Santa Barbara County is a county located in the southern region of the US state of California. As of the 2018 census, the population was 446,527.
The first settlement on the site of the modern city was founded on December 4, 1786, as a mission of the Spanish Franciscans and was named in honor of the Holy Great Martyr Barbara.
Santa Barbara is located approximately 140 kilometers northwest of Los Angeles on the Pacific Ocean. From the northeast, the city is surrounded by a mountain range, some peaks of which exceed a height of 1000 meters above sea level, protecting the settlement from continental winds.
Households in Santa Barbara County 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 an 8.95% annual growth.
From 2017 to 2018, employment in Santa Barbara County declined at a rate of -3.97%, from 219 thousand employees to 211 thousand employees.
The most common job groups, by the number of people living in Santa Barbara County, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (22,371 people), Management Occupations (20,911 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,678 people).
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