Santa Barbara, California Population 2022

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Santa Barbara is a city located in Santa Barbara County California. It is also the county seat of Santa Barbara County. With a 2020 population of 88,717, it is the 94th largest city in California and the 414th largest city in the United States. Santa Barbara is currently growing at a rate of 0.03% annually but its population has decreased by -2.41% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 90,911 in 2020. Spanning over 42 miles, Santa Barbara has a population density of 4,549 people per square mile.

The average household income in Santa Barbara is $111,274 with a poverty rate of 12.33%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Santa Barbara is 39 years, 37.3 years for males, and 40.8 years for females.

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 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 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.

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 Demographics

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

  • White: 76.13%
  • Other race: 10.53%
  • Two or more races: 7.13%
  • Asian: 3.87%
  • Black or African American: 1.58%
  • Native American: 0.70%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Santa Barbara, California is 88,717 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 90,911.

Santa Barbara, California Population 2022

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Santa Barbara Adults

There are 75,603 adults, (17,832 of whom are seniors) in Santa Barbara.

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Santa Barbara Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 97.92%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 66.29%.

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Santa Barbara Language

66.83% of Santa Barbara residents speak only English, while 33.17% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 28.07% of the population.

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Poverty in Santa Barbara

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Barbara is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.05%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.57%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.21%.

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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.

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

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78.45% of Santa Barbara residents were born in the United States, with 53.70% having been born in California. 13.40% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

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