Located in California's Central Coast Wine Country, Santa Maria is approximately 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Situated in a peaceful valley between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria is a friendly community. With a temperate climate year-round, agriculture plays a big role in the city's economic development. Combined with its neighboring cities, this area is one of the nation's largest producing wine regions, with vineyards spread across the valleys. Other industries and the military add to the growing business sector.