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Maria is located on California's Central Coast between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. It is approximately 170
miles north of Los Angeles and 270 miles south of San Francisco. Those fortunate enough
to relocate to this peaceful valley will find friendly neighbors, a strong
community spirit, a growing business sector and a moderate cost of living.
Maria enjoys a smog-free climate with mild temperatures throughout
the year. Ocean breezes cool the valley in the summer and warm it in the
The city of Santa Maria is a center for regional
trading, manufacturing and service. The area has a stable economic base which
includes agriculture, transportation, oil, tourism, electronic manufacturing
and the nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base, the largest employer in the area.
The Santa Maria Valley offers a multitude of
activities. Outdoor recreation seekers will appreciate the valley's varied
terrain, stunning scenery, and mild climate. The area features several
beautiful golf courses, plus opportunities for nearly every type of recreation
under the sun, including hiking, fishing, mountain biking, surfing, and more.
Adding to this
towns appeal is its world-famous Santa Maria-style barbecue. Locals and
visitors alike are greeted with the aroma of superb barbecue. In fact, Santa Maria is known as the
"Barbecue Capital of the World" and is home to many legendary barbecue
attractions in Santa Maria include the Museum of Flight, with its collection of
vintage aircraft; live theater at the PCPA Theaterfest, Great American
Melodrama, or the Santa Maria Civic Theater; and the Philharmonic Orchestra.
There is also Santa Maria Speedway, where exciting stock car races thrill
audiences every Saturday night, April through October.