Santa Barbara, California Population 2019

Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, which is in the state of California, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Santa Barbara is the second-most populous city in the county with an estimated population of 92,000, up from the 2010 census population of 88,400.

The city proper has a population density of 2,100 people per square mile (810/square kilometer). The larger urban area, which includes Carpinteria and Goleta as well as many unincorporated areas, has a population of 220,000. All of Santa Barbara County has a population of more than 425,000.

Santa Barbara Age and Education Demographics

Females make up 49.9% of the population residing in the city of Santa Barbara. 85% of the population has earned their high school diploma, while only 48% have earned their Bachelor's degree or higher.

Santa Barbara History

The Santa Barbara area has been inhabited for at least 13,000 years with evidence of Paleoindians, Chumash people, and several villages, including Amolomol, Mispu, and Swetete. The first European to reach the area was João Cabrilho, a Portuguese explorer who sailed through the Santa Barbara channel in 1542. It was Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino who named the channel Santa Barbara in 1602. Gaspar de Portola led the first land expedition in 1769.

The first permanent European residents in the region were Spanish soldiers and missionaries who were sent to fortify the area and convert native peoples to Christianity. The Santa Barbara Mission was established in 1786. As the indigenous Chumash people were converted, a village was built on the grounds of the mission, although many died from smallpox and other diseases. Spain's claim on the area ended not long after when the Mexican War of Independence ended in 1822, effectively ending 300 years of colonial rule.

The flag of Mexico flew over the area for another 24 years. Santa Barbara fell to American soldiers in 1846 during the Mexican-American War and became part of the United States. Between 1850 and 1860, the population of Santa Barbara doubled. It was during this time that a land surveyor named Haley designed the city's famous street grid, complete with misaligned streets and poor measurements.

Just before the turn of the 20th century, oil was discovered nearby, and the beach outside Santa Barbara became the first offshore oil development in the world. Most of the downtown region was destroyed by a massive earthquake in 1925, although the city rebuilt around the Spanish Colonial style. Later during WWII, many service members chose to stay in the city with the population surging by more than 10,000 between the war's end and 1950. Santa Barbara has continued its steady growth since.

Santa Barbara Population Growth

Santa Barbara's population declined 1,200 or 4.2% between 2000 and 2010. This was the only time the census has reported negative growth in the city as far back as the record goes (1880). Santa Barbara has since bounced back, and its population is now growing slowly but steadily.

Santa Barbara Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Santa Barbara was:

  • White: 77.53%
  • Other race: 12.58%
  • Asian: 3.91%
  • Two or more races: 3.69%
  • Black or African American: 1.36%
  • Native American: 0.73%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.19%

Santa Barbara, California's estimated population is 91,350 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Santa Barbara, California is the 87th largest city in California based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 4687.12 people/mi² (1809.70 people/km²), with a household density of 772.85 people/km² (2001.68 people/mi²).

The overall median age is 37.9 years, 35.8 years for males, and 39.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 100.4 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 39,012 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7%, with a median rent of $1640/month. The median house has 4.4 rooms, and has a value of $934,500.

The median income for households in Santa Barbara, California is $71,160, while the mean household income is $101,590.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201891,350-224-0.24%
201791,574-5-0.01%
201691,5792450.27%
201591,3344540.50%
201490,8807530.84%
201390,1278150.91%
201289,3127000.79%
201188,6121420.16%
201088,470-3,855-0.43%
200092,3256,7540.76%
199085,57111,1571.41%
198074,4144,1990.58%
197070,21511,4471.80%
196058,76813,8552.73%
195044,9139,9552.54%
194034,9581,3450.39%
193033,61314,1725.63%
192019,4417,7825.25%
191011,6595,0725.88%
19006,5877231.17%
18905,8642,4045.42%
18803,460-795-2.05%
18704,2551,9046.11%
18602,3510.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018446,5279210.21%
2017445,6069310.21%
2016444,6752,1530.48%
2015442,5223,1640.71%
2014439,3584,5351.03%
2013434,8234,9981.15%
2012429,8254,3441.01%
2011425,4811,2460.29%
2010424,2350.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White70,898
Some Other Race11,503
Asian3,579
Two or More Races3,377
Black or African American1,248
American Indian and Alaska Native666
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander172

