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Population ...

The last Decennial Census<1> was in 2010, giving Goleta a population of 29,888 people.

The city of Goleta is located in Santa Barbara County. The 2010 Census gave Santa Barbara County a population of 423,895 people. This means that Goleta had 7.05% of the county's total population, making it Santa Barbara's 4th most populous community.

At the same time, California had a population of 37,253,956 people, meaning that Goleta had 0.08% of the total population of California - making it the state's 233rd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Goleta, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this is called a sampling area (or a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Goleta reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Goleta might be slightly different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau if you need precision.

The 2010 Census shows that the sample polygon for Goleta has a total area of 7.98 square miles [20.7 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.07 square miles [0.2 km²]).

Santa Barbara County has a land area of 2,735 square miles [7,083.8 km²]. At 7.9 square miles [20.5 km²], Goleta has 0.29% of the county's total land area.

Population Density ...

Using the population (29,888 people) and land area (7.9 square miles [20.5 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Goleta had a population density of 3,747 people per square mile [1,446 people/km²].

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Goleta had 11,473 Housing Units<2> and with its population of 29,888 people, this averages 2.61 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Goleta had a land area of 7.9 square miles [20.5 km²]. This translates to 1,438 Housing Units per square mile [555 housing units/km²].

Santa Barbara County ...

Goleta is located in Santa Barbara County.

The county had a population of 423,895 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 29,888 people, Goleta represented 7.05% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Goleta has a population density of 3,747 people per square mile [1,446 people/km²], Santa Barbara County averages 155 people per square mile [59.8 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Santa Barbara County.

Miscellaneous Information for Goleta ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has referenced one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Santa Barbara County or the city of Goleta:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Goleta:

GNIS ID for Goleta: 2015546

GNIS ID for Santa Barbara County: 277306

GNIS ID for California: 1779778

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 06 (California)

County Code: 083 (Santa Barbara County)

Place Code: 30378 (Goleta)

State & County Code: 06/083 (California / Santa Barbara County)

State & Place Code: 06/30378 (California / Goleta)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Goleta is located in Census Region #4 (the West Region) and Division #9 (the Pacific Division).

US Postal Service ZIP Codes ...

While some people have used ZIP codes to identify a community, the ZIP codes were actually created to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although a ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a city like Goleta, they do identify addresses that are in (or near) the city. It's important to remember that the boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.

Our list of ZIP codes for Goleta : 93116, 93117 & 93118.<3>

Census ZCTA Codes ...

The US Census Bureau created statistical entities that they call ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) and these ZCTAs are frequently confused with the ZIP codes that come from the US Postal Service (USPS).

ZCTAs were first created for the 2000 Census and at that time, they were based upon the USPS ZIP codes. While largely covering the same areas, the boundaries of a ZCTA do not necessarily match the boundaries of a postal ZIP code with the same number. For example, while a postal ZIP code can cross a county or state line, a Census ZCTA can not. They should be treated as separate entities with no correlation between them.

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Goleta.

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The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website for Goleta:

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The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Footnotes ...

<1>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Goleta or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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