Life in Santa Barbara, California

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to Santa Barbara, California? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in Santa Barbara?
Jeffrey Rudolph reports in this review:
WeatherHow much crime?What are the neighborhoods like?What are the people like?
The weather is beautiful and is equally the same during fall, winter, spring and summer. There are no hurricanes or tornadoes and the beach here is magnificent. You can go to the beach and you would have no idea if it was fall, winter, spring, or summer because the weather here is unreal. It does rain sometimes during the winter, but the rain is not heavy at all.Santa Barbara is a nice town, but I have heard of minimal crime in Downtown Santa Barbara. I have not directly experienced any crime in Santa Barbara. There is a great deal of police enforcement in downtown Santa Barbara at night. I felt safe in this city, but I have heard of other people expressing negative views, but in my opinion this city is great and if I could live here again I really would because the people are great and the night life is unreal.The best parts of town are in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area. Downtown Santa Barbara is nice during the day, but at night sometimes it wasn't the greatest experience. The homes are very nice, but it can get pricy. Any class/race you can think of lives here. The great think about Santa Barbara is that it is very diverse and people are extremely friendly. Good weather always makes people feel good rather than snowy and cold weather.The people here are extremely friendly. Young, single people and families would fit in best to this town. For the single people, there is downtown Santa Barbara. They have a great night life on Thursdays with free entrance into the clubs. The beach is minutes away and the weather is great. Many people surf and there are lessons for people who do not know how to surf. Any and everyone is a great fit for Santa Barbara because everyone loves the weather. Weather is an important factor when deciding where to live for people.
Downtown AreaRestaurantsSchoolsSingle life
Downtown area/shopping is great. They have an Apple store and really good restaurants if you love food.The best restaurants are in downtown Santa Barbara. The Italian restaurants are great.The public schools are great in Santa Barbara. Great education.Santa Barbara is the epitome for singles because downtown Santa Barbara has a great night life of bars and clubs.
Noisetown comparison vs.Best hospitalTourist attractions
There is no unusual noise in Santa Barbara.2 neighboring towns to Santa Barbara are Goleta and Isla Vista. Santa Barbara is more of the family atmosphere, similar to Goleta. Isla Vista is adjacent to UCSB and is more of a party, college kid atmosphere. If you are looking for a peaceful and quiet environment I would recommend Goleta. Santa Barbara is a great place to live if you are looking for a nice night life. If you are looking to go to school, UCSB is great because Isla Vista is a very fun place to live.Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is the local hospital and it is great quality.The nicest places to visit in Santa Barbara are the beach and Downtown Santa Barbara. Also a history of the missions is very interesting.
General comments   
This town feels like home. If I could live here again I would. Santa Barbara is right next to Isla Vista and Goleta. Downtown Santa Barbara has great shops and stores. The beach makes Santa Barbara a great city. The beaches are clean and not polluted. Any families or single people would love Santa Barbara because there are so many things to do here. There are great golf courses and unbelievable restaurants. Isla Vista is right next to Santa Barbara and it is a great college town.   
Santa Barbara, California population: 88410

How many black people live in Santa Barbara? How many white people?
Number of White People66411Percentage of White people75.1%
Number of Black People1977Percentage of Black people2.2%
Number of Hispanic People34330Percentage of Hispanic people38.8%
Number of Asian People4566Percentage of Asian people5.1%
Number of American Indian People1771Percentage of American Indian people2%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

Santa Barbara, California

Percent college grads: 42.3%
Percent grad school grads: 17.1%
Unemployment rate: 5.9
Median house value: 969200
Median income: 61665

How many singles in Santa Barbara?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
938581501.15men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
322926071.24men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
268525641.05men for each woman

Crimes in Santa Barbara, California
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault2180%1%
Auto Theft1020%1%

Weather History for Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year00000020915700
How many days and how much precipitation and snow for Santa Barbara, California?

Number of days of rain
(.1 inch or greater)
total rainfallNumber of days of snow
(.5 inch or greater)
Total snowfall
Average year251900
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year00000015920600

How many hot humid days a year does Santa Barbara, California have?
How many cloudy days a year does Santa Barbara, California have?
How many sunny days a year does Santa Barbara, California have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does Santa Barbara, California have? How windy is it?
See below for the answers!
MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year0835718738205346168

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.