Santa Barbara Population

Santa Barbara Population

The latest census says we’re at 92,000 but that was nearly ten years ago. We’ve certainly blown up since then.

The city of Santa Barbara is at just under a hundred thousand but with the surrounding towns of Montecito, Goleta, Summerland, and Carpinteria, we’re pushing 400,000, easily.

The city is made up of predominantly Caucasian and Hispanic folks with a couple other ethnicities sprinkled in the mix. Due to its rich Spanish heritage, the flavor of Santa Barbara is pungent and a bit spicy.

We’ve got people of all ages frolicking here in Santa Barbara. According to the census of yore, almost half the population is non-families. Those would pretty much be all the college students that call this place there temporary home. The other half of Santa Barbara’s population is married couples, or families with children.

The age demographic is also across the map here. With five institutions of higher learning, we have an astronomical amount of college-aged kiddies running around. And with the year-round sunshine and pockets of quaint and quiet hideaway homes, the retired community is vast here also. Although the young and the old pretty much dominate this place, we’ve got a large chunk of growing families that live here as well.

The girls are beating the guys as far as population is concerned, but not by much. For every one hundred females, there are a reported ninety-seven males. Perhaps girls are just more attracted to the ocean. And the shopping. Whatever it is, the statistics record Santa Barbara’s population at 49.23% male and 50.77% male. But again, this is from the year 2,000. The Y2K census might not be considered accurate. Updated information coming soon.

The median age of Santa Barbara residents is 34.6 but what is the median anyway? You line up all the numbers in a row and the middle one is the median. The ages on either side don’t really account for anything, only the middle one matters. Alas, the median age of Santa Barbarians is 34.6.

As far as income is concerned, again we are only faced with median numbers. The stereotype remains the same here in Santa Barbara; males make more money than females. The median income for males is $37,000 a year, while the median income for females is just about $32,000 a year.

Although we are always growing, our population expansion has been surpassed by that of that of fellow sister city Santa Maria. Because she’s cheaper.