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Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Santa Cruz, California is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Santa Cruz, California is more expensive.

Overall, Santa Cruz, California cost of living is 198.50.

  COST OF LIVINGSanta Cruz, CaliforniaUnited States
  Overall  199100
  Grocery  112.3100
  Health  108100
  Housing  386100
  Utilities  110100
  Transportation  113100
  Miscellaneous  108100
Santa Cruz is a nice place to live, BUT... should consider the following: - Housing will always be an issue. It will never be "affordable" here, even if the housing market takes a huge nose dive. -... (read more)
Nice bus service
I think Santa Cruz Metro is an excellent bus service... at least in the opinion of someone coming from a sprawled suburb that never saw a bus in its entire... (read more)
Can't get better weather
Santa Cruz is located on the central coast of California about 70 miles south of San Francisco. The weather is temperate ranging from a January low of about 50 degrees... (read more)
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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)
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)
There's Good and Bad
I think my experience may be a little bit different than most people's. got lucky in that I already had a solid friend base when I moved to Santa Cruz, as well as an... (read more)
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