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Santa Barbara, California
Official flag of Santa Barbara, California
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Nickname: The American Riviera
Location in Santa Barbara County and the state of California
Location in Santa Barbara County and the state of California
Coordinates: 34°25′33″N 119°42′51″W / 34.42583, -119.71417
Country United States
State California
County Santa Barbara
Government
 - Mayor Marty Blum
Area
 - Total 41.4 sq mi (111.6 km²)
 - Land 19.0 sq mi (54.6 km²)
 - Water 22.4 sq mi (57.0 km²)
Elevation 49 ft (15 m)
Population (2007)
 - Total 89,456 (city proper)
 - Density 4,865.3/sq mi (767.2/km²)
  201,058 (2000, metro area)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 93100-93199
Area code(s) 805
FIPS code 06-69070
GNIS feature ID 1661401
Website: http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/

Santa Barbara is a city in California, United States. It is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 92,325. The metropolitan area—which includes the cities of Goleta and Carpinteria; the unincorporated communities of Montecito, Summerland, Isla Vista, and Hope Ranch; and adjacent areas—has a population of approximately 200,000. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Santa_Barbara,_California. ... Flag of the city of Santa Barbara The flag of the city of Santa Barbara, California ( ) is the offical flag of the city. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Santa Barbara County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the southern portion of the U.S. state of California, just west of Ventura County. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... 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Geography and Climate

Mission Santa Barbara, known as "the queen of the missions".

Santa Barbara is located about 100 miles almost due west of Los Angeles, along the Pacific coast. This stretch of coast along southern Santa Barbara County is often referred to as the "American Riviera" because of its Mediterranean climate. The Santa Ynez Mountains, an east-west trending range, rise dramatically behind the city, with several peaks exceeding 4,000 feet. Covered with chaparral and with sandstone outcrops, they make a famously scenic backdrop to the town. Nearer to town, and directly east and adjacent to Mission Santa Barbara, is a hill known locally as the "Riviera" traversed by "Alameda Padre Serra" (shortened APS) the pathway of Father Serra. The hillside, made accessible by the advent of the automobile early in the 20th century, is now built with relatively expensive homes. A spectacularly beautiful area looking south toward the Pacific and the Channel Islands and having sunrise to sunset views, Santa Barbara became the winter destination for the titans of post-Civil War America and then a refuge of the wealth of the world with the Russian Revolution and World War I. Private railroad cars clustered on the sidings at Santa Barbara. The Potter Hotel overlooking Santa Barbara' s West Beach was a world renown resort. Titans of industry visited Santa Barbara and looked up at the foothills and chose Santa Barbara hilltops for their grand estates. Others preferred the beach and built palatially there Sandyland Cove, Padaro Lane the city beaches and out to what is now Goleta. The city's best sites were covered with family homes which were staffed with family retainers. The city sustained heavy damage in an earthquake on June 29, 1925, which was followed by substantial rebuilding. Image File history File linksMetadata Sb_mission_view1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Sb_mission_view1. ... Painting of the mission Known as The Queen of the Missions, Mission Santa Bárbara in California was founded on December 4, 1786 by Father Fermin Lasuen, who had taken over the Presidency of the California mission chain upon the death of Father Junipero Serra. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Pacific redirects here. ... Santa Barbara County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the southern portion of the U.S. state of California, just west of Ventura County. ...  Areas with Mediterranean climate A Mediterranean climate is a climate that resembles the climate of the lands in the Mediterranean Basin. ... The Santa Ynez Mountains are a portion of the Transverse Ranges, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges of the west coast of North America, and are one of the northernmost mountain ranges in Southern California. ... Painting of the mission Known as The Queen of the Missions, Mission Santa Bárbara in California was founded on December 4, 1786 by Father Fermin Lasuen, who had taken over the Presidency of the California mission chain upon the death of Father Junipero Serra. ... This article is about the natural seismic phenomenon. ... is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The architectural image of Santa Barbara is the Mission revival style of architecture adopted by city leaders after the 1925 earthquake destroyed much of the downtown commercial district. The domestic architecture of downtown Santa Barbara is predominantly California bungalows built in the early decades of the 20th century. The city has passed ordinances against billboards and regulates outdoor advertising, so the city is relatively free of the advertising clutter found in most American cities. The Mission Revival Style was an architectural movement that began in the late 19th Century and drew inspiration from the early Spanish missions in California. ... A typical Bungalow in Louisvilles Deer Park Neighborhood California Bungalows, commonly called simply bungalows in America, are a form of residential structure that were widely popular across America and, to some extent, the world around the years 1910 to 1925. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 107.3 km² (41.4 mi²). 49.2 km² (19.0 mi²) of it is land and 58.1 km² (22.4 mi²) of it (54.17%) is water. this is because the official city limit extends exactly four miles south into the ocean, and in addition a long "finger" of the city extends out to sea and again inland, in order to make Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) (adjacent to the University of California, Santa Barbara [UCSB]) contiguous with the city. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a coeducational public university located on the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County, California, USA. It is one out of 10 campuses of the University of California. ...


