Homes for sale in Summerland, California
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About Summerland, California
Summerland is a small Santa Barbara County coastal community with an area of two square miles and a population of approximately 2,000.
In the 1890’s oil production began on the coast and the Summerland beach was dotted with oil derricks. While there is no oil production now, Summerland was the sight of the world’s first offshore oil well in 1910. And then in 1969 five miles off the coast an oil well malfunctioned and caused the Santa Barbara oil spill.
In 1957, Standard Oil Co. of California (now Chevron) found the large Summerland Offshore Oil Field, several miles offshore, which was shut down in the 1990s.
In August 2015, It’s beach was closed for several days by County of Santa Barbara health officials due to large amounts of oil washed onshore. Local residents suspect the petroleum source is a leaking capped oil well (“the Becker wellhead”) in the tidal area below Lookout Park.
his 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, the town has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated “Csb” on climate maps
The age distribution was 211 people (14.6%) under the age of 18, 119 people (8.2%) aged 18 to 24, 315 people (21.8%) aged 25 to 44, 546 people (37.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 257 people (17.7%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 49.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.
There were 823 housing units at an average density of 413.7 per square mile, of the occupied units 362 (52.7%) were owner-occupied and 325 (47.3%) were rented. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 9.7%. 790 people (54.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 658 people (45.4%) lived in rental housing units.