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Santa Barbara County, California (CA)

County population in 2014: 440,668 (95% urban, 5% rural); it was 399,347 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 53,859
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 20,968
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 76,579
Renter-occupied apartments: 67,277 (it was 60,043 in 2000)
% of renters here:

44%
State:

44%

Land area: 2737 sq. mi.

Water area: 1052.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 161 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Santa Barbara County: 110.6 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (31.2%), Educational, health and social services (19.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 54%
  • Government: 13%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 33%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Santa Barbara County, California:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (47.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (42.9%)
  • Asian alone (4.6%)
  • Two or more races (2.1%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.7%)
Median resident age:  33.0 years
California median age:  35.0 years
Males: 221,205  (50.2%)
Females: 219,463  (49.8%)
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Santa Barbara County,CA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Santa Barbara County:

2.0 people
California:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $63,625 ($46,677 in 1999)

This county:

$63,625
California:

$64,500

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $1,340 (lower quartile is $939, upper quartile is $1,810)
This county:

$1340
State:

$1198


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $547,600 (it was $264,100 in 2000)
Santa Barbara:

$547,600
California:

$449,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $301,600 - $922,700

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $892,343
Here:

$892,343
State:

$617,467

Townhouses or other attached units: $567,424
Here:

$567,424
State:

$535,490

In 2-unit structures: $715,238
Here:

$715,238
State:

$817,562

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $500,427
Here:

$500,427
State:

$534,271

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $482,422
Here:

$482,422
State:

$488,640

Mobile homes: $129,889
Here:

$129,889
State:

$109,848
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $2,103
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $560

Institutionalized population: 5,917

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 18
  • Robberies: 20
  • Assaults: 119
  • Burglaries: 569
  • Thefts: 1107
  • Auto thefts: 11

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 3
  • Rapes: 24
  • Robberies: 29
  • Assaults: 134
  • Burglaries: 677
  • Thefts: 1015
  • Auto thefts: 10
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 950 buildings, average cost: $231,000
  • 2007: 470 buildings, average cost: $315,900
  • 2008: 222 buildings, average cost: $348,700
  • 2009: 186 buildings, average cost: $409,500
  • 2010: 229 buildings, average cost: $506,200
  • 2011: 134 buildings, average cost: $515,000
  • 2012: 255 buildings, average cost: $365,900
  • 2013: 370 buildings, average cost: $323,300
  • 2014: 372 buildings, average cost: $348,300

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $3,753 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $2,798 (0.5%)

Santa Barbara County household income distribution in 2009 Santa Barbara County home values distribution Santa Barbara County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 15.7%
(11.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.9% for Black residents, 19.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 25.4% for American Indian residents, 5.2% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 18.3% for other race residents, 15.6% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 15.7%
Santa Barbara County:

15.7%
California:

15.3%
(11.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.0% for Black residents, 19.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 24.5% for American Indian residents, 4.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 18.3% for other race residents, 14.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 34 years old
(Males: 32 years old, Females: 35 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 38 years old, American Indian residents: 34 years old, Asian residents: 30 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 27 years old)

Area name: Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Santa Barbara County is $924 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $1037 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1366 a month.

Cities in this county include: Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Lompoc Valley, Goleta, Lompoc, Orcutt, Santa Ynez Valley, Carpinteria Valley, Isla Vista.

Santa Barbara County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Zip codeCityNumber of testsNumber of tests >= 4 pCi/L
93013Carpinteria550
93014Carpinteria31
93067Summerland5829
93101Santa Barbara681
93102Santa Barbara30
93103Santa Barbara859
93105Santa Barbara35497
93106Santa Barbara30
93107Santa Barbara20
93108Santa Barbara16526
93109Santa Barbara1003
93110Santa Barbara1229
93111Santa Barbara14611
93116Goleta123
93117Goleta31248
93118Goleta20
93120Santa Barbara10
93130Santa Barbara94
93140Santa Barbara192
93150Santa Barbara31
93160Santa Barbara30
93190Santa Barbara20
93427Buellton80
93434Guadalupe10
93436Lompoc343115
93437Lompoc21
93438Lompoc132
93440Los Alamos20
93454Santa Maria342
93455Santa Maria561
93456Santa Maria20
93458Santa Maria30
93460Santa Ynez202
93463Solvang191
93464Solvang20