The Latitude and Longitude of the city (at SBA) is 34.41N 119.71W.

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 86 85 90 96 92 109 109 101 102 103 97 83
Norm High °F 65.4 66.3 67.4 70.1 71.2 74.4 76.7 78.7 78.2 75.4 71 66.4
Norm Low °F 40.8 44 46 47.6 50.5 53.9 57.3 58.4 56.6 51.6 44 39.9
Rec Low °F 26 25 32 36 38 42 49 47 43 36 30 20
Precip (in) 3.57 4.28 3.51 0.63 0.23 0.05 0.03 0.11 0.42 0.52 1.32 2.26
Source: USTravelWeather.com [1]

Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 92,325 people*, 35,605 households, and 18,941 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,878.1/km² (4,865.3/mi²). There were 37,076 housing units at an average density of 754.2/km² (1,953.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.04% White, 1.77% African American, 1.07% Native American, 2.77% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 16.37% from other races, and 3.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 35.02% of the population. (*This number was revised to 89,600 when it was discovered that dormitory population outside the city was erroneously included in the 92,325 figure.) Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 35,605 households out of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.8% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.17. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 13.8% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $47,498, and the median income for a family was $57,880. Males had a median income of $37,116 versus $31,911 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,466. About 7.7% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over. If one compares the per capita income to the actual cost of living, the number of people living below the poverty line is considerably higher. In 2002, the cost of buying a 2200 ft² (200 m²), 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house could easily reach $2,000,000. Rents for a 1100 ft² (100 m²), 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment were in the $2000-$2200 per month range. In June 2004, the median home price passed $1,000,000 for the first time. Santa Barbara also has traditionally (since the 1930s) had a large homeless population, due in part to the high cost of living. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ... The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ...


In 2006, according to the California State Department of Finance, the population of the city was 89,548, with the city of Santa Maria, on the northern edge of Santa Barbara County, becoming the most populous city in the county. A common reason given for the demographic shift is that homes in Santa Maria cost approximately half as much as homes in Santa Barbara ([2]). Santa Maria is the largest city in Santa Barbara County, California. ... Santa Barbara County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the southern portion of the U.S. state of California, just west of Ventura County. ...

Santa Barbara, looking towards the harbor from the top of the County Courthouse, showing the distinctive red-tiled roofs
Santa Barbara, looking towards the harbor from the top of the County Courthouse, showing the distinctive red-tiled roofs

Santa Barbara, red tile roofs from courthouse tower, version 2 Photograph taken from the top of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, March 20, 2005, by Antandrus, looking towards the harbor and showing the trademark red tile roofs of the town This image has been released into the public domain by... Santa Barbara, red tile roofs from courthouse tower, version 2 Photograph taken from the top of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, March 20, 2005, by Antandrus, looking towards the harbor and showing the trademark red tile roofs of the town This image has been released into the public domain by...

Culture

Media

Santa Barbara has two daily newspapers: The Santa Barbara News-Press, which has a circulation of about 39,000 and the Santa Barbara Daily Sound, a free daily. The News-Press was sold by the New York Times Company in 2000, and is now independently owned by Wendy P. McCaw, a local resident and outspoken environmentalist. Other local media include Santa Barbara Life [3], Pacific Coast Business Times [4], a weekly business journal covering Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties, Santa Barbara Independent, an arts and entertainment newsweekly, Santa Barbara's Blog [5], an interactive forum for debate of local sports, news and politics, Edhat Online Magazine [6], a hyperlocal website, Coastal Woman, a quarterly glossy magazine for local women [7], and Shape of Voice[8], a non-profit youth created publication which focuses on social justice and youth issues, as well as television stations KEYT 3, an ABC television affiliate and KPMR 38, a Univision affiliate, Santa Barbara Internet TV [9], and Santa Barbara Channels; 17 Community Access and 21 Arts & Education [(formerly owned by cox cable)]. Although Santa Barbara has radio stations including radio station KJEE 92.9, The Vibe:Hip Hop y Mas 103.3, 99.9 KTYD and KLITE 101.7 owned by Rincon Broadcasing, some Los Angeles radio stations can be heard, many quite faintly due to the 85-mile distance. Santa Monica-based NPR station KCRW can be heard in Santa Barbara on 106.9. The Santa Barbara News-Press is a broadsheet newspaper based in Santa Barbara, California. ... Inaugural issue of the Santa Barbara Daily Sound The Santa Barbara Daily Sound is a bad daily newspaper in Santa Barbara, California that is published six days a week. ... The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) is an American media company best known as the publisher of its namesake, The New York Times. ... Wendy P. McCaw Wendy P. McCaw is a billionaire-by-divorce and owner of the Santa Barbara News-Press. ... The Santa Barbara Independent is a free arts and entertainment newsweekly published in Santa Barbara, California. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... In journalism, local news refers to news coverage of events in a local context which would not normally be of interest to those of other localities, or otherwise be of national or international scope. ... KEYT-TV is a television station in Santa Barbara, California. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For the similar-sounding film format, see Univisium. ...


Museums

Santa Barbara is home to a vibrant artistic community, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is home to a significant permanent collection. Other art venues include the University Art Museum on the UC Santa Barbara Campus, various private galleries, and a wide variety of art and photography shows. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is located immediately behind the Santa Barbara Mission in a complex of charming, mission-style buildings set in a delightful park-like campus. The Museum offers outstanding indoor and outdoor exhibits and a state-of-the-art planetarium. The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is located at 113 Harbor Way (the former Naval Reserve Center Santa Barbara) on the waterfront. And last, but by no means that, is the Contemporary Arts Forum, located on the top floor of Paseo Nuevo shopping mall. This wonderful "art space" exhibits exciting, cutting edge works in all media. A must see if you want to learn about what's happening in the world of sometimes controversial, but always stimulating exhibits. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is an art museum located in downtown Santa Barbara, California at 1130 State Street. ... The University Art Museum or UAM is located on the campus of the UCSB in Santa Barbara, California. ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is the oldest museum in Santa Barbara, founded in 1916. ... Painting of the mission Known as The Queen of the Missions, Mission Santa Bárbara in California was founded on December 4, 1786 by Father Fermin Lasuen, who had taken over the Presidency of the California mission chain upon the death of Father Junipero Serra. ... In 1897, a small group of Santa Barbara, California citizens organized the Sixth Division of the California Naval militia to provide coastal defense for the central coast area. ...


Parks

A view of Santa Barbara from the Santa Ynez Mountain Range
A view of Santa Barbara from the Santa Ynez Mountain Range

Santa Barbara has many parks, ranging from small spaces within the urban environment to large, semi-wilderness areas which remain within the city limits. Some notable parks within the city limits are as follows: Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2160x1440, 514 KB) Summary Taken by User:Jm51 in the mountains above Santa Barbara, California Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2160x1440, 514 KB) Summary Taken by User:Jm51 in the mountains above Santa Barbara, California Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Santa Ynez Mountains, near Santa Barbara, looking west. ...

Some notable parks and open spaces just outside of the city limits include: , Alameda Park located in Santa Barbara, California in the USA, near Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, is the location for many city-wide celebrations, including Summer Solstice[1]. It is also one of the citys oldest parks[2]. Occupying two blocks, Alameda Park is home to a gazebo as... Elings Park is in Santa Barbara, California. ... Hong Kong has a long coastline which is full of twists and turns with many bays and beaches. ... Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens is located in Santa Barbara, California on the corner of Santa Barbara and Arrellaga Streets, right across from the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara and Alameda Park. ... De La Guerra Plaza is a small park type area in downtown Santa Barbara located rightnext to the Santa Barbara News Press. ... Skofield Park, of Santa Barbara, California, was originally private property, owned by Ray Skofield. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... , A long, narrow ocean-side strip of land, Shoreline Park, is located in Santa Barbara, California. ... The Douglas Family Preserve is a public park in Santa Barbara, California. ... , East Beach located in Santa Barbara, California is often the first beach seen upon entering Santa Barbara[1]. East Beach is the primary beach for tourists, as some of the major Santa Barbara hotels face this beach[2]. East Beach is world famous for volleyball, as it hosts several volleyball... Leadbetter Beach is a popular beach in Santa Barbara, California. ... , West beach is home to Santa Barbaras New Years and 4th of July Fireworks shows[1]. It is an industrial beach and swimming is prohibited, however kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing are common activities[1]. ^ a b Santa Barbara Beaches Categories: | | ... Arroyo Burro Beach, widely known as Hendrys Beach by local residents, is located off of Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara, California. ... Andree Clark Bird Refuge, a 42-acre saltwater marsh is one of the largest wildlife refuges in Santa Barbara County, California. ...

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 26 ha (65 acre) garden, containing over 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants. ... Mission Canyon is a census-designated place and an unincorporated suburb of Santa Barbara, California, located in Santa Barbara County. ... Gould Park is a public park located in Santa Barbara, California. ... Rattlesnake Canyon stretches from Skofield Park into the Santa Ynez mountains. ...

Performing arts

Santa Barbara boasts numerous performing art venues, including the 2000 seat Arlington Theatre, the largest indoor performance venue in Santa Barbara; the Lobero Theatre, a historic building and favorite venue for small concerts; the Granada Theater, originally built by a contractor named CM Urton in 1920, now the tallest building downtown (the theater is currently under-going a serious remodel and is not being used); and the Santa Barbara Bowl, the 4562 seat amphitheatre is a concert space, nestled in a picturesque canyon in downtown Santa Barbara. The Arlington Theatre is Santa Barbaras largest movie theater and main performing arts venue. ... Santa Barbaras Lobero Theatre, from Canon Perdido Street The Lobero Theatre, founded by José Lobero, is among the most historic buildings in Santa Barbara, California. ... The Santa Barbara Bowl is a 4,562-seat amphitheater located in Santa Barbara, California. ...


The city is considered a haven for classical music lovers with a symphony orchestra and many non-profit classical music groups (such as CAMA). The Music Academy of the West, located in Montecito, hosts an annual music festival in the summer, drawing renowned students and professionals. Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... The Santa Barbara Symphony is a part-time professional symphony orchestra based in Santa Barbara, California. ... The Community Arts Music Association (CAMA) of Santa Barbara is the oldest community arts organization in Santa Barbara and, arguably, the oldest such organization in the United States. ... Situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Music Academy of the West enchants students and audiences alike with its lush surroundings and musical offerings. ...


Current event listings can be found at Santa Barbara Performing Arts League [10]


Tourist attractions

A view of a Santa Barbara sunset looking over the ocean.
A view of a Santa Barbara sunset looking over the ocean.

Santa Barbara is a year-round tourist destination renowned for its fair weather, downtown beaches, and Spanish architecture. In addition to the city's cultural assets, several iconic destinations lie within the city's limits. Mission Santa Barbara, "The Queen of the Missions," is located in Santa Barbara. It was founded on December 4, 1786 on a rise about two miles inland from the harbor, and is maintained as an active place of worship, sightseeing stop, and national historic landmark. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse, a red tiled Spanish-Moorish structure, provides a sweeping view of the downtown area from its open air tower. The Presidio of Santa Barbara, a Spanish military installation built in 1782, was central to the town's early development and remains an icon of the city's colonial roots. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 606 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Santa Barbara, California User:Roguegeek Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 606 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Santa Barbara, California User:Roguegeek Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or... Painting of the mission Known as The Queen of the Missions, Mission Santa Bárbara in California was founded on December 4, 1786 by Father Fermin Lasuen, who had taken over the Presidency of the California mission chain upon the death of Father Junipero Serra. ... 1786 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... , The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is located at 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, California. ... 2005 view of the restored portion of the Presidio The Presidio of Santa Barbara was a military installation in Santa Barbara, California, built by Spain in 1782, with the mission of defending the Second Military District in California. ...


Also famous is the annual Fiesta (originally called "Old Spanish Days"), which is celebrated every year in August. The Fiesta is hosted by the Native Daughters of the Golden West and the Native Sons of the Golden West in a joint committee called the Fiesta Board. Fiesta was originally started as a tourist attraction, like the Rose Bowl, to draw business into the town in the 1920s.


Flower Girls and Las Señoritas are another attraction of Fiesta, as they march and participate in both Fiesta Pequeña (the kickoff of Fiesta) and the various parades. Flower Girls is for girls under 13. They throw roses and other flowers into the crowds. Las Señoritas are their older escorts. Many Señoritas join the Native Daughters at the age of 16.


For over 40 years the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show has been held on Cabrillo Blvd., east of Stearns Wharf and along the beach, attracting thousands of people to see artwork made by artists and crafts people that live in Santa Barbara county. By the rules of the show, all the works displayed must have been made by the artists and craftspeople themselves, who must sell their own goods. The show started in the early 1960s, and now has over 200 booths varying in size and style on any Sunday of the year. The show is also held on some Saturdays that are national holidays, but not during inclement weather. In 1872 construction was completed on what had just become the longest deep-water pier between Los Angeles and San Francisco. ...


In recent years, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival [11] (SBIFF), another local non-profit, has also become a major draw bringing over 50,000 attendees during what is usually Santa Barbara's slow season in late January. SBIFF hosts a wide variety of celebrities, premieres, panels and movies from around the world and runs for 10 days.


The annual Summer Solstice Parade draws up to 100,000 people ([12]). It is a colorful themed parade put on by local residents, and follows a route along State Street for approximately one mile, ending at Alameda Park. Floats and costumes vary from the whimsical to the outrageous; parties and street events take place throughout the weekend of the parade, which is invariably the first weekend after the solstice. Originating as a birthday celebration, Santa Barbara, Californias Summer Solstice Parade began in 1974. ... , Alameda Park located in Santa Barbara, California in the USA, near Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, is the location for many city-wide celebrations, including Summer Solstice[1]. It is also one of the citys oldest parks[2]. Occupying two blocks, Alameda Park is home to a gazebo as...


Other tourist-centered attractions include:

  • Stearns Wharf – Adjacent to Santa Barbara Harbor, features shops, several restaurants, and the newly rebuilt Ty Warner Sea Center.
  • Rafael Gonzalez House – Adobe residence of the alcaldé of Santa Barbara in the 1820s, and a National Historic Landmark.
  • Moreton Bay Fig – a giant Moreton Bay Fig, 80 feet tall, which has one of the largest total shaded areas of any tree in North America
  • Burton Mound – on Mason Street at Burton Circle, this mound is thought to be the Chumash village of Syujton, recorded by Juan Cabrillo in 1542, and again by Fr. Crespí and Portolá in 1769. (California Historical Landmark No. 306)
  • De la Guerra Plaza (Casa de la Guerra) – Site of the first City Hall, and still the center of the city's administration. (California Historical Landmark No. 307)
  • Covarrubias Adobe – Built in 1817; adjacent to the Santa Barbara Historical Society Museum on Santa Barbara Street. (California Historical Landmark No. 308)
  • Hastings Adobe – Built in 1854, partially from material recovered from the wreck of the S.S. Winfield Scott. (California Historical Landmark No. 559)
  • Carrillo Adobe – Built in 1825 by Daniel Hill for his wife Rafaela L. Ortega y Olivera; currently at 11 E. Carrillo St.
  • Cold Spring Tavern
  • El Paseo Shopping Mall – The first shopping mall in California.
The first Motel 6, in Santa Barbara
The first Motel 6, in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara's many tourist attractions have made the hospitality industry into a major player in the regional economy. For example, Motel 6 was started in Santa Barbara in 1962. In 1872 construction was completed on what had just become the longest deep-water pier between Los Angeles and San Francisco. ... Ty Warner Sea Center The Ty Warner Sea Center, located on Santa Barbara’s historic Stearns Wharf, is owned and operated by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. ... , The Rafael Gonzalez House is a National Historic Landmark (NHL), in Santa Barbara, California. ... Renewal of the surface coating of an adobe wall in Chamisal, New Mexico Adobe is a natural building material composed of sand, sandy clay and straw or other organic materials, which is shaped into bricks using wooden frames and dried in the sun. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Binomial name Ficus macrophylla Desf. ... Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, in Portuguese João Rodrigues Cabrilho, (ca 1499–January 3, 1543) was an explorer noted for his exploration of the west coast of North America while sailing for Spain. ... 1817 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1854 (MDCCCLIV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1825 (MDCCCXXV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... , Cold Spring Tavern is a tavern about 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara, California, in a canyon about a mile off Highway 154, near San Marcos pass. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x693, 296 KB) Summary Motel 6 No. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x693, 296 KB) Summary Motel 6 No. ... Motel 6 is a large budget motel chain in the United States and Canada. ...

Education

Colleges and universities

Santa Barbara and the immediately adjacent area is home to several colleges and universities:

Secondary and Primary School students go to the Santa Barbara and Hope district schools. There are also a variety of private schools in the area. The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a coeducational public university located on the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County, California, USA. It is one out of 10 campuses of the University of California. ... Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) is a two-year community college founded in 1909. ... , Westmont College is a Christian liberal arts college in Santa Barbara, California. ... The Entrance of the Ventura Campus The Brooks Institute of Photography is a for-profit college based in Santa Barbara, California and Ventura, California. ... Situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Music Academy of the West enchants students and audiences alike with its lush surroundings and musical offerings. ... , Santa Barbara Business College, founded in 1888, is one of the oldest colleges in California and in the country[1]. Created in 1888, SSBC was originally crated as both a business college and a normal institute, for training teachers. ... Antioch University is a six-campus American university with campuses in four states. ... Fielding Graduate University is a graduate-only institution of higher learning based in Santa Barbara, California. ... The Santa Barbara School Districts (one district, two systems; SBSD) consists of the following: Elementary School Adams • Cesar Chavez Charter • Franklin • Harding • McKinley • Monroe • Open Alternative • Peabody Charter • Roosevelt • Santa Barbara Charter School • Washington Secondary School Goleta Valley JHS • La Colina JHS • La Cumbre JHS • Santa Barbara JHS• Dos Pueblos...


High schools

San Marcos High School (SMHS) is a public high school located near the Southern California city of Santa Barbara, United States. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... The Santa Barbara School Districts (one district, two systems; SBSD) consists of the following: Adams • César Chávez Charter • Franklin • Harding • McKinley • Monroe • Open Alternative • Peabody Charter • Roosevelt • Santa Barbara Charter School • Washington Goleta Valley JHS • La Colina JHS • La Cumbre JHS • Santa Barbara JHS• Dos Pueblos HS • La... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Bishop Garcia Diego High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Santa Barbara, California. ...

Junior high/middle schools

  • Community Day School, 7-8
  • Goleta Valley Junior High School, 7-8
  • La Colina Junior High School, 7-8
  • La Cumbre Junior High School, 7-8
  • Santa Barbara Junior High School, 7-8

SBSD seal The Santa Barbara School Districts is the main public school district that serves Santa Barbara, California. ...

Elementary schools

  • Adams Elementary School, K-6
  • Cesar Estrada Chavez Dual Language Immersion Charter School, K-6
  • Cleveland Elementary School, K-6
  • Cold Spring Elementary School, K-6
  • Franklin Elementary School, K-6
  • Harding Elementary School, K-6
  • Hope Elementary School, K-6
  • Marymount School, K-8
  • McKinley Elementary School, K-6
  • Monroe Elementary School, K-6
  • Monte Vista Elementary School, K-6
  • Open Alternative School, K-8
  • Peabody Charter School, K-6
  • Roosevelt Elementary School, K-6
  • Santa Barbara Charter School, K-8
  • Santa Barbara Christian School, K-8
  • Santa Barbara Community Academy, K-6
  • Vieja Valley Elementary School, K-6
  • Washington Elementary School, K-6

Transportation

Santa Barbara is bisected by U.S. Route 101, a primary transportation corridor that links the city to the rest of the Central Coast region. The Santa Barbara Airport offers commercial air service. Amtrak offers rail service through the Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner trains at the train station on State Street. The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) provides local bus service across the city, and Greyhound bus stations are located downtown and in nearby Goleta. Electric shuttles operated by MTD ferry tourists and shoppers up and down lower State Street and to the wharf. Highway 101 redirects here. ... Santa Barbara Airport (IATA: SBA, ICAO: KSBA, FAA LID: SBA), also known as Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, is a public airport located west of downtown Santa Barbara, California in Santa Barbara County, USA. The airport is adjacent to the University of California, Santa Barbara and the city of Goleta. ... The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... The Coast Starlight at San Luis Obispo, California. ... // Northbound Pacific Surfliner Cab Car crosses Carlsbad Village Dr. in Carlsbad, Ca. ... The Santa Barbara Train Station, somtimes referred to as the Santa Barbara Amtrak Station, is the passenger rail station in Santa Barbara, California. ... Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District, (MTD) is a public transit agency providing bus service in the southern portion of Santa Barbara County, California. ...


Sister cities

Dingle, Ireland, was established as a Santa Barbara Sister City in Spring 2003. Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland. ... This article is about the town of Dingle, Ireland – there are other locations with the name Dingle. ...

The Santa Barbara/Palma de Mallorca Sister City affiliation was started in 1986. Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... Palma (old Spanish name Palma de Mallorca) is the major city and port in the island of Majorca (in Catalan: Mallorca) and capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. ...

Puerta Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, became a Sister City in 1972. Image File history File links Flag_of_Mexico. ... Cobblestone street Banderas Bay Puerto Vallarta is a city in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, located at 20. ...

San Juan became a Sister City in 2000. Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Philippines. ... The City of San Juan (Filipino: Lungsod ng San Juan) is a city in Metro Manila in the Philippines. ...

The Toba City/Santa Barbara affiliation was begun in 1966, and there have been several visits by citizens and officials of both cities. Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Toba (鳥羽市; -shi) is a city located in Mie, Japan. ...

Weihai, in Shandong Province, China, became a Sister City to Santa Barbara in 1993. Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Weihai (威海; pinyin: wēihǎi, also Weihaiwei) is a seaport city on the Bohai Gulf in north-east Shandong province, China. ...

Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine, became Santa Barbara's sixth Sister City in November 1987. Image File history File links Flag_of_Ukraine. ... Yalta (Ukrainian: , Russian: , Crimean Tatar: ) is a city in Crimea, southern Ukraine, on the north coast of the Black Sea. ...

Santa Barbara, looking northeast from above Santa Barbara City College, towards the harbor
Santa Barbara, looking northeast from above Santa Barbara City College, towards the harbor
Santa Barbara, looking west-northwest from the County Courthouse tower, with Mission Santa Barbara and San Marcos Pass in the distance
Santa Barbara, looking west-northwest from the County Courthouse tower, with Mission Santa Barbara and San Marcos Pass in the distance

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 720 KB) Santa Barbara,CA. By user:Skyguy414. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 720 KB) Santa Barbara,CA. By user:Skyguy414. ... Santa Barbara from Courthouse tower Photograph taken from the top of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, March 20, 2005, by Antandrus, looking west-northwest towards the Mission and San Marcos Pass, showing the Upper East Side of the town. ... Santa Barbara from Courthouse tower Photograph taken from the top of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, March 20, 2005, by Antandrus, looking west-northwest towards the Mission and San Marcos Pass, showing the Upper East Side of the town. ...

See also

The following is a list of notable people connected with the city of Santa Barbara, California. ... USN redirects here. ... USS Santa Barbara may refer to several ships in the United States Navy. ... The USNS Mission Santa Barbara was one of twenty-seven Mission Buenaventura Class fleet oilers built during World War II for service in the United States Navy, named for the Franciscan mission located in Santa Barbara, California. ...

External links

  • City of Santa Barbara official website
  • City flag: http://flagspot.net/flags/us-ca-sb.html
  • Santa Barbara News-Press (subscription required)
  • Community Arts Music Association: http://www.camasb.org/
  • Bus services
  • Santa Barbara earthquakes
  • Travel information on Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Site
  • SantaBarbaraWiki.net
  • SantaBarbara.com
  • SantaBarbarasBlog.com
  • Sustainable Vine Wine Tours
  • Find a place to live in Santa Barbara

Coordinates: 34.425804° N 119.714189° W Flag of the city of Santa Barbara The flag of the city of Santa Barbara, California ( ) is the offical flag of the city. ... The Community Arts Music Association (CAMA) of Santa Barbara is the oldest community arts organization in Santa Barbara and, arguably, the oldest such organization in the United States. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Santa Barbara County, California: Information from Answers.com (1611 words)
Santa Barbara County was one of the original counties of California, formed in 1850 at the time of statehood.
North of the Santa Ynez Valley are the cities of Santa Maria and Guadalupe, and the unincorporated towns of Orcutt, Los Olivos and Los Alamos.
The principal mountain ranges of the county are the Santa Ynez Mountains in the south, and the San Rafael Mountains and Sierra Madre Mountains in the interior and northeast.
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It is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California.
In 2006, according to the California State Department of Finance, the population of the city had shrunk to 89,548, with the city of Santa Maria, on the northern edge of Santa Barbara County, becoming the most populous city in the county.
Santa Barbara is bisected by U.S. Route 101, a primary transportation corridor that links the city to the rest of the Central Coast region.
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