Santa Barbara County, CA

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2022 Population
445,213
0.545% 1-year decline
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
34.3
1.18% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
13.5%
0.796% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$92,332
9.46% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$714,800
14.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
208,588
1.19% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Santa Barbara County, CA had a population of 445k people with a median age of 34.3 and a median household income of $92,332. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Santa Barbara County, CA declined from 447,651 to 445,213, a −0.545% decrease and its median household income grew from $84,356 to $92,332, a 9.46% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Santa Barbara County, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (42.6%), White (Hispanic) (18.2%), Two+ (Hispanic) (15%), Other (Hispanic) (12%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.29%).

None of the households in Santa Barbara County, 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.

86.2% of the residents in Santa Barbara County, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Santa Barbara County, CA are University of California-Santa Barbara (7,814 degrees awarded in 2022), Santa Barbara City College (3,767 degrees), and Allan Hancock College (3,289 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Santa Barbara County, CA was $714,800, and the homeownership rate was 52.8%.

Most people in Santa Barbara County, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Santa Barbara County, CA was 2 cars per household.

Santa Barbara County, CA borders Kern County, CA, San Luis Obispo County, CA, and Ventura County, CA.

Population & Diversity

Santa Barbara County, CA is home to a population of 445k people, from which 86.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 22.2% of Santa Barbara County, CA residents were born outside of the country (98.8k people).

In 2022, there were 2.34 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (190k people) in Santa Barbara County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 81k White (Hispanic) and 66.8k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

86.2%
2022 Citizenship
85.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 86.2% of Santa Barbara County, 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 County, CA was 85.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Santa Barbara County, CA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    190k ± 549
  2. White (Hispanic)
    81k ± 3.39k
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    66.8k ± 3.59k
46.6%
Hispanic Population
208k people

In 2022, there were 2.34 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (190k people) in Santa Barbara County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 81k White (Hispanic) and 66.8k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

46.6% of the people in Santa Barbara County, CA are hispanic (208k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Santa Barbara County, 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

22.2%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
98.8k people
22.4%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
100k people

As of 2022, 22.2% of Santa Barbara County, CA residents (98.8k 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 County, CA was 22.4%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    6,888 ± 511
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,039 ± 502
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,990 ± 376

Santa Barbara County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Santa Barbara County, CA employs 209k people. The largest industries in Santa Barbara County, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,970 people), Educational Services (23,120 people), and Retail Trade (19,762 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($102,842), Utilities ($94,091), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($90,026).

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

209k
2022 Value
± 3,751
−1.19%
1 Year decline
± 2.54%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Santa Barbara County, CA declined at a rate of −1.19%, from 211k employees to 209k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Santa Barbara County, CA, are Management Occupations (23,145 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,494 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (17,427 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Santa Barbara County, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

209k
2022 Value
± 3,751
−1.19%
1 Year decline
± 2.54%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Santa Barbara County, CA declined at a rate of −1.19%, from 211k employees to 209k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Santa Barbara County, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,970 people), Educational Services (23,120 people), and Retail Trade (19,762 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Santa Barbara County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Santa Barbara County, 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

$48,028
Median earning men ± $1,572
$34,270
Median earning women ± $998

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($91,210), Public Administration ($90,282), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($82,015).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($66,482), Information ($56,310), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($54,655).

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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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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 5,753
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 2,993
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 2,613
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Santa Barbara County, CA went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 64.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (32.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.21%).

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.

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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 County, CA awarded 16,072 degrees. The student population of Santa Barbara County, CA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 23,689 male students and 29,954 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Santa Barbara County, CA are Hispanic or Latino (5,833 and 39.3%), followed by White (5,332 and 35.9%), Asian (1,749 and 11.8%), and Two or More Races (943 and 6.35%).

The largest universities in Santa Barbara County, CA by number of degrees awarded are University of California-Santa Barbara (7,814 and 48.6%), Santa Barbara City College (3,767 and 23.4%), and Allan Hancock College (3,289 and 20.5%).

The most popular majors in Santa Barbara County, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,888 and 18%), Sociology (799 and 4.97%), and Biological & Physical Sciences (748 and 4.65%).

The median tuition costs in Santa Barbara County, CA are $33,330 for private four year colleges, and $11,564 and $41,636 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Santa Barbara County, CA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 27%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 17.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 53,643 (44.2% men and 55.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 53,643 students enrolled in Santa Barbara County, CA, 44.2% men and 55.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 18,690 records, of which 59.5% were women and 40.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 456 degrees awarded
  2. 684 degrees awarded
  3. 656 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Santa Barbara County, CA was Experimental Psychology with 456 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 7,814 degrees awarded
  2. 3,767 degrees awarded
  3. 3,289 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of California-Santa Barbara with 7,814 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 6,496 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Santa Barbara County, CA, which is 0.678 times less than the 9,576 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 5,833 degrees mean that there were 1.09 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 5,332 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($33,330) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($3,053) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,600) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

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.

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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).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Santa Barbara County, CA was $714,800 in 2022, which is 2.54 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $625,200 to $714,800, a 14.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Santa Barbara County, CA is 52.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Santa Barbara County, CA have an average commute time of 20.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Santa Barbara County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Santa Barbara County, CA is $92,332. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Santa Barbara County, CA was Census Tract 1.03 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 5.01 and Census Tract 15, with respective values of $217,143 and $216,845.

In 2022, 29.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Santa Barbara County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.311%.

Property

$714,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$13,337
$78,168
Median Property Taxes
±$1,757

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 County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

52.8%
Homeownership
2022
70%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 52.8% of the housing units in Santa Barbara County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 52.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 1.03
  2. Census Tract 5.01
  3. Census Tract 15

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Santa Barbara County, CA was Census Tract 1.03 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 5.01 and Census Tract 15, with respective values of $217,143 and $216,845.

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

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Household Income

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$92,332
Median Household Income
± $1,889
148k
Number of Households
± 2,944

In 2022, the median household income of the 148k households in Santa Barbara County, CA grew to $92,332 from the previous year's value of $84,356.

The following chart displays the households in Santa Barbara County, 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 County, 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 (66.6%)
  2. Carpooled (12.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (11.2%)

In 2022, 66.6% of workers in Santa Barbara County, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.2%) and those who worked at home (11.2%).

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

20.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Santa Barbara County, CA have a shorter commute time (20.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.66% of the workforce in Santa Barbara County, 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 County, 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 County, CA have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 29.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Santa Barbara County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.311%.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Santa Barbara County, CA (57.5k out of 425k 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 County, CA is Hispanic, followed by White and Two Or More.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 12.6% of the children was living in poverty in Santa Barbara County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 8.6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 318 in Santa Barbara County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 111 per 100,000 population.

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Health

90.4% of the population of Santa Barbara County, CA has health coverage, with 41.5% on employee plans, 22.3% on Medicaid, 11.5% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 1.37% 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.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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 24.8% under 18 years, 26.2% between 18 and 34 years, 33.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.62%
Uninsured
41.5%
Employer Coverage
22.3%
Medicaid
11.5%
Medicare
13.8%
Non-Group
1.37%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Santa Barbara County, CA declined by 5.12% from 10.1% to 9.62%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 41.2 in Santa Barbara County, CA.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 27.3% in Santa Barbara County, CA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 12% in Santa Barbara County, CA.

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