Goleta, California Population 2024

31,614

Goleta is a city located in Santa Barbara County California. Goleta has a 2024 population of 31,614. Goleta is currently declining at a rate of -1.28% annually and its population has decreased by -3.43% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 32,738 in 2020.

The average household income in Goleta is $134,224 with a poverty rate of 11.48%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Goleta is 35 years, 33 years for males, and 36.9 years for females.

Goleta Demographics

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

  • White: 56.98%
  • Other race: 14.88%
  • Two or more races: 14.24%
  • Asian: 10.63%
  • Black or African American: 2.56%
  • Native American: 0.69%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
Land Area (mi²)
7.9 sq mi
Density (mi²)
4,026.80/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-3.43% (-1,124)
The current population of Goleta, California is 31,614 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 32,738.

Goleta, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White18,59756.98%
Other race4,85814.88%
Two or more races4,64914.24%
Asian3,46910.63%
Black or African American8372.56%
Native American2260.69%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander40.01%
showing: 7 rows

White

Other race

Two or more races

Asian

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Goleta Population by Race

Goleta Population Pyramid 2024

Goleta Median Age

35

Total

33

Male

36.9

Female

Goleta Adults

There are 26,247 adults, (4,842 of whom are seniors) in Goleta.

Goleta Age Dependency

52.5

Age Dependency Ratio

22.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Goleta Sex Ratio

Female15,76148.29%
Male16,87951.71%

Goleta Population by Age

Goleta Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All11,9382.7151.248.8
Married5,4893.4270.329.7
Non Family4,7041.6436.463.6
Female1,4103.4331.868.2
Male3353.2728.771.3
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3.26

Average Family Size

2.71

Average Household Size

51.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Goleta Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Goleta Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Goleta Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

Goleta Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$57,392

Average Earnings

$62,372

Average Male

$51,250

Average Female

Goleta Earnings by Educational Attainment

Goleta Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Goleta Language

66.22% of Goleta residents speak only English, while 33.78% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 21.33% of the population.

Goleta Language

Goleta Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic11,7781,90216.15%
White14,9991,1027.35%
Other4,81397020.15%
Multiple4,62785918.56%
Asian3,46950114.44%
Black836404.78%
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11.48%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.28%

Male Poverty Rate

10.63%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Goleta

The race most likely to be in poverty in Goleta is Other, with 20.15% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Goleta is Black, with 4.78% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.44%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.69%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.19%.

Goleta Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade26.48%
Some College6.25%
High School4.7%
Bachelors or Greater3.2%
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Goleta Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed42.77%
Male Unemployed9.26%
Female Employed6.7%
Male Employed5.44%
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Goleta Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Goleta Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Goleta Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

44.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.6%

Male Marriage Rate

42.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Goleta Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Goleta 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.

Goleta Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Goleta Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

901

Number of Veterans

855

Male Veterans

46

Female Veterans

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Goleta Veterans by War

count

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Goleta Veterans by Age

count

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Goleta Veterans by Race

Goleta Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

0.46%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.48%

Veteran Disability Rate

Goleta Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

68.4%

Labor Force Participation

65.7%

Employment Rate

4%

Unemployment Rate

Goleta Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Goleta Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Goleta Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

56.81%

Born in Goleta

76.65%

Native Born

23.35%

Foreign Born

12.28%

Non Citizen

11.06%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

76.65% of Goleta residents were born in the United States, with 56.81% having been born in California. 12.28% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Goleta Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202929,569-409-1.36%
202829,978-409-1.35%
202730,387-409-1.33%
202630,796-409-1.31%
202531,205-409-1.29%
202431,614-409-1.28%
202332,023-409-1.26%
202232,432-409-1.25%
202132,8411030.31%
202032,7382820.87%
201932,4563691.15%
201832,0872470.78%
201731,840330.1%
201631,8073771.2%
201531,4304861.57%
201430,9443891.27%
201330,5552650.87%
201230,2901740.58%
201130,116150.05%
201030,101-25,099-45.47%
200055,20026,60093.01%
199028,6003,00011.72%
198025,60017,600220%
19708,0003,00060%
19605,0003,700284.62%
19401,300
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Goleta Population by Year