Santa Barbara County, California Population 2024

438,599

Santa Barbara County, California's estimated 2024 population is 438,599 with a growth rate of -0.6% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Santa Barbara County, California is the 20th largest county in California. The 2010 population was 424,218 and has seen a growth of 3.39% since that time.

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029425,309-2,658-0.62%
2028427,967-2,658-0.62%
2027430,625-2,658-0.61%
2026433,283-2,658-0.61%
2025435,941-2,658-0.61%
2024438,599-2,658-0.6%
2023441,257-2,658-0.6%
2022443,9156,3941.46%
2021437,521-10,903-2.43%
2020448,4242,9600.66%
2019445,4643270.07%
2018445,1371390.03%
2017444,9988860.2%
2016444,1122,0610.47%
2015442,0513,1300.71%
2014438,9214,4181.02%
2013434,5034,8681.13%
2012429,6354,2310.99%
2011425,4041,1860.28%
2010424,21800%
1990369,60870,91423.74%
1980298,69434,37013%
1970264,32495,36256.44%
1960168,96270,74272.02%
195098,22027,66539.21%
194070,5555,3888.27%
193065,16724,07058.57%
192041,09713,35948.16%
191027,7388,80446.5%
190018,9343,18020.19%
189015,7546,24165.6%
18809,5131,72922.21%
18707,7844,241119.7%
18603,5432,358198.99%
18501,185-424,124-99.72%
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2024 Growth Rate
-0.6% (-2,658)
County Website
Santa Barbara County
County Seat
2020 Population
448,424
Area
2734 mi²
Density
160 people/mi²
Growth Since 2020
-2.19% (-9,825)

Santa Barbara County, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White270,65760.79%
Two or more races80,12918%
Other race55,00012.35%
Asian24,3275.46%
Black or African American8,4311.89%
Native American6,1071.37%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander5620.13%

White

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Santa Barbara County, California Population by Race

Santa Barbara County, California Population Pyramid 2024

Santa Barbara County, California Median Age

34.3

Total

33.6

Male

35.2

Female

Santa Barbara County, California Adults

There are 346,632 adults, (70,948 of whom are seniors) in Santa Barbara County, California.

Santa Barbara County, California Age Dependency

61.5

Age Dependency Ratio

25.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Barbara County, California Sex Ratio

Female221,46049.74%
Male223,75350.26%

Santa Barbara County, California Population by Age

Santa Barbara County, California Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All148,0322.8652.847.2
Married70,5693.486832
Non Family51,0851.5238.461.6
Female16,8913.7738.361.7
Male9,4873.8543.556.5

3.38

Average Family Size

2.86

Average Household Size

52.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Santa Barbara County, California Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade31,45411.32%
9th to 12th Grade18,2466.57%
High School Graduate47,88217.23%
Some College57,63220.74%
Associates Degree23,5348.47%
Bachelors Degree59,21221.31%
Graduate Degree39,93114.37%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Santa Barbara County, California Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Santa Barbara County, California Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White138,975134,25671,503
Hispanic110,87367,92314,196
2+ Races41,27227,6567,843
Other Race31,94819,5584,445
Asian14,27412,9857,517
Black5,5785,0051,681
Native American3,8062,713466
Islander33429159

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.6%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 52.66%.

Santa Barbara County, California Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$47,773$54,283$40,574
Less Than 9th Grade$29,227$33,446$22,967
High School Graduate$35,892$41,086$31,022
Some College$47,391$56,691$39,249
Bachelors Degree$70,348$85,267$60,748
Graduate Degree$94,705$115,330$80,076

$47,773

Average Earnings

$54,283

Average Male

$40,574

Average Female

Santa Barbara County, California Earnings by Educational Attainment

Santa Barbara County, California Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Santa Barbara County, California Language

60.1% of Santa Barbara County, California residents speak only English, while 39.9% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 32.63% of the population.

Santa Barbara County, California Language

Santa Barbara County, California Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic201,32631,41615.6%
White181,66219,03310.48%
Multiple77,82912,14715.61%
Other52,7278,70416.51%
Asian20,2683,67818.15%
Black7,6261,68722.12%
Native5,9251,34522.7%
Islander47119441.19%

13.53%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.06%

Male Poverty Rate

15%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Barbara County, California

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Barbara County, California is Islander, with 41.19% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Barbara County, California is White, with 10.48% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.53%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.36%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.14%.

Santa Barbara County, California Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade18.26%
High School11.53%
Some College8.78%
Bachelors or Greater4.2%

Santa Barbara County, California Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed33.37%
Male Unemployed30.15%
Female Employed9.12%
Male Employed6.27%

Santa Barbara County, California Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Santa Barbara County, California Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$92,332$131,742
Families$105,067$147,801
Married Families$127,632$172,334
Non Families$59,394$89,541

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Santa Barbara County, California Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

43.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.5%

Male Marriage Rate

42.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Santa Barbara County, California Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Santa Barbara County, California Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Santa Barbara County, California Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Santa Barbara County, California Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

18,093

Number of Veterans

16,621

Male Veterans

1,472

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam7,138
Second Gulf War4,039
First Gulf War3,270
Korea1,492
World War II457

Santa Barbara County, California Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
75+5,663
65 to 744,734
35 to 543,163
55 to 642,506
18 to 342,027

Santa Barbara County, California Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White14,1776.5%
Hispanic3,3462.37%
2+ Races1,5912.99%
Other Race7781.94%
Black72010.57%
Asian5832.75%
Native American2134.77%
Islander316.34%

Santa Barbara County, California Veterans by Race

Santa Barbara County, California Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.59%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.61%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Barbara County, California Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

62.7%

Labor Force Participation

58.3%

Employment Rate

6%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Barbara County, California Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Santa Barbara County, California Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Santa Barbara County, California 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

57.94%

Born in Santa Barbara County, California

77.8%

Native Born

22.2%

Foreign Born

13.79%

Non Citizen

8.41%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

77.8% of Santa Barbara County, California residents were born in the United States, with 57.94% having been born in California. 13.79% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Santa Barbara County, California Place of Birth

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