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American Riviera

Santa Barbara County encompasses more than 2,745-square miles of coastal mountains, verdant valleys and scenic coastline. Dating to 1850, the county government has a long history of excellent and responsive public service and sound fiscal principles.

The attractive seaside communities of the southern part of the county are situated on the scenic south-facing coastline, between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, while the north county includes picturesque cities and towns in rural settings.


A couple cycling in Santa Barbara County

Live, work + play

Well known as a visitor’s paradise, Santa Barbara County also touts a talented and highly skilled workforce, growing business sectors and quality institutions like UC Santa Barbara and Vandenberg Space Force Base that attract and retain businesses in the area.

Grapes hanging from a vine

Promoting vitality

Tourism, film, agriculture, wine, education, green technology and manufacturing, government research, healthcare and aerospace are among the industries the county cultivates through infrastructure, broadband and other enhancements and support.

Sun rises over the beach in Santa Barbara County

Community resilience

Throughout unprecedented disasters, county government has remained steadfast and focused, embracing and meeting challenges decisively using data, technology and innovation, while being adaptable and fiscally responsible to serve the public through each next normal.

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Budget, Finance, Economic Development Division
County Executive Office