Located on the coast of Santa Barbara County and a city near Southern California, Santa Maria is situated northwest of Santa Barbara and is northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Santa Maria has a population of more than 100,000, thus, making it the most populous city in Santa Barbara County and of the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara metro area. The town has been notoriously famous for its Santa Maria-style barbecue and has been called by Sunset magazine as the "West's Best BBQ Town." The Santa Maria Valley stretches from the Santa Lucia Mountains and extends up to the Pacific Ocean and was considered to be the home of the Chumash people for thousands of years. At the start of the 19th century and after California gained its statehood, the city's rich oil has been attached to the farmers and the settlers. And by the end of the century, the Valley became one of the most productive agricultural areas in the whole of California.

Population 102,216  (30.90%)

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