A coastal paradise of suburban elegance and vibrant community spirit.

Welcome to Goleta

Welcome to Goleta, a luxurious coastal paradise that seamlessly blends suburban elegance with a vibrant community spirit. Nestled along the stunning California coastline, this exquisite city offers a tranquil retreat from the bustling urban life while still providing easy access to modern amenities and conveniences. Discover a place where family-oriented neighborhoods thrive and full-time owner users create a sense of permanence and belonging.
Often overlooked compared to its neighboring cities, Goleta possesses its unique allure. As you explore the city, you'll find an abundance of family-friendly charm, immaculate neighborhoods, and a welcoming atmosphere. Here, you'll discover that Goleta exudes a sense of exclusivity, with mostly full-time owner users who work within the city, creating a tight-knit community where residents truly feel at home.

What to Love

  • This burgeoning community is a hub for engineering and tech companies
  • Goleta is generally known to have larger homes and lot sizes
  • Home to the University of California, Santa Barbara

Local Lifestyle

Goleta serves as a thriving economic hub, hosting renowned establishments such as the Santa Barbara Airport and the prestigious UC Santa Barbara. The city also has influential companies like Raytheon, Deckers (Ugg, Hoka, Teva, etc.), Appfolio, Yardi, and Teledyne, contributing significantly to the region's economic prosperity.
With its strong sense of community and economic vitality, Goleta stands as a driving force for the entire Santa Barbara area. Additionally, Goleta offers a little more bang for your buck than its glamorous neighbor, Santa Barbara.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

Embark on a culinary journey through Goleta's thriving dining and entertainment scene, where exquisite flavors and luxurious experiences await. Indulge your taste buds at the recently opened Oat Bakery, a charming gem nestled in Old Town Goleta. The delightful atmosphere and mouthwatering menu have quickly established it as a local favorite.
For a taste of Goleta's vibrant college culture, head to Freebirds, conveniently located in Isla Vista near UCSB. This legendary spot has become a staple for anyone who has ever set foot on campus, offering diverse burritos that satisfy even the most discerning appetites.
Immerse yourself in a delightful seafood experience at Captain Fatty’s Brewery, a go-to dining destination in Goleta. With its delectable dishes and lively atmosphere, this seafood haven promises a memorable culinary adventure. Indulge in their sensational seafood creations and savor every bite.
Experience a blend of craft brews and exquisite Asian flavors at Chois Market. This exceptional Asian grocery store offers a vast selection of Asian delights, from fresh produce to unique snacks and ingredients. Discover the essence of Asian cuisine and create mouthwatering dishes in the comfort of your own home.
Don't miss a visit to Deckers Brand Showcase, a hidden gem within the Deckers headquarters. Uncover the latest trends in footwear and immerse yourself in the world of renowned brands like Ugg, Hoka, and Teva. Treat yourself to stylish comfort while exploring their extensive selection. Additionally, Deckers Brand Showcase offers a delightful Korean food menu, showcasing the best of both worlds.

Things to Do

Discover the vibrant and engaging activities that Goleta has to offer. Join the community at the annual Lemon Festival, a lively celebration that showcases the city's zest for life. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, enjoy live music, and indulge in a variety of lemon-themed treats.
Sports enthusiasts can head to Girsh Park, a versatile recreational facility that hosts soccer clubs like AYSO and provides baseball fields for the community to enjoy. Engage in friendly competitions and embrace an active lifestyle surrounded by the city's stunning natural beauty.
UCSB's Arts & Lectures program brings world-class speakers and events to Goleta. Stay up to date with their diverse lineup of performances, lectures, and exhibitions, providing intellectual stimulation and entertainment for all.
Visit Lane Farms during the fall season for their renowned pumpkin patch. Bring the whole family and create unforgettable memories as you wander through the vibrant pumpkin patches, enjoy hayrides, and experience the joy of picking your own pumpkins.
For golf enthusiasts, Sandpiper Golf Club offers a stunning coastal setting. Enjoy a day on the green while being treated to breathtaking ocean views and perfectly manicured fairways. Immerse yourself in the serenity of this golfing paradise.


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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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

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.


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51.38 / 48.62%

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