About Santa Barbara County, California

Santa Barbara County
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Santa Barbara County is a county located in Southern California, with an estimated population of 457,961 as of the 2024 census. The county seat is Santa Barbara, which is also a coastal city situated on a south-facing section of coastline, between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The county is known for its strong sense of community, prime agricultural land, award-winning wineries, and attractive cultural and tourism opportunities. The county government includes 4,296 employees and a budget of $757 million, providing various services ranging from health services to law enforcement. The county derives its name from the Mission Santa Barbara, which was founded in 1786 by Padre Junipero Serra.

Here are 10 facts about Santa Barbara County, California:

1. Oldest Skeleton in North America: Santa Barbara is home to the oldest skeleton in North America, the Arlington Springs Man from Santa Rosa Island.

2. Settlement and Film Ties: The area has a rich history dating back over 13,000 years, with settlers, particularly the Chumash tribe, and strong film ties, as evidenced by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

3. Location and Population: Santa Barbara is located along the Pacific Coast, 92 miles north of Los Angeles, and has a population of approximately 446,475 residents in the entire county.

4. Moderate Climate: The region enjoys a moderate year-round Mediterranean climate, with temperatures ranging from 15-20 degrees Celsius or 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. Vineyards and Wineries: Santa Barbara County is home to 200+ vineyards on 21,349 acres, representing seven American Viticultural Areas.

6. Golf Courses: There are 6 golf courses in the area.

7. Largest Meeting Venue and Hotel: The Earl Warren Fairgrounds is the largest meeting venue, and the largest hotel offers 360 committable guestrooms with extensive meeting space.

8. Outdoor Recreation: The region boasts 55 parks, 8 public gardens, and an array of outdoor recreation and activities.

9. Major Attractions: Santa Barbara offers over 50 museums and galleries, El Presidio State Park, Old Mission Santa Barbara, and Channel Islands National Park.

10. Fun Facts: The Chumash people inhabited the area for about 13,000 years, making it a region with a deep historical significance.