2012 air pollution in Santa Barbara County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.239 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.029 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 19.5 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.6 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.000 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Santa Barbara County: East Fish Camp (A), Anacapa Island Light (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Santa Barbara County: Channel Islands National Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Beach: Frenchys Cove Beach (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.3%
California:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 46,317
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 79.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 29.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 84,826 (32% naturalized citizens)

Santa Barbara County:

21.2%
Whole state:

26.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 17,140
  • 1990 to 1994: 15,520
  • 1985 to 1989: 15,516
  • 1980 to 1984: 10,359
  • 1975 to 1979: 7,222
  • 1970 to 1974: 5,095
  • 1970 to 1974: 3,350
  • 1965 to 1969: 10,624
Note: State values scaled to Santa Barbara County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 94.1%

Santa Barbara County marital status for males Santa Barbara County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 82,786
  • One, attached: 9,736
  • Two: 5,225
  • 3 or 4: 7,978
  • 5 to 9: 9,332
  • 10 to 19: 7,686
  • 20 or more: 11,543
  • Mobile homes: 8,246
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 369

Housing units in Santa Barbara County with a mortgage: 45,918 (6,662 second mortgage, 5,101 home equity loan, 251 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 16,034

Here:

74.1% with mortgage
State:

79.0% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Santa Barbara County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic146,94017
Evangelical Protestant24,775161
Other15,95158
Mainline Protestant10,61043
Black Protestant1,97913
Orthodox1,5367
None222,104-
Santa Barbara County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 105
Santa Barbara County:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 30
This 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.
California:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 388
This county:

9.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Santa Barbara County:

7.3%
California:

7.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Santa Barbara County:

22.2%
State:

21.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

18.3%
State:

17.9%

Agriculture in Santa Barbara County:

Average size of farms: 524 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $496,715
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $6539.91
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 24.08%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 4.14%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $382,213
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.89%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 92.99%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $118,593
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 71.05%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.72
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 6.16%
Corn for grain: 15 harvested acres
Vegetables: 63,794 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 41,321 acres

Earthquake activity:

Santa Barbara County-area historical earthquake activity is near California state average. It is 676% 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 65.5 miles away from Santa Barbara County center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
On 11/4/1927 at 13:51:53, a magnitude 7.5 (7.5 UK) earthquake occurred 57.5 miles away from the county center
On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi) earthquake occurred 204.5 miles away from the county center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 4/18/1906 at 13:12:21, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 UK) earthquake occurred 283.4 miles away from the county center, causing $524,000,000 total damage
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 207.3 miles away from Santa Barbara County 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 92.0 miles away from the county center, causing 60 deaths (60 shaking deaths) and 7000 injuries
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • California Winter Storms, Flooding, and Debris and Mud Flows, Incident Period: December 17, 2010 to January 04, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1952: January 26, 2011, FEMA Id: 1952, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • California Jesusita Fire, Incident Period: May 05, 2009 to May 22, 2009, Fire Management Assistance Declared: May 06, 2009, FEMA Id: 2817, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • California Wildfires, Incident Period: November 13, 2008 to November 28, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1810: November 18, 2008, FEMA Id: 1810, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • California Tea Fire, Incident Period: November 13, 2008 to December 31, 1969, Fire Management Assistance Declared: November 14, 2008, FEMA Id: 2790, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • California Gap Fire, Incident Period: July 03, 2008 to December 31, 1969, Fire Management Assistance Declared: July 04, 2008, FEMA Id: 2780, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • California Wildfires, Incident Period: June 20, 2008 to August 20, 2008, Emergency Declared EM-3287: June 28, 2008, FEMA Id: 3287, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • California Wildfires, Incident Period: October 21, 2007 to March 31, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1731: October 24, 2007, FEMA Id: 1731, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • California Wildfires, Incident Period: October 21, 2007 to March 31, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared EM-3279: October 23, 2007, FEMA Id: 3279, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • California Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3248: September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: 3248, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • California Severe Storms, Flooding, Debris Flows, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 27, 2004 to January 11, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1577: February 04, 2005, FEMA Id: 1577, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Flood
  • 16 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Santa Barbara County (26) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 19
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 13, Fires: 9, Storms: 8, Winter Storms: 5, Mudslides: 4, Landslides: 3, Drought: 1, Earthquake: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (16%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (66%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • United Kingdom (3%)
  • Canada (3%)
  • Germany (2%)
  • Korea (1%)
  • Guatemala (1%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Santa Barbara County (%):

