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Santa Barbara County

Population in July 2007: 21,898.
Males: 10,741  (49.1%)
Females: 11,157  (50.9%)

Median resident age:  40.6 years
California median age:  33.3 years

Estimated median household income in 2011: $71,133 (it was $54,876 in 2000)
Santa Ynez Valley:

$71,133
California:

$57,287
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $37,079

Santa Ynez Valley CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $610,269 (it was $360,000 in 2000)
Santa Ynez Valley:

$610,269
California:

$355,600
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $950,965; Detached houses: $1,094,177; Townhouses or other attached units: $667,865; In 2-unit structures: $1,949,318; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $363,377; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $327,937; Mobile homes: $145,481; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $358,044

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Santa Ynez Valley races chart
  • White alone - 16,571 (75.8%)
  • Hispanic - 4,318 (19.8%)
  • Two or more races - 356 (1.6%)
  • American Indian alone - 270 (1.2%)
  • Asian alone - 228 (1.0%)
  • Black alone - 60 (0.3%)
  • Other race alone - 33 (0.2%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 23 (0.1%)

Races in Santa Ynez Valley detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Santa Ynez Valley: 337.2 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Land area: 402.4 square miles.

Population density: 54 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).




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For population 25 years and over in Santa Ynez Valley:

  • High school or higher: 86.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 31.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 11.8%
  • Unemployed: 3.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Santa Ynez Valley CCD:

  • Never married: 19.8%
  • Now married: 63.1%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 6.5%
  • Divorced: 10.6%

0 residents are foreign born

This place:  0.0%
California:  26.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Santa Ynez Valley CCD:  0.7% ($2,460)
California:  0.8% ($1,564)
Santa Ynez Valley satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lompoc Valley, CA (17.9 miles , pop. 58,301).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Bakersfield, CA (78.9 miles , pop. 247,057).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (107.2 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Santa Ynez, CA (1.8 miles ), Solvang, CA (2.0 miles ), Buellton, CA (2.2 miles ), Los Alamos, CA (3.3 miles ), Lompoc Valley, CA (4.2 miles ), Mission Hills, CA (4.2 miles ), Lompoc, CA (4.4 miles ), Vandenberg Village, CA (4.4 miles ).

Latitude: 34.65 N, Longitude: 120.13 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 805

Santa Ynez Valley household income distribution Santa Ynez Valley home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.7%
California:

9.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (11%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Health care (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Top executives (5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)

Work and jobs in Santa Ynez Valley: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Santa Ynez Valley, California

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Earthquake activity:

Santa Ynez Valley-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below California state average. It is 413% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 68.3 miles away from the city center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
On 11/4/1927 at 13:51:53, a magnitude 7.5 (7.5 UK) earthquake occurred 54.6 miles away from Santa Ynez Valley center
On 1/17/1994 at 12:30:55, a magnitude 6.8 (6.4 MB, 6.8 MS, 6.7 MW, Depth: 11.4 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 94.9 miles away from the city center, causing 60 deaths (60 shaking deaths) and 7000 injuries
On 12/22/2003 at 19:15:56, a magnitude 6.6 (6.1 MB, 6.4 MS, 6.6 MW, 6.4 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi) earthquake occurred 85.7 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 40 injuries, causing $200,000,000 total damage
On 6/29/1925 at 14:42:00, a magnitude 6.2 (6.2 UK) earthquake occurred 31.7 miles away from Santa Ynez Valley center
On 9/28/2004 at 17:15:24, a magnitude 6.0 (5.4 MB, 5.8 MS, 6.0 MW, Depth: 5.5 mi) earthquake occurred 76.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Santa Barbara County (26) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 18
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 13, Fires: 9, Storms: 7, Winter Storms: 5, Landslides: 3, Mudslides: 3, Storm: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Drought: 1, Earthquake: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Birthplace of: Eion Bailey - Film actor.


