Santa Barbara is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 92,101 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Santa Barbara is the 82nd largest community in California.
Santa Barbara home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Santa Barbara real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America. One thing noticeable about Santa Barbara, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Santa Barbara is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Santa Barbara a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Santa Barbara is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Santa Barbara spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.99 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Santa Barbara is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.35% of adults in Santa Barbara have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.