Santa Barbara, CA

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2022 Population
88,640
0.552% 1-year decline
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
39.6
1.28% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
13%
1.08% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$98,346
10.2% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$1.35M
19.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
46,800
3.29% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Santa Barbara, CA had a population of 88.6k people with a median age of 39.6 and a median household income of $98,346. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Santa Barbara, CA declined from 89,132 to 88,640, a −0.552% decrease and its median household income grew from $89,243 to $98,346, a 10.2% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Santa Barbara, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (55.1%), White (Hispanic) (13%), Other (Hispanic) (12.2%), Two+ (Hispanic) (9.89%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.59%).

None of the households in Santa Barbara, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

87.2% of the residents in Santa Barbara, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Santa Barbara, CA are Santa Barbara City College (3,767 degrees awarded in 2022), Fielding Graduate University (323 degrees), and Antioch University-Santa Barbara (106 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Santa Barbara, CA was $1.35M, and the homeownership rate was 40.9%.

Most people in Santa Barbara, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 17.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Santa Barbara, CA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Santa Barbara, CA is home to a population of 88.6k people, from which 87.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 21.1% of Santa Barbara, CA residents were born outside of the country (18.7k people).

In 2022, there were 4.23 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (48.9k people) in Santa Barbara, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.6k White (Hispanic) and 10.8k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

87.2%
2022 Citizenship
86.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 87.2% of Santa Barbara, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Santa Barbara, CA was 86.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Santa Barbara, CA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    48.9k ± 1.62k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    11.6k ± 1.29k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    10.8k ± 1.35k
36.1%
Hispanic Population
32k people

In 2022, there were 4.23 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (48.9k people) in Santa Barbara, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.6k White (Hispanic) and 10.8k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

36.1% of the people in Santa Barbara, CA are hispanic (32k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Santa Barbara, CA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,899,021 ± 46,015 people
  2. Philippines
    824,230 ± 22,055 people
  3. China
    685,370 ± 20,148 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 3,899,021 California residents, followed by Philippines with 824,230 and China with 685,370.

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Foreign-Born Population

21.1%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
18.7k people
21.1%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
18.8k people

As of 2022, 21.1% of Santa Barbara, CA residents (18.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Santa Barbara, CA was 21.1%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,178 ± 247
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    587 ± 232
  3. Korea
    238 ± 86

Santa Barbara, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.01 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Santa Barbara, CA employs 46.8k people. The largest industries in Santa Barbara, CA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (6,165 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,146 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (5,453 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($103,588), Utilities ($99,175), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($93,838).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $75,777. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

46.8k
2022 Value
± 1,865
−3.29%
1 Year decline
± 5.83%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Santa Barbara, CA declined at a rate of −3.29%, from 48.4k employees to 46.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Santa Barbara, CA, are Management Occupations (6,759 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,494 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,115 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Santa Barbara, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

46.8k
2022 Value
± 1,865
−3.29%
1 Year decline
± 5.83%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Santa Barbara, CA declined at a rate of −3.29%, from 48.4k employees to 46.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Santa Barbara, CA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (6,165 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,146 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (5,453 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Santa Barbara, CA, though some of these residents may live in Santa Barbara, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$55,353
Median earning men ± $4,375
$46,234
Median earning women ± $2,251

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($106,993), Manufacturing ($96,307), and Information ($93,750).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($82,545), Manufacturing ($76,046), and Construction ($70,716).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in California went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Santa Barbara, CA awarded 4,206 degrees. The student population of Santa Barbara, CA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 5,912 male students and 8,118 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Santa Barbara, CA are White (1,719 and 42.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,602 and 39.4%), Two or More Races (228 and 5.61%), and Unknown (210 and 5.17%).

The largest universities in Santa Barbara, CA by number of degrees awarded are Santa Barbara City College (3,767 and 89.6%), Fielding Graduate University (323 and 7.68%), and Antioch University-Santa Barbara (106 and 2.52%).

The most popular majors in Santa Barbara, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,431 and 34%), Biological & Physical Sciences (389 and 9.25%), and Humanistic Studies (329 and 7.82%).

The median tuition cost in Santa Barbara, CA for private four year colleges is $17,820.

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 14,030 students enrolled in Santa Barbara, CA, 42.1% men and 57.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 5,630 records, of which 57.5% were women and 42.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 434 degrees awarded
  2. 386 degrees awarded
  3. 329 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Santa Barbara, CA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 434 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Santa Barbara, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,767 degrees awarded
  2. 323 degrees awarded
  3. 106 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Santa Barbara City College with 3,767 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 1,451 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Santa Barbara, CA, which is 0.527 times less than the 2,755 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,719 degrees mean that there were 1.07 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,602 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($17,820) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($300) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,125) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 2.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.26% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (6.9M), High School or Equivalent (6.8M), and Bachelors Degree (6.36M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Santa Barbara, CA was $1.35M in 2022, which is 4.78 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $1.13M to $1.35M, a 19.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Santa Barbara, CA is 40.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Santa Barbara, CA have an average commute time of 17.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Santa Barbara, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Santa Barbara, CA is $98,346. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Santa Barbara, CA was Census Tract 1.03 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 6 and Census Tract 30.07, with respective values of $152,790 and $151,293.

Property

$1.35M
Median Property Value 2022
±$47,024
$14,819
Median Property Taxes
±$858

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Santa Barbara, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Santa Barbara, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

40.9%
Homeownership
2022
71.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 40.9% of the housing units in Santa Barbara, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 41.1%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Santa Barbara, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 1.03
  2. Census Tract 6
  3. Census Tract 30.07

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Santa Barbara, CA was Census Tract 1.03 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 6 and Census Tract 30.07, with respective values of $152,790 and $151,293.

The following map shows all of the places in Santa Barbara, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$98,346
Median Household Income
± $4,759
36.2k
Number of Households
± 1,515

In 2022, the median household income of the 36.2k households in Santa Barbara, CA grew to $98,346 from the previous year's value of $89,243.

The following chart displays the households in Santa Barbara, 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 $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Santa Barbara, CA is from California.
0.498
2022 Wage GINI in California
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California

In 2022, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (62.4%)
  2. Worked At Home (14.8%)
  3. Carpooled (10.8%)

In 2022, 62.4% of workers in Santa Barbara, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (14.8%) and those who carpooled to work (10.8%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

17.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Santa Barbara, CA have a shorter commute time (17.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.85% of the workforce in Santa Barbara, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Poverty & Diversity

13% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Santa Barbara, CA (11.4k out of 87.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Santa Barbara, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

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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Health

89.9% of the population of Santa Barbara, CA has health coverage, with 42.7% on employee plans, 18.6% on Medicaid, 14.6% on Medicare, 13.6% on non-group plans, and 0.452% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Santa Barbara County, CA see 1317 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.2% decrease from the previous year (1333 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1158 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 170 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,317 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Santa Barbara County, CA

Primary care physicians in Santa Barbara County, CA see an average of 1,317 patients per year. This represents a 1.2% decrease from the previous year (1,333 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Santa Barbara County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 18.3% under 18 years, 26.6% between 18 and 34 years, 35.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.3% were men and 51.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.1%
Uninsured
42.7%
Employer Coverage
18.6%
Medicaid
14.6%
Medicare
13.6%
Non-Group
0.452%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Santa Barbara, CA declined by 2.42% from 10.4% to 10.1%.

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

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