Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Perfect weather and a location right on the coast surely add to the high quality of life in Santa Barbara. This California city is one of the most diverse and walkable. Students entertain themselves on State Street, which cuts through downtown Santa Barbara with a large array of bars and restaurants. Although innovation levels are high in large part thanks to the presence of the University of California-Santa Barbara, this affluent city may not be the most economical choice, with high rents and high unemployment.

#8 Santa Barbara, Calif.

POPULATION: 439,573
STUDENTS: 58,041
RANKING DETAIL:
#12 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#4 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#5 CITY ACCESS
#5 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#10 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#11 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#14 LABOR FORCE
#10 INNOVATION
#18 RENT

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