 38,775 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,749 (35.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 22,415 (57.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,611 ( 6.7%)
Median Home Value $954,620
Average Home Value $949,947


Median Household Income $66,639
Average Household Income $98,100
Per Capita Income $39,141
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.56% 0.85%
Households 0.32% 0.71%
Families 0.42% 0.67%
Median Household Income   3.0%
Per Capita Income   1.63%
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.

Santa Barbara, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Santa Barbara 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 # 85 94th
Population Density1 # 261 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 578 62nd
Median Household Income # 484 68th
Per Capita Income # 337 78th

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