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Welcome to Santa Maria ...

The city of Santa Maria is located in Santa Barbara County<1>.

Santa Maria was established in 1874 and was incorporated September 12, 1905.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Santa Maria has a population of 105,926 people<2> (see below for details).

The community of Santa Maria is 210 feet [64 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The area code for Santa Maria: (805)

The ZIP codes for Santa Maria: 93454-93458<4>

Websites for Santa Maria ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Santa Maria had an population of 105,926 people. This is an increase of 6.4% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 36.81% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Santa Maria had a population of 99,553 people (which is 23.49% of the total population of Santa Barbara County). This makes Santa Maria the county's most populous community.

The population of Santa Maria represents 0.27% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 67th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 99,553 people, the population of Santa Maria increased 28.58% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 77,423 people).

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

Communities Also Named Santa Maria ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are two California communities named Santa Maria: This one is located in Santa Barbara County and the other is located in Los Angeles County.

Beyond California, there are 5 communities that are also named Santa Maria - they are located in Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Santa Maria.

Communities near Santa Maria ...

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

  • Arroyo Grande
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest)
  • Grover Beach
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Guadalupe
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the west)
  • Pismo Beach
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest)
  • Betteravia
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Betteravia
    • Betteravia is located in Santa Barbara County
  • Nipomo
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
  • Orcutt
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the south)
  • Garey
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garey
    • Garey is located in Santa Barbara County
  • Casmalia
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest)
  • Callender
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest)

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 Maria. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Santa Maria.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Santa Maria. 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 Maria.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Santa Maria. Our list includes 19 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Santa Maria.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Santa Maria ...

Looking for more information about Santa Maria? 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 Maria, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Santa Maria.

Adding Santa Maria to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Santa Maria 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 Maria was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<6>

From that list, the Santa Maria post office opened in 1869.

We also found Santa Maria in the book titled List of Post Offices in the United States (1870).

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

The official website for Santa Maria:

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 Maria.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Santa Maria - 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 Maria). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Santa Maria or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Santa Maria includes: 93454, 93455, 93456, 93457 & 93458.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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