Aerial view of Santa Barbara

Courtesy of Collin Erickson under a CC 4.0 license.

liv score
How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 54
Demographics 52
Economy 49
Education 61
Health 55
Housing 49
Infrastructure 53

#82. Santa Barbara, CA

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.

Read more about why Santa Barbara is a Top 100 Best Place to Live.

Newsletter Sign Up

Keep up to date with our latest rankings and articles!
Enter your email to be added to our mailing list.