Santa Maria is a metro city in California’s Central Coast region. It’s known for its wine industry, and great Santa Maria-style barbecue, a local specialty. West of the city is the coastal area of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes which stretch down the Pacific Coast.
Santa Maria is a popular and convenient residential community for locals in Santa Barbara County due to it being more affordable than other locations. Santa Maria is also typically cooler than other southern areas of the county, and offers more commercial opportunity and basic services.
The Santa Maria Valley is home to local residents that live and work in many newer and more affordable areas of Santa Barbara County. Santa Maria is approximately 160 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The estimated population is about 106,000 thousand people, making it the most populous city in Santa Barbara County. Santa Maria is approximately 30 minutes from San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and 20 minutes to the beach towns of Pismo Beach and the popular Avila beach coast.