Santa Barbara Ranked in Best Beach Towns to Live In

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A new survey has ranked Santa Barbara as one of the top 20 beach towns to live within the United States.

Coming at a solid ranking of 15, Santa Barbara was listed as one of WalletHub's 2021 Best Beach Towns to Live in.

WalletHub compared 191 cities across 62 key indicators of livability. They split the comparison into two categories, towns located by the ocean and by lakes. Their data set ranges from housing costs to share of for-sale waterfront homes to quality of beach water.

Santa Barbara was ranked 18th for median annual property taxes, 58th for foreclosure rates, 13th for nightlife establishments per capita, 10th for average daily COVID-19 cases in the past week per capita, and 1st in breweries per capita.

Congratulations to Santa Barbara for ranking 1st in breweries per capita!

Goleta was ranked as 30th on the list, Ventura was ranked as 48th, and Carpinteria as 50th.

The top five locations according to WalletHub are Naples, FL; Laguna Beach, CA; Lahaina, HI; Newport Beach, CA; and North Myrtle Beach, SC, respectively. 

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x01660 Jul 24, 2021 04:05 PM
Santa Barbara Ranked in Best Beach Towns to Live In

Other than the home prices, rent prices, homeless epidemic, arson wildfires, crazy drivers, ineffectual city council, extreme stratification and the elimination of the middle class, etc. But sure. If you have the money to own your own space company, Santa Barbara is just dandy!!!

jak Jul 25, 2021 07:54 AM
Santa Barbara Ranked in Best Beach Towns to Live In

A number of the cities on the list are quite affordable. Like almost every city on the list along the gulf coast. And if you don’t like any of them there are dozens of smaller, less known, and quieter beach towns scattered between the big ones that are on the list, most of which are fifteen minutes away from shopping, entertainment, etc.

Basicinfo805 Jul 24, 2021 08:32 PM
Santa Barbara Ranked in Best Beach Towns to Live In

WalletHub, whatever the F- that is, apparently hasn’t discovered that current Santa Barbara isn’t half the place it was even 20 years ago (not to mention 40) to live in. QOL has taken a real nosedive, that is, unless you’re homeless or a random 20-something who thinks the funk zone is just “amazing”.

jak Jul 25, 2021 08:10 AM
Santa Barbara Ranked in Best Beach Towns to Live In

These lists tend to be clickbait for the real estate industry who profit the most from high-priced properties in overhyped areas. In other words, places where the non-wealthy can aspire to tend to not make the grade no matter how attractive they are for Joe Sixpack. Case in point, Biloxi Mississippi where gas is currently two and a half bucks a gallon and ocean view condos are essentially all priced below a half a million and most are below a quarter million. A mile from the beaches detached single family homes can be had for around a hundred grand while there are jobs available nearby with six figure salaries.

Luvaduck Jul 25, 2021 11:49 AM
Santa Barbara Ranked in Best Beach Towns to Live In

Yeah,you get more for your money in there, but would you really like to live in Mississippi? Or much of the old CSA states? The weather and mentality that makes their vaccination-rate what it is in the face of all evidence of the risk would make it a no-go for me (and that's w/o examing closely each state's stats on education level, dependency on gov't handouts, domestic violence, disability, teen pregnancies, morbid obesity/diabetes and so forth.)

Byzantium Jul 25, 2021 01:03 PM
Santa Barbara Ranked in Best Beach Towns to Live In

Zillow Mississippi and get back to me - great opportunities and very much the New South. when you visit the state today. Heat of the Night was a long, long time ago. But take a look first at the housing values, and then compare its relatively poor standing for schools to California's, because they both consistently occupy the bottom 5% - but a heck of a lock cheaper for this distinction in MS.

a-1627239399 Jul 25, 2021 11:56 AM
Santa Barbara Ranked in Best Beach Towns to Live In

Lots of that beachfront property in Florida and the gulf is already in flood danger zones, and will soon be in the surf line. No wonder it's cheap. If you enjoy bugs and humidity, it's the place to be.

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