Isla Vista, CA

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2022 Population
14,722
6.42% 1-year decline
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
21.1
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
72.4%
1.34% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$23,121
3.28% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$1.08M
2022 Employed Population
6,920
9.17% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Isla Vista, CA had a population of 14.7k people with a median age of 21.1 and a median household income of $23,121. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Isla Vista, CA declined from 15,732 to 14,722, a −6.42% decrease and its median household income grew from $22,386 to $23,121, a 3.28% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Isla Vista, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (53.6%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (16.1%), White (Hispanic) (7.85%), Other (Hispanic) (7.38%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.62%).

None of the households in Isla Vista, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

88.7% of the residents in Isla Vista, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Isla Vista, CA are University of California-Santa Barbara (7,814 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Isla Vista, CA was $1.08M, and the homeownership rate was 1.41%.

Most people in Isla Vista, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 15.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Isla Vista, CA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Isla Vista, CA is home to a population of 14.7k people, from which 88.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 13.7% of Isla Vista, CA residents were born outside of the country (2.02k people).

In 2022, there were 3.34 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.9k people) in Isla Vista, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.37k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 1.16k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

88.7%
2022 Citizenship
87.1%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 88.7% of Isla Vista, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Isla Vista, CA was 87.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Isla Vista, CA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    7.9k ± 855
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    2.37k ± 472
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.16k ± 304
20.8%
Hispanic Population
3.06k people

In 2022, there were 3.34 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.9k people) in Isla Vista, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.37k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 1.16k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

20.8% of the people in Isla Vista, CA are hispanic (3.06k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,899,021 ± 46,015 people
  2. Philippines
    824,230 ± 22,055 people
  3. China
    685,370 ± 20,148 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 3,899,021 California residents, followed by Philippines with 824,230 and China with 685,370.

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Foreign-Born Population

13.7%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.02k people
15.6%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.46k people

As of 2022, 13.7% of Isla Vista, CA residents (2.02k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Isla Vista, CA was 15.6%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    40 ± 43
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    18 ± 37
  3. World War II
    12 ± 20

Isla Vista, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Isla Vista, CA employs 6.92k people. The largest industries in Isla Vista, CA are Accommodation & Food Services (1,868 people), Educational Services (1,328 people), and Retail Trade (978 people), and the highest paying industries are Construction ($43,438), Information ($16,910), and Manufacturing ($15,122).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $75,777. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

6.92k
2022 Value
± 740
−9.17%
1 Year decline
± 16%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Isla Vista, CA declined at a rate of −9.17%, from 7.62k employees to 6.92k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Isla Vista, CA, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,392 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,028 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (729 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Isla Vista, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

6.92k
2022 Value
± 740
−9.17%
1 Year decline
± 16%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Isla Vista, CA declined at a rate of −9.17%, from 7.62k employees to 6.92k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Isla Vista, CA, are Accommodation & Food Services (1,868 people), Educational Services (1,328 people), and Retail Trade (978 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Isla Vista, CA, though some of these residents may live in Isla Vista, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$14,076
Median earning men ± $5,040
$6,509
Median earning women ± $1,283

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Construction ($43,438), Information ($22,899), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($22,880).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Manufacturing ($14,565), Retail Trade ($11,004), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($10,540).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in California went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Isla Vista, CA awarded 7,814 degrees. The student population of Isla Vista, CA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 11,905 male students and 14,515 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Isla Vista, CA are White (2,473 and 36.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,870 and 27.7%), Asian (1,434 and 21.2%), and Two or More Races (590 and 8.74%).

The largest universities in Isla Vista, CA by number of degrees awarded are University of California-Santa Barbara (7,814 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Isla Vista, CA are Sociology (684 and 8.75%), Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (679 and 8.69%), and Experimental Psychology (474 and 6.07%).

The median tuition cost in Isla Vista, CA for a public four year colleges is $11,564 for in-state students and $41,636 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Isla Vista, CA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 25.8%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 17.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 26,420 (45.1% men and 54.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 26,420 students enrolled in Isla Vista, CA, 45.1% men and 54.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 8,418 records, of which 56.5% were women and 43.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 672 degrees awarded
  2. 656 degrees awarded
  3. 456 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Isla Vista, CA was Sociology with 672 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
7,814 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of California-Santa Barbara with 7,814 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 3,456 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Isla Vista, CA, which is 0.793 times less than the 4,358 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,473 degrees mean that there were 1.32 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,870 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($11,564) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($3,053) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,317) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 2.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.26% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (6.9M), High School or Equivalent (6.8M), and Bachelors Degree (6.36M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Isla Vista, CA was $1.08M in 2022, which is 3.82 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between N/A and 2022 the median property value increased from N/A to $1.08M, a N/A N/A. The homeownership rate in Isla Vista, CA is 1.41%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Isla Vista, CA have an average commute time of 15.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Isla Vista, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$1.08M
Median Property Value 2022
±$977,798
$67
Median Property Taxes
±$81

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Rent vs Own

1.41%
Homeownership
2022
100%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 1.41% of the housing units in Isla Vista, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 0.984%.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 29.24
  2. Census Tract 29.26

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Household Income

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$23,121
Median Household Income
± $4,241
4.76k
Number of Households
± 522

In 2022, the median household income of the 4.76k households in Isla Vista, CA grew to $23,121 from the previous year's value of $22,386.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Isla Vista, CA is from California.
0.498
2022 Wage GINI in California
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California

In 2022, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (50.1%)
  2. Bicycle (18.2%)
  3. Walked (14.8%)

In 2022, 50.1% of workers in Isla Vista, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who used a bicycle to get to work (18.2%) and those who walked to work (14.8%).

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Commute Time

15.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Isla Vista, CA have a shorter commute time (15.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.69% of the workforce in Isla Vista, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Isla Vista, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Isla Vista, CA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

72.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Isla Vista, CA (9.57k out of 13.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Isla Vista, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

93.8% of the population of Isla Vista, CA has health coverage, with 52.2% on employee plans, 9.82% on Medicaid, 1.59% on Medicare, 29.5% on non-group plans, and 0.747% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Santa Barbara County, CA see 1317 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.2% decrease from the previous year (1333 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1158 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 170 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,317 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Santa Barbara County, CA

Primary care physicians in Santa Barbara County, CA see an average of 1,317 patients per year. This represents a 1.2% decrease from the previous year (1,333 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Santa Barbara County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 7.04% under 18 years, 87.4% between 18 and 34 years, 3.47% between 35 and 64 years, and 2.11% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.9% were men and 53.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.18%
Uninsured
52.2%
Employer Coverage
9.82%
Medicaid
1.59%
Medicare
29.5%
Non-Group
0.747%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Isla Vista, CA declined by 15.7% from 7.34% to 6.18%.

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