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-Small-town atmosphere
-Year-round climate


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-Cost of living

What Bert Has To Say About Santa Barbara-Santa Maria Metro Area

The three major cities in Santa Barbara County, two named in the metro area, and the other one, Lompoc, no longer in the name, offer a highly contrasting set of places to live. Coastal Santa Barbara is the center of the “California Riviera”—an area of mild climate, beautiful coastline, Mediterranean architecture, laid-back ambience, and affluence. The University of California at Santa Barbara, about 10 miles north, brings a college town element without dominating town life.


Quick Facts About Santa Maria

    The unemployment rate in Santa Maria is 8.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Santa Maria jobs have Increased by 0.20 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Santa Maria's cost of living is 27.30% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Santa Maria's population is 98,715 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 25.94 percent.
    Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Santa Maria is $276,400. Home appreciation the last year has been 15.90 percent.
    Santa Maria public schools spend $10,070 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 20.3 students per teacher in Santa Maria.

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re: Close to Paradise - 9/4/2005
I have researched tons of different places to move to when I can take early retirement-I hate where I am in western NY and the place I think I really want to be is Santa... (read more)
Nice place on California's secret coast
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.... (read more)
Clean city, but not much going on.
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... (read more)
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