Santa Barbara County, CA

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Population

446,527

0.362% decline

Poverty Rate

15.4%


Median Age

34


Median Household Income

$77,472

8.95% growth

Number of Employees

210,598

3.97% decline

Median Property Value

$629,400

10.9% growth

About

In 2018, Santa Barbara County, CA had a population of 447k people with a median age of 34 and a median household income of $77,472. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Santa Barbara County, CA declined from 448,150 to 446,527, a -0.362% decrease and its median household income grew from $71,106 to $77,472, a 8.95% increase.

The population of Santa Barbara County, CA is 45.8% Hispanic or Latino, 43.9% White Alone, and 5.33% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Santa Barbara County, CA speak a non-English language, and 84.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Santa Barbara County, CA are University of California-Santa Barbara (6,734 degrees awarded in 2017), Santa Barbara City College (3,572 degrees), and Allan Hancock College (2,607 degrees).

The median property value in Santa Barbara County, CA is $629,400, and the homeownership rate is 52.4%. Most people in Santa Barbara County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Santa Barbara County, CA is 2 cars per household.

Santa Barbara County, CA borders Kern County, CA, San Luis Obispo County, CA, and Ventura County, CA.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Santa Barbara County, CA employs 211k people. The largest industries in Santa Barbara County, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,904 people), Educational Services (21,943 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (21,739 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($86,659), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,086), and Public Administration ($70,143).

Median household income in Santa Barbara County, CA is $77,472. Males in Santa Barbara County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,298. The income inequality in Santa Barbara County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.499, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$77,472

2018 value

± $3,718

8.95%

1 Year Growth

± 5.15%

Households in Santa Barbara County, CA have a median annual income of $77,472, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $71,106 in 2017, which represents a 8.95% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Santa Barbara County, CA compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$78,575

Average Male Salary

± $755

$62,298

Average Female Salary

± $633

In 2018, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in California by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $73,860 ± $1,174

  2. White

    $65,115 ± $611

  3. Two or More Races

    $54,912 ± $1,843

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in California by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Santa Barbara County, CA is from California.

0.499

2018 Wage GINI

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in California was 0.499 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.324% growth from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2018 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 15

  2. Census Tract 1.03

  3. Census Tract 26.04

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Santa Barbara County, CA was Census Tract 15 with a value of $156,125, followed by Census Tract 1.03 and Census Tract 26.04, with respective values of $150,889 and $135,313.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Santa Barbara County, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Santa Barbara County, CA (65.5k out of 424k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    45,214 ± 1,532

  2. Hispanic

    36,491 ± 1,371

  3. Other

    11,292 ± 827

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Santa Barbara County, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

211k

2018 Value

± 7,828

-3.97%

1 Year decline

± 5.56%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Santa Barbara County, CA declined at a rate of -3.97%, from 219k employees to 211k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Santa Barbara County, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (22,371 people), Management Occupations (20,911 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,678 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Santa Barbara County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Santa Barbara County, CA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (22,371 people), Management Occupations (20,911 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,678 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Santa Barbara County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (12.6 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.56 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.3 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Santa Barbara County, CA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($148,820), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($106,599), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($81,426).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

211k

2018 Value

± 7,828

-3.97%

1 Year decline

± 5.56%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Santa Barbara County, CA declined at a rate of -3.97%, from 219k employees to 211k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Santa Barbara County, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,904 people), Educational Services (21,943 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (21,739 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Santa Barbara County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Santa Barbara County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Santa Barbara County, CA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,904 people), Educational Services (21,943 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (21,739 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Santa Barbara County, CA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (9.29 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.23 times), and Educational Services (1.13 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Santa Barbara County, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($86,659), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,086), and Public Administration ($70,143).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $232B

  2. $172B

  3. $136B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $232B, followed by Mixed freight ($172B) and Gasoline ($136B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.7T

2020 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

46.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound California trade was $1.7T. This is expected to increase 46.3% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $71.8B

  2. $46.9B

  3. $34B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $71.8B, followed by Arizona with $46.9B and Washington and $34B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

90.7% of the population of Santa Barbara County, CA has health coverage, with 40.3% on employee plans, 22.7% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 15.5% on non-group plans, and 1.55% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Santa Barbara County, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Santa Barbara County, CA see 1324 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.16% increase from the previous year (1259 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1268 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 217 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,324 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Santa Barbara County, CA see an average of 1,324 patients per year. This represents a 5.16% increase from the previous year (1,259 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Santa Barbara County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.33%

Uninsured

40.3%

Employer Coverage

22.7%

Medicaid

10.6%

Medicare

15.5%

Non-Group

1.55%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Santa Barbara County, CA declined by 2.26% from 9.55% to 9.33%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Santa Barbara County, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Santa Barbara County, CA is home to a population of 447k people, from which 84.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 22.7% of Santa Barbara County, CA residents were born outside of the country (102k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Santa Barbara County, CA is composed of 205k Hispanic or Latino residents (45.8%), 196k White Alone residents (43.9%), 23.8k Asian Alone residents (5.33%), 9.75k Two or More Races residents (2.18%), 9.1k Black or African American Alone residents (2.04%), 2.38k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.533%), 834 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.187%), and 129 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0289%).

