Goleta Valley / Gaviota Coast

A diverse economy makes Goleta a great place to live, work, and play

Welcome to Goleta

Goleta the Goodland!


Goleta sits 8 miles west of the city of Santa Barbara and occupies the coastal plain between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Its rich agricultural history, excellent schools, and burgeoning economy make it a destination for families and young professionals,

What to Love

    • Family-friendly community with excellent schools
    • A vibrant economy and convenient shopping
    • Access to nature 

People & Lifestyle

Goleta is home to some of the area's largest employers and highest-rated schools making it a preferred location for young professionals and families alike. The town has a rich agricultural history and continues the tradition with vast lemon and avocado orchards and several urban farmstands, such as Fairview Gardens. Residents enjoy an active lifestyle and a temperate climate year-round.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Goleta has a number of excellent local coffee shops, including Goleta Coffee, Dune Coffee, and Old Town Coffee. These local shops are a great way to start your morning! For lunch, head to The Goodland Market, a grab-and-go eatery in Old Town Goleta, specializing in delicious, locally-sourced meals or grab a burrito at the authentic and acclaimed El Sitio and head to the beach to enjoy the ocean breeze. For a lovely dinner, visit Ca'Dario to enjoy a gourmet Italian meal and a glass of wine.

Goleta has several vibrant commercial corridors including the eclectic Old Town Goleta, the convenient Calle Real Shopping Center, and the newest addition, the Camino Real Marketplace.

Things to Do

Take your beach cruiser for a spin along the scenic bike path to Goleta Beach where you will find families and friends gathering for barbecues and outdoor activities. 

Between the months of November and February, visit the Goleta Butterfly Grove where you can witness the amazing migration of Monarch butterflies. Visitors can spend the day there exploring the large outdoor space, getting up close with the butterflies, and viewing several different species of birds. Adjacent to the grove, you will find the Ellwood Mesa, which is a 137-acre open space full of trails overlooking the beach.

Founded in 1959, the UCSB Arts & Lectures series presents more than a hundred events annually, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and a captivating film series. 

For the past 28 years, the Lemon Festival has been the biggest celebration in the Goleta area where you will find wonderful food, a fantastic family atmosphere, and variety of entertainment and activities.


Goleta is home to a number of excellent schools and colleges. Top educational institutions here include: 

      • Mountain View Elementary
      • Foothill Elementary
      • Kellogg Elementary
      • Goleta Family School
      • Santa Barbara Charter School
      • Montessori Center School
      • Dos Pueblos High School
      • University of California, Santa Barbara


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Overview for Goleta Valley / Gaviota Coast, CA

32,677 people live in Goleta Valley / Gaviota Coast, 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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Demographics and Employment Data for Goleta Valley / Gaviota Coast, CA

Goleta Valley / Gaviota Coast 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 Valley / Gaviota Coast 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 Valley / Gaviota Coast 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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Schools in Goleta Valley / Gaviota Coast, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Goleta Valley / Gaviota Coast. 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

Around Goleta Valley / Gaviota Coast, CA

There's plenty to do around Goleta Valley / Gaviota Coast, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Bake Your Day SB, 30 Acres, and Island View Outfitters.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.01 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.59 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.74 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.35 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.45 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.17 miles 35 reviews 5/5 stars
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