Santa Barbara Population Pyramid 2019

Santa Barbara Median Age

37.9


Total

35.8


Male

39.7


Female

Santa Barbara Adults

There are 75,700 adults, (16,127 of whom are seniors) in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Age Dependency

53.5

Age Dependency Ratio

27.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

26.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Barbara Sex Ratio

Female

45,639

49.91%

Male

45,804

50.09%

Santa Barbara Households and Families

Santa Barbara Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Santa Barbara Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married59.9%40.1%
All40.7%59.3%
Non Family28.9%71.1%
Female26.5%73.5%
Male24.7%75.3%

40.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All36,1142.4940.7
Non Family16,9891.5628.9
Married14,2583.2359.9
Female3,3193.5926.5
Male1,5483.6124.7

3.09

Average Family Size

2.49

Average Household Size

7.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Santa Barbara Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,1428.12%
9th to 12th Grade3,7685.95%
High School Graduate8,57213.53%
Some College11,47618.12%
Associates Degree3,7645.94%
Bachelors Degree17,92728.30%
Graduate Degree12,70020.05%

Santa Barbara Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White38,55037,71125,080
Hispanic20,15812,4423,216
Other Race6,6634,2211,048
Asian2,5292,2951,533
Multiple Races1,6781,618820
Black894763211
Native American54444439
Islander11811845

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 65.06%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,408$46,235$36,849
Less Than High School$22,749$25,647$16,708
High School Grad$28,775$31,910$24,758
Some College$34,021$36,857$32,063
Bachelors Degree$56,035$64,672$49,505
Graduate Degree$70,483$95,068$61,793

$41,408

Average Earnings

$46,235

Average Male

$36,849

Average Female

Santa Barbara Language

Santa Barbara Language by Age

Santa Barbara Language

64.69% of Santa Barbara residents speak only English, while 35.31% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 28.62% of the population.

Santa Barbara Poverty

Santa Barbara Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic33,4575,69917.03%
White50,4405,15810.23%
Other11,4822,34120.39%
Asian3,55287424.61%
Multiple3,37348714.44%
Black1,23428423.01%
Native66014922.58%

13.74%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.00%

Male Poverty Rate

14.49%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Barbara

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Barbara is Asian, with 24.61% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Barbara is White, with 10.23% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.41%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.77%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.53%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School23.03%
High School13.85%
Some College11.86%
Bachelors or Greater4.35%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed40.97%
Female Unemployed32.52%
Female Employed11.25%
Male Employed6.29%

Santa Barbara Income

Santa Barbara Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$71,160$101,590
Families$89,241$121,109
Married Families$108,387$142,804
Non Families$51,794$74,865

Santa Barbara Marital Status

Santa Barbara Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.1%

Male Marriage Rate

40.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Santa Barbara Married by Age and Sex

Santa Barbara Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Santa Barbara Marital Status by Race

Santa Barbara Veterans

4,112

Number of Veterans

3,844

Male Veterans

268

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,297
Korea794
Second Gulf War644
World War II598
First Gulf War163

Santa Barbara Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,5275.89%
Hispanic6762.72%
2 or More23210.47%
Black13311.89%
Other1271.50%
Indian7612.86%
Asian170.53%

Santa Barbara Veterans by Education

9.09%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.44%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Barbara Employment Status

68.8%

Labor Force Participation

65.7%

Employment Rate

4.5%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Barbara Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

51.20%

Born in California

76.77%

Native Born

23.23%

Foreign Born

15.15%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

76.77% of Santa Barbara residents were born in the United States, with 51.20% having been born in California. 15.15% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.