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Goleta, California - Basic Facts

The City of Goleta had a population of 32,413 as of July 1, 2019. 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 34.4358 and longitude -119.8276 in Santa Barbara County. The formal boundaries for the City of Goleta 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Goleta: La Patera Village.

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Goleta, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Goleta, CA Housing Affordability Index is 61
State of California Housing Affordability Index is 67
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Goleta, CA Wealth Index is 145
State of California Wealth Index is 123
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 32,413 (100%)
Population in Households 32,186 (99.3%)
Population in Families 23,938 (73.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 227 ( 0.7%)
Population Density 4,129
Diversity Index2 77
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $92,195
Average Household Income $117,708
Per Capita Income $42,230
Wealth Index4 145

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 12,384 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,112 (49.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,671 (45.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 601 ( 4.9%)
Median Home Value $770,489
Housing Affordability Index3 61
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 11,783
Average Household Size 2.73
Family Households 7,452
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.88% 0.73%
Households 0.84% 0.7%
Families 0.99% 0.65%
Median Household Income   2.81%
Per Capita Income   2.98%

Goleta, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Goleta to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 254 83rd
Population Density # 308 80th
Diversity Index # 479 69th
Median Household Income # 320 79th
Per Capita Income # 390 74th

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