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Santa Maria is a city in Santa Barbara County, in the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria metro area.

The latitude of Santa Maria is 34.953N. The longitude is -120.434W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 220 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 81,944.


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Median household income
Local
$36,541
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Santa Maria demographic reports
Santa Maria is on the Santa Maria River.
Oil was discovered here in 1902.
Public transportation: Santa Maria Area Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Santa Maria received national attention for the 2005 trial of pop singer Michael Jackson, on charges of child molestation.
Filming location for:
· 2004 movie, "Sideways"
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Historic sites and museums: Santa Maria Museum of Flight, Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, Santa Maria Valley Historical Museum
Colleges and universities: Allan Hancock College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 106

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Santa Maria 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 93458 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

7% of Santa Maria residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Santa Maria ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Santa Maria was $13,780, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

11% of Santa Maria residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Santa Maria, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $613.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,172.


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Libraries in Santa Maria include Orcutt Library, Santa Maria Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Santa Maria include Santa Maria Times

TV stations in Santa Maria include K07TA, KCOY.

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

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Traffic

The average commute time for Santa Maria workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 8 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Santa Maria between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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