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Santa Barbara, California - Basic Facts

The City of Santa Barbara had a population of 92,394 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Santa Barbara: La Laguna de la Concepcion *.

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Santa Barbara, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 92,394
Population in Households 90,467
Population in Familes 60,183
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,927
Population Density2 4,741
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $74,325
Average Household Income $109,576
Per Capita Income $44,169


Total Housing Units 39,196 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,758 (35.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 23,210 (59.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,227 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $1,162,772
Average Home Value $1,263,275


Total Households 36,969
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 19,098
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 0.54% 0.61%
Households 0.51% 0.58%
Families 0.56% 0.53%
Median Household Income   3.26%
Per Capita Income   3.55%

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, 2018 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 # 87 94th
Population Density # 268 82nd
Diversity Index # 581 62nd
Median Household Income # 472 69th
Per Capita Income # 333 78th

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