Want to take in the sweeping views of wine country or drive a short distance to world-class beaches? In Santa Maria, California, you don't have to pick and choose. Located along California's central coast, this town of roughly 100,000 people is nestled in Santa Barbara County, a region widely considered among the most desirable places to live in California. With its Mediterranean-like weather, family-friendly appeal and affordable cost of living compared to urban areas in California, it's no wonder why many make Santa Maria their home.

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