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Mission Canyon

Mission Canyon is a census-designated place and an unincorporated suburb of Santa Barbara, California, in Santa Barbara County, United States. The population was 2,610 at the 2000 census.

Mission Canyon is directly north — on the mountain side — of the city of Santa Barbara, and derives its name from the Mission Santa Barbara which is built between Mission Canyon and the center of the city. The canyon itself is one of the most dramatic in the Santa Ynez Mountains, with the locally highest peak (La Cumbre Peak, 3985') at the top of the watershed, and rugged sandstone formations, partially covered with chaparral, on both sides of the creek.

State Route 192 (Foothill Road) bisects the southern portion of the area, running from east to west, and Mission Canyon Road passes through the area from north to south. Another major north-south artery is Tunnel Road, which leads to the trailhead for several popular hiking trails that start at the northern extremity of the urbanized area; these trails lead up into the mountains.

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is located in Mission Canyon.


The approximate center of Mission Canyon is located at 3426'59?N 11942'59?W?

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.6 square miles, of which, 1.6 square miles of it is land and 0.04 square miles of it (2.50%) is water. all of this area accounted for by Lauro Canyon Reservoir.

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is in Mission Canyon; this view looks north up the canyon towards the headwaters near Cathedral Peak.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,610 people, 1,065 households, and 689 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,663.6 people per square mile. There were 1,115 housing units at an average density of 710.7/sq mi. The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.64% White, 0.42% African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.30% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.18% from other races, and 2.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.63% of the population.

There were 1,065 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 16.9% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 35.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $79,338, and the median income for a family was $103,442. Males had a median income of $57,222 versus $41,131 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $43,422. About 1.0% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.


This page was last updated July 19, 2009.