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Overview

Introduction to Goleta, California

The city of Goleta is located in southern Santa Barbara County's Goleta Valley on the central coast of California, approximately 8 miles northwest of Santa Barbara and 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Nestled between Los Padres National Forest's Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the city is serviced by U.S. Route 101 and is close to California State Highway 154.

Goleta History

The name "Goleta" (Spanish for small ship or schooner) officially appeared on the landscape in 1875 with the establishment of a local post office. The name was chosen because of the original land grant (La Goleta) which defined the area. Around the turn of the 20th century, the Southern Pacific Railroad established rail lines through the area, and in the 1930s a local airport was built. The airport was expanded and improved with Navy funds during World War II, when it became part of the Marine's Flying Leatherneck base. After the war, the airport was turned over to the City of Santa Barbara and later annexed to that city as their airport. The area's landscape, characterized by farms, dairies and ranches, changed in the 1950s concurrent with the arrival of the University of California campus and the establishment of many aerospace companies. The former farming region began a transformation to a high technology research area and an urban bedroom community. Often referred to as "Silicon Beach," Goleta Valley today is characterized by high technology, including diversified electronics, telecommunications and remote sensing manufacturing industries. After many years of being the largest unincorporated area in the county, Goleta was finally incorporated as a city in 2002.

Goleta Attractions

Historical sites in Goleta include the Stow House, an 1872 structure stocked with period furnishings. The grounds include the Goleta History Museum, a working Blacksmith Shop, a Maritime Museum and Carriage House. Also in Goleta is the South Coast Railroad Museum, whose waiting rooms have been restored and are open to the public. The city's premiere annual event is the Goleta Lemon Festival. The event, held on two weekend days in October, was at various times in its history known as the Goleta Magnolia Festival, Goleta Valley Fair and Goleta Valley Days Festival. In 1992 the festival acquired its present name owing to the long history of the lemon industry in the Goleta Valley and variety of delicious recipes available using lemons. The festival is now a total community event with local service clubs providing food booths featuring all things lemon, including lemonade, lemon cake, lemon chicken, lemon yogurt and even a Lemon Pie Baking and Eating Contest.

Demographics

People

Total Population30,671
Male Share of the Population49.9%
Female Share of the Population50.1%
Senior Citizens15.6%
Employed Population 16+15,713
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married44.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher41.7%
Median Earnings25+$43,687
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$33,502
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,512

Wealth

Median Family Income$94,069
% Above Poverty Level91.6%
% Below Poverty Level8.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.6%
% Using Public Transportation3.4%

Housing

People Living Alone25.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,708
Median House Value$650,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)51%
German10.5%
Irish8.8%
English8.7%
Italian3.5%
French Except Basque2.8%
Polish2.1%
Scottish2.1%
Norwegian1.7%
Swedish1.6%
Danishn1%
Dutch1%
Russian0.9%
Welsh0.9%
Arab0.7%
Greek0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
African0.5%
Swiss0.4%
US/American0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Slovak0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Afghan)0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Zimbabwean0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Belizean0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
South African0.1%
Basque0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
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Goleta Almanac

CategoryValue
County Santa Barbara County
Standard Zip Codes93117, 93110, 93111
P.O. Box Zip Codes93116, 93118
Company Zip Codes93199
Phone Area Codes805
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude34.49
Approximate Longitude-120.04

Goleta 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 MNCPL AP
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp41 to 65 F
Apr Temp48 to 70 F
Jul Temp57 to 77 F
Oct Temp52 to 75 F
Annual Precip16.9 inches
StationCACHUMA LAKE
Distance12.7 miles
Jan Temp40 to 66 F
Apr Temp44 to 74 F
Jul Temp53 to 91 F
Oct Temp48 to 83 F
Annual Precip21.8 inches
StationOJAI
Distance33.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Buellton5,021$80,000
Carpinteria13,553$88,204
Santa Barbara90,922$82,836
Solvang5,552$79,609

Goleta Public Schools

Brandon Elementary
195 Brandon Dr.
ZIP: 93117
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Dos Pueblos Charger Academy
7268 Alameda Ave.
ZIP: 93117
High
Dos Pueblos Senior High
7266 Alameda Ave.
ZIP: 93117
High
Total Enrollment 2208
Ellwood Elementary
7686 Hollister Ave.
ZIP: 93117
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
Goleta Valley Junior High
6100 Stow Canyon Rd.
ZIP: 93117
Middle
Total Enrollment 762
Isla Vista Elementary
6875 El Colegio Rd.
ZIP: 93117
Primary
Total Enrollment 477
Kellogg Elementary
475 Cambridge Ave.
ZIP: 93117
Primary
Total Enrollment 408
La Patera Elementary
555 N. La Patera Ln.
ZIP: 93117
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Learning Tree Preschool
401 N. Fairview Ave.
ZIP: 93117
Santa Barbara Charter
6100 Stow Canyon Rd.
ZIP: 93117
Primary
Total Enrollment 299

Goleta Private Schools

Coastline Christian Academy
5950 Cathedral Oaks Rd
ZIP: 93117
Elementary
Total Enrollment 89
Santa Barbara Montessori School
7421 Mirano Dr
ZIP: 93117
Elementary
Total Enrollment 97
Waldorf School Of Santa Barbara
401 N Fairview Ave
ZIP: 93117
Elementary
Total Enrollment 79
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