City At A Glance

Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve

Quick Facts:

Population: 102,073
Median Household Income: $50,390
Average Work Commute: 16 Minutes
Median Home Price: $195,000

About Santa Maria, CA

Midway between Los Angeles and Monterey, Santa Maria's drawing newcomers with affordable housing, good schools and expanding businesses in diverse arenas like technology, alternative fuels and agriculture. Wineries continue to bring manufacturing and tourism, and the food is also worth mentioning – Santa Maria is known for authentic Mexican fare and the region's trademark brand of barbecue.