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Santa Barbara is a city in Santa Barbara County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named on the feast day of St. Barbara

The latitude of Santa Barbara is 34.420N. The longitude is -119.697W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 49 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 88,251.


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Median household income
Local
$47,498
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Santa Barbara demographic reports
Santa Barbara is on the Santa Barbara Channel of the Pacific Ocean
Grew after the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1887
Public transportation: Valley Express (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 562. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 6.2 per 1,000 people.
Santa Barbara received national attention for 1969 oil spill
Filming location for:
· 1993 movie, "Pelican Brief"
· 1963 movie, "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World"
Well-known residents have included:
· Oprah Winfrey, TV host
· Julia Child, chef
· John Travolta, actor
· Brad Pitt, actor
Local bands (past and present) have included Toad the Wet Sprocket
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Santa Barbara Fair and Exposition - April 25-29, 2007
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Jan. 25-Feb. 4, 2007
Dates often change. Check Santa Barbara web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Santa Barbara Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation: Carpinteria State Beach, El Capit?n State Beach, Refugio State Beach, Stearns Wharf, Channel Islands National Park
Santa Barbara attractions: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara Zoo
Historic sites and museums: Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park, El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, Museum of Natural History, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Santa Barbara Historical Society Museum
Colleges and universities: University of California, Westmont College, Santa Barbara City College, Fielding Institute
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 161

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Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Santa Barbara demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Santa Barbara County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Santa Barbara area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 93101 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

11% of Santa Barbara residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Santa Barbara ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Santa Barbara was $26,466, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

40% of Santa Barbara residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Fairs, festivals & other events
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History

Historic districts in Santa Barbara include Santa Barbara Presidio ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Santa Barbara, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $886.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $2,010.


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Libraries

Libraries in Santa Barbara include Eastside Library, Santa Barbara Public Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Santa Barbara include Santa Barbara News-Press, South Coast Beacon

TV stations in Santa Barbara include KEYT, KPMR.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KFAC., KQSC., KSBX.

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Politics

Santa Barbara County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Santa Barbara political report.

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Restaurants

Santa Barbara restaurants taking online reservations include 31 West at Hotel Andalucia, Bay Cafe, Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Barbara, Palace Grill, The, Wine Cask - Santa Barbara ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Santa Barbara workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 22 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Santa Barbara between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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