Aptos, California 

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-32.2% since 2000

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Cost of Living

211 / 100

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Comfort Index (Climate)

9.6 / 7.5

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Best Places to Live in Aptos, California

Aptos, CA is an idyllic coastal town located in Santa Cruz County. Featuring stunning views of the Monterey Bay and a laid-back lifestyle, Aptos offers its residents a unique and enjoyable experience. The city boasts white sand beaches, rolling hills, and redwood forests – all just minutes away from downtown. Residents of this charming community are also privy to a wide variety of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues throughout the area. With its mild climate and access to nearby cities like Santa Cruz and Watsonville, Aptos is a great place to call home for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of larger cities. Whether you're looking for outdoor activities or simply relaxing with friends, Aptos has something for everyone. Beach town complex / Small town - Northern California on Pacific coast, 60 miles south of San Francisco.
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Cost of Living: 111.0% higher
Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 100 ft above sea level

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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.


The unemployment rate in Aptos is 8.1% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Aptos jobs have increased by 1.8%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Aptos's cost of living is 111.0% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Aptos's Cost of Living

August, July and September are the most pleasant months in Aptos, while January and December are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Santa Cruz county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 78.4% to 18.5%. More Voting Stats

Aptos's population is 6,372 people. Since 2020, it has had a population decline of 7.7%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 31.2 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Aptos is . Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 7.6%.

Aptos public schools spend $10,353 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 24.8 students per teacher in Aptos. More Education

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Housing Market in Aptos

It's a good time to buy in Aptos. Home Appreciation is up 7.6% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Aptos is .

Reviews for Aptos   4 Reviews
Best place to live - 5/6/2016
I have owned a home in Aptos for 10 years and cannot thing of anywhere else I would rather live. I have lived in San Diego, Orange County, Half Moon Bay, and other... Read More

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Heaven on Earth - 4/1/2015
Well, Aptos is in Santa Cruz County, California. I love the entire county of Santa Cruz. The weather is fantastic. We have both the beautiful Monterey Bay with lots... Read More

Beautiful Place To Live - 2/28/2011
We've lived in Aptos/Rio Del Mar for many years and it's a very lovely, peaceful village far from the rat race . The views of the ocean are stunning and the shopping in... Read More

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