  • German (9%)
  • English (9%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • Italian (4%)
  • United States or American (4%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Santa Barbara County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 124,500 (69%)
  • Carpooled: 28,298 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 4,164 (2%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 24 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 37 (0%)
  • Railroad: 61 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 16 (0%)
  • Taxi: 84 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 519 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 4,822 (3%)
  • Walked: 7,139 (4%)
  • Other means: 1,452 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 8,329 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Santa Barbara County, California in 2000:

  • 6,691 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 3,137 people in federal prisons and detention centers
  • 2,143 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 1,467 people in nursing homes
  • 938 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 438 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 320 people in other group homes
  • 298 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 232 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 210 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 117 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 110 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 100 people in religious group quarters
  • 92 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 90 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 75 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 46 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 29 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents
  • 20 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 18 people in halfway houses
  • 13 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 10 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 9 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 9 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 5 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 4 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 3 people in military ships
  • 2 people in military disciplinary barracks

People in group quarters in Santa Barbara County, California in 2010:

  • 8,852 people in college/university student housing
  • 3,361 people in federal prisons
  • 1,115 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 1,084 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 812 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 605 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 586 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 402 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 378 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 232 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 230 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 50 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 47 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 19 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 8 people in military disciplinary barracks and jails
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $63,875.

5.04% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($45,693 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.04%
California average:

5.03%


0.10% of residents moved from foreign countries ($877 average AGI)
Santa Barbara County:

0.10%
California average:

0.07%

3.06% relocated from other counties in California ($26,122 average AGI)
1.88% relocated from other states ($18,695 average AGI)
Santa Barbara County:

1.88%
California average:

1.68%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.57% ($51,236 average AGI)
from Ventura County, CA  0.51% ($45,100)
from San Luis Obispo County, CA  0.46% ($37,273)
from San Diego County, CA  0.21% ($44,663)
from Orange County, CA  0.17% ($41,512)
from Riverside County, CA  0.10% ($29,692)
from Santa Clara County, CA  0.10% ($68,647)


5.73% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($45,951 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.73%
California average:

5.12%


0.12% of residents moved to foreign countries ($841 average AGI)
Santa Barbara County:

0.12%
California average:

0.10%

3.40% relocated to other counties in California ($26,133 average AGI)
2.20% relocated to other states ($18,977 average AGI)
Santa Barbara County:

2.20%
California average:

1.74%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.67% ($38,676 average AGI)
to Ventura County, CA  0.56% ($47,465)
to San Luis Obispo County, CA  0.45% ($45,654)
to San Diego County, CA  0.26% ($39,736)
to Orange County, CA  0.17% ($35,783)
to San Francisco County, CA  0.15% ($45,600)
to Santa Clara County, CA  0.15% ($56,392)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 16.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.7
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.9

Births per 1000 population in Santa Barbara County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 6.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Santa Barbara County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 3.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Santa Barbara County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 21.1%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 9.6%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Santa Barbara County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Santa Barbara County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 58,139 (50,047 aged, 8,092 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 14,023 (14%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Santa Barbara County, California in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (3,529)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2,312)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (2,053)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1,914)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,733)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,627)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,527)
  • Hypertensive heart disease without (congestive) heart failure (1,028)
  • Unspecified dementia (861)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (767)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 21.7. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 11.4
  • Other - 10.3

