Santa Barbara, CA

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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 63
Demographics 59
Economy 67
Education 80
Health 70
Housing 46
Infrastructure 57

#30. Santa Barbara, CA

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’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.

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