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What Renters Like and Dislike

What Renters Like and Dislike About Santa Barbara

Around the holidays they decorate over here. We have a bar right by the house family and friends go to.

It's near restaurants and stores. It's quiet, rarely see people walking outside with me. I like the scenery.

I like our proximity to restaurants and bars, and the fact that I don't have to drive my car that often.

Quite and calm most of the time, nothing too crazy happens here which is nice I feel that it truly is.

Close to beach[ half mile], shopping and recreation. Easy freeway access . Stores and restaurants within one mile

In this neighborhood most of the individuals are friendly and helpful. They try to keep a lookout on your personal things, and share ideas on how to keep your personal thing safe from crime.

Who Lives Here

Santa Barbara Demographics

Education

High School

28%

Associate's

25%

Bachelor's

30%

Master's

13%

Doctorate

4%

Family Size

2 people

47%

3 people

21%

4 people

18%

5 people

9%

6+ people

5%

Household Income

0-50k

32%

50-100k

27%

100-150k

15%

150-200k

9%

200k+

16%

Age

0-10

9%

10-20

11%

20-45

37%

45-65

24%

65+

19%

Affordability

How expensive is it in Santa Barbara?

Percentage: 2/52/5

Renters gave this area a 2 out of 5 for affordability

Rent Trends

Studio1 Bed2 Beds3 Beds
Jul '24$3779$2395$4445$3595
Jun '24$3989$2495$4172$3595
May '24$4089$2545$4222$3895
Apr '24$3449$2595$4545$4195
Mar '24$2819$2495$4145$4495
Feb '24$2849$2595$4445$5095
Jan '24$3270$2695$4545$4995
Dec '23$3690$2495$3800$5045
Nov '23$3300$2495$4497$8800
Oct '23$3600$2400$4545$8800
Sep '23$3600$2400$4545$8800
Aug '23$3600$2350$4422$8800
Jul '23$4200$2300$4495$8800

*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

Getting Around Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Transportation

Commute Time

0-15 Mins

49%

15-30 Mins

40%

30-40 Mins

4%

40-60 Mins

4%

60+ Mins

4%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 5959

Walk Score®

Walkable

Yes

Say 9 of 18 renters

Has Sidewalks

Yes

Say 16 of 18 renters

Percentage: 6969

Bike Score®

Bike Friendly

Yes

Say 13 of 18 renters

Top Scores: Gas, Retail, Restaurant

Things To Do In Santa Barbara

Top Score

Gas Stations

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

FIll 'er up! Santa Barbara has plenty of gas stations.

  1. A high number of gas stations per resident
  2. Significantly more gas stations than average
  3. 8% fewer gas stations than areas of a similar size

Retail Shops

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You can shop till you drop in Santa Barbara.

  1. A high number of shops per resident
  2. Significantly more shops than average
  3. 17% fewer shops than areas of a similar size

Restaurants

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The restaurant scene here is really cooking with gas.

  1. A high number of restaurants per resident
  2. Significantly more restaurants than average
  3. 7% fewer restaurants than areas of a similar size

Coffee

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Things are heating up. Santa Barbara gets a solid score for coffee.

  1. A high number of coffee shops per resident
  2. Significantly more coffee shops than average
  3. A standard number of coffee shops compared to areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Santa Barbara has the right frame of mind for art.

  1. A high number of fine art centers per resident
  2. Significantly more fine art centers than average
  3. Significantly more fine art centers than areas of a similar size

Grocery Stores

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Not bad on the supermarket score. Santa Barbara gets an average rating.

  1. A high number of grocery stores per resident
  2. Significantly more grocery stores than average
  3. 35% fewer grocery stores than areas of a similar size

Nightlife

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Nightlife is on the rocks in Santa Barbara.

  1. A high number of bars and clubs per resident
  2. Significantly more bars and clubs than average
  3. 34% more bars and clubs than areas of a similar size

Parks

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

There's fresh air to be had here.

  1. A high number of parks per resident
  2. Significantly more parks than average
  3. 61% more parks than areas of a similar size

Health and Fitness

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Cardio is hale and hardy in Santa Barbara.

  1. A high number of gyms per resident
  2. Significantly more gyms than average
  3. 36% more gyms than areas of a similar size

Pet Services

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Who's an ok boy? Santa Barbara doesn't deserve many treats.

  1. A high number of pet facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more pet facilities than average
  3. 33% more pet facilities than areas of a similar size

Medical Care

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Healthcare in Santa Barbara doesn't tip the scales.

  1. A high number of medical facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more medical facilities than average
  3. 26% more medical facilities than areas of a similar size

What Renters Are Saying

Santa Barbara Features

Area Has Litter

No

Say 18 of 18 renters

Good Place To Raise A Family

Yes

Say 18 of 18 renters

Area Has Potholes

No

Say 17 of 18 renters

Safe For Families

Yes

Say 17 of 18 renters

Noise Late At Night

No

Say 15 of 18 renters

Nearby Parks

Yes

Say 15 of 18 renters

Pet Friendly

Yes

Say 14 of 18 renters

Quiet Area

Yes

Say 14 of 18 renters

Near Grocery Stores

Yes

Say 13 of 18 renters

Tree Lined Streets

Yes

Say 13 of 18 renters

Busy Streets

No

Say 12 of 18 renters

Mostly Older Buildings

No

Say 11 of 18 renters

Near Highways

Yes

Say 11 of 18 renters

Area Has Kids Play Outside

Yes

Say 10 of 18 renters

Near Schools

Yes

Say 10 of 18 renters

Nice Views

Yes

Say 10 of 18 renters

Well Lit

Yes

Say 10 of 18 renters

Maintained Yards

No

Say 10 of 18 renters

Near Downtown

No

Say 11 of 18 renters

Mostly Newer Buildings

No

Say 15 of 18 renters

Santa Barbara Education

Schools

Percentage: 3/53/5

School Score

How satisfied do renters feel with the schools in this area.

Top Schools in Santa Barbara

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What You Need to Know

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All About

Living in Santa Barbara, CA

The small city of Santa Barbara, California is home to just under 92,000 people. Retirees should feel right at home, as they account for 18% of the population compared to 14% nationally. Most residents rent in Santa Barbara, and 42% of residents own their homes despite a relatively prohibitive average rent of $1,587/month, considerably higher than the state average.

Santa Barbara residents have an average commute of about 19 minutes, outperforming the state average of about 32 minutes. Driving a vehicle is the typical mode of getting to work, selected by 41% of commuters, while public transportation isn't used much. Not many commuters (4%) walk to work, though the number is higher than the national average.

Workers are spread across a wide range of industries in Santa Barbara. The five most common are entertainment, healthcare, retail, education, and scientific. Combined, these industries account for 34% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many workers in these industries are in management, as 8% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any field. With an average annual income of just over $92,000, Santa Barbara workers take home about $7,000 more than their peers elsewhere in the state. The city's average income also compares favorably to the national average of $73,345. Santa Barbara has a large concentration of residents over the age of 25 who have advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 11% have earned a Master's or a Doctoral degree. Additionally, 20% have earned a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average.

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