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 101.2. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 43.5
  • Suffocation - 23.2
  • Poisoning - 21.0
  • Other - 13.5

Household type by relationship:

Households: 406,113
  • In family households: 328,096 (63,927 male householders, 27,673 female householders)
    68,834 spouses, 113,869 children (107,701 natural, 2,244 adopted, 3,924 stepchildren), 9,655 grandchildren, 6,308 brothers or sisters, 4,394 parents, 11,429 other relatives, 17,914 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 78,017 (22,866 male householders (14,680 living alone)), 27,638 female householders (20,578 living alone)), 27,513 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 17,782 (5,917 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 34,278 2-persons, 18,543 3-persons, 17,491 4-persons, 10,213 5-persons, 4,765 6-persons, 6,310 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 35,258 1-person, 9,556 2-persons, 2,320 3-persons, 1,981 4-persons, 584 5-persons, 405 6-persons, 400 7-or-more-persons.

68,080 married couples with children.
18,812 single-parent households (4,951 men, 13,861 women).

67.2% of residents of Santa Barbara County speak English at home.
26.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (46% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 14% don't speak English at all).
3.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (81% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
2.7% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (53% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (65% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 16% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $2,963,912,000 ($7,376 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $998,097,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $870,481,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $437,731,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,402,000
Federal grants: $509,701,000
Federal procurement contracts: $814,805,000 ($680,102,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $326,791,000 ($193,336,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $168,032,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $102,166,000
Federal Government insurance: $726,752,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 29,981
Here:

75 per 1000 residents
State:

77 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 14,890
Here:

37 per 1000 residents
State:

34 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +14,528
Here:

+36 per 1000 residents
State:

+39 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -27,632
Here -69 per 1000 residents
State -18 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Santa Barbara County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 63.49 millions of gallons per day (45% from ground, 55% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.6
State:

3.5

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 387
  • 2010 to 2013: 2,707
  • 2000 to 2009: 13,095
  • 1990 to 1999: 16,256
  • 1980 to 1989: 22,281
  • 1970 to 1979: 30,148
  • 1960 to 1969: 30,525
  • 1950 to 1959: 19,459
  • 1940 to 1949: 6,338
  • 1939 or earlier: 13,947
Note: State values scaled to Santa Barbara population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Santa Barbara County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Santa Barbara County population
  • 1 room: 414
  • 2 rooms: 1,773
  • 3 rooms: 5,359
  • 4 rooms: 7,693
  • 5 rooms: 16,632
  • 6 rooms: 19,538
  • 7 rooms: 12,894
  • 8 rooms: 7,250
  • 9+ rooms: 5,026
  • 1 room: 5,181
  • 2 rooms: 10,005
  • 3 rooms: 13,626
  • 4 rooms: 13,870
  • 5 rooms: 8,875
  • 6 rooms: 4,913
  • 7 rooms: 2,258
  • 8 rooms: 779
  • 9+ rooms: 536
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Santa Barbara County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Santa Barbara County population
  • no bedroom: 1,219
  • 1 bedroom: 4,574
  • 2 bedrooms: 16,452
  • 3 bedrooms: 34,340
  • 4 bedrooms: 16,853
  • 5+ bedrooms: 3,141
  • no bedroom: 6,868
  • 1 bedroom: 19,753
  • 2 bedrooms: 19,796
  • 3 bedrooms: 10,545
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,584
  • 5+ bedrooms: 497
Cars and other vehicles available in Santa Barbara County, California in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Santa Barbara County population
  • no vehicle: 2,436
  • 1 vehicle: 19,890
  • 2 vehicles: 34,427
  • 3 vehicles: 13,693
  • 4 vehicles: 4,067
  • 5+ vehicles: 2,066
  • no vehicle: 6,930
  • 1 vehicle: 26,501
  • 2 vehicles: 18,760
  • 3 vehicles: 5,212
  • 4 vehicles: 1,812
  • 5+ vehicles: 828

50% of Santa Barbara County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 61% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 70% lived in California.

