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.
|Living Expense||Santa Barbara||California||National Average|
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.
|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|