The town boasts some of the safest and most beautiful beaches in the area.

Welcome to Carpinteria

Carpinteria, nestled in the southeastern corner of Santa Barbara County, is a charming small town renowned for its relaxed atmosphere and natural beauty. Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbors, Carpinteria offers a unique blend of small-town charm and coastal living. The town boasts some of the safest and most beautiful beaches in the area, including the famous Carpinteria State Beach. Known for its gentle waves and scenic backdrop, it's a popular spot for swimming, surfing, and family outings. Carpinteria maintains a close-knit community vibe, with local shops, restaurants, and businesses that add to its distinct character. The town is surrounded by lush agricultural land, contributing to its rural feel and providing residents with fresh, local produce.

Housing Market:

  • Carpinteria's housing market is more modest compared to the luxury markets of nearby Santa Barbara and Montecito.
  • The area offers a range of housing options, from beachfront condos to family homes, catering to diverse lifestyles and budgets.
  • While more affordable than its upscale neighbors, Carpinteria's real estate market has been steadily growing due to its appeal as a quieter alternative to the busier Santa Barbara area.


  • Life in Carpinteria is laid-back and community-oriented, with a strong emphasis on outdoor activities and enjoying the natural surroundings.
  • The town is home to several parks, nature preserves, and easy access to hiking trails, making it ideal for nature enthusiasts.
  • Carpinteria also hosts various community events throughout the year, including the famous Avocado Festival, which celebrates the town's agricultural heritage.


  • Carpinteria is served by the Carpinteria Unified School District, which includes several elementary schools, a middle school, and Carpinteria High School.
  • The schools in the area are known for their small class sizes, community involvement, and range of extracurricular activities.


  • The architectural style in Carpinteria is diverse, featuring a mix of traditional Californian bungalows, beach cottages, and modern homes.
  • Many homes are designed to blend seamlessly with the town's natural beauty and laid-back coastal lifestyle.


  • The dining scene in Carpinteria is a mix of local favorites and casual eateries, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
  • The town offers a variety of dining options, from seafood restaurants to cozy cafes, reflecting its agricultural roots and coastal location.

Drive Times:

  • Carpinteria is conveniently located off Highway 101, providing easy access to Santa Barbara, Ventura, and other neighboring communities.
  • The town's location makes it an ideal spot for those who want to enjoy a quieter lifestyle while still being within a reasonable commute to larger urban areas.

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Overview for Carpinteria, CA

13,289 people live in Carpinteria, where the median age is 40.6 and the average individual income is $43,708. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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40.6 years

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Around Carpinteria, CA

There's plenty to do around Carpinteria, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Lost & Found Cafe, Seastrand, and Christie's Chateau.

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Dining 1.5 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.5 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 1.39 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 1.38 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Carpinteria, CA

Carpinteria has 4,958 households, with an average household size of 2.67. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Carpinteria do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 13,289 people call Carpinteria home. The population density is 5,133.99 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Carpinteria, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Carpinteria. 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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Canalino Elementary
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