Guadalupe is located in Santa Barbara County, on the Central California coast near the famous Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. As of the census of 2010, there were 7,080 people residing in the city. The city was established in 1840 and incorporated on August 3, 1946. California’s Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1, runs right through the downtown of Guadalupe. Guadalupe is an attractive home for families, providing safe and affordable neighborhoods, excellent restaurants, good schools and a friendly environment.

Guadalupe is located in the northwestern extremity of Santa Barbara County, The landscape in the vicinity of the town is mostly flat, with the predominant land use being agriculture and oil production. Hills rise to the south of the town; on the other side of the hills is Vandenberg Air Force Base. Filmmakers have used this region as a setting for several films, including Cecil B DeMille’s 1923 Ten Commandments,Scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean and Hildago have also been filmed here. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center serves as the education and research facility for the natural area.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles , 99.60% of it land and 0.40% of it water. The town consists of a tight cluster of buildings, surrounded largely by agricultural land.

Guadalupe has two schools, Mary Buren Elementary School and Kermit McKenzie Junior High School. Mary Buren Elementary is kindergarten to fifth grade and McKenzie Junior High is sixth to eight grade. The mascot of both schools is the bobcat.

The 2010 United States Census reported that Guadalupe had a population of 7,080.