Santa Barbara, California Population and Demographics

Population, Race and Ethnicity

Santa Barbara is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, with a population of 91,325. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 56.20% of residents identify as white, 1.20% as Black or African American, 0.30% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 3.70% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 36.50% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.20% as some other race or combination of races.

Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.

Ancestry

Census respondents are also asked to report ancestry. Some of the most commonly reported ancestries in Santa Barbara include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French. Measured by location quotient — comparing the city share to the national share — some of the most highly concentrated ancestries in city are Celtic, Northern European, and Israeli.

Native and foreign-born population

An estimated 77.80% of Santa Barbara residents are native-born, meaning they were born in the United States, Puerto Rico, a U.S. Island Area, or abroad to a U.S. citizen. Of the 22.20% of the population that is foreign-born, 35.60% have become naturalized U.S. citizens. Nationwide, 86.5% of Americans are native-born. And of the 13.5% of Americans who are foreign-born, 48.5% have become naturalized U.S. citizens.

Age

The population of Santa Barbara is about as old as the United States as a whole. The median age is 38.5 years, 0.6 years more than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 18.00% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.

Family and household composition

Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In Santa Barbara, 40.40% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 3.70% of households are occupied by single male householders, 9.60% by single female householders, and 46.30% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 41.10% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.

Language spoken

English is by far the most commonly spoken language in California and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Santa Barbara, 85% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 81.9% of the 5 and older population across California only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.

Marital status

Residents of Santa Barbara are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 41.8% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across California as a whole, 46.8% of residents 15 and older are married.

Divorce is slightly more common in Santa Barbara than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 11.2% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In California, 9.3% of the 15 and older population is divorced.

An estimated 40% of Santa Barbara residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.

Veterans

In Santa Barbara, 5% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 5.4% of the civilian population in all of California.

Educational attainment

In Santa Barbara, adults are slightly less likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, but are more likely to have a four-year college education. Among Santa Barbara residents 25 and older, 86.70% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 49.00% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across California, 82.9% of adults have graduated high school, and 33.3 have a bachelor’s degree.

Income

The typical household in Santa Barbara earns $74,798 a year, about $14,500 more than the national median of $60,293 and $3,600 more than the median household income across the state of $71,228.

Poverty

Serious financial hardship is about as common in Santa Barbara than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 13.20%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 14.3% of the population lives below the poverty line.

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