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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 207.70.

  COST OF LIVINGSanta Cruz, CaliforniaUnited States
  Overall  208100
  Grocery  101.1100
  Health  105100
  Housing  436100
  Utilities  93100
  Transportation  105100
  Miscellaneous  97100

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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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re: The Nature of Santa Cruz - 11/23/2007
Very Smart move on your part ! You did the right thing... (read more)
re: Santa Cruz - 7/14/2015
Soquel Rocks ! I love it and it is Not Santa Cruz tho it Is a bordering town. hmmm...I think maybe that Santa Cruz County is like a microcosm of United States. With... (read more)
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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