Santa Maria, California, is a community located in Southern California, the Santa Barbara County. The city is situated 150 miles away from Downtown Los Angeles and 120 miles away from the city of Los Angeles. The population of Santa Maria is 100,062, meaning that it is the county’s largest city. The area itself counts 171,227 inhabitants, including the Orcutt Township, Guadalupe city and Santa Maria. The community is known for the Santa Maria Style Barbecue and for the notable wine industry. Santa Maria is served by the school district Santa Maria-Bonita and the high school district Santa Maria Joint Union. There are also a few colleges included in the community.
Santa Maria Homes for Sale and Real EstateThe real estate market in Santa Maria is in a slight recovery. The median listing price is $375,270, the average sale price is $192,500 and a standard rent is somewhere around $1,011. The market is featuring 90 active listings, out of which 16.7% are distressed listings. In 2010, Santa Maria included 26,908 households and 28,294 residences. The density was 1,209.4/sq mile. The owner-occupied properties formed 51.6% of the housing units and the renter-occupied houses were 48.4%. In 2012 vacancy rate for owner-occupied houses is 1.9% and the vacancy rate for rentals is 3.8%. Additionally, the rental housing units are inhabited by 52,083 persons and owner-occupied properties are inhabited by 46,463 people. Finally, the real estate market in Santa Maria includes a wide array of housing units, from detached single-family houses to other properties.
Santa Maria CommunitiesThe main neighborhoods in Santa Maria are:
Santa Maria Employment OpportunitiesThe major industries in the city are educational services, agriculture, maintenance and repair, construction, public administration, food services, accommodation, health care, insurance and finance and social assistance. Also, some of the main occupations in the area are sales workers, agricultural workers, grounds and building cleaning, cashiers, secretaries and retail sales. Santa Maria features big companies like:
Santa Maria AttractionsThe most famous feature of Santa Maria is its plethora of barbecued meat. The city is mainly known for the delicious tri-tip steak. It is a triangular muscle of beef sliced into steaks or utilized for ground beef. The Santa Maria Style barbecue refers to the special seasoning of various meats and, in particular, of the tri-tip. The meats are rubbed with spices, pepper and salt and then grilled or cooked on a rotisserie. At the same time, Santa Maria is renowned for its wines. The Santa Maria Valley is perfect for growing varieties like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Visiting the multiple wineries is a top activity in Santa Maria. The theatre scene is also very impressive. The PCPA, a production company and theatrical school has had notable alumni such as Zac Efron, Robin Williams, Mercedes Ruehl, Kelly McGillis and Kathy Bates. Other interesting attractions are the production locations for films like The Rocketeer, Pirates of Caribbean, Hidalgo, Sideways, Rockets Red Glare and Barton Fink. People might also visit:
Santa Maria Transportation and CommutingSanta Maria and the Santa Maria Valley are crossed by Route 101. This is the main connection among the west coast cities. The commuters also use State Route 135 and State Route 1. The closest train station is situated in Guadalupe and it provides connections to Los Angeles and San Diego. Santa Maria is served by the Santa Maria Area Transit, a bus service using county-run and city lines. There is also the Breeze Bus that offers service to Santa Maria, Vandenberg Air Force Base and Lompoc. Greyhound Lines provides long-distance bus services. The closest international airports are San Jose International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport and Ontario / LA International Airport.
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Santa Maria Weather
The average high temperature in July is 73 degrees, with an average low temperature in January of 37.6 degrees. The average rainfall is approximately 14.4 inches per year, with 0.1 inches of snow per year. No weather information available.
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