Mission Canyon, California

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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 34°26′59″N 119°42′59″W / 34.44972°N 119.71639°W / 34.44972; -119.71639 (34.449797, -119.716315)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), of which 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²) are land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km²) (2.50%) is water.


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 (641.9/km²). There were 1,115 housing units at an average density of 710.7/sq mi (274.2/km²). 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.

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