Age

Age by Nativity

29

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.4

In 2018, the median age of all people in Santa Barbara County, CA was 34. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 29, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Santa Barbara County, CA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Santa Barbara County, CA residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

22.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

102k people

22.6%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

101k people

As of 2017, 22.7% of Santa Barbara County, CA residents (102k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Santa Barbara County, CA was 22.6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,032,642 ± 46,722 people

  2. Philippines

    840,765 ± 22,271 people

  3. China

    696,409 ± 20,307 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,032,642 California residents, followed by Philippines with 840,765 and China with 696,409.

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Citizenship

84.8%

2018 Citizenship

85.4%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 84.8% of Santa Barbara County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Santa Barbara County, CA was 85.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    205k ± 10k

  2. White Alone

    196k ± 509

  3. Asian Alone

    23.8k ± 1.08k

In 2018, there were 1.05 times more Hispanic or Latino residents (205k people) in Santa Barbara County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 196k White Alone and 23.8k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Santa Barbara County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,376 ± 1,107

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,827 ± 1,036

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,430 ± 697

Santa Barbara County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.53 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Santa Barbara County, CA awarded 14,373 degrees. The student population of Santa Barbara County, CA is skewed towards women, with 26,329 male students and 30,895 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Santa Barbara County, CA are White (5,745 and 43.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (4,425 and 33.3%), Asian (1,478 and 11.1%), and Two or More Races (824 and 6.2%).

The largest universities in Santa Barbara County, CA by number of degrees awarded are University of California-Santa Barbara (6,734 and 46.9%), Santa Barbara City College (3,572 and 24.9%), and Allan Hancock College (2,607 and 18.1%).

The most popular majors in Santa Barbara County, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,157 and 15%), Biological & Physical Sciences (638 and 4.44%), and Sociology (555 and 3.86%).

The median tuition costs in Santa Barbara County, CA are $30,355 for private four year colleges, and $11,502 and $39,516 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 389 degrees awarded

  2. 512 degrees awarded

  3. 479 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Santa Barbara County, CA was General Communication with 389 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Santa Barbara County, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 6,734 degrees awarded

  2. 3,572 degrees awarded

  3. 2,607 degrees awarded

$11,502

Median In-State Public

$30,355

Median Private

In 2017, the Santa Barbara County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of California-Santa Barbara with 6,734 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

6,213

Degrees Awarded to Men

8,160

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 6,213 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Santa Barbara County, CA, which is 0.761 times less than the 8,160 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Santa Barbara County, CA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,745 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    4,425 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    1,478 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Santa Barbara County, CA were to White students. These 5,745 degrees mean that there were 1.3 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 4,425 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Santa Barbara County, CA was $629,400 in 2018, which is 2.74 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $567,600 to $629,400, a 10.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Santa Barbara County, CA is 52.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Santa Barbara County, CA have an average commute time of 20.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Santa Barbara County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$629,400

2018 Median

± $34,071

$567,600

2017 Median

± $43,640

In 2018, the median property value in Santa Barbara County, CA grew to to $629,400 from the previous year's value of $567,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Santa Barbara County, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Santa Barbara County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$77,472

Median Household Income

± $3,718

146k

Number of Households

± 6,126

In 2018, the median household income of the 146k households in Santa Barbara County, CA grew to $77,472 from the previous year's value of $71,106.

The following chart displays the households in Santa Barbara County, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Santa Barbara County, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Santa Barbara County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

52.4%

2018 Homeownership

51.1%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 52.4% of the housing units in Santa Barbara County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 51.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Santa Barbara County, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Santa Barbara County, CA have a shorter commute time (20.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.44% of the workforce in Santa Barbara County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    67.7%

  2. Carpooled

    14.9%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.59%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Santa Barbara County, CA was Drove Alone (67.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (14.9%) and those who Worked At Home (7.59%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Santa Barbara County, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Santa Barbara County, CA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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