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Santa Barbara, California, is the county seat of Santa Barbara County. Often referred to as the "American Riviera", Santa Barbara boasts a mild, Mediterranean climate and is a popular tourist and resort destination. Santa Barbara has a population of about 88,000, making it the second largest city in the county. Santa Barbara is situated on the Pacific coast, on a section of coastline that trends east-west. The city is bordered by the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The city covers 42 square miles, 22.5 of which is water. It is located about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Santa Barbara Homes for Sale and Real EstateSanta Barbara has a strong architectural style, with much of the city designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. Most of the homes in Santa Barbara are California bungalows, built primarily in the early 20th century. Many Victorian homes can be found in the Upper East section of town. There are city ordinances prohibiting billboards and regulating other outdoor advertising, so the city remains virtually free of that visual clutter. Santa Barbara home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, they also rank high on a national scale. Santa Barbara is a college town, and as such there are a large number of students living in the area as well as the cultural amenities that a university brings to a community. In addition Santa Barbara has a large population of residents who work in art and media, which adds to the city's general character and charm.
Santa Barbara NeighborhoodsSanta Barbara is divided into many neighborhoods, each with its own history, architecture and culture. The neighborhoods can be defined as:
Santa Barbara Economy and Employment OpportunitiesBeing a tourist destination, Santa Barbara's local economy is greatly influenced by the hospitality industry. In addition, there are several aerospace and defense companies located here that make up a large portion of the city's employment. The top employers in Santa Barbara are:
Santa Barbara AttractionsWith its year round temperate climate, beach location and rich history, there is no shortage of recreational activities in Santa Barbara. Some of the things locals and visitors can enjoy include:
Santa Barbara Transportation and CommutingUS Route 101 runs through Santa Barbara, connecting the city with San Francisco to the north and Los Angeles to the south. Local bus service and electric shuttles are provided by the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District. Regional bus service is provided by Ventura Intercity Service Transit Authority and the Clean Air Express bus. The city maintains an extensive route of bike paths for cyclists. Amtrak offers rail service through the Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner lines. The nearest airports are Santa Barbara Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.
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