The Heart of the American Riviera
Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California. Situated on a south-facing section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city lies between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara's Mediterranean climate draws people from around the world, and the city boasts a population of 91,196.
In addition to being a popular tourist and resort destination, the city economy includes a large service sector, education, technology, health care, finance, agriculture, manufacturing, and local government. Education in particular is well represented, with four institutions of higher learning on the south coast (the University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, and Antioch University). The Santa Barbara Airport serves the city, as does Amtrak. U.S. Highway 101 connects the Santa Barbara area with Los Angeles to the southeast and San Francisco to the northwest. Behind the city, in and beyond the Santa Ynez Mountains, is the Los Padres National Forest, which contains several remote wilderness areas.Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are located approximately 20 miles (32 km) offshore.
Incorporated: April 9, 1850
Population: 91,196 (city limits)
Square Miles: 41.968 sq. mi.
Avg Temp: Between 64 & 76 degrees Fahrenheit
Ken Oplinger, President/CEO
The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region
Mayor Helene Schneider
City of Santa Barbara