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 25,227 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Isla Vista, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 25,227
Daytime Population: Workers 11,236
Daytime Population: Residents 15,353
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 26,589
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.05
Population in Households 16,586
Population in Familes 2,477
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,641
Population Density2 13,637
Diversity Index3 76


Median Household Income $30,580
Average Household Income $44,795
Per Capita Income $13,013


Total Housing Units 5,540 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 153 ( 2.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,184 (93.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 203 ( 3.7%)
Median Home Value $777,174
Average Home Value $693,843


Total Households 5,337
Average Household Size 3.11
Family Households 837
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.22% 0.7%
Households 1.19% 1.0%
Families 1.3% 1.08%
Median Household Income   -0.23%
Per Capita Income   1.18%

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, 2017 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 # 300 80th
Population Density # 25 98th
Diversity Index # 504 67th
Median Household Income # 1438 5th
Per Capita Income # 1412 7th

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