Santa Barbara, CA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
Santa Barbara's Overall Cost Of Living
Higher Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Santa Barbara is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Santa Barbara, CA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Santa Barbara has an overall cost of living index of 198 which is 2.0x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only California, Santa Barbara has a cost of living index that's 1.4x higher than California's index of 140.

The standard of living in Santa Barbara ranks as #6302 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies Santa Barbara ranks as the #105 most expensive place in the Golden State.

Santa Barbara Cost Of Living Vs. California

Living Expense Santa Barbara California National Average
Overall 198 140 100
Services 110 111 100
Groceries 110 118 100
Health 107 113 100
Housing 386 196 100
Transportation 123 128 100
Utilities 146 118 100
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Santa Barbara, CA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in California, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic Santa Barbara California United States
Median Home Value $993,600 $475,900 $204,900
Median Rent $1,737 $1,429 $1,023
Median Income $74,798 $71,228 $60,293
Home Value To Income 13.3x 6.7x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.28x 0.24x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Santa Barbara

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Santa Barbara
Oxnard, CA 207,568 134 0.7x
Thousand Oaks, CA 128,481 170 0.9x
Camarillo, CA 67,543 152 0.8x
Moorpark, CA 36,274 161 0.8x
Goleta, CA 30,790 172 0.9x
Isla Vista, CA 27,690 144 0.7x
Fillmore, CA 15,598 127 0.6x
Carpinteria, CA 13,550 166 0.8x
Montecito, CA 8,611 334 1.7x
Mira Monte, CA 6,912 149 0.8x

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