Santa Ynez

The Valley averages about 16 inches of rainfall per year and during the winter and spring the hills and pastures turn a rich green.

Welcome to Santa Ynez

A Sophisticated Cowboy Town

In the vintage township of Santa Ynez (population 4,418), it’s sometimes hard to tell if it’s 2014 or 1884 with its period-style false-front building facades housing shops, saloons, feed stores and random horses hitched to posts. However, this rather sophisticated cowboy town also boasts plenty of conveniences for modern-day trail riders with plenty of Things to Do in Santa Ynez, California.

Restaurants in Santa Ynez

A variety of restaurants serve up delicious options from casual burgers, pancakes, and waffles (beloved by locals), to steaks, seafood, regional Italian fare, Latin fusion and locavore cuisine.

Shops, Museums

Modern shops and galleries line streets with horse-shoe embedded crosswalks. Don’t miss the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House for a fascinating does of Old West heritage and myriad events year-round such as the Vaquero Show & Sale in November.

Events & Entertainment

The Chumash Casino Resort is adjacent to the township with 24/7 gaming, live entertainment, dining and a luxurious hotel. Old Santa Ynez Day every June is just one fun time to visit, when the town celebrates with a street fair, parade and country-western entertainment.
Cyclists gravitate to Santa Ynez as well for a world-class training center, tours or just the chance to ride a bike along serene country roads – there’s plenty to see and do in the town that gave the Valley its name.

Overview for Santa Ynez, CA

4,679 people live in Santa Ynez, where the median age is 50.1 and the average individual income is $52,587. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

50.1 years

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Santa Ynez, CA

Santa Ynez has 1,806 households, with an average household size of 2.59. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Santa Ynez do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,679 people call Santa Ynez home. The population density is 968.68 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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Median Age

51.55 / 48.45%

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  • Associate Degree
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Schools in Santa Ynez, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Santa Ynez. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
School rating
Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy
K - 8th
No rating available
Santa Ynez Valley Union High
9th - 12th
Santa Ynez Valley Charter
K - 8th
Santa Ynez Elementary
1st - 8th
College Elementary
K - K
No rating available
9th - 12th
No rating available

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