Guadalupe is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. The population was 6,659 estimated in 2007. It was incorporated as a city on May 19, 1946. It is economically and socially tied to the city of Santa Maria.
Guadalupe is located in the northwestern extremity of Santa Barbara County, immediately south of the Santa Maria River. The landscape in the vicinity of the town is mostly flat, with the predominant land use being agriculture. Hills rise south of the town; on the other side is Vandenberg Air Force Base. West of town, both in Santa Barbara County and north in adjacent San Luis Obispo County, is the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, a large region of dune habitat along the Pacific Ocean shore.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), all of it land.
There is a beach on the Pacific Ocean near Guadalupe. A scene from Pirates of the Caribbean III was filmed on the beach. The finish line scene in Hidalgo was also filmed on this beach (Mussel Rock is visible), along with several shots in The Ten Commandments.
The Bulldogs youth football team practices at Jack O'Connell Park.
Some famous sites include the Far Western Tavern and the Masatani Mansion.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,659 people, 1,414 households, and 1,217 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,091.6 people per square mile (1,583.3/km²). There were 1,450 housing units at an average density of 1,048.4/sq mi (405.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 45.54% White, 0.71% African American, 1.86% Native American, 5.88% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 38.70% from other races, and 7.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 88.48% of the population.
There were 1,414 households out of which 53.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.9% were non-families. 11.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.00 and the average family size was 4.24.
In the city the population was spread out with 35.6% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 15.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 104.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,205, and the median income for a family was $31,042. Males had a median income of $24,250 versus $17,870 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,608. About 23.4% of families and 25.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.9% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or over.