Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area, California 

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Population

273,263

+6.4% since 2010

Unemployment Rate

4.3%

Median Income

$66,923

Median Home Price

$834,900

United States / California / Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area / Counties / Cities / Zip Codes

Best Places to Live in Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area, 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 the Santa Cruz-Watsonville metro area, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, 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.


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Country: United States
State: California
County: Santa Cruz
Metro Area: Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area
Political Ideology: Strongly liberal
City: Santa Cruz, Watsonville, 30 total
Zip Codes: 95076, 95060, 95062, 95003, 95066, 95073, 95064, 95033, 95010, 95006, 17 total
Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 100 ft above sea level

Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area is 4.3% (U.S. avg. is 3.7%). Recent job growth is Positive. Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area jobs have increased by 1.8%. More Economy

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area's cost of living is 84.8% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area's Cost of Living

WEATHER & CLIMATE
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VOTING
The Santa Cruz metro area voted Democratic in the last five Presidential elections. More Voting Stats

POPULATION
Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area's population is 273,263 people. Since 2010, it has had a population growth of 6.4%. Learn More...

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 26.8 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area is Real Estate: $834,900. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 2.2%.

SCHOOLS
Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area public schools spend $10,610 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 23.8 students per teacher in Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area. More Education



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Housing Market in Santa Cruz-Watsonville

It's a good time to buy in Santa Cruz-Watsonville. Home Appreciation is up 2.2% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Santa Cruz-Watsonville is $834,900.

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ZIP CODES IN SANTA CRUZ-WATSONVILLE METRO AREA, CALIFORNIA
95076, 95060, 95062, 95003, 95066, 95073, 95064, 95033, 95010, 95006, 17 total

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