Economic Factors


Agriculture is one of the major economic factors in the region offering many jobs and bringing some stability to the region. Grown crops coming from the Santa Maria region are Strawberries, Grapes, Broccoli, Head Lettuce, Avocados, Cauliflower, Celery, leaf lettuce and flowers. The overall value of these crops produce over 1.4 billion annually and continues to climb each year. Review report of Economic Contributions of Agriculture and a report on Agricultural Production.

Economic Development Commission Report

The Economic Development Commission is compiled of stakeholders within the community facing issues and challenges together for the betterment of the Economic long term viability of the region. The Economic Development Commission organizes and hosts tours and forums that raise awareness of industry in Santa Maria. Our tours have included many of Santa Maria’s top employers. They are very popular and fill up quickly.

Our next tour is to be determined.  There is no cost for the tours, however you must R.S.V.P. at or call (805) 925-2403 X812.

Santa Maria Valley Economic Development Commission Report Oct-2016


The Santa Maria region is flourishing in educational resources! Having many preschools, 3 unified school districts, with many elementary schools, junior high and high schools along with charter schools and private schools to choose from.  We are home to Business Colleges, and Alan Hancock Community College Campus in town.

Higher Education

Alan Hancock Community College

Brandman University Academic Centers

Laurus College

Santa Barbara Business College

Elementary – High School

Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Orcutt Union School District

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

Santa Barbara County Education Office


Santa Maria Valley is home to Marian Regional Medical Center along with 3 urgent care centers and several convalescent hospitals, while being surrounded within an hour of  3 other Regional Hospitals.

Marian Regional Medical  Center 

1400 E Church Street  Santa Maria CA 93455   (805) 739-3000

Central Coast Urgent Care

340 E. Betteravia Road  Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 922-0561

Industrial Medical Group

3070 Skyway Drive #106   Santa Maria, CA 93455  (805) 922-8282

Marian Urgent Care Center

505 Plaza Drive  Santa Maria, CA 93454  (805) 739-3211

Labor / Workforce / Employers

The Santa Maria Valley is diverse in the many different companies while continuing to maintain our primary industry of a manufacturing base with a significant amount of agriculture. With Vandenberg Air Force base being one of the largest employers in the region, they play a significant role in the regions economy employing over 6,000 individuals. Other larger employers range from Healthcare, Education, and Retail. Santa Maria is a resource full of well-trained, skilled and capable workforce.

Feb 2017 Labor Market Report by WDB

State of California Labor Market Information

Santa Barbara County & City information available here 

Real Estate

Housing Market

Affordable Housing in Santa Maria

Commercial Real Estate Market

Brought to you by our Partners at Pacifica Commercial Realty, compiled from the available data at the time, information may be subject to change.

Santa Maria Industrial Update 4th Quarter

2016 1st Quarter Update

Santa Barbara County Related 

County of Santa Barbara Auditor-Controllers Annual Retail Sales & Use Tax Report

UCSB Onshore Oil Industry Study ~

The Onshore Oil Industry provides for a significant annual economic impact in local jobs and revenue.
According to the UCSB Economic Forecast Project’s Economic Impact Study published in September of 2013:      


  • For every barrel of oil produced, there is $142 in total economic benefit.
  • Onshore oil provides over 1,900 local, high paying, career jobs.
  • The overall economic impact is between $291 million and $402 million annually.
  • The County of Santa Barbara benefits with a substantial amount of tax revenue from the industry.
  • Local schools also receive a considerable amount of funding.

View the whole report

County Planning Fee Changes ~ check back for updates 

City of Santa Maria Projects

Oct 2016 Project List

April 2017 Project List

Additional information 

United States Census Bureau

Bureau of Labor Stats

California Economic Forecast



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