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Welcome to Santa Barbara ...

The coastal city of Santa Barbara is located in Santa Barbara County<1> and is the County Seat for Santa Barbara County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Santa Barbara, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1851.

The city was incorporated April 9, 1850.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Santa Barbara has a population of 90,568 people<2> (see below for details).

Santa Barbara is 140 feet [43 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Santa Barbara lies within the (805) area code.

The ZIP codes for Santa Barbara: 93101-93103, 93105-93111, 93120-93121, 93130, 93140, 93150, 93160, 93190<4>

Websites for Santa Barbara ...

Official Website:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Santa Barbara had an population of 90,568 people. This is an increase of 2.44% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 1.9% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Santa Barbara had a population of 88,410 people (which is 20.86% of the total population of Santa Barbara County). This makes Santa Barbara the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Santa Barbara represents 0.24% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 82nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 88,410 people, the population of Santa Barbara decreased 4.24% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 92,325 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Santa Barbara.

Communities near Santa Barbara ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Santa Barbara.

  • Goleta
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goleta
    • Goleta is located in Santa Barbara County
    • Estimated population in 2015: 30,944 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Goleta <5>
  • Carpinteria
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
  • Montecito
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the east)
  • Summerland
    (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
  • Ortega ‑ Historic
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ortega have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ortega
    • Ortega is located in Santa Barbara County
  • Toro Canyon
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Toro Canyon
    • Toro Canyon is located in Santa Barbara County
  • Franciscan Village
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Franciscan Village have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Franciscan Village
    • Franciscan Village is located in Santa Barbara County
  • Isla Vista
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
  • Old Town
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Old Town have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Old Town
    • Old Town is located in Santa Barbara County
  • Naples ‑ Historic
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Naples
    • Naples is located in Santa Barbara County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Santa Barbara. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Santa Barbara.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Santa Barbara. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Santa Barbara.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Santa Barbara. Our list includes 65 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Santa Barbara.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Santa Barbara ...

Looking for more information about Santa Barbara? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Santa Barbara, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Santa Barbara.

Adding Santa Barbara to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Santa Barbara in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Santa Barbara was in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).

We also found Santa Barbara in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Santa Barbara.

The official website for Santa Barbara:

The official website for Santa Barbara County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Santa Barbara, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Santa Barbara.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Santa Barbara - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Santa Barbara). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Santa Barbara or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Santa Barbara includes: 93101, 93102, 93105, 93106, 93107, 93108, 93109, 93110, 93120, 93130, 93140, 93150, 93160 & 93190.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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