The City of Goleta is located in southern California on the south coast of Santa Barbara County, approximately 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles and ten miles west of the City of Santa Barbara. The City stretches approximately 8 square miles along the beautiful south coast, within a narrow coastal plain of exceptional natural beauty between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
Incorporated in 2002, the City of Goleta is home to 30,000 residents and a progressive, entrepreneurial business community. Goleta is a safe and active community that prides itself on the high quality of life available to its residents. In fact, in 2008, CNN Money listed Goleta as one of the “Best Places to Live.”
The Goleta community exemplifies diversity and balance in areas such as: single-family homes and multi-family apartments; new start-ups and long-established and thriving businesses; quiet neighborhood streets and smoothly flowing freeways; tree canopies and wide open spaces; organic farms and high technology manufacturing; a busy Old Town commercial district, shopping centers, and lively local farmers’ markets; diverse scenic views that include ocean and island vistas as well as the backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains and foothills; and a range of opportunities for passive recreation and active sports.