Best Places to Live

Santa Barbara, CA

Population: 90,401
LIV
SCORE
613

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With beautiful year-round weather, Santa Barbara has the nickname “American Riviera” thanks to its beaches, Santa Ynez Mountains and popular resort and tourist destinations. Vineyards dot the local landscape, and strong economic sectors include agriculture, education, finance, healthcare, manufacturing and technology. Santa Barbara is a popular retirement community and has appeared four times on the Best Cities to Live list.

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Santa Barbara, CA Ranking Data

Civic
54
Demographics
52
Economy
49
Education
61
Health
55
Housing
49
Infrastructure
53