Santa Barbara

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Property Values:

Condos – $200,000 – $2 million +
Homes – $400,000 – $5 million

Population: Approximately 90,000

Properties: Approximately 35,000 households on 20 square miles

Santa Barbara is situated on an east-west trending section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city lies between the steeply-rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara’s climate is often described asMediterranean, and the city is widely known as the “American Riviera.” As of the census of 2010, the city had a population of 88,410, a loss of 1,190 from the previous census.

In addition to being a popular tourist and resort destination, the city economy includes a large service sector, education, technology, health care, finance, agriculture, manufacturing, and local government. In 2004, the service sector accounted for fully 35% of local employment. Education in particular is well-represented, with five institutions of higher learning on the south coast (the University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara City CollegeWestmont CollegeAntioch University, and the Brooks Institute of Photography). The Santa Barbara Airport serves the city, as does AmtrakU.S. Highway 101 connects the Santa Barbara area withLos Angeles to the south and San Francisco to the north. Behind the city, in and beyond the Santa Ynez Mountains, is the Los Padres National Forest, which contains several remote wilderness areas.