Nestled between the stunning sugar sand beaches of Southern California and the lush greenery of Los Padres National Forest, the city of Santa Maria is one of the fastest-growing communities in the Golden State. Because this area is so ethnically diverse, full of outdoor recreation and family-friendly amenities, Santa Maria apartments for rent practically sell themselves. According to City-Data, residents in California are on board with becoming happy citizens here, since the city has seen a population growth of more than 28 percent from 2000 to 2010. Home to one of many wine farming regions in Santa Barbara County many residents and visitors here enjoy the thriving agribusiness that comes from the many wineries that has made this city famous.
Like many other communities in Southern California, Santa Maria was first settled by Spanish explorers in the 1700s. The area was then ranched and farmed for many years by several Spanish missions because of the rich soil that would later produce red and white wine, as well as famous California produce items like strawberries, spinach and lettuce. During the early 20th century when the area became famous for oil production, many people started flocking into the community and Santa Maria experienced an economic boom. Today, the area is home to more than 99,500 residents, according to 2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Santa Maria's economic and community development is likely to continue to blossom due to its affordability. Even though many cities in California have a reputation for being expensive, Santa Maria boasts a cost of living index that is not much more than the national average, according to City-Data.
Besides the many wineries that you can visit while you are living here, this is plenty of outdoor recreation to enjoy as well. Santa Maria has several parks, including Los Flores Ranch Park, Oso Placo Lake, Colson Canyon and several beaches just minutes away from the city's center.
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