Introduction to Solvang, California

Solvang, California, in Santa Barbara county, is 20 miles NW of Goleta, California and 114 miles W of Los Angeles, California. The city is included in the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc metropolitan area. 

Solvang History

The city of Solvang was founded in 1911 by a group of Danish educators. Prior to Danish settlement, the area was governed by Spanish rulers. The Danish educators wanted to escape the harsh winters of the Midwestern U.S., so they traveled west and settled in this area. The city's buildings reveal an enormous Danish influence.

Solvang and Nearby Attractions

  • Old Mission Santa Ines.
  • Hans Christian Andersen Museum.
  • Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park.
  • Elverhoj Museum of History.
  • El Capitan Beach State Park.

Things To Do In Solvang

The Hans Christian Andersen Museum and the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art are nearby. The Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park is a sandstone cave with preserved religious drawings of Chumash Native Americans. El Captain Beach State Park is the local airport.

Solvang Transportation

The San Luis County Regional Airport is nearby.

Solvang Higher Education

The University of California-Santa Barbara, Allan Hancock College and Santa Barbara City College are some of local colleges and universities.


Total Population 5,456
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 27.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,715
Age of the Population 50


% of people married 52.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $78,618
% Above Poverty Level 88.9%
% Below Poverty Level 11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 7.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 33.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,448
Median House Value $654,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.8%
US/American 0%
English 16.7%
Irish 7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Solvang Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 20 miles NW of Goleta, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 114 miles W of Los Angeles, California
County Santa Barbara
Metro Area Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - Lompoc
Standard Zip Codes 93463
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93464
Phone Area Codes 805
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.595
Longitude -120.136

Solvang Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 9 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 66 F
Apr Temp 44 to 74 F
Jul Temp 53 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 83 F
Annual Precip 21.8 inches
Distance 19.8 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 65 F
Apr Temp 48 to 70 F
Jul Temp 57 to 77 F
Oct Temp 52 to 75 F
Annual Precip 16.9 inches
Distance 50.2 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 65 F
Apr Temp 46 to 69 F
Jul Temp 53 to 71 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 17.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Solvang, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Ballard (93463)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buellton 4,977 $84,289
Goleta 30,541 $97,510
Lompoc 43,428 $51,629

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Solvang Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(805) 688-6431
Emergency Service: Yes

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