Hospitals/medical centers near Santa Ynez Valley:

  • SANTA YNEZ VALLEY COTTAGE HOSPITAL (Critical Access Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, about 3 miles away; SOLVANG, CA)

Amtrak stations near Santa Ynez Valley:

  • 4 miles: SOLVANG (1630 MISSION DR.) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking.
  • 5 miles: BUELLTON (PEA SOUP ANDERSON REST., 376 AVE. OF FLA) - Bus Station
  • 19 miles: LOMPOC (LAUREL & N. H STS.) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, snack bar, free short-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Santa Ynez Valley:

  • University of California-Santa Barbara (about 23 miles; Santa Barbara, CA; Full-time enrollment: 22,158)
  • Allan Hancock College (about 27 miles; Santa Maria, CA; FT enrollment: 3,407)
  • Santa Barbara City College (about 30 miles; Santa Barbara, CA; FT enrollment: 7,816)
  • Cuesta College (about 54 miles; San Luis Obispo, CA; FT enrollment: 4,976)
  • California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (about 54 miles; San Luis Obispo, CA; FT enrollment: 18,336)
  • Ventura College (about 58 miles; Ventura, CA; FT enrollment: 4,989)
  • Oxnard College (about 65 miles; Oxnard, CA; FT enrollment: 2,452)

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Notable locations in Santa Ynez Valley: Juan y Lolita Ranch (A), Los Prietos Campground (B), Los Prietos Ranger Station (C), Foxen Adobe (D), Figueroa Station (E), Figueroa Camp (F), Diamond-T Ranch (G), De la Guerra Camp (H), Camp Drake (I), Cachuma Saddle Guard Station (J), Rancho Los Olivos (K), Rancho Los Potreros (L), Bar G O Ranch (M), Rancho San Fernando Rey (N), Rancho San Juan (O), Rancho Tinaquaic (P), Zaca Creek Golf Course (Q), The Brander Vineyard (R), J Carey Cellars (S), Houtz Vineyard (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Nielsens Shopping Center (1), Farm and Country Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Santa Ynez Valley include: Mission Santa Ynez (A), Mission Santa Ines (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Foxen Canyon Cemetery (1), Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery (2), Solvang Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Zaca Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Creeks: Cuaslui Creek (A), Lisque Creek (B), Bear Creek (C), Alisal Creek (D), Alamo Pintado Creek (E), Calabazal Creek (F), Figueroa Creek (G), Santa Agueda Creek (H), San Lucas Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Santa Ynez Valley include: Arthur Ferrini Park (1), Buellton Park (2), Santa Ynez County Park (3), Solvang Park (4), Fremont-Foxen Monument (5), Lake Cachuma County Park (6), Nojoqui Falls Park (7), Paradise County Park (8), Hans Christian Anderson Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 
Santa Barbara County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Air pollution and air quality trends
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AQI  CO  SO2 NO2 Ozone  PM10

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 25.8. This is better than average.
City:

25.8
U.S.:

32.0
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.153. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 12.0 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.153
U.S.:

0.334
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 0.746. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 12.0 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.746
U.S.:

2.433
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 3.53. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.4 miles away from the city center.
City:

3.53
U.S.:

9.39
Ozone [ppb] level in 2010 was 30.3. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.1 miles away from the city center.
City:

30.3
U.S.:

28.3
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 17.1. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 12.0 miles away from the city center.
City:

17.1
U.S.:

22.1


Average household size:
This place:  2.6 people
California:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  52.1%
Whole state:  68.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  4.9%
Whole state:  5.9%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

7.9%
Whole state:

14.2%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

3.0%
Whole state:

6.3%

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Santa Ynez Valley, CA

People in group quarters in Santa Ynez Valley in 2000:

  • 159 people in nursing homes
  • 86 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 47 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 14 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 11 people in religious group quarters
  • 4 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 4 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 4 people in other group homes

Santa Ynez Valley compared to California state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)



Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (68%)
  • Electricity (14%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13%)
  • Wood (3%)
  • Other fuel (1%)
  • No fuel used (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results



Religion statistics for Santa Ynez Valley (based on Santa Barbara County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 55.80%
Here55.8%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchJewishLDS (Mormon) ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Episcopal Church
Adherents74.0%3.5%2.5%2.1%1.7%
Congregations7.9%1.7%6.6%4.8%3.1%
NameInternational Church of the Foursquare GospelAssemblies of GodBaptist General ConferenceUnited Methodist ChurchOther
Adherents1.6%1.5%1.2%1.2%10.7%
Congregations5.2%5.2%2.2%3.5%59.8%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 105
Santa Barbara County:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
California:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 30
Santa Barbara County:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 74
Santa Barbara County:

1.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 388
Here:

9.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.3%
California:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Santa Barbara County:

