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Montecito is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area in Santa Barbara County, California. As of the 2000 census, the CDP had a total population of approximately 10,000, although the boundaries are ill-defined. Montecito is among the wealthiest communities in the United States and is home to Oprah Winfrey and many high-profile personalities. It is east of, and directly adjacent to the city of Santa Barbara, occupying the eastern portion of the coastal plain south of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Portions of the town rise into the lower foothills of the range.
Montecito is located at 34°26'1" North, 119°37'55" West (34.433687, -119.631845).
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 10,000 people, 3,686 households, and 2,454 families residing in the CDP. 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 CDP 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 CDP 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 CDP 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 CDP is $70,077. 3.8% of the population and 2.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.6% of those under the age of 18 and 2.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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