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Demographics

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Links to demographics and statistics about the City of Santa Maria:

The City of Santa Maria’s population was estimated at 104,404 as of January 1, 2016, according to the California Department of Finance. This figure is updated each May.

City Profile – An overview of the City’s demographics, major employers, workforce, and history. This is part of the Adopted 2016-18 City Budget.

Monthly Labor Force Data (from the State's Employment Development Department)

Population Estimates – Annual population estimates of the State, counties and cities are provided by the Demographic Research Unit of the California Department of Finance. Information on housing units, vacancies, average household size, components of population change, and special populations are also available. The data are used in determining the annual appropriations limit for all California jurisdictions, to distribute State subventions to cities and counties, to comply with various State codes, and for research and planning purposes by Federal, State and local agencies, the academic community and the private sector. 

Census Quickfacts (with downloadable tables) 

2010 Census Profile of General Population Demographics and Housing Characteristics

2006-2010 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates for:

  1. Education, Marital Status, etc.
  2. Employment, Income

Regional Growth Forecast 2010-2040:
Adopted by the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments in December 2012, Regional Growth Forecast 2010-2040 presents forecasts of population and employment between 2010 and 2040 for Santa Barbara County, its major economic and demographic regions and its eight incorporated cities. The population and employment forecasts are prepared for all of the incorporated cities, including Santa Maria, and surrounding unincorporated areas.

The purpose of the forecast is to provide a set of consistent, countywide forecasts to the year 2040 for use in long range comprehensive planning. The forecast will serve as input towards development of:

  • Traffic forecasts (e.g., the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS))
  • Air Quality Plans
  • Regional Housing Needs Assessment
  • Growth policy data

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