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Carpinteria, California

City of Carpinteria
Sunset on the beach (end of Linden Ave)
Sunset on the beach (end of Linden Ave)
Location in Santa Barbara County and the state of California
Location in Santa Barbara County and the state of California
City of Carpinteria is located in USA
City of Carpinteria
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
County Santa Barbara
Incorporated September 28, 1965[1]
Named for The carpentry shops in the former Chumash settlement of Mishopshno ("Correspondence"[2])
 • Mayor Gregg Carty[3]
 • State senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D)[4]
 • Assemblymember Das Williams (D)[4]
 • U. S. rep. Lois Capps (D)[5]
 • Total 9.272 sq mi (24.012 km2)
 • Land 2.586 sq mi (6.697 km2)
 • Water 6.686 sq mi (17.315 km2)  72.11%
Elevation[7] 33 ft (10 m)
Population (April 1, 2010)[8]
 • Total 13,040
 • Estimate (2013)[8] 13,532
 • Density 1,400/sq mi (540/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 93013-93014
Area code 805
FIPS code 06-11446
GNIS feature IDs 1652684, 2409990
GATV Channel 18[9]
Linden Avenue (looking away from the beach)
Linden Avenue (looking toward the beach)

Carpinteria is a small oceanside city located in southeastern Santa Barbara County, California, east of Santa Barbara and northwest of Ventura. The population was 13,040 at the 2010 census.

Carpinteria Beach is known for its gentle slope and calm waves in selected sandy areas but also good surfing swells in some of the more rocky areas.[10] Seals and sea lions can be seen in the area December through May at the rookery [11] in the nearby Carpinteria Bluffs,[12] as well as an occasional gray whale. Tidepools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopuses and sea urchins. A marathon-length round trip north of the rookery along the beach to Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara is possible, though passable only during low tide. A popular campground is located adjacent to the beach. There is bird watching at Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve.

Since 1987, the California Inc. magazine's 2010 500|5000 company listing) has its headquarters in Carpinteria.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 3.1
    • 2000 3.2
  • Climate 4
  • Economy 5
    • Top employers 5.1
  • Transportation 6
  • Arts and culture 7
  • Media 8
  • Education 9
  • Notable people 10
  • Notable locations 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13


In 1769, the Spanish Portola expedition came west along the beach from the previous night's encampment at Rincon. The explorers found a large native village on the point of land where Carpinteria Pier is today. The party camped nearby on August 17. Fray Juan Crespi, a Franciscan missionary travelling with the expedition, noted that "Not far from the town we saw some springs of pitch. The Indians have many canoes, and at the time were building one, for which reason the soldiers named this town La Carpinteria" (the carpentry shop).[13]

The Chumash people used the naturally occurring surface asphalt to seal their canoes, known as Tomols. Petroleum seeps are still visible along the beach bluffs at Tar Pits Park on the campground beach of Carpinteria State Beach. The three closest drilling platforms visible from the shore are within the Carpinteria Offshore Oil Field, the 50th-largest field in California.[14]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.2 square miles (24 km2), of which 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) is land and 6.7 square miles (17 km2) (72.11%) is water.

The city is located almost entirely in a "coastal zone". Immediately to the north of Carpinteria lie foothills and then a mountain range. Between the foothills and the populated area of the city is an agricultural zone.



The 2010 United States Census[17] reported that Carpinteria had a population of 13,040. The population density was 1,406.5 people per square mile (543.1/km²). The racial makeup of Carpinteria was 9,348 (71.7%) White, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6,351 persons (48.7%), 109 (0.8%) African American, 144 (1.1%) Native American, 296 (2.3%) Asian, 15 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 2,599 (19.9%) from other races, and 529 (4.1%) from two or more races.

The Census reported that 13,021 people (99.9% of the population) lived in households, 19 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 4,759 households, out of which 1,510 (31.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 2,305 (48.4%) were married couples living together, 597 (12.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 239 (5.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 293 (6.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 28 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,203 households (25.3%) were made up of individuals and 525 (11.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74. There were 3,141 families (66.0% of all households); the average family size was 3.23.

The population was spread out with 2,791 people (21.4%) under the age of 18, 1,267 people (9.7%) aged 18 to 24, 3,466 people (26.6%) aged 25 to 44, 3,717 people (28.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,799 people (13.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.5 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.

There were 5,429 housing units at an average density of 585.6 per square mile (226.1/km²), of which 2,347 (49.3%) were owner-occupied, and 2,412 (50.7%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.5%. 6,130 people (47.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 6,891 people (52.8%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census[18] of 2000, there were 14,194 persons, 4,989 households, and 3,332 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,250.8 people per square mile (2,029.8/km²). There were 5,464 housing units at an average density of 2,021.3 per square mile (781.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.40% White, 0.59% African American, 0.99% Native American, 2.38% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 18.09% from other races, and 4.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 43.50% of the population.

There were 4,989 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $47,729, and the median income for a family was $54,849. Males had a median income of $35,679 versus $30,736 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,563. About 7.1% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Carpinteria has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[19]

Climate data for Carpinteria, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 18
Average low °C (°F) 6
Average precipitation cm (inches) 10
Source: Weatherbase [20]


Top employers

According to the City's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[21] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 NuSil 354
2 Carpinteria Unified School District 272
3 Dako 230
4 Clipper Windpower 200
5 CKE Restaurants 170
6 AGIA 158
7 155
8 TE Connectivity 150
9 Helix Medical 146
10 PlanMember Services 93


The Carpinteria Amtrak Station is an Amtrak rail station stop located on Linden Avenue by the beach. It is served by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner from San Luis Obispo to San Diego.

Carpinteria MTD provides local bus service. VISTA provides commuter bus service to Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles.

Arts and culture

Carpinteria hosts an annual California Avocado Festival, with a history extending back to 1986.[22] Over 80,000 persons attend the three-day festival which takes place during the first weekend of October on Linden Avenue. The festival offers avocado products and locally made goods.


The city has a weekly newspaper called The Coastal View.


The city of Carpinteria is served by the Carpinteria Unified School District. It includes one high school, one middle (junior high) school, and three public elementary schools, one of which is an alternative school (K-6). The district also has an alternative high school. Other schools include: Howard Carden School, a private preK - 7 elementary school, Carpinteria Christian School, a Baptist K-8 school, Cate School, a private preparatory school and Pacifica Graduate Institute, home of the Joseph Campbell and Marija Gimbutas Library. This graduate school offers master's and PhD programs in depth psychology and mythology.

The Carpinteria Unified School District, which also includes the community of Summerland, and some outlying areas, includes the following:

Students at elementary schools prepared two web sites about Carpinteria for the year 2000[23] and 2001[24] International Schools CyberFair competitions.[25]

Notable people

Notable locations


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  14. ^ "2008 Report of the state oil & gas supervisor" (PDF). Department of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources. California Department of Conservation ("DOGGR 2009"). 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2010.  p. 63.
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  17. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Carpinteria city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  18. ^ "American FactFinder".  
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  23. ^ Carpinteria Valley Leaders
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  26. ^ "King of the liner notes, recording executive Stan Cornyn dies 81". Los Angeles Times. May 14, 2015. 
  27. ^ "House sale is in the cards for Dennis Miller". Los Angeles Times. January 10, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Director Robert Zemeckis walks 'The Walk' as a quixotic filmmaker". Los Angeles Times. September 24, 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Movies and television shows filmed in Carpinteria
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