Introduction to Guadalupe, California

Guadalupe, California, in Santa Barbara county, is 7 miles W of Santa Maria, California and 130 miles S of Fresno, California . The city is part of the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc metropolitan statistical area.

Guadalupe History

The city of Guadalupe was established in 1840. It was officially incorporated on August 3, 1946. The city's name honors the title given to Virgin Mary, 'Our Lady of Guadalupe.' The area of Santa Barbara County was first explored in 1542, when three Spanish ships landed in the area. The Spanish colonized Santa Barbara in 1769.

Guadalupe and Nearby Attractions

  • Santa Maria Museum of Flight.
  • La Purísima Mission Historic State Park.
  • Santa Maria Valley Historical Museum.
  • Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.
  • Pismo State Beach.

Things To Do In Guadalupe

Beachcombers will simply love going to Pismo State Beach as the area offers them with lots of outdoor activities like swimming, fishing, clam digging and hiking. Tourists can also check out the ancient La Purisma Mission Historic State Park built in 1787. This Spanish fort has been completely restored. The area is home to a number of local museums like Santa Maria Museum of Flight, Santa Maria Valley Historical Museum and others.

Guadalupe Transportation

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is nearby.

Guadalupe Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include Allan Hancock College, Cuesta College and the University of California-Santa Barbara.



Total Population7,218
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens8.6%
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population28


% of people married49.3%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher6.8%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$44,504
% Above Poverty Level81.1%
% Below Poverty Level18.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.4%
% Using Public Transportation5.8%


People Living Alone12.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,043
Median House Value$203,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)90.6%
French Except Basque0.4%
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Guadalupe Almanac

Nearest Medium City 7 miles W of Santa Maria, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City130 miles S of Fresno, California
County Santa Barbara County
Metro AreaSanta Barbara - Santa Maria - Lompoc
Standard Zip Codes93434
Phone Area Codes805
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Guadalupe Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance7 miles
Jan Temp39 to 64 F
Apr Temp43 to 68 F
Jul Temp54 to 74 F
Oct Temp48 to 74 F
Annual Precip14 inches
Distance14.4 miles
Jan Temp41 to 66 F
Apr Temp45 to 71 F
Jul Temp53 to 80 F
Oct Temp50 to 78 F
Annual Precip17.8 inches
Distance14.9 miles
Jan Temp43 to 65 F
Apr Temp46 to 69 F
Jul Temp53 to 71 F
Oct Temp51 to 73 F
Annual Precip17.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arroyo Grande17,720$85,144
Grover Beach13,409$59,155
Pismo Beach7,890$85,000
San Luis Obispo46,337$83,908
Santa Maria102,618$52,880
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Guadalupe Public Schools

Mary Buren Elementary
1050 Peralta St
(805) 343-2411
Total Enrollment 842
Kermit Mckenzie Junior High
4710 West Main St
(805) 343-1951
Total Enrollment 359
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