Orcutt is an unincorporated township located in the Santa Maria Valley of California, and is in Santa Barbara County, California. Orcutt is named for William W. Orcutt, the manager of the Geological, Land and Engineering Departments of the Union Oil Company. Known as the “Dean of Petroleum Geologists" Orcutt is credited with discovering fossilized prehistoric animal bones preserved in pools of asphalt on the Hancock Ranch. The population of Orcutt was... Read More


Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, United States. It is one of the communities that make up the Santa Ynez Valley. The population was 5,245 at the 2010 census, once just a village, Solvang was incorporated as a city on May 1, 1985. Solvang was founded in 1911 on almost 9,000 acres. The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of... Read More

San Simeon

San Simeon is on the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California. A key feature of the area is Hearst Castle, a hilltop mansion built by William Randolph Hearst in the early 20th century that is now a tourist attraction. The area is also known for a large elephant seal population. In addition the community's fame for its historic Hearst Castle and the ecological tourism of elephant seals, it... Read More

Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California. The population was 7,655 at the 2010 census, It is part of the Five Cities Area, a term used to describe the cluster of cities that are present in that area of San Luis Obispo County. Pismo Beach is a popular beach town located in the Central Coast area of California. The name Pismo comes from the Chumash word for... Read More


Ojai is just a few miles up Highway 33, but a world away from the headaches and traffic that thwart much of Southern California. About 12 miles inland from Ventura, Ojai is the smallest city in Ventura County. Ojai's charms are many. The community has long been known as a haven for artists, musicians and health enthusiasts. A village ”as the locals call it is a vibrant place with so... Read More


Oceano is part of the 5 Cities Metropolitan Area and has a total area of 1.5 square miles. The 2010 United States Census reported that Oceano had a population of 7,286. Oceano is one of the most affordable beach area communities in the Central Coast 5 cities area. It offers rich culture in a casual beach community. As the gateway to the Oceano dunes, the community have many opportunities for excellent... Read More

Los Osos

Los Osos is largely a bedroom community for San Luis Obispo which is 10.6 miles east, and to a lesser extent, Morro Bay which is 2.3 miles to the north. There is a small business district concentrated in just a few blocks along Los Osos Valley Road, and several shops servicing the Baywood section of Los Osos, near the bay. The rest of the town is almost entirely residential. Population... Read More

Los Alamos

Los Alamos is in Santa Barbara County, California. Although located in the Los Alamos Valley, the town of Los Alamos is usually considered to be a part of the Santa Ynez Valley Community. The population was 1,890 at the 2010 census. The hills above Rancho Los Alamos served as a hideout for bandito, Solomon Pico, whose escapades were popularized by the character "Zorro". The Los Alamos Valley prospered and grew quickly... Read More


Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County. The city was incorporated in 1888. The population was 42,434 at the 2010 census. Prior to the European settlements, the area around Lompoc was inhabited by the Chumash. The name of the city is derived from a Chumash word "Lum Poc" that means "stagnant waters" or "lagoon." Located close to Vandenberg Air Force Base is the Federal Correctional Institution. This is a low... Read More


Ballard is in Santa Barbara County. The town of Ballard is one of the communities that make up the Santa Ynez Valley. The nearest city is Solvang. The population was 467 at the 2010 census. Ballard was founded in 1880 at the location of a Wells Fargo stage line station, being named after the proprietor. Today, Ballard is a combination of sleepy village and upscale bedroom community. Noted for its excellent... Read More