Santa Maria is located on the famed Highway 101 at the mid-point of California’s Central Coast and is the largest city in Santa Barbara County with a population of over 103,000. Santa Maria encompasses many industries, Industrial, commercial, agriculture and a retail hub for a region that includes approximately 153,000 residents located in Southern San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara County.

Known for our famous Santa Maria-style barbecue and our many rolling grapevine covered hills producing a fabulous wine industry, is becoming home to an increasing number of vineyards, wineries and wine makers! The Santa Maria Valley region produces strawberries, celery, lettuce, peas, squash, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli and beans. View more about our Tourism and Visitors Bureau

Santa Maria is also home to thriving industries including aerospace, communications, high-tech research and development, energy production, military operations, and manufacturing. 1902 marks the date that oil was discovered at the Orcutt Oil Field and has produced more than $640 million of oil over the years. Manufacturers in our area produce a wide array of products raging from medical testing supplies to aircraft interiors and baby care products to fire hoses.

The Santa Maria Public Airport is unique, with it being the longest runway (8000+feet) in the Central Coast. The Airport offers commercial passenger service to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and has many development opportunities including ‘thru the fence’ operations.

The Santa Maria Valley Railroad has been in the region since 1911, is a short-line of 14 miles, privately owned offering freight service for customers, connecting with the Union Pacific system just west of Santa Maria for extended service.

Allan Hancock College is Santa Maria’s local Community College, founded and operated since 1920 serving all of North Santa Barbara County. They are one of largest employers in the region, staffing over 1,300 individuals. Serving 11,500 attending students, with 150 fields of study and having 12 Academic departments. Alan Hancock College exceeds an economic impact of $200 million annually to the overall viability of the area.

Marian Regional Medical Center (Dignity Health) An award-winning Hospital! Featuring 191- beds with new state-of-the-art technologically advanced care, offering a comprehensive perinatology/neonatology program on the Central Coast providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian Regional Medical Center is an accredited teaching facility, operating a Family Care Residency Program, providing training to physicians in the entire spectrum of family medicine, from labor and delivery to geriatrics and every life stage in between.

Designated in 1998 as an All American City. Live, Work, Play! Santa Maria has something for everyone! Enjoy Santa Maria’s world-class wineries, vibrant cultural scene with world-class theatre anchored by the PCPA/Pacific Theatre Conservatory, world-class Rodeo, biking through idyllic rolling hills, 12 miles of the Pacific coastline, tallest beach dunes, smog free air and mild temperatures year-round. When you visit Santa Maria, you’ll want to stay and be a part of such a warm & welcoming city!  Santa Maria History

For more information about Santa Maria and potential business opportunities, please contact:

Glenn Morris, ACE   *   805.925.2403   *