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Pros

-Outdoor recreation
-Year-round climate
-Educational attainment

Cons

-Tourist impact
-Healthcare
-Cost of living


What Bert Has To Say About Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area


Santa Cruz, a colorful mix of college town, beach town, and cultural center, is an attraction for hippies, yuppies and families alike. The city is famous for its boardwalk, wide sandy beaches and beach amusements. Watsonville is an agricultural center inland, and Soquel and Capitola to the south are more sedate but very attractive beach towns. The University of California at Santa Cruz brings some college life, and the population in general is highly educated. Excellent outdoor recreation is available just to the north in the coastal forests and state parks of the Santa Cruz Mountains.


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Quick Facts About Santa Cruz


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz is 5.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Santa Cruz jobs have Increased by 2.14 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Santa Cruz's cost of living is 107.70% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Santa Cruz's population is 64,220 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 30.95 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 31 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Santa Cruz is $809,500. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 1.55 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Santa Cruz public schools spend $10,353 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 21.2 students per teacher in Santa Cruz.

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  1/7/2016
Santa Cruz- paradise on earth

I have spent my entire life working toward living in Santa Cruz County and in 2005 finally made it. While there are people living here and all of the commensurate social... (Read More)

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  7/14/2015
Santa Cruz

I have owned a home in Soquel (right next to Santa Cruz) for 24 years and spent lots of time in SC. First, noise is JUST LIKE everywhere else. Second, if you have... (Read More)

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  6/2/2015
Santa Cruz Summary of Issues

We are from Intermountain West and wished we would have researched Sperling's info beforehand. We have never seen anything like the lack of care/concern (i.e., apathy)... (Read More)

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