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About: Santa Maria, CA

Although originally settled as farming land, its biggest historic stimulus became oil. Oil was discovered in the Santa Maria Valley at the turn of the century and by the end of 1903, Union Oil had 22 wells in production. Oil development continued at an intense pace into the 1930s, and by 1957 there were 1,775 oil wells operating in the Santa Maria Valley, resulting in more than $640 million worth of oil.

Population: 91972
Local Newspapers: Santa Maria Times Courier
Local Sports Teams: N/A
Local Colleges: State UniversityAllan Hancock College

Zip Codes associated with Santa Maria, CA: 93454, 93455, 93458, 93545
Towns/Cities near Santa Maria, CA : Guadalupe, Nopomo, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Orcutt

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