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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,553
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens17.4%
Employed Population 16+6,986
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married50.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher34.4%
Median Earnings25+$37,455
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,274

Wealth

Median Family Income$88,204
% Above Poverty Level91.2%
% Below Poverty Level8.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.1%
% Using Public Transportation3.4%

Housing

People Living Alone23.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,631
Median House Value$605,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)45.9%
German11.1%
Irish10%
English10%
Italian5.9%
Swedish4%
Polish2.4%
Norwegian2.3%
French Except Basque2.1%
Scottish2.1%
Dutch1.1%
Hungarian0.9%
Portuguese0.7%
Russian0.7%
Arab0.6%
Danishn0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Syrian0.5%
African0.4%
Greek0.4%
Canadian0.3%
South African0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Finnish0.1%
US/American0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Carpinteria Almanac

CategoryValue
County Santa Barbara County
Standard Zip Codes93013
P.O. Box Zip Codes93014
Phone Area Codes805
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude34.43
Approximate Longitude-119.52

Carpinteria Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSANTA BARBARA
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp45 to 65 F
Apr Temp50 to 69 F
Jul Temp59 to 75 F
Oct Temp55 to 73 F
Annual Precip18.5 inches
StationOJAI
Distance16.6 miles
Jan Temp37 to 68 F
Apr Temp44 to 75 F
Jul Temp56 to 89 F
Oct Temp47 to 82 F
Annual Precip21.7 inches
StationSANDBERG
Distance51.7 miles
Jan Temp37 to 49 F
Apr Temp42 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp51 to 68 F
Annual Precip12.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Goleta30,671$94,069
Ojai7,581$94,063
Oxnard204,752$61,656
Santa Barbara90,922$82,836

Carpinteria Public Schools

Aliso Elementary
4545 Carpinteria Ave.
ZIP: 93013
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
Canalino Elementary
1480 Linden Ave.
ZIP: 93013
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Carpinteria Family
1480 Linden Ave.
ZIP: 93013
Primary
Total Enrollment 78
Carpinteria Middle
5351 Carpinteria Ave.
ZIP: 93013
Middle
Total Enrollment 485
Carpinteria Senior High
4810 Foothill Rd.
ZIP: 93013
High
Total Enrollment 648
Foothill Alternative High
4698 Foothill Rd.
ZIP: 93013
High
Total Enrollment 10
Rincon High (continuation)
4698 Foothill Rd.
ZIP: 93013
High
Total Enrollment 35

Carpinteria Private Schools

Cate School
1960 Cate Mesa Rd
ZIP: 93013
Secondary
Total Enrollment 276
Howard Carden
5315 Foothill Rd
ZIP: 93013
Elementary
Total Enrollment 72
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