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Welcome to Santa Barbara County ...

Time Zone: Santa Barbara County lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Santa Barbara is the Seat for Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County is one of the original counties of California and was founded in 1850.

From the Census Estimates for 2019, <1> Santa Barbara had a population of 445,464 people. This is an increase of 5.09% since the last Census (which gave a population of 423,895 people in 2010).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Santa Barbara represented 1.14% of the total population of California.

Below are some of the communities located in Santa Barbara County:

  • Carpinteria
    (35 miles [56.3 km] to the southeast)
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    • Carpinteria is located in Santa Barbara County (CA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 13,228 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carpinteria <2>
  • Guadalupe
    (35 miles [56.3 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Guadalupe
    • Guadalupe is located in Santa Barbara County (CA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,140 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Guadalupe <2>
  • Lompoc
    (21 miles [33.8 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lompoc
    • Lompoc is located in Santa Barbara County (CA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 42,253 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lompoc <2>
  • Santa Barbara
    (26 miles [41.8 km] to the southeast)
  • Santa Maria
    (29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Maria
    • Santa Maria is located in Santa Barbara County (CA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 105,851 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Santa Maria <2>
  • Solvang
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southwest)
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    • Solvang is located in Santa Barbara County (CA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,556 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Solvang <2>

Websites of Interest ...

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2010 Census and the next count will be for the 2020 Census.
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.





 

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This page was last modified/updated: 19 Feb 2024