Santa Barbara County:

50.4%
State average:

52.5%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 204,295
  • Northeast: 23,081
  • Midwest: 37,567
  • South: 22,668
  • West: 21,756

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $287,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Santa Barbara County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (86.7%)
  • Electricity (9.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.5%)
  • Wood (1.0%)
  • Utility gas (72.5%)
  • Electricity (21.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.7%)
  • No fuel used (2.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 3,868
Here:

8.2%
California:

9.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,409
Here:

6.5%
California:

7.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 6,950
Here:

17.0%
California:

15.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Santa Barbara County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $88,332,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $926,000
  • Construction - Natural Resources - Other: $2,468,000
    General - Other: $1,415,000
    Housing and Community Development: $737,000
    Health - Other: $372,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $16,000
    Water Utilities: $10,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $270,173,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $66,946,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $61,777,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $61,140,000
    Police Protection: $51,120,000
    Correctional Institutions: $38,082,000
    General - Other: $35,752,000
    Local Fire Protection: $35,387,000
    Regular Highways: $22,410,000
    Central Staff Services: $21,636,000
    Corrections - Other: $20,488,000
    Solid Waste Management: $19,149,000
    Financial Administration: $17,477,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $11,315,000
    Parks and Recreation: $8,239,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $5,206,000
    Sewerage: $3,618,000
    Libraries: $2,585,000
    Water Utilities: $1,741,000
    Air Transportation: $1,420,000
    Transit Utilities: $57,000
    Housing and Community Development: $14,000
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $795,953,000
    Corporate Bonds: $313,686,000
    Other Investments - Other: $238,015,000
    Benefit Payments: $71,018,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $43,176,000
    Withdrawals: $1,475,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,136,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $1,143,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - General - Other: $745,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $21,515,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $829,000
    Correctional Institutions: $736,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $536,000
    Police Protection: $517,000
    Parks and Recreation: $222,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $199,000
    Solid Waste Management: $193,000
    Local Fire Protection: $138,000
    Health - Other: $123,000
    Financial Administration: $114,000
    Central Staff Services: $69,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $23,000
    Corrections - Other: $3,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $308,002,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $3,000

Santa Barbara County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $284,731,000
    Solid Waste Management: $23,053,000
    Sewerage: $5,615,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,277,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $2,602,000
    Regular Highways: $1,599,000
    Housing and Community Development: $17,000
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $163,142,000
    From Parent Local Government: $53,977,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $15,058,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $3,199,000
    Natural Resources: $2,888,000
    Air Transportation: $1,236,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,038,000
    Housing and Community Development: $653,000
    Health and Hospitals: $484,000
    Education: $404,000
    Water Utilities: $107,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $26,352,000
    Education: $2,935,000
    Transit Utilities: $176,000
    Health and Hospitals: $146,000
    Water Utilities: $105,000
    Housing and Community Development: $18,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $12,373,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $8,232,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $4,031,000
    Rents: $2,130,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,444,000
    Sale of Property: $1,262,000
    Special Assessments: $176,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $104,000
    Transit Utilities: $8,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $117,448,000
    All Other: $59,632,000
    Health and Hospitals: $48,983,000
    Education: $38,702,000
    General Local Government Support: $24,316,000
    Highways: $13,516,000
    Water Utilities: $261,000
    Sewerage: $2,000
  • Tax - Property: $167,568,000
    Other License: $7,869,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $7,820,000
    Other Selective Sales: $5,655,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $4,837,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,461,000
    NEC: $3,591,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,774,000

Santa Barbara County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $89,837,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $81,602,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,235,000

