Santa Barbara, California Population 2018

Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, 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 Demographics

According to the 2010 census, the racial composition of Santa Barbara was 75% white, 3.5% Asian (1% Chinese, 0.6% Filipino, 0.5% Japanese, 0.4% Korean, 0.4% Indian, 0.2% Vietnamese), 1.6% African American, 1% Native American, 14.7% other races, and 3.9% two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race account for 38% of the population of Santa Barbara while non-Hispanic whites account for 52%.

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. The first land expedition was led by Gaspar de Portola in 1769.

The first permanent European residents in the region were Spanish soldiers and missionaries who were sent to fortify the region and convert native peoples to Christianity. The Santa Barbara Mission was established in 1786. As the native 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 prior to 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 large earthquake in 1925, although the city rebuild 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.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201792,1011850.20%
201691,9162940.32%
201591,6224780.52%
201491,1447750.86%
201390,3698490.95%
201289,5207900.89%
201188,7302440.28%
201088,486-3,839-0.42%
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%

Santa Barbara Population in 2018Source: By John Wiley User:Jw4nvc - Santa Barbara, California [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White70,486
Some Other Race11,517
Asian3,429
Two or More Races3,293
Black or African American1,394
American Indian and Alaska Native670
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander133

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Santa Barbara Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Santa Barbara Median Age

37.8


Total

35.8


Male

39.8


Female

Santa Barbara Adults

There are 74,738 adults, (15,548 of which are seniors) in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Age Dependency

53.6

Age Dependency Ratio

26.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

27.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Barbara Sex Ratio

Female

45,270

49.79%

Male

45,652

50.21%

Santa Barbara Households and Families

Santa Barbara Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Santa Barbara Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married58.4%41.6%
All39.1%60.9%
Female26.5%73.5%
Non Family26.2%73.8%
Male22.2%77.8%

39.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Santa Barbara Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All35,5182.5239.1
Non Family15,8861.5126.2
Married14,4593.2358.4
Female3,4793.5226.5
Male1,6943.8122.2

3.09

Average Family Size

2.52

Average Household Size

7.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Santa Barbara Households

Santa Barbara Education

Santa Barbara Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,3458.58%
9th to 12th Grade3,9396.33%
High School Graduate8,58513.79%
Some College11,79818.95%
Associates Degree4,0426.49%
Bachelors Degree16,83027.03%
Graduate Degree11,73118.84%

Santa Barbara Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White37,90237,11323,553
Hispanic19,87411,7702,906
Other Race6,3263,662742
Asian2,3432,0951,332
Multiple Races1,6371,546803
Black1,041864229
Native American55240334
Islander10210226

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 islander people with a rate of 62.14%.

Santa Barbara Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,751$42,308$33,918
Less Than High School$22,068$25,484$15,409
High School Grad$26,935$30,322$24,302
Some College$33,565$37,763$30,879
Bachelors Degree$54,144$65,281$45,508
Graduate Degree$67,351$88,520$60,345

$38,751

Average Earnings

$42,308

Average Male

$33,918

Average Female

Santa Barbara Language

Santa Barbara Language by Age

Santa Barbara Language

63.47% of Santa Barbara residents speak only English, while 36.53% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 29.28% of the population.

Santa Barbara Poverty

Santa Barbara Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic34,4155,73516.66%
White49,2395,21010.58%
Other11,5012,22219.32%
Asian3,3971,00429.56%
Multiple3,28949314.99%
Black1,38026619.28%
Native66513920.90%
Islander12675.56%

13.91%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.92%

Male Poverty Rate

14.92%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Barbara

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Barbara is Asian, with 29.56% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Barbara is Islander, with 5.56% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.06%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.60%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.63%.

Santa Barbara Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.58%
High School12.61%
Some College12.17%
Bachelors or Greater4.60%

Santa Barbara Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed41.42%
Male Unemployed39.23%
Female Employed11.10%
Male Employed5.72%

Santa Barbara Income

Santa Barbara Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$66,916$95,190
Families$82,836$114,211
Married Families$102,227$136,605
Non Families$48,485$65,821

Santa Barbara Marital Status

Santa Barbara Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.9%

Male Marriage Rate

42.0%

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 55To64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45To54.

Santa Barbara Marital Status by Race

Santa Barbara Veterans

Santa Barbara Veterans by War

4,224

Number of Veterans

3,930

Male Veterans

294

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam1,498
World War II683
Korea627
Second Gulf War579
First Gulf War217

Santa Barbara Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+1,665
65 to 741,138
55 to 64532
18 to 34522
35 to 54367

Santa Barbara Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,6026.10%
Hispanic7773.10%
Other2202.67%
Black17313.27%
2 or More1215.57%
Indian8514.38%
Asian230.73%

Santa Barbara Veterans by Education

8.49%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.76%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Barbara Employment Status

Santa Barbara Employment by Age

68%

Labor Force Participation

64.3%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Barbara Employment by Race

Santa Barbara Employment by Education

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

50.97%

Born in California

75.86%

Native Born

24.14%

Foreign Born

16.01%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

75.86% of Santa Barbara residents were born in the United States, with 50.97% having been born in California. 16.01% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.