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Isla Vista, California
It is a census-designated place and beachside community west of the University of California, Santa Barbara, on a flat plateau about 30 feet in elevation, separated from the beach by a bluff. Many paths connect the town to the beach. In 1970, during the Vietnam War, Isla Vista gained notoriety with the burning of the Bank of America by student protesters and the death of student Kevin Moran at the hands of local law enforcement. Today, Isla Vista continues to be plagued by the stigma of a rowdy young student population whose infamous weekend parties on Del Playa have gained something of an international reputation, especially the annual Halloween party, although Halloween has become a tamer event in recent years due to increased police presence and enforcement of laws. Isla Vista is one of the lower-priced housing markets on the south coast of Santa Barbara county, which has some of the highest housing prices in the United States (the mean home price in Santa Barbara, ten miles east, passed $1,000,000 in June 2004); this situation has resulted in the student population sharing densely packed housing with a very poor working Hispanic population. Since Isla Vista has not been annexed by either Goleta and Santa Barbara, remaining unincorporated, only County funds are available for civic projects.
In the recent incorporation of Goleta, inland to the north and up the coast to the west, Isla Vista was deliberately excluded. While no official reason for the drawing of the Goleta boundaries was given, a plausible explanation was that the transient student residents would be unlikely to vote for incorporation of a town in which they were unlikely to have a vested interest.
Isla Vista has more bars per capita than permitted by local law, but new applications to serve alcohol continue to be honored by the county government. Isla Vista is also home to one of the most successful housing cooperatives in the State of California. Outside the co-op housing, Isla Vista is notorious for its "slumlords ", exorbitant per-month rents and poor parking availability.
Isla Vista enjoys a Mediterranean climate and often has slightly less precipitation than either Santa Barbara or the adjacent community of Goleta. Isla Vista is located on a south-facing portion of the Santa Barbara County coast, between two small peninsulas, Coal Oil Point and Campus Point, in view of the Channel Islands. During El Niņo years, precipitation in Isla Vista can be excessive and potentially dangerous. Homes and apartments built on the south side of Del Playa, most popular with students due to their direct ocean views and constant party atmosphere, are in danger of collapse, since they are built on quickly-eroding bluffs some sixty feet above the relentless Pacific Ocean. Recent erosion has exposed foundation supports in several of the properties closest to the university campus.
Isla Vista is located at 34°24'53" North, 119°51'38" West (34.414595, -119.860418).
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 18,344 people, 5,164 households, and 1,208 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 3,340.9/km² (8,635.2/mi²). There are 5,264 housing units at an average density of 958.7/km² (2,478.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 69.49% White, 2.10% African American, 0.64% Native American, 11.56% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 10.16% from other races, and 5.81% from two or more races. 20.01% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 5,164 households out of which 13.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 16.4% are married couples living together, 4.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 76.6% are non-families. 20.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 2.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.96 and the average family size is 3.21.
In the CDP the population is spread out with 8.6% under the age of 18, 73.4% from 18 to 24, 13.7% from 25 to 44, 3.1% from 45 to 64, and 1.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 21 years. For every 100 females there are 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 99.8 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP is $16,151, and the median income for a family is $26,250. Males have a median income of $23,381 versus $20,281 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $7,644. 62.8% of the population and 28.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 29.7% of those under the age of 18 and 3.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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