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Montecito, California

Montecito is a town located in Santa Barbara County, California. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 10,000. Montecito is among the wealthiest communities in the United States and is home to Oprah Winfrey and countless high-profile personalities.


Montecito is located at 34°26'1" North, 119°37'55" West (34.433687, -119.631845)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.2 km² (9.3 mi²). 24.2 km² (9.3 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 10,000 people, 3,686 households, and 2,454 families residing in the town. The population density is 413.8/km² (1,072.3/mi²). There are 4,193 housing units at an average density of 173.5/km² (449.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 94.03% White, 0.48% African American, 0.31% Native American, 1.29% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 2.14% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. 5.19% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 3,686 households out of which 25.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% are married couples living together, 7.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% are non-families. 27.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.41 and the average family size is 2.85.

In the town the population is spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 13.5% from 18 to 24, 16.6% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 46 years. For every 100 females there are 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $110,669, and the median income for a family is $130,123. Males have a median income of $81,719 versus $42,182 for females. The per capita income for the town is $70,077. 3.8% of the population and 2.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 2.6% are under the age of 18 and 2.2% are 65 or older.