Santa Cruz, California 

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Population

64,317

+9.8% since 2020

Unemployment Rate

4.5%

Median Income

$61,533

Median Home Price

$1,227,100

Median Age

29.3

Comfort Index (Climate)

9.5 / 7.5

summer / winter

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Best Places to Live in Santa Cruz, California

Beach town complex / Small town - Northern California on Pacific coast, 60 miles south of San Francisco. August, July and September are the most pleasant months in Santa Cruz, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Santa Cruz, CA Housing Market
Lowest Priced HomesHOMES UNDER $250,000
Most Expensive ListingsHOMES $250,001 to $500,000
Largest HomesHOMES $500,001 to $750,000
Median Priced HomesHOMES $750,001 to $1,000,000
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.


QUICK FACTS

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Country: United States
State: California
County: Santa Cruz County
Metro Area: Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area
Political Ideology: Strongly liberal
City: Santa Cruz
Zip Codes: 95060 95064
Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 100 ft above sea level

Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz is 4.5% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Santa Cruz jobs have increased by 1.8%. More Economy

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Santa Cruz's cost of living is 93.4% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Santa Cruz's Cost of Living

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

POPULATION
Santa Cruz's population is 64,317 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 9.8%. Learn More...

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 23.5 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Santa Cruz is Real Estate: $1,227,100. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 4.2%.

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. More Education



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Housing Market in Santa Cruz

It's a good time to buy in Santa Cruz. Home Appreciation is up 25.7% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Santa Cruz is $1,227,100.

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Reviews for Santa Cruz   45 Reviews
The politics run the city down and it shows - 8/31/2021
I went to college at UCSC. I will never go back.Initially, like any other, I was captivated, and damn near hypnotized by the beautiful redwoods, the fun culture, the... Read More

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Some love it, others not so much - 11/20/2020
I lived in the Santa Cruz area for 20 years. UCSC alum. Our kids were born there. There are wonderful things about Santa Cruz, but also many serious problems that we... Read More

Small Town, Big City - 7/24/2020
I have been here for four generations! My kids are the fifth. I guess that should tell you how wonderful it is here, at least for us. It's so cool to have world class... Read More


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ZIP CODES IN SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA
95060 95064

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