Isla Vista, CA

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Population

27,484

1.12% growth

Median Age

20.6


Median Household Income

$23,541

5.55% growth

Poverty Rate

65.5%


Number of Employees

11,935

6.43% growth

Median Property Value

$416,700

2.66% decline

About

In 2017, Isla Vista, CA had a population of 27.5k people with a median age of 20.6 and a median household income of $23,541. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Isla Vista, CA grew from 27,179 to 27,484, a 1.12% increase and its median household income grew from $22,304 to $23,541, a 5.55% increase.

The population of Isla Vista, CA is 49.4% White Alone, 24.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 18.9% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Isla Vista, CA speak a non-English language, and 87.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Isla Vista, CA are University of California-Santa Barbara (6,766 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Isla Vista, CA is $416,700, and the homeownership rate is 1.77%. Most people in Isla Vista, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 12.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Isla Vista, CA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Isla Vista, CA employs 11.9k people. The largest industries in Isla Vista, CA are Educational Services (4,629 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,747 people), and Retail Trade (1,377 people), and the highest paying industries are Construction ($26,406), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($17,763), and Manufacturing ($13,466).

Median household income in Isla Vista, CA is $23,541. Males in Isla Vista, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,252. The income inequality in Isla Vista, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.5, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$23,541

2017 value

± $2,277

5.55%

1 Year Growth

± 15.9%

Households in Isla Vista, CA have a median annual income of $23,541, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $22,304 in 2016, which represents a 5.55% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$72,235

Average Male Salary

± $699

$57,252

Average Female Salary

± $582

In 2017, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $65,946 ± $1,081

  2. White

    $59,925 ± $556

  3. Two or More Races

    $49,289 ± $1,826

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Isla Vista, CA is from California.

0.5

2017 Wage GINI

0.5

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.5 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.16% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 29.22

  2. Census Tract 29.15

  3. Census Tract 29.26

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Isla Vista, CA was Census Tract 29.22 with a value of $75,650, followed by Census Tract 29.15 and Census Tract 29.26, with respective values of $39,375 and $20,640.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

65.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Isla Vista, CA (11.2k out of 17.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    7,677 ± 810

  2. Hispanic

    2,723 ± 376

  3. Asian

    1,563 ± 289

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Isla Vista, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

11.9k

2017 Value

± 801

6.43%

1 Year growth

± 9.08%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Isla Vista, CA grew at a rate of 6.43%, from 11.2k employees to 11.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Isla Vista, CA, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,667 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1,956 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,432 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Isla Vista, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Isla Vista, CA, by number of employees, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,667 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1,956 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,432 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Isla Vista, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (3.82 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (3.01 times), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2.71 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Isla Vista, CA, by median earnings, are Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($25,543), Construction & Extraction Occupations ($25,273), and Management Occupations ($19,940).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

11.9k

2017 Value

± 801

6.43%

1 Year growth

± 9.08%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Isla Vista, CA grew at a rate of 6.43%, from 11.2k employees to 11.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Isla Vista, CA, are Educational Services (4,629 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,747 people), and Retail Trade (1,377 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Isla Vista, CA, though some of these residents may live in Isla Vista, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Isla Vista, CA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (4,629 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,747 people), and Retail Trade (1,377 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Isla Vista, CA has an unusually high number of Educational Services (4.19 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (3.02 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Isla Vista, CA, by median earnings, are Construction ($26,406), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($17,763), and Manufacturing ($13,466).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $196B

  2. $157B

  3. $127B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $196B, followed by Mixed freight ($157B) and Gasoline ($127B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.54T

2015 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

61.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound California trade was $1.54T. This is expected to increase 61.2% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.1B

  2. $42.2B

  3. $31.2B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $63.1B, followed by Arizona with $42.2B and Washington and $31.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95% of the population of Isla Vista, CA has health coverage, with 57.1% on employee plans, 7.21% on Medicaid, 0.411% on Medicare, 29.8% on non-group plans, and 0.484% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Isla Vista, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Isla Vista, CA see 1281 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (1281 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1214 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 324 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,281 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in California see an average of 1,281 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (1,281 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5%

