Isla Vista, California Population 2024

14,722

Isla Vista is a city located in Santa Barbara County California. Isla Vista has a 2024 population of 14,722. Isla Vista is currently declining at a rate of annually and its population has decreased by -6.43% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 15,733 in 2020.

The average household income in Isla Vista is $35,217 with a poverty rate of 72.45%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Isla Vista is 21.1 years, 21.4 years for males, and 20.9 years for females.

Isla Vista Demographics

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

  • White: 61.48%
  • Asian: 16.61%
  • Other race: 7.65%
  • Two or more races: 7.57%
  • Black or African American: 5.62%
  • Native American: 0.79%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.27%
Land Area (mi²)
1.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
7,958.30/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-6.43% (-1,011)
The current population of Isla Vista, California is 14,722 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 15,733.

Isla Vista, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White9,05161.48%
Asian2,44616.61%
Other race1,1267.65%
Two or more races1,1147.57%
Black or African American8285.62%
Native American1170.79%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander400.27%
showing: 7 rows

White

Asian

Other race

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Isla Vista Population by Race

Isla Vista Population Pyramid 2024

Isla Vista Median Age

21.1

Total

21.4

Male

20.9

Female

Isla Vista Adults

There are 14,397 adults, (310 of whom are seniors) in Isla Vista.

Isla Vista Age Dependency

4.5

Age Dependency Ratio

2.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

2.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Isla Vista Sex Ratio

Female7,81653.09%
Male6,90646.91%

Isla Vista Population by Age

Isla Vista Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All4,7622.771.498.6
Non Family4,3592.771.198.9
Married1733.245.894.2
Female1672.44.895.2
Male633.030100
showing: 5 rows

2.81

Average Family Size

2.77

Average Household Size

1.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Isla Vista 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

Isla Vista Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Isla Vista Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 67.67%.

Isla Vista Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$37,319

Average Earnings

$36,475

Average Male

$39,605

Average Female

Isla Vista Earnings by Educational Attainment

Isla Vista Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Isla Vista Language

73.11% of Isla Vista residents speak only English, while 26.89% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 11.25% of the population.

Isla Vista Language

Isla Vista Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White7,1165,22373.4%
Hispanic2,7211,77265.12%
Asian2,1851,67776.75%
Black79964881.1%
Other1,03863561.18%
Multiple83045454.7%
Islander401230%
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72.45%

Overall Poverty Rate

66.08%

Male Poverty Rate

78.2%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Isla Vista

The race most likely to be in poverty in Isla Vista is Black, with 81.1% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Isla Vista is Islander, with 30% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 17.39%. Among those working part-time, it was 76.75%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 86.79%.

Isla Vista Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
High School45.73%
Some College25.39%
Less Than 9th Grade22.73%
Bachelors or Greater13.3%
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Isla Vista Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed97.16%
Female Unemployed84.99%
Female Employed69.16%
Male Employed46.05%
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Isla Vista Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Isla Vista Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Isla Vista Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

3.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

4.3%

Male Marriage Rate

2.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Isla Vista Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Isla Vista Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Isla Vista Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Isla Vista Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

96

Number of Veterans

90

Male Veterans

6

Female Veterans

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Isla Vista Veterans by War

count

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Isla Vista Veterans by Age

count

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Isla Vista Veterans by Race

Isla Vista Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

18.75%

Veteran Poverty Rate

62.5%

Veteran Disability Rate

Isla Vista Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

57.8%

Labor Force Participation

47.6%

Employment Rate

17.6%

Unemployment Rate

Isla Vista Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Isla Vista Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Isla Vista 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

69.9%

Born in Isla Vista

86.31%

Native Born

13.69%

Foreign Born

11.28%

Non Citizen

2.41%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

86.31% of Isla Vista residents were born in the United States, with 69.9% having been born in California. 11.28% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Isla Vista Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202414,722
202314,722
202214,722-1,010-6.42%
202115,732-1-0.01%
202015,733-11,974-43.22%
201927,707170.06%
201827,6902060.75%
201727,4843051.12%
201627,1799043.44%
201526,2751,4835.98%
201424,7921350.55%
201324,6571550.63%
201224,5028623.65%
201123,6405442.36%
201023,096
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Isla Vista Population by Year