We’re #10

Responding to the livability rank Santa Barbara received and how the stats skew how we are perceived.

We are mostly young,

Actually barely legal.

We’re single and fun,

Ordinary yet regal.

In some skewed surveys

Our rents are average,

Not the cause of soup days —

Potatoes and cabbage —

And of course we rent

Out of preference,

Not because we spent

Every cent in adherence,

For the price of prestige,

To live in tenth place,

As a loyal liege

In the lifestyle race.

Inspired by comments found here and here.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Vampire Weekend Plays for 805Undocufund This Weekend

Will match up to $10,000 in donations for Libbey Bowl concert.

Immigration Raids Chill Santa Barbara County Community

A quiet has settled over Old Town Goleta after at least five people were grabbed by ICE ...

Seasoned Bandit’ Said to Suffer the ‘Lottery Curse’

Tip led to bank robber James Hayes, who'd hit four Santa Barbara County banks, and six others.

FEMA Reveals New Map for Montecito, Carpinteria Valley

Property owners wishing to rebuild must avoid flooding from 100-year storms.

Alleged Apple Thief Pursued

Man accused of using a stolen credit card to buy thousands of dollars' worth of computer goods.