22.2%
California:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

18.3%
State:

17.9%

5.99% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($58,474 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.99%
California average:

5.75%

0.28% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,128 average AGI)
Santa Barbara County:

0.28%
California average:

0.21%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.75% ($76,761 average AGI)
from Ventura County, CA  0.53% ($41,749)
from San Luis Obispo County, CA  0.51% ($83,550)


7.45% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($49,083 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.45%
California average:

6.27%

0.17% of residents moved to foreign countries ($876 average AGI)
Santa Barbara County:

0.17%
California average:

0.11%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Ventura County, CA  0.76% ($53,894 average AGI)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.71% ($47,601)
to San Luis Obispo County, CA  0.53% ($46,870)

Strongest AM radio stations in Santa Ynez Valley:

  • KGDP (660 AM; 50 kW; ORCUTT, CA; Owner: RADIO REPRESENTATIVES, INC.)
  • KERI (1180 AM; 50 kW; WASCO-GREENACRES, CA; Owner: KWSO, INC.)
  • KSPN (710 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KABC-AM RADIO, INC.)
  • KTMS (990 AM; 5 kW; SANTA BARBARA, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KLAC (570 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KXTK (1280 AM; 10 kW; ARROYO GRANDE, CA; Owner: PAMPLIN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KIRN (670 AM; 35 kW; SIMI VALLEY, CA; Owner: LOTUS OXNARD CORP.)
  • KACD (850 AM; 25 kW; THOUSAND OAKS, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KFI (640 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KUHL (1440 AM; 5 kW; SANTA MARIA, CA; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KMJ (580 AM; 50 kW; FRESNO, CA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KFWB (980 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KEYT (1250 AM; 3 kW; SANTA BARBARA, CA; Owner: SMITH BROADCASTING OF SANTA BARBARA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Santa Ynez Valley:

  • KRAZ (105.9 FM; SANTA YNEZ, CA; Owner: KNIGHT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KSPE-FM (94.5 FM; ELLWOOD, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KMGQ (97.5 FM; SANTA BARBARA, CA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KRUZ (103.3 FM; SANTA BARBARA, CA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KCSB-FM (91.9 FM; SANTA BARBARA, CA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA)
  • KSYV (96.7 FM; SOLVANG, CA; Owner: KNIGHT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KWSZ (105.1 FM; LOMPOC, CA; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KXFM (99.1 FM; SANTA MARIA, CA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • K295AH (106.9 FM; GOLETA, CA; Owner: THE ASSOC., FOR COMMUNITY EDUC., INC)
  • KIST-FM (107.7 FM; SANTA BARBARA, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • K254AH (98.7 FM; ISLA VISTA, CA; Owner: PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC.)
  • KSMY (106.7 FM; LOMPOC, CA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KRQZ (91.5 FM; LOMPOC, CA; Owner: TRINITY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE)
  • KPAT (95.7 FM; ORCUTT, CA; Owner: AGM-BIRMINGHAM, LLC)
  • KBOX (104.1 FM; LOMPOC, CA; Owner: AGM-BIRMINGHAM, L.L.C.)
  • KGDP-FM (90.7 FM; SANTA MARIA, CA; Owner: PEOPLE OF ACTION)
  • KRQK (100.3 FM; LOMPOC, CA; Owner: AGM-BIRMINGHAM, L.L.C.)
  • K293AG (106.5 FM; TAFT, CA; Owner: CENTRO CRISTIANO DE FE, INC.)
  • KSNI-FM (102.5 FM; SANTA MARIA, CA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KTYD (99.9 FM; SANTA BARBARA, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)

TV broadcast stations around Santa Ynez Valley:

  • K23EQ (Channel 23; VENTURA, CA; Owner: EQUITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KEYT-TV (Channel 3; SANTA BARBARA, CA; Owner: SMITH BROADCASTING OF SANTA BARBARA, LP)
  • KPMR (Channel 38; SANTA BARBARA, CA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)


Santa Ynez Valley on our top lists:

  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers (population 5,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Beverage and tobacco products (population 5,000+)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in training schools for juvenile delinquents"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Beverage and tobacco products (population 5,000+)"
  • #62 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers (population 5,000+)"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Used merchandise, gift, novelty, and souvenir, and other miscellaneous stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (population 5,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving out compared to moving in (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #86 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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