Best Places to Live

Santa Barbara, CA

Population: 90,401
LIV
SCORE
651

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Nicknamed “The American Riviera” for its beautiful beaches and high mountains, Santa Barbara is a popular tourist and resort destination as well as a great place for full-time residents. The warm weather allows people to enjoy the outdoors 12 months a year, and Santa Barbara offers many opportunities to hike, swim and bike. 

Its strong economy hinges on tourism, plus sectors like advanced manufacturing and technology, and the city rates high in higher education thanks to the University of California Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College. In addition, an abundance of social and recreational activities along with top healthcare for seniors has catapulted the city onto Livability.com’s list of Best Places to Retire.

Find out more about why Santa Barbara is a Best Place to Live and why you should think about moving there.

Santa Barbara, CA Ranking Data

Civic
63
Demographics
59
Economy
67
Education
80
Health
70
Housing
46
Infrastructure
57