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"Clean city, but not much going on."


Clean city, but not much going on. - 10/23/2007
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christina
Santa Maria, CA

A lot of agriculture. Very old city with little shopping, and not much too do...actually very boring. There is no night/family life would have to drive at least 20 minutes north to find "something" to do. A very torristy area, and a lot of retires....Not a place to raise a family, the first languge in almost all schools in santa maria is spanish...english is secondary... I have lived here for 1 year and very unhappy, and ready to make a move. Climate is nice and that's about it.

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Kimberly
Santa Maria, CA

Santa Maria Can't Be Defined - 11/27/2009

I have lived in Santa Maria / Orcutt for several years, but it is time to leave. I have no issues with the weather. Our climate is mild and comfortable with no extremes. Heck, we get excited if the weather forecast has a more than 3-degree temperature change! My two major deal-breaker concerns are these: First, the cost of living is much higher than it should be for what you get. Housing, food, utilities and transportation costs are higher than places that are more desirable. If wages were aligned it would not be a problem, but the cost of labor here is very low. Second, Santa Maria does not realize it is bigger than most California cities (including nearby Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo) with 100 years of history, and it has yet to define its culture/ community/ character or anything recognizable that might say who we are as a community. In other words, it has no personality. It’s tofu - not much until you add some flavor. OK, this may be a non-issue for some; and maybe those in witness protection would really love it here, but a pervasive sentiment of uninterested indifference is not a good foundation for a thriving future.[read more...]


SARA
Santa Maria, CA

Unpredictable weather with no extremes. - 5/23/2009

The weather is very mild without a huge temperature change with the seasons. The winters are chilly but not cold and the summers are warm but not hot. Of course there are some downfalls. It can be very windy for days on end and we have some weeks when the fog doesn't clear until noon. However we also have days in the winter that the temperature climbs to 70 or 80 for a week and most people keep there shorts and sandals handy all year long. We sometimes have chilly days and evenings in the summer so you have to keep your sweatshirts handy too! You never get tired of the weather here because its always changing----except for the wind![read more...]


Pete
Santa Maria, CA

The weather - 2/4/2009

I have traveled all over the world. I have not seen anywhere else that has the type of climate that the central coast has. It is really great. I feel that it is the best place to live.[read more...]


Erin
Santa Maria, CA

Not very much bang for your buck - 12/26/2008

Santa Maria has one the greatest climate around. 70s and sunny 320 days out of the year. The only problem if you are looking to raise a family it basically stops there. The jobs do not pay to what the cost of living amounts too. A college education is not sought after by very many employers. Good paying job are hard to come by. The housing market has came down obviously but it is still not very much house for your money. It has great location but still there needs to be more family entertainment, better paying jobs, and smaller class sizes to be considered average place to raise a family.[read more...]


Deanna
Santa Maria, CA

The only thing great about Santa Maria is... - 9/9/2008

The weather.[read more...]


Kim
El Dorado Hills, CA

Orcutt, next to Santa Maria has an awsome soccer g - 2/18/2008

When we lived in Orcutt, the soccer was fantastic. It was run very well. Santa Maria has know, I believe, a great club team. I would not want to live in Santa Maria because of crime, but Orcutt was a very cute, nice little town that is know growing.[read more...]


Peter
Santa Maria, CA

Nice place on California's secret coast - 1/7/2008

Santa Maria, California, together with its immediately adjacent county-run suburb of Orcutt, gives approximately 140.000 Californians a nice place to live and work. High-tech is in demand at close-by Vandenberg Air Force Base (once the Western Cape Kennedy) as well as in Santa Maria's light industry, wine making has become a booming business, agricullture and tourism are traditional stand-bys. The exorbitant cost of housing prevalent in California has not passed SM by: median home prices close to half a million Dollars are currently a scourge that drives young residents to neighboring states, but the cost of living minus housing is fairly low. Excellent medical services in town make it an attractive destination for Californians seeking top-tier medica attention, the local theatre company and Santa Maria's Hancock college raise the cultural level above boots and belt buckle Central California (although the annual Rodeo - row-day-oh - puts the pickup crowd front row center), the Pacific coast is minutes away. Traffic is medium to light, air quality is still good, and folks are friendly without the cloying neighborliness of other similarly sized communities. All in all, SM is worth a Google or two if you're thinking of relocating to surf and sand. I grew up in Pasadena in the L.A. Basin -- the difference is breathtaking. Literally.[read more...]


christina
Santa Maria, CA

Clean city, but not much going on. - 10/23/2007

A lot of agriculture. Very old city with little shopping, and not much too do...actually very boring. There is no night/family life would have to drive at least 20 minutes north to find "something" to do. A very torristy area, and a lot of retires....Not a place to raise a family, the first languge in almost all schools in santa maria is spanish...english is secondary... I have lived here for 1 year and very unhappy, and ready to make a move. Climate is nice and that's about it.[read more...]


Pattie
Santa Maria, CA

It's Tough Living in Paradise - 7/15/2007

The climate in Santa Maria is wonderful. Flowers bloom year-round and it's very temperate since we're only 9 miles from the coast. However, since this is a highly agricultural area and the wind blows frequently during the summer, it's very hard on people with allergies. In addition, the cost of living is quite high. The price of an average 3-bedroom house begins around $400,000. But, the crime rate is low, we're close to the ocean and mountains and it's gorgeous here. So, that's why we Santa-Marians say, "It's tough living in paradise!" And, who want's to leave paradise?[read more...]


Joe Magana
Santa Maria, CA

Santa Maria is a Horrible and Unsafe place to live - 5/9/2007

Ever read the Santa Maria Times, or go to the mall. THere are more illegal aliens here than any city I've ever been to. The crime is high, the jobs are few, and the housing is unaffordable. You have to wear a jacket every night of the year , and its always foggy....[read more...]


Janette
Santa Maria, CA

Born here, left 1989 came back 2005. Ready to live - 1/9/2007

I hate it here. Ready to move to Oregon, Washington or Idaho.[read more...]


Elise
Santa Maria, CA

Close to Paradise - 9/4/2005

Santa Maria is an awesome place to live. It has a small town feel with a lot of the advantages of a big town since it is the shopping center for much of the Cental Coast. Close to beaches, and other outdoor acitivites plus it has just about perfect weather. Average high is 65-75 and average low is 40-60. Really a perfect place to call home. Unfortunately home prices have risen significantly in the past 5 years or so, but worth every penny.[read more...]