Santa Barbara Real Estate Information

A large urban city in the county that shares it name, Santa Barbara, California, lies between the steep Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean in southern California. The area is commonly called the "American Riviera" because its geography and Mediterranean climate are similar to those of the French and Italian Riviera. The city had a population of more than 92,000 at the 2000 census, and an official land area of more than 41 square miles, though only 19 of those are land. Median annual income for a household here is $47,498.

The city is a popular tourist and resort destination, and as such, the service and retail industries are it largest, followed by education, technology, health care, finance, agriculture and manufacturing. As of 2004, the service sector made up more than one-third of the city's employment. Santa Barbara is situated about 90 miles north of Los Angeles and is connected to it via U.S. Highway 101, which also connects the city with San Francisco to the north.

Students in the city attend institutions in the Santa Barbara and Hope school districts, with more than dozen middle and high schools and dozens of elementary schools sprinkled throughout the area. There are also three private schools, one K-8 and one K-12. For further education, there are five colleges or higher learning institutions: the University of California, Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara City College; Westmont College; Antioch University; and the Brooks Institute of Photography.

Attractions in this resort city abound, from the Santa Barbara Zoo and museums like the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the University Art Museum on the UC Santa Barbara campus, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, and the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, to cultural sites like the Arlington, Lobero and Granada theaters and the Santa Barbara Bowl, a 4,562-seat amphitheater. The Santa Barbara Airport services the city, as does Amtrak. Events celebrated include the annual Fiesta , celebrated every year in August, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the annual Summer Solstice Parade.