Santa Maria, California


Pros

-Small-town atmosphere
-Coastline
-Year-round climate

Cons

-Home prices
-Economy
-Cost of living

Location

Central California coast, 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles
Profile: Small-city complex/College town
Elevation: 238
Time zone: Pacific Standard Time

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.

Educational attainment is notably high. Santa Maria, 15 miles inland, is primarily agricultural but is growing as a residential and minor commercial center. Lompoc, on a hilly projection into the Pacific known as Point Conception, contains the Vandenberg Air Force Base, a major coastal military installation and testing facility. Lompoc has started to emerge as an attractive residential alternative to tony Santa Barbara.

The climate is exceptional, and the small-town ambience and attractiveness is well preserved compared to other California locations. The high Cost of Living and average home price statistically represent the whole county, but Santa Barbara is assuredly more expensive. Because of this, the other towns are more attractive to most migrating to the area. The location is a bit isolated, but most residents love the area if they can afford it.

Santa Barbara is on a narrow coastal plain that spreads east-west, while Santa Maria and Lompoc are located inland and to the north, respectively. Oak-studded hills surround all three. The climate is Mediterranean marine. Temperatures are mild year-round, with those in summers tempered by sea breezes and cloudy mornings. Inland areas are warmer when breezes blow from the deserts to the southeast. The southerly orientation of Santa Barbara and the inland location of the other cities provide shelter from strong Pacific storms in winter. Santa Maria is far enough inland to experience below-freezing temperatures several times in winter. Most precipitation occurs in winter.


Highlights


CITY - Santa Maria
ZIP CODES - 93458, 93454, ... 2 total
REAL ESTATE - For Sale  For Rent
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Quick Facts About Santa Maria


ECONOMY
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.

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Santa Maria's cost of living is 27.30% Higher than the U.S. average.

POPULATION
As of 2014, Santa Maria's population is 98,715 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 25.94 percent.

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Santa Maria is $276,400. Home appreciation the last year has been 15.90 percent.

SCHOOLS
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.


Santa Maria Housing Market


It's a good time to buy in Santa Maria. Home Appreciataion is up 15.9% in the last 12 months. Browse Santa Maria Real Estate.
The median home price in Santa Maria is $276,400. Browse Homes in this Range.
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Comments


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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