This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Santa Barbara has a low population density. Santa Barbara is perfect for those who want to be in the city without constantly rubbing shoulders.
Santa Barbara, CA is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 8/10 and an overall value of 8/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Santa Barbara has a population density of 4,767, with 90,463 current residents.
Out of the 90,463 current residents, 50% are male and 50% are female. 49% of the residents are married and 51% are single.
- 78% Sun
- 18% Rain
- 0% Snow
59°F average temperature
- 46 years Median home age
- $717,060 Median home price
- -11.4% Home appreciation rate
- 5.62% Annual property tax
As for living in Santa Barbara, the air quality is 79% and the weather, on average, is 78% sunny, 18% rainy, and 0% snowy. The average temperature is 59°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Santa Barbara, you should know that 39.7% of homes are owned while 55.1% of homes are rented, and 5.2% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $717,060, the median age of homes is 46 years, the annual home appreciation is -11.40% and the annual property tax is 5.62%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)6
When looking at the community of Santa Barbara, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Santa Barbara’s crime rate is 6 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Santa Barbara is 37 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 60.21% Democratic, 37.39% Republican, and 2.40% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:17
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
81%High school diploma
7%Some college or associates degree
15%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Santa Barbara, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 6.20% of residents are unemployed in Santa Barbara (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Santa Barbara residents: 14.5% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 26.12% are in the arts and sciences field, 18.7% are in the customer service field, 25.5% are in the sales field, 0.58% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 6.5% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 8% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:17. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 80.98%, 6.75% of residents have an associate’s degree, 24.00% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 15.48% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Santa Barbara, you should be aware that the average commute time is 19 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Santa Barbara have a few different options. 66% of commuters use their own cars, 14% of commuters carpool, 5% of commuters use the transit system, and 6% of residents work from home.