Uninsured

57.1%

Employer Coverage

7.21%

Medicaid

0.411%

Medicare

29.8%

Non-Group

0.484%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Isla Vista, CA grew by 0.949% from 4.95% to 5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Isla Vista, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

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Diversity

Isla Vista, CA is home to a population of 27.5k people, from which 87.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 16.9% of Isla Vista, CA residents were born outside of the country (4.66k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Isla Vista, CA is composed of 13.6k White Alone residents (49.4%), 6.62k Hispanic or Latino residents (24.1%), 5.19k Asian Alone residents (18.9%), 1.27k Two or More Races residents (4.63%), 777 Black or African American Alone residents (2.83%), 47 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.171%), 6 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0218%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Isla Vista, CA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

21

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.1

22

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Isla Vista, CA was 20.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 21, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 22. But people in Isla Vista, CA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Isla Vista, CA residents was 21.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

16.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.66k people

16.5%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

4.48k people

As of 2017, 16.9% of Isla Vista, CA residents (4.66k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Isla Vista, CA was 16.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,212,695 ± 47,591 people

  2. Philippines

    836,199 ± 22,209 people

  3. China

    612,429 ± 19,062 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,212,695 California residents, followed by Philippines with 836,199 and China with 612,429.

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Citizenship

87.4%

2017 Citizenship

87.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 87.4% of Isla Vista, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Isla Vista, CA was 87.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    13.6k ± 800

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    6.62k ± 591

  3. Asian Alone

    5.19k ± 302

In 2017, there were 2.05 times more White Alone residents (13.6k people) in Isla Vista, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.62k Hispanic or Latino and 5.19k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Isla Vista, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Isla Vista, CA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Isla Vista, CA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Isla Vista, CA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    46 ± 50

  2. Vietnam

    36 ± 46

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    19 ± 32

Isla Vista, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.28 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Isla Vista, CA awarded 6,766 degrees. The student population of Isla Vista, CA is skewed towards women, with 11,625 male students and 12,721 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Isla Vista, CA are White (2,718 and 43.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,501 and 24.2%), Asian (1,120 and 18%), and Two or More Races (459 and 7.39%).

The largest universities in Isla Vista, CA by number of degrees awarded are University of California-Santa Barbara (6,766 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Isla Vista, CA are Sociology (531 and 7.85%), Experimental Psychology (488 and 7.21%), and General Communication (419 and 6.19%).

The median tuition costs in Isla Vista, CA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $11,220 and $37,902 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 514 degrees awarded

  2. 478 degrees awarded

  3. 409 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Isla Vista, CA was Sociology with 514 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Isla Vista, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

6,766 degrees awarded

$11,220

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Isla Vista, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of California-Santa Barbara with 6,766 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,078

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,688

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,078 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Isla Vista, CA, which is 0.835 times less than the 3,688 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,718 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,501 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    1,120 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Isla Vista, CA were to White students. These 2,718 degrees mean that there were 1.81 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,501 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Isla Vista, CA was $416,700 in 2017, which is 1.91 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $428,100 to $416,700, a 2.66% decrease. The homeownership rate in Isla Vista, CA is 1.77%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Isla Vista, CA have an average commute time of 12.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Isla Vista, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$23,541

Median Household Income

± $2,277

5.13k

Number of Households

± 446

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.13k households in Isla Vista, CA grew to $23,541 from the previous year's value of $22,304.

The following chart displays the households in Isla Vista, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$416,700

2017 Median

± $82,111

$428,100

2016 Median

± $85,914

In 2017, the median property value in Isla Vista, CA declined from to $416,700 from the previous year's value of $428,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Isla Vista, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Isla Vista, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Isla Vista, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Isla Vista, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

1.77%

2017 Homeownership

1.57%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 1.77% of the housing units in Isla Vista, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 1.57%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Isla Vista, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Isla Vista, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Isla Vista, CA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

12.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Isla Vista, CA have a shorter commute time (12.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.454% of the workforce in Isla Vista, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    32.8%

  2. Bicycle

    30.1%

  3. Walked

    17.4%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Isla Vista, CA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Bicycle and those who Walked.

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