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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,552
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens25.5%
Employed Population 16+2,816
Age of the Population48

Families

% of people married50.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher40.2%
Median Earnings25+$36,647
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,949
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,291

Wealth

Median Family Income$79,609
% Above Poverty Level89%
% Below Poverty Level11%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home10.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work9.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone32.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,484
Median House Value$658,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.8%
German18.3%
English17.3%
Irish7.4%
Italian5.9%
Danishn4.9%
French Except Basque4.2%
Scottish4.1%
Swedish3.6%
Dutch3.5%
Norwegian2.3%
Canadian2.2%
Polish1.7%
Welsh1.4%
Finnish0.6%
Serbian0.6%
Croatian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Russian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Arab0.2%
Australian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Lithuanian0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
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Solvang Almanac

CategoryValue
County Santa Barbara County
Standard Zip Codes93463
P.O. Box Zip Codes93464
Phone Area Codes805
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude34.55
Approximate Longitude-120.14

Solvang Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCACHUMA LAKE
Distance9 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
StationSANTA BARBARA MNCPL AP
Distance19.8 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
StationPISMO BEACH
Distance50.2 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
Buellton5,021$80,000
Goleta30,671$94,069
Lompoc43,678$54,191

Solvang Hospitals

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital
(Non-profit)
2050 Viborg Road

Solvang Public Schools

Ballard Elementary
2425 Sch St.
ZIP: 93463
Primary
Total Enrollment 132
Solvang Elementary
565 Atterdag Rd.
ZIP: 93463
Primary
Total Enrollment 591
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