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Overview for Goleta, CA

32,677 people live in Goleta, where the median age is 35 and the average individual income is $44,410. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

35 years

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Goleta Real Estate

This city just next door to Santa Barbara is an up-and-coming paradise that’s quickly becoming a popular place to spend time by the beach! With gorgeous natural beauty, pristine beaches, and lots of great shopping opportunities, Goleta is a wonderful place to call home.

Homes in Goleta are stunning, and it’s a fabulous place to find a deal—many properties are priced lower than other areas of Santa Barbara. From updated and comfortable condo units to sprawling ranch homes in the Goleta Foothills, there are plenty of beautiful homes close to the Pacific Ocean for you to fall in love with. It is highly advised that you contact a Goleta realtor if you're interested in getting your own slice of this paradise.

What to Love

  • Lots of shopping and dining
  • Family-oriented neighborhoods
  • Close to the ocean and beaches
  • Great outdoor recreation

People & Lifestyle

Due to the area’s natural beauty, Goleta is a peaceful place to call home. The area is very family-oriented, with great schools and lots of opportunities to get out into nature. Since Goleta’s boost in popularity is relatively recent, it’s not known as a major tourist destination, so you can enjoy the fabulous amenities without getting stuck in a crowd!

Families thrive in Goleta—they enjoy the amazing outdoor recreational activities, beautiful beaches, and stellar school system. Due to its proximity to the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, the Amtrak Goleta station, and the 101, the area is also great for commuters or people who frequently travel for business.

Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment

Goleta is home to three major shopping centers, which allow you to browse your favorite retailers and find some fun new shops to enjoy! The Camino Real Marketplace is one of Goleta’s best places for shopping. The popular Hollister Brewing Co. is located nearby, offering cold drinks and delicious food. Dine at Ai Sushi or enjoy stunning ocean views from the Ritz-Carlton’s outdoor fine dining restaurant, The Bistro. New restaurants and shops are added regularly.

Things to Do

Enjoy a variety of family-friendly outdoor activities, from paddleboarding at Goleta Beach to biking along Obern Trail or Lake Los Carneros. Goleta hosts great events throughout the year, from musical performances to yoga classes. The kids will love going on nature walks through the incredible Butterfly Preserve, located right in Goleta.


Goleta is known for its excellent schools within the Goleta Union School District. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Goleta Valley Junior High
  • Dos Pueblos High School

Other neighborhoods you might want to check

• Montecito
• Santa Barbara
• Hope Ranch
• Carpinteria
• Summerland

Featured Goleta Neighborhoods

Demographics and Employment Data for Goleta, CA

Goleta has 11,593 households, with an average household size of 2.8. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Goleta do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 32,677 people call Goleta home. The population density is 4,161.02 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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Median Age

51.38 / 48.62%

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Schools in Goleta, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Goleta. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Montessori Center School
PreK - 6th
No rating available
La Patera Elementary
K - 6th
Brandon Elementary
K - 6th
Ellwood Elementary
K - 6th
Coastline Christian Academy
K - 8th
No rating available
Dos Pueblos Senior High
9th - 12th
Goleta Valley Junior High
7th - 8th
Santa Barbara Charter
K - 8th
Kellogg Elementary
K - 6th

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