Introduction to Carpinteria, California

Carpinteria, California, in Santa Barbara county, is 10 miles E of Santa Barbara, California (center to center) and 76 miles W of Los Angeles, California. The city is included in the Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - Lompoc metropolitan area. 

Carpinteria History

The Chumash tribals were the original inhabitants of the area. The region had naturally-occurring surface tar, and this was of great use in sealing the boats made by the tribal people, who had a large canoe-building enterprise, or a 'carpentry shop.' When the Spanish came, they named the area Carpentaria.

Carpinteria and nearby Attractions

  • Carpinteria Valley Museum of History
  • Carpinteria Civic Center
  • Carpinteria Branch Santa Barbara Public Library
  • Seaside Theatre
  • Veterans Memorial Hall
  • Franklin Creek

Things To Do In Carpinteria

The charming coastal city boasts of beautiful beaches and breathtaking mountain views. Carpinteria Beach has a gentle slope and calm waves, and seals and sea lions can be seen here through the months of December to May. Occasionally gray whales can also be spotted in the serene waters. The Carpinteria Valley Museum of History and the Public Library are ideal places for visitors interested in the historical background of the city. The area also has a couple of tranquil creeks and a number of churches that retain the old-world charm. Other places of interest include the Seaside Theatre and the amusement parks that offer entertainment opportunities for adults and children alike. Enthusiastic shoppers can also browse through the shops in the Casitas Plaza Shopping Center.

Carpinteria Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.

Carpinteria Higher Education

Santa Barbara City College serves the area.


Total Population 13,449
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 17.5%
Employed Population 16+ 6,963
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 51.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.9%
Median Earnings25+ $37,892
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,429
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,308


Median Family Income $88,395
% Above Poverty Level 90.7%
% Below Poverty Level 9.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.7%
% Using Public Transportation 3.2%


People Living Alone 26%
Median Gross Rent $1,500
Median House Value $574,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.3%
Irish 10.6%

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

Carpinteria Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles E of Santa Barbara, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 76 miles W of Los Angeles, California
County Santa Barbara
Metro Area Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - Lompoc
Standard Zip Codes 93013
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93014
Phone Area Codes 805
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.398
Longitude -119.517

Carpinteria Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 65 F
Apr Temp 50 to 69 F
Jul Temp 59 to 75 F
Oct Temp 55 to 73 F
Annual Precip 18.5 inches
Station OJAI
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 68 F
Apr Temp 44 to 75 F
Jul Temp 56 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 82 F
Annual Precip 21.7 inches
Distance 51.7 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 49 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 51 to 68 F
Annual Precip 12.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Goleta 30,541 $97,510
Ojai 7,587 $86,960
Oxnard 203,495 $60,104
Santa Barbara 90,401 $82,061

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

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Carpinteria High Schools

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Serves 855 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.9

A Non-traditional School
Serves 49 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

A Non-traditional School
Serves 10 students.

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