Who doesn't love Santa Barbara? Just recently, we bagged the number 1 spot as the best place to live because of the weather. It is true that undeniably, it is one of the most wonderful places to be, but it doesn't stop there, we've got more reasons for you:

5. The "American Riviera"

From the sea of red-roofed whitewashed buildings that go with a dramatic backdrop of mountains on top of the cerulean beach, one look and you'll know why. Located in between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara, California, possess a nearly perfect year-round climate, making it ideal for outdoor activities which draw tourists from around the world. The aroma of culture drifts from a multitude of museums and galleries that says a lot about the place rich culture and history.

4. An Outdoor Paradise

You can surf, bike, run, play beach volleyball, kayak or stroll out onto Stearns Wharf, a historic wooden pier dotted with shops and restaurants. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, an interactive marine education facility is a must visit destination.

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3. Best Schools 

Santa Barbara has 25 public elementary, middle and high schools. On top of it, are 29 private schools, and three high schools are recognized on U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools rankings.

2. A Safe Haven

Santa Barbara's crime rate is below the national rate, it has a lower crime rate than similarly sized metro areas. Which only makes it a relatively safer place to live

*Data sourced from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report.

1. Perfect Weather


According to the report, Santa Barbara offers fewer than 79 cloudy days per year, on average while the number of clear or partly cloudy days is about 286, with an average of six days below freezing and three days above 90 degrees.

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