Santa Barbara, California Population 2021

91,686
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Santa Barbara is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 91,686, it is the 87th largest city in California and the 372nd largest city in the United States. Santa Barbara is currently growing at a rate of 0.18% annually and its population has increased by 3.71% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 88,410 in 2010. Santa Barbara reached it's highest population of 92,325 in 2000. Spanning over 42 miles, Santa Barbara has a population density of 4,701 people per square mile.

The average household income in Santa Barbara is $111,274 with a poverty rate of 12.49%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,786 per month, and the median house value is $1.05 Mn. The median age in Santa Barbara is 39 years, 37.3 years for males, and 40.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 100.2 males.

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 Barbara was:

  • White: 79.23%
  • Other race: 11.55%
  • Asian: 3.97%
  • Two or more races: 3.04%
  • Black or African American: 1.55%
  • Native American: 0.66%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
The current population of Santa Barbara, California is 91,686, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 91,203.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 88,410.

Santa Barbara, California Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021447,9377190.16%
2020447,2187190.16%
2019446,4997190.16%
2018445,7804820.11%
2017445,2989580.22%
2016444,3402,1110.48%
2015442,2293,1840.72%
2014439,0454,4441.01%
2013434,6014,9021.13%
2012429,6994,2460.99%
2011425,4531,2220.29%
2010424,2310.00%

Santa Barbara Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White72,39479.23%
Some Other Race10,55411.55%
Asian3,6243.97%
Two or More Races2,7743.04%
Black or African American1,4131.55%
American Indian and Alaska Native6040.66%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander130.01%
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Santa Barbara Population by Race

Santa Barbara Population Pyramid 2021

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Santa Barbara Median Age

39


Total

37.3


Male

40.8


Female

Santa Barbara Adults

There are 75,963 adults, (17,058 of whom are seniors) in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Age Dependency

55.1

Age Dependency Ratio

29

Old Age Dependency Ratio

26.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Barbara Sex Ratio

Female

45,635

49.94%

Male

45,741

50.06%

Santa Barbara Population by Age

Santa Barbara Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Santa Barbara Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married57.8%42.2%
All40.7%59.3%
Male34.3%65.7%
Non Family29.4%70.6%
Female25.8%74.2%

40.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Santa Barbara Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All37,3332.4140.7
Non Family17,4621.5329.4
Married14,9683.0757.8
Female3,4173.5325.8
Male1,4863.6134.3

2.99

Average Family Size

2.41

Average Household Size

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Santa Barbara Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,5038.52%
9th to 12th Grade3,6065.58%
High School Graduate8,31912.87%
Some College11,57317.91%
Associates Degree3,8095.89%
Bachelors Degree18,49228.62%
Graduate Degree13,31720.61%
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Santa Barbara Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Santa Barbara Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White39,07438,32225,956
Hispanic20,94412,9023,479
Other Race7,0004,195890
Asian2,4852,3201,567
Multiple Races1,4671,377595
Black1,161973268
Native American46540248

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 98.08%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 66.43%.

Santa Barbara Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$43,770$50,732$36,990
Less Than High School$22,239$27,146$19,144
High School Grad$30,247$33,355$25,145
Some College$35,161$40,513$31,741
Bachelors Degree$63,051$73,460$52,967
Graduate Degree$79,275$101,851$68,528

$43,770

Average Earnings

$50,732

Average Male

$36,990

Average Female

Santa Barbara Earnings by Educational Attainment

Santa Barbara Language by Age

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Santa Barbara Language

65.37% of Santa Barbara residents speak only English, while 34.63% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 28.94% of the population.

Santa Barbara Language

Santa Barbara Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White50,4485,14410.20%
Hispanic33,3744,84214.51%
Other10,4761,40813.44%
Asian3,59275721.07%
Multiple2,76935612.86%
Black1,39531422.51%
Native60410317.05%
Islander1313100.00%

12.49%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.30%

Male Poverty Rate

13.68%

Female Poverty Rate

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 White, with 10.20% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.91%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.78%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.04%.

Santa Barbara Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School20.37%
Some College12.64%
High School11.77%
Bachelors or Greater4.25%

Santa Barbara Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed40.82%
Female Unemployed32.13%
Female Employed9.88%
Male Employed5.94%

Santa Barbara Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Santa Barbara Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$76,606$111,274
Families$97,628$130,583
Married Families$118,199-
Non Families$60,480$84,680
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Income by Household Type

Santa Barbara Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.3%

Male Marriage Rate

41.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Santa Barbara Married by Age and Sex

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Santa Barbara 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 45-54.

Santa Barbara Marital Status by Race

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Santa Barbara Marital Status

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3,497

Number of Veterans

3,306

Male Veterans

191

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,117
Korea740
Second Gulf War543
World War II375
First Gulf War179

Santa Barbara Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+1,561
65 to 74952
35 to 54384
18 to 34328
55 to 64272

Santa Barbara Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,9704.89%
Hispanic4541.81%
Other1762.13%
2 or More1035.28%
Indian10320.56%
Black806.15%
Asian652.01%

Santa Barbara Veterans by Race

Santa Barbara Veterans by Education

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11.66%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.22%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Barbara Veterans by Education

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68.3%

Labor Force Participation

65.7%

Employment Rate

3.8%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Barbara Employment by Age

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Santa Barbara Employment by Race

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Santa Barbara Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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52.69%

Born in California

77.76%

Native Born

22.24%

Foreign Born

14.20%

Non Citizen

8.05%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

77.76% of Santa Barbara residents were born in the United States, with 52.69% having been born in California. 14.20% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Santa Barbara Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202191,6861610.18%
202091,5251610.18%
201991,3641610.18%
201891,203-314-0.34%
201791,517-1-0.00%
201691,5182430.27%
201591,2754600.51%
201490,8157330.81%
201390,0827970.89%
201289,2856800.77%
201188,6051370.15%
201088,468-3,857-0.43%
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%

Santa Barbara Population by Year