Santa Barbara County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $31,555,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $358,259,000
    Total Federal Securities: $123,282,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $222,896,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $16,386,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 9,888
  • Number of aged recipients: 2,178
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 7,710
  • Number of recipients under 18: 788
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 5,748
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 3,352
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 5,153
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 5,270
Santa Barbara County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Santa Barbara County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 85 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,318$266,2971,585$405,9816,614$375,894318$285,60419$1,720,5791,052$400,687104$97,731
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED111$272,477205$433,556657$398,77326$289,0000$0134$400,57519$129,947
APPLICATIONS DENIED188$252,314345$392,9712,071$413,027118$254,5516$1,334,167361$362,50754$133,722
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN184$262,788291$455,7041,412$377,71280$253,7131$4,389,000206$427,44718$166,222
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS23$255,17447$318,532303$424,65320$276,0500$045$381,3781$250,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 60 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED119$275,62228$330,5712$261,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED45$272,73314$382,0715$282,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED14$323,00011$337,1820$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN5$347,4001$377,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS11$338,4550$00$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Santa Barbara County, CA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2,04175.2 years
Mary1,87780.7 years
William1,69975.8 years
Robert1,58473.1 years
James1,22873.5 years
George1,05477.8 years
Charles1,00677.0 years
Helen98082.0 years
Margaret94080.9 years
Dorothy90480.5 years
Most common last names in Santa Barbara County, CA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith69877.4 years
Johnson56175.9 years
Miller38077.8 years
Brown37277.6 years
Williams32675.6 years
Davis31577.7 years
Jones30178.1 years
Anderson29077.5 years
Wilson28277.8 years
Martin22178.2 years
Businesses in Santa Barbara County, CA
NameCountNameCount
24 Hour Fitness1KFC3
7-Eleven9Kmart2
99 Cents Only Stores3Kohl's1
ALDO1Kroger5
AT&T5La-Z-Boy2
Abercrombie & Fitch1Lane Bryant1
Ace Hardware3Lane Furniture2
Albertsons7LensCrafters1
American Eagle Outfitters2Levi Strauss & Co.1
Apple Store1Little Caesars Pizza3
Audi1Macy's2
AutoZone2Marriott1
Avenue1MasterBrand Cabinets31
BMW2Mazda1
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill2McDonald's13
Banana Republic1Men's Wearhouse1
Baskin-Robbins2Motel 67
Bath & Body Works1Motherhood Maternity3
Bebe1New Balance5
Bed Bath & Beyond1Nike29
Ben & Jerry's1Nissan1
Best Western6Nordstrom1
Big O Tires2OfficeMax1
Blockbuster5Old Navy1
Brookstone1Outback1
Budget Car Rental1Outback Steakhouse1
Burger King4Pac Sun2
CVS12Panda Express4
Cache1Payless4
Carl\s Jr.6Penske3
Chevrolet3PetSmart1
Chico's1Pier 1 Imports2
Chipotle2Pottery Barn1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Quality2
Circle K3Quiznos4
Cold Stone Creamery3RadioShack6
Coldwater Creek1Ramada1
Comfort Inn1Rite Aid7
Costco1SAS Shoes1
Curves6Saks Fifth Avenue1
DHL4Sears7
Days Inn5Sephora1
Decora Cabinetry3Soma Intimates1
Dennys2Sprint Nextel2
Domino's Pizza8Staples3
El Pollo Loco2Starbucks18
Express1Subway8
Extended Stay America1Super 81
Famous Footwear1T-Mobile8
FedEx62Taco Bell9
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Talbots1
Foot Locker2The Room Place1
Ford2Toyota2
Forever 212Toys"R"Us1
GNC6Trader Joe's3
GameStop3Travelodge1
Gap2True Value2
Goodwill4U-Haul8
Gymboree1UPS43
H&M1Urban Outfitters1
H&R Block8Vans11
Hilton2Verizon Wireless2
Holiday Inn5Victoria's Secret1
Home Depot2Volkswagen2
Honda3Vons6
IHOP3Walgreens2
IZOD1Walmart2
J. Jill1Wendy's3
J.Crew1Wet Seal1
Jack In The Box4Whole Foods Market1
Jamba Juice1YMCA7
Jones New York15

Santa Barbara County on our top lists:

  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #90 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #90 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations"