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Encyclopedia > Santa Maria, California
Santa Maria, California
Location in Santa Barbara County and the state of California
Coordinates: 34°57′5″N 120°26′0″W / 34.95139, -120.43333
Country United States
State California
County Santa Barbara
Government
 - Mayor
 - Senate Abel Maldonado (R)
 - Assembly Sam Blakeslee (R)
 - U. S. Congress Lois Capps (D)
Area
 - Total 19.7 sq mi (51.2 km²)
 - Land 19.3 sq mi (50.1 km²)
 - Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km²)
Elevation 220 ft (67 m)
Population (2007)
 - Total 90,333
 - Density 3,930.1/sq mi (1,512.2/km²)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 93454-93458
Area code(s) 805
FIPS code 06-69196
GNIS feature ID 1652791

Santa Maria is the largest city in Santa Barbara County, California. According to the California State Department of Finance, Santa Maria's estimated population of 90,333 has surpassed that of Santa Barbara, and it is the largest city in Santa Barbara County. The 2000 census indicated Santa Maria's population at 77,423. The estimated population of the area is about 140,000, which includes the Santa Maria Valley, the city of Guadalupe, California and the unincorporated township of Orcutt, California. An additional 12,000 people live in Nipomo, near Santa Maria proper. Santa Maria is probably most notable for its ever-expanding wine country and the creation of what is now commonly known as the foods known as tri-tip and Santa Maria Style barbecue. Image File history File links Santa_Barbara_County_California_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Santa_Maria_Highlighted. ... 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Geography and Climate

Santa Maria is located at 34°57′5″N, 120°26′0″W (34.951377, -120.433373).[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.8 square miles (51.2 km²), of which, 19.3 square miles (50.1 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (2.23%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...


Santa Maria is generally situated north of the unincorporated township of Orcutt, California, south of the Santa Maria River (which serves as the line between Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County), and it is surrounded on the west and east by agricultural areas. The city of Guadalupe, California is approximately 9 miles (14 km) to the west of Santa Maria. Orcutt is a census-designated place located in Santa Barbara County, California. ... Santa Maria River is a river on the Central Coast of California. ... Santa Barbara County is a county located on the Pacific coast of Southern California, in the state of California, just west of Ventura County. ... San Luis Obispo County is a county located on Californias central Pacific coast, between Los Angeles and the Bay Area. ... Southern city limit Guadalupe is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. ...

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 89 95 103 100 102 104 103 103 108 93 90
Norm High °F 63.9 64.8 64.8 67.6 68.6 71.4 73.5 74.2 74.9 74 69.2 64.9
Norm Low °F 39.3 41.4 42.7 43.4 46.9 50.4 53.5 54.2 52.9 48.2 41.8 38.2
Rec Low °F 5 22 24 31 31 36 43 43 36 26 25 20
Precip (in) 2.64 3.23 2.94 0.91 0.32 0.05 0.03 0.05 0.31 0.45 1.24 1.84
Source: USTravelWeather.com [1]

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 77,423 people, 22,146 households, and 16,653 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,005.8 people per square mile (1,546.5/km²). There were 22,847 housing units at an average density of 1,182.1/sq mi (456.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 58.07% White, 1.87% African American, 1.76% Native American, 4.74% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 28.02% from other races, and 5.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 59.67% of the population. 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 22,146 households out of which 42% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.40 and the average family size was 3.85. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 103.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.6 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $36,541, and the median income for a family was $39,277. Males had a median income of $28,700 versus $22,364 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,780. About 15.5% of families and 19.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.5% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over. 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. ...


Law and government

The Lewellen Justice Center in downtown Santa Maria
The Lewellen Justice Center in downtown Santa Maria

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x621, 261 KB) Summary The Lewellen Justice Center in Santa Maria, California. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x621, 261 KB) Summary The Lewellen Justice Center in Santa Maria, California. ...

Courts

Santa Maria is home to one of the main two court locations of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court - the other is at Santa Barbara. From 2003 until 2005 the court in Santa Maria handled a felony complaint against Michael Jackson (see Michael Jackson: 2005 trial), including the trial January 2005 until verdict day June 13, 2005. Santa Maria was selected because the nearest courthouse was deemed to be too small to accommodate the trial. A trial at the Old Bailey in London as drawn by Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Pugin for Ackermanns Microcosm of London (1808-11). ... Nickname: Location in Santa Barbara County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Barbara Government  - Mayor Marty Blum Area  - Total 41. ... For the record label, see Felony Records The term felony is a term used in common law systems for very serious crimes, whereas misdemeanors are considered to be less serious offenses. ... In general use, a complaint is an expression of displeasure, such as poor service at a store, or from a local government, for example. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Politics

Santa Maria seems to be split nearly down the middle of the political spectrum, a very different condition from its county seat city Santa Barbara - which seems to be quite liberal. This was made evident in 2006 when a measure to split the county in half was on the ballot, but this proved to be unsuccessful.


Police Department

As the primary law enforcement agency for the City of Santa Maria, the department operates on a 24-hour basis and handles approximately 75,700 calls for service each year. The Department has 106 sworn officers and 38 full-time support personnel. The Police Department is administratively divided into the three divisions, Administration, Operations, and Support. [2]


Transportation

Road

U.S. Route 101 runs through the middle of Santa Maria and is the main expressway connecting all West Coast cities. It has been improved to freeway status (meaning all at-grade intersections have been eliminated) within the town of Santa Maria itself. There is currently a widening project that will expand the freeway from four to six lanes between Santa Maria Way and the Route 135 overcrossing. The $32 million project is due for completion in mid-2008. U.S. Route 101, also known as Highway 101, The 101 in Southern California, and simply 101 in Northern California, is one of the last remaining and longest U.S. Routes still active in California. ... A typical expressway in Santa Clara County, California. ...


State Route 1 runs around the western edge of the town and connects it to nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc. The section of 101 in the town is a freeway, and a small part of a nearby section of Highway 1 that runs between the town and the base is also a freeway, but the two freeway segments do not directly connect to each other. State Route 1, often called Highway 1, is a state highway that runs along a large length of the Pacific coast of the U.S. State of California. ... Boeing Delta 4 Medium+ (4,2) lifts off from Space Launch Complex Six (SLC-6) at Vandenberg AFB, California (Official photo by Thom Baur for the Boeing Company) Vandenberg Air Force Base (IATA: VBG, ICAO: KVBG) is a United States military installation with a spaceport, in Santa Barbara County, California... Lompoc (pronounced Lom poke) is a city located in Santa Barbara County, California. ... For specific systems, such as the Autobahns of Germany, see list of highway systems with full control of access and no cross traffic. ...


California State Route 135 is considered to be the major artery through the city. It comes from Los Alamos, a town to the south of Santa Maria, and it enters Orcutt and Santa Maria as an expressway. The expressway runs all the way to Santa Maria Way. Highway 135 then turns into Broadway and runs through the heart of the city and all the way up to the Santa Maria River and U.S. 101. JUNCTION POSTMILE US-101 SB 0. ... Los Alamos usually refers to the United States national laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico which was founded during the World War II effort to develop the atomic bomb (the Manhattan Project), was one of the two laboratories developing the USAs nuclear weapons during the Cold War, and is...


Air

Santa Maria Public Airport offers regular commercial flights to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, Arizona by Allegiant Air. There are plans of adding a route to Denver which would be operated by Frontier Airlines. This route is still pending because of negotiations between the airline and the airport are still underway. The Radisson Hotel, the same hotel President George W. Bush called home for a few days during his Presidential campaign of 2000, is the main hotel to serve the airport. There are also car rental services at the airport. Alternative airports are found at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Municipal Airport in Goleta Santa Maria Public Airport (IATA: SMX, ICAO: KSMX), also known as the Capt. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The Las Vegas metropolitan area, includes the Las Vegas Valley a 600 square mile (1600 km²) basin, and surrounding areas, that are part of Clark County in southern Nevada. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Allegiant Air is an American low fare airline, owned by Allegiant Travel Co. ... This article refers to the state capital of Colorado. ... This article is about Frontier Airlines that was founded in 1994. ... San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (IATA: SBP, ICAO: KSBP, FAA LID: SBP), also known as McChesney Field, is an airport located in San Luis Obispo, California serving San Luis Obispo County. ... The city of San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo (also SLO) is the county seat of San Luis Obispo County, California, USA. Luis is pronounced as Lewis. ... Santa Barbara Airport (IATA: SBA, ICAO: KSBA), also known as Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, is a public airport located 7 miles (11 km) west of the city of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara County, California. ... Goleta is a city located in southern Santa Barbara County, California. ...


Rail

The Santa Maria Valley Railroad (SMVRR) is a shortline freight railroad to Guadalupe. Main business includes storage of railroad cars when northern California and southern California storage area are full. This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... Southern city limit Guadalupe is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. ...


The nearest train station with long-distance Amtrak service is in Guadalupe, to which Amtrak provides bus service from Santa Maria. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner provides twice daily service in each direction, running to Paso Robles to the north and to San Diego via Los Angeles to the south. Passengers bustle around the typical grand edifice of Londons Broad Street station in 1865. ... The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... Southern city limit Guadalupe is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. ... // Northbound Pacific Surfliner Cab Car crosses Carlsbad Village Dr. in Carlsbad, Ca. ... Paso Robles (full name: El Paso de Robles) is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. ... San Diego redirects here. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ...


Bus

SMAT, Santa Maria Area Transit, is a local bus service provided by both city and county-run lines, it has recently expanded its services during the evening that stretch to 10:15 P.M. Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) is a bus service local to Santa Maria, California, provided by both city and county-run lines, it has recently expanded its services during the evening that stretch to 10:15 P.M. Santa Maria Area Transit Categories: | | | ...


San Luis Obispo RTA also runs the line 10 that travels between Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo primarily on weekdays, with three trips in each direction on Saturdays & Sundays. It costs $1.75.


The Breeze Bus provides service to Lompoc, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Santa Maria.


Long-distance intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines. This article is about the US bus line. ...


Education

Santa Maria-Bonita School District (SMBSD) educates grades K-8. The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (SMJUHSD) runs the 3 primary public high schools in the area including Santa Maria High School, Pioneer Valley High School, and Ernest Righetti High School. There are also two notable private high schools in the valley, St. Joseph High School, a private Catholic high school, and Valley Christian Academy. Delta High School is a continuation school also overseen by the high school district,and Peter.B Fitzgerald Community school which is run by the Santa Barbara County Board of Education. Allan Hancock College is a two year community college located in the city. There is also a Freshman Academy for students who do not do well in a big environment or who need extra help. Recently approved was charter school Mark Twain Academies, headed by Rick Jimison, currently an Ernest Righetti High School teacher. The charter school is set to open for the 2010/2011 school year. And Allan Hancock College also has an excellent Computers and You series of classes for Seniors. The Santa Maria-Bonita School District in Santa Maria, California, has 19 schools (K-8) and has 13,000 students enrolled. ... Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is comprised of 4 high schools (Delta, Ernest Righetti, Santa Maria, and Pioneer Valley) located in Santa Maria, California. ... Santa Maria High School is one of the four primary high schools in the city of Santa Maria, California, the United States. ... Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is comprised of 4 high schools (Delta, Ernest Righetti, Santa Maria, and Pioneer Valley) located in Santa Maria, California. ... St. ... Delta High School is located in Delta, Utah. ... The Allan Hancock College logo Allan Hancock College is a California public community college located in northern Santa Barbara County. ...


Culture

Tri-Tip and Santa Maria Style BBQ

Santa Maria is most notable for its wine and barbecue. The tri-tip steak has its roots in Santa Maria, and is often still known simply as "Santa Maria steak." The tri-tip is a cut of beef from the bottom sirloin. It is a small triangular muscle, usually 1.5 to 2.5 lbs. (675 to 1,150g) per side of beef. In the United States, this cut was typically used for ground beef or sliced into steaks until the late 1950s, when it became a local specialty in Santa Maria. "Santa Maria Style" barbecue is usually used in reference to the seasoning of tri-tip or other meats (most notably top sirloin, or "top block") when rubbed with salt, pepper, and spices and cooked whole on a rotisserie or grilled over local red oak wood. The side dishes complimenting a typical Santa Maria Style barbecue generally consist of linguica sausage, garlic bread, pinquito beans, and a salad. Barbecue sauce is rarely, if ever, suggested in Santa Maria-style tri-tip dinners. Binomial name Quercus rubra L. The Northern red oak, Quercus rubra (Quercus borealis in some older references), is an oak in the red oak group (Quercus section Lobatae). ... Linguiça (pronounced leen-GWEES-a) is a form of Portuguese pork sausage seasoned with onions, garlic, and pepper. ... This article is about the prepared meat. ... Garlic bread is a kind of bread that contains garlic. ...


Wine

Santa Maria, along with neighboring Lompoc, Los Alamos and Santa Ynez Valleys, combine to create one of the nation's largest wine-producing regions. This northern Santa Barbara County enclave, which has recently been in the spotlight with the production of 2004's movie Sideways, is often referred to as "Santa Barbara" wine country because it is in Santa Barbara County. Sideways is a 2004 Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning comedy/drama film, co-written and directed by Alexander Payne. ...


Notable People from Santa Maria

Tori Thompson Tori Dawn Thompson (born October 25, 1993) is an American singer and actress from Santa Maria, California. ... Taylor Marie Thompson (born February 24, 1992) is an American singer from Santa Maria, California. ... Jane Russell (born June 21, 1921) is an American actress and former sex symbol. ... Aurora Snow (born November 26, 1981 in Santa Maria, California[3]) is the pseudonym of an American pornographic actress and occasional director. ... Bradford N. Smith (born May 12, 1991) is a character actor, and creator of his own good luck tokens. ... Charles Chuck Negron (born 8 June 1942) is an American singer, best known as one of the three lead vocalists in the band, Three Dog Night. ... Milford Zornes is a West Coasts watercolor artist and teacher. ... Kathleen Doyle Bates (born June 28, 1948) is an Academy Award-winning American theatrical, film, and television actress, and a stage and television director. ... James Wesley Marsters (born August 20, 1962) is an American actor and musician, best known for playing the popular platinum-blond character Spike, an English of a vampire, in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel. ... There are a number of people named Jeff Wilson. ... Jeffrey Combs Jeffrey Combs (born 9 September 1954) is a character actor best known for his horror film roles. ... Boyd Gaines is an American actor born on May 11, 1953. ... Harry Groener (born 10 September 1951 in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany) is an American actor and dancer, best known for playing Mayor Wilkins in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 3). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Mark Harelik (born June 5, 1951 in Hamilton, Texas, U.S.) is an American television, film, and stage actor. ... Tim Kring in 2006 Richard Timothy Tim Kring (born July 9, 1957 in El Dorado County, California, USA) is the creator of American television series Heroes, Crossing Jordan and Strange World. ... Carlos Ray Chuck Norris (born on 10 March 1940) is an American martial artist, action star, Hollywood actor, and recently, an internet phenomenon, who is best known for playing Cordell Walker on Walker, Texas Ranger. ... For other uses, see Tom Jones (disambiguation). ... Jeff McCarthy is an American character actor who has appeared in television, theatre and films. ... Kelly McGillis (born July 9, 1957 in Newport Beach, California, USA) is an American actress, whose notable movies include Witness (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), Top Gun and The Accused. ... Ken Zampese (July 19, 1967) is an American Football coach. ... Ernie Zampese (March 12, 1936) is a highly respected assistant American Football coach. ... Robin Mark Ventura (born July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, California) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Chicago White Sox. ... James Francis Jimy Williams (born October 4, 1943 in Santa Maria, California) is a former manager in Major League Baseball. ... Mark Allen Brunell (born September 17, 1970 in Santa Maria, California) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. ... John Marshall (born October 2, 1945) is an American coach for the Seattle Seahawks. ... Marla Runyan is a marathon runner who is legally blind. ... Abel Maldonado (born August 21, 1967) is a Republican U.S. politician, who is currently a California State Senator and a candidate for California State Controller. ... Chet Helms, or Chester Leo Helms, (August 2, 1942 to ~June 25, 2005), born in Santa Maria, California, was the eldest of three sons born to Chester and Novella Helms. ... Admiral Owen Wesley Siler (born January 10, 1922) served as the fifteenth Commandant of the United States Coast Guard from 1974 to 1978. ... Commandant is a military or police title or rank and can mean any of the following: The commander of certain military corps and services, such as the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Commandant of the Coast Guard in the United States or the Commandant of the (now obsolete... USCG HH-65 Dolphin USCG HH-60J JayHawk USCG HC-130H departs Mojave USCG HC-130H on International Ice Patrol duties The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is at all times a branch of the U.S. military, a maritime law enforcement agency, and a federal regulatory body. ...

Trivia

  • Some claim that the legend of Zorro was based on the life of Solomon Pico, a murderous bandit who camped in the Santa Maria hills. To this day, a few people climb the Solomon Hills looking for treasure that Pico allegedly buried.
  • The Minerva Clubhouse in Santa Maria was designed by Julia Morgan, famed architect of Hearst Castle.
  • From 1962-1963, John Madden was head coach for Santa Maria’s Allan Hancock College football team. He was also Assistant Coach in 1961. Future NFL coaching legend Ernie Zampese would succeed him at Hancock.
  • The 1923 Cecil B. DeMille silent movie, The Ten Commandments, was filmed in the Guadalupe/Nipomo Dunes Preserve. The set was gradually buried beneath the sand due to weather and wind, however, an effort is being made to begin its excavation.
  • Named after G. Allan Hancock, Santa Maria’s Hancock College of Aeronautics was the primary training center for fighter pilots during World War II.
  • In 1874, Santa Maria was originally named “Grangerville,” after The Grange—the first store in town. Later, the name was changed to “Central City,” due to its location between Sisquoc and Guadalupe.
  • The Santa Maria Valley town of Guadalupe is home to the oldest Buddhist temple in California.
  • Santa Maria is also home to the headquarters of special effects company, CAFEFX.
  • The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is the oldest high school district in California.

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External links

  1. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  • Santa Maria, California is at coordinates 34°57′05″N 120°26′00″W / 34.951377, -120.433373 (Santa Maria, California)Coordinates: 34°57′05″N 120°26′00″W / 34.951377, -120.433373 (Santa Maria, California)

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