LOCATION:  A California coastal valley nestled between the Santa Ynez and  
San Rafael mountain ranges, the Santa Ynez Valley is 30 minutes north of  
Santa Barbara and approximately 2 hours north of Los Angeles.  It is easily  
accessible from Highway 101 and California Scenic Route 154 through San  
Marcos Pass.  To the west lies the town of Lompoc and Vandenberg Air Force  
Base and to the north along Highway 101 is the city of Santa Maria.  
Further north along the central coast are such cities as Arroyo Grande,  
Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and attractions such as Hearst  
Castle, Carmel and Monterey.  

CLIMATE:  Praised as one of the finest climates in the State, the Santa  
Ynez Valley owes much to the prevailing breezes which keep the valley mild  
and virtually smog-free.  Winter highs average from a high of 55° to a low  
of 33°.  Summer nights are delightful due to ocean breezes and cooling  
fogs.  Summer daytime temperatures usually range in the 70's and 80's  
cooling to the 50's and 60's at night.  Average seasonal rainfall ranges  
from 9 to 17 inches most of which falls in the winter months.  

POPULATION:  The latest official estimates place the Santa Ynez Valley  
population at close to 21,350.  Solvang is the most populated town, with a  
general population around 4,900.  

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY     21,350  
SOLVANG              4,900  
SANTA YNEZ        4,200  
BUELLTON           3,900  
LOS OLIVOS            700  
BALLARD                200  
OUTLYING AREAS            8,000  
ELEVATION:       500-700 feet above sea level.  

RESIDENTS:   Although the Santa Ynez Valley is a much sought after and  
desirable area, a regulated growth policy will continue to limit the
population increase through the next decade.  Among the fortunate few who  
call the Santa Ynez Valley their home are former President and Mrs. Ronald  
(now in a conservancy), Brooks Firestone, Michael Jackson, Bo Derek,
Cheryl Ladd, Fess Parker, Rona Barrett, Doc Severinsen, David Crosby,
Noah Wyle, John Forsythe, Douglas Cramer, Bob Eubanks, Ralph Story,
Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Bob Tucker